Another praiseworthy feature of the Mate 20 X is its cameras. It flaunts a square-shaped triple camera Leica setup as seen in the Mate 20 Pro. Naturally, the performance of the two phones is also similar (camera-wise).
At the rear, you get a 40MP primary shooter (f/1.8 aperture), an 8MP secondary telephoto lens (f/2.4 with OIS), and a 20MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.2 aperture). It allows up to 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom. You also get an array of other features like Portrait mode, Light Painting, Monochrome, HDR, etc. With a single swipe, you can switch between the three rear shooters. To allow for an enhanced dynamic range, the 40MP primary sensor uses pixel binning to combine four physical pixels into one big 2µm pixel. As a result, you get lovely and detailed 10MP shots.
Typically, the rear camera delivers excellent results in favourable light settings. The images depict accurate colour reproduction, white balance, and contrast. They look sharp and vivid. A feature that needs mention is Huawei’s dual NPU-powered Master AI mode that can detect as high as 1500 objects in a scene. It offers a range of pre-selected shooting modes. However, you do need to use it sparingly if you don’t want unnaturally enhanced and artificial looking photos. Sometimes, the camera tends to overexpose shots in low-light conditions. Other than this minor issue, even low-light shots pack in a lot of detail.
Moving on to the 24MP selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture), it is not as great as the rear camera setup. The tendency here is to wash out images. You can correct it to some extent by turning off the AI HDR mode. While the selfie cam can take some fantastic insta-worthy shots in well-lit environments, the image quality falters in low-light settings.
As for video recording, you can record 1080p videos at 60fps. Thanks to image stabilization, the videos come out looking stable and vibrant. The Auto Focus mode comes in handy in dimly-lit conditions.