How to go Pro with your phone-tography game

(Image: iStock)
(Image: iStock)

When it comes to snapping the perfect picture, there’s a lot to look out for when choosing your camera of choice.

What if I told you that you could get a powerhouse camera that fits in the comfort of your pocket or bag? Well, the Huawei P40 Pro is just that with its impressive Leica Penta Camera set-up. Housing, not one or two but five cameras on its backside and a high-end selfie camera on its front.

Here are all the exciting features sure to help you up your selfie and groupie game with just a tap of a button:

But, first, let me take a selfie

There’s nothing worse than wanting to capture your glow and beat of the day only to wind up looking blurry or unfocused in your fresh new selfie. Luckily, the P40 Pro is here to cater to your selfie needs – and in any lighting situation too. Boasting an impressive 32 MP selfie camera with auto-focus and an IR depth camera that helps you capture the perfect selfie anytime anywhere. The smart front camera optimises the best settings to fit your selfie environment from adjusting the lighting, vibrancy and sharpness no matter how bright or dimly lit your face is. The selfie cam also offers you the chance to take equally crisp and radiant groupies with your socially distant buddies with its multi-focus and distortion correction capabilities.

Taking it back

The back camera - or rather the five back cameras, don’t shy away from bringing the heat. Kitted out with a 50 MP Ultra Vision Camera that features an Ultra Vision Sensor, RYYB colour filter array and Octa PD Autofocus – allowing you to take in large amounts of light and detailed scenery for incredibly clear and crisp images. The back camera-hub also features:

- A decked out 12 MP Telephoto Camera – letting you zoom up to 50x closer to a subject

- A 40 MP Ultra-Wide Cine Camera that offers video quality than can adapt to low light seamlessly and offers telephoto, slow motion and time-lapse capabilities among other features

- A 3D Depth Sensing Camera that uses real-time depth detection to create professional-level bokeh effects that you’d find from some top-end DSLR cameras in the market

How to get closer further apart

The 12 MP Telephoto Camera allows you to get a little bit closer during this time of social distancing. With a 5x Optical Zoom, 10x Hybrid Zoom, and a jaw-dropping 50x Max Zoom - you can get that much closer to distant views. You can capture a gorgeous mountain sunset or a friend in from afar without having to leave home or having to compromise on clarity or quality thanks to the Ultra Vision Sensor that adapts your settings at any distance.

AI - putting the smart in smartphone

While the pro allows you to tweak your camera settings to suit your needs, the in-built AI capabilities make capturing stunning and eye-catching images as easy as just opening your camera app and snapping away. With the AI feature enabled, the phone camera does a quick scan of your subject to choose a smart setting that will amplify your picture. Whether it’s getting your camera portrait ready in a second or making your house plants greener - the AI feature is chock-full of settings sure to elevate your photography game no matter what you place in front of the camera.

Keeping it lit during load-shedding

Have you ever wondered how you could get clear, but moody, shots while the lights are out as you watch the flickering of your nearby load-shedding candle doing the most to brighten your environment? Well, with the P40 Pro’s night mode and Ultra Vision Sensor, you can brighten or enhance any setting without losing the moody atmosphere or the clarity and warm colours that come with it.

Pause, Reflect & Record

Many are finding comfort and solace during this time of lockdown and quarantine by creating regular 1-minute Tik Tok diary vlogs of their days. All it takes is filming the highlights of your day, editing them together on the app and recording a voiceover to match. It’s a fun way to take stock and keep busy on the quieter days while also getting your creative fix regularly.

With the P40 Pro’s incredible video capturing abilities, filming those snippets will be a breeze from morning light to sunset. The impressive 40 MP Ultra-Wide Cine Camera allows you to capture videos with a resolution of up to 4K 60 fps – making it comparable to some of your favourite YouTubers’ high res videos filmed on top-end DSLR cameras. You can also get crisp zoomed videos for things that are just a little out of reach and with its ISO that stretches up to 51200, you get clear and vibrant videos even during load-shedding and at night.

The Selfie camera is equally kitted-out to take high-quality 4K videos for you to get your velfie game on – making ‘Get Ready With Me’ (GRWM) videos a quick and easy task. With all these high-end features, the P40 Pro makes taking professional-level videos a breeze, and you can splice up those videos as is without worry to make your quick daily video diary. See some fun 1-minute Tik Tok vlogs below for inspo:

1-minute vlogs are great if you just want to diarise your day:

Or track your diy projects:


Happy Easter!! How do you like the deck? It was A PAIN to make, but it think it looks super nice and is going to be great in the summer. ##sheshed

? I Lived - Kenny Packer

Or want to recreate the events of your day in the classic reality TV template:


Finding someone on @tinder but it’s reality tv ##tinderpartner ##realitytv

? original sound - bomanizer

This post is sponsored by Huawei produced by BrandStudio24 for W24.

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