Photos taken with the Huawei P40 Pro show how smartphone cameras have developed.

  • The speed at which technology evolves has pushed smartphones into being replacements for many tools in our daily lives. 
  • From being a newspaper to a MP3 player to a fitness tracker, smartphones are becoming pocket sized hybrids of all the things we need to optimise modern life.
  • Devices like the Huawei P40 Pro are now even rivalling DSLR cameras with their photography features.
  • We took a closer look at the hardware that allows smartphones to house these crisp camera capabilities. 

The speed at which technology evolves has pushed smartphones into being replacements for many things. From newspapers and MP3 players to fitness trackers and notepads, smartphones really are becoming a one-stop-shop for all our daily needs. 

Another classic example is how smartphones have become the go-to camera device for everyday life. With the rise of Instagram, more people are becoming photo-savvy and actively share photos from their smartphones straight onto their social media platforms. Since our loyal pocket-sized companions are often just an arm’s length away, they’ve become ideal for capturing those perfect in-the-moment shots worthy of the gram. 

Even in quality, smartphone cameras are starting to rival DSLR cameras! A digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) is a camera that combines the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor. More so, a DSLR camera is the go-to device for any avid photographer and has, for at least the past two decades, been the best way to capture high-class images. 

Now, with the rise of ‘phonetography’, both avid and amateur photographers alike are turning to smartphones that house the capability of taking jaw-droppingly, beautiful pictures. But how do these supreme mobile cameras stack up against a DSLR?

The Huawei P40 Pro is an example of the evolutionary journey that mobile photography has undergone and roots back to one of the oldest camera companies in the world, Leica. Since 1869, Leica has produced the finest camera technology ranging from microscopes and binoculars to cameras and ophthalmic lenses. More recently, Leica has partnered with Huawei to pioneer the next evolution in photography through perfecting the mobile camera - and the P40 Pro is as close to perfection as it gets. 

Equipped with an Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera, the P40 Pro includes a 50MP Ultra Vision wide camera, a 40MP ultra-wide cine camera, a 12MP 5x optical telephoto camera and a time-of-flight camera. Its front dual camera can capture sharp static photos and film 4K UHD videos, including the nuances of skin texture, hair and even eyelashes! 

The large 1/1.28-inch sensor has a binned pixel size measuring 2.44 μm, which allows the camera to massively boost light intake for enhanced low-light performance, so images taken at night are crystal clear. 

Another advantage that smartphones have over DSLR cameras are that they are evolving with the advent of AI technology. For example, smartphones like the Huawei P40 Pro combines AI capabilities with advanced algorithms to improve image processing, and its AI-powered stabilisation enhancement solution works with both the hardware and software to improve the stability of zoom shots.

The results are professional images and videos that seem almost impossible to obtain from such a sleek and lightweight device. The call is yours, but the time has come for smartphones to take on yet another daily tool, the DSLR camera, giving us one less thing to carry when we can finally travel again. 

This post was sponsored by Huawei and produced by BrandStudio24.