We’re already in the year 2022, but it’s never too late to compare flagships from 2021.
Without a doubt, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is still one of the best mobile camera flagships around. But all before I upgraded to this new iPhone, the Huawei P50 Pro was my everyday companion in taking photos of almost everything from my point of view.
Comparing my everyday phone against my personal fave ever since I held it, can the Chinese giant’s current smartphone forerunner keep up or even beat the Apple to its core?
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These two phones have obvious gaps in their respective main camera hardware: The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a smaller 12MP camera but with a wider f/1.5 aperture. Meanwhile, the Huawei P50 Pro has a smaller f/1.8 lens diaphragm but a bigger 64MP sensor.
Both ultra-wide sensors of these phones are not far from each other: the P50 Pro has a 12MP sensor while the iPhone 13 Pro Max is equipped with a 13MP camera. The iPhone is at an advantage when it comes to low-light since it has an aperture of f/1.8 over P50 Pro’s f/2.2.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max may lag behind in terms of lossless and cropped zoom since the P50 Pro can achieve 7x and 100x but the fruit phone can still keep up with its 3x telephoto lens over the Chinese flagship’s 3.5x periscope zoom.
Apple and Huawei have different Night Mode processing but for the sake of fairness of shooting in low-light scenarios, we’ve decided to turn on Night Mode on both phones completely.
BONUS: 15x Moon Shot
Just for fun, I tried comparing moon shots between the two phones. I’ve only maxed both shots at 15x since it’s the maximum distance the iPhone 13 Pro Max can zoom in.
Just like our recent camera shootout articles, this one also has consistent results all throughout:
Photo A — iPhone 13 Pro Max
Photo B — Huawei P50 Pr0
While the order of images were coherent since the beginning, some of you might have a harder time thinking which phone is which. Honestly in most scenarios, both phones can deliver great output regardless if you’re shooting food, architectural perspectives, portraits, pets, among others.
But if you’ve all noticed, the P50 Pro has the less brighter photo with lesser amounts of highlights but warmer all throughout. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is in the more “cooler” side of the spectrum with an increased amount in highlights and contrast.
Sometimes, the 13 Pro Max is more color accurate as it was what I’ve seen with my naked eye, sometimes it’s the P50 Pro because of its warmer hues.
One thing is for sure: both phones delivered a consistent look in ALL lenses from wide, ultra-wide, and up until their zoom lenses. Huawei and Apple’s software engineering has marveled me me over the years — especially with both of the companies’ power in AI and camera software algorithm.
On the flip side of the coin, the P50 Pro delivered brighter night shots versus its Apple counterpart. While its Leica coating and color science make up for most of the better low-light shots, the persistent warmer AWB (Auto White Balance) even at night is sometimes too much. Another minor issue that isn’t much of a big deal is that, it failed to deliver better output when capturing neon lights for over-reducing highlights.
But if you’ll ask me, I would still take the P50 Pro over the iPhone because it has the most flexible cameras — including a periscope lens that can zoom in further and even shoot the moon and the night sky whenever and wherever I want.
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