23 Nov iPhone XS vs OnePlus 6T vs Huawei P20 Pro: high contrast light scene
Posted on Nov 23th, 2018
Yesterday I got the occasion to test the iPhone Xs Max, the OnePlus 6T and the Huawei P20 Pro devices altogether during a photo
In this post, I’m going to focus on the difficult light situation that you can have shooting during a sunset. With the model facing the sunset, we have a huge dynamic range to record. From the exposure of the light on the background to the model itself on the foreground.
This is a kind of tricky scene even for a regular Dslr / mirrorless camera: you’ve to select carefully what to expose and then with the raw you can try to recover the
With today smartphones, thanks to computational photography, we can achieve massive dynamic range with the multi-exposure blend of the HDR algorithm.
The smartphones I’ve used with the OS version are:
- OnePlus 6T with Oxygen 9.0.6
- iPhone XS Max with iOS 12.1
- Huawei P20 Pro with Emui 8.1.0
I want to add to the comparison also the Gcam port to the OnePlus 6T. This is because a lot of OnePlus users thinks that the OnePlus default camera is not good enough and try a different solution. The Gcam is basically a port of the Google Pixel camera to the OnePlus. It works, in some situations gave good results but on this high dynamic range shot I was surprised to see is not as good as the default OnePlus camera.
Shot on OnePlus 6T
These are the first shot with the new Oxygen 9.0.6 update that as mention in the changelog mention an “Optimized image processing”.
Well, I’ve to say that yes! I see the differences! First of all, in this high dynamic range situation I’ve noticed that the camera fired the shot and then let me wait about a second to process it. This is something similar to what happen shooting with the Gcam port where the app process multiple exposure shots.
I’m curious to know about how many shots can record the OnePlus 6T and fuse together in this high dynamic range photo.
Shot on OnePlus 6T with Gcam port
The Gcam port is quite popular to a lot OnePlus users but with other phone users too since it improves the stock camera app. In this light situation however, I’ve to say that I’ve saw no improvement at all.
With the standard automatic exposure, the camera gave preference to the highlights but can’t compensate for the dark shadows. Forcing the Gcam to expose to the shadows (on the model, the subject) the highlights are missing. Even the raw file saved with it hasn’t so much dynamic range to recover.
Shot on Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro is balancing very well the exposure. Although I’ve to say that, using the standard automatic camera mode, we get the lower resolution of all the three device, with a final image that is 10 Mp.
Shot on iPhone Xs Max
The iPhone Xs Max with the new Smart HDR achieve a very good exposure from the highlights to the shadows.
Shot on iPhone Xs Max, raw edited in Lightroom
I did also a
An extra shot comparing the different camera
This situation is still high contrast but a bit less than the previous scene since we don’t have a subject in the shadow area. The three devices are almost equals, with the iPhone Xs Max that gives a bit more dull result (that we can enhance with a bit of editing) and the Gcam that shows a bit of more color of contrast.
A look at the details
Looking at the details of the previous shots we can notice how all the four devices are close to