Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G vs Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G: Ultimate camera comparison

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Specification overview

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5GHuawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
108 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, OIS (wide) 40 MP, f/1.6, PDAF, OIS (wide)
48 MP, f/3.5, PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid zoom (periscope telephoto) 8 MP, f/2.4, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom (telephoto)
12 MP, f/2.2 (ultra-wide) 40 MP, f/1.8, PDAF (ultra-wide)
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth) TOF 3D, (depth)

Front camera

On the front, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G comes with a 40MP sensor that is rivalled by Huawei’s 32MP one with an additional ToF 3D sensor. On the Huawei, you naturally find a slightly wider field of view whereas on the Samsung, you can toggle between a narrow and wide one. In particular, the Galaxy S20 Ultra stands out for its performance overall, but particularly offering a night selfie mode far better than Huawei’s. Even for video, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G can record up to 4K 60fps footage versus the Mate 30 Pro 5G’s 1080p 30fps samples.

Day-time performance

Between both the flagships, the major differentiating factor is dynamic range. On the Galaxy S20 Ultra, pictures are slightly more inviting. Judging zoom levels, Samsung’s flagship excels especially at 30x, even offering additional 50x and 100x ranges which are not found on the Huawei.

While stability in video is similar, once again, it is the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s dynamic range that stands out aside from its ability to record 8K 24fps footage. That being said, the Mate 30 Pro 5G offers better versatility in other regions with a dedicated 7,680fps slow-motion mode and the ability to film 60fps video footage with the ultra-wide angle lens, something the Galaxy S20 Ultra may add with a future software update.

Night-time performance

In low-light however, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is excellent. While the Galaxy S20 Ultra offers a similar feature set, it cannot match Huawei’s flagship in challenging scenarios using night mode or when taking portrait images.

Samsung has confirmed to be working on a software update to further improve its flagship performance at night so we will take these phones for a spin once again when that is released.