#NoTripodChallenge: Shanghai and Shenzhen at night through the lens of Huawei P20 Pro

A month ago, me and other members of the local tech media went to China to visit Huawei and know more about about the Chinese tech giant.

#NoTripodChallenge: Shanghai and Shenzhen at night though the lens of Huawei P20 Pro
#NoTripodChallenge (Captured by Huawei P20 Pro with no edit and filter)

Related: Huawei is more than just your average smartphone brand

We went to their research facilities and campuses (offices) in Shanghai and Shenzhen. At night, both of those cities are two of the most picturesque cities in China.


The primary camera I used for that trip is the my trusty Huawei P20 Pro, the first smartphone with a triple Leica camera setup.

Here are some of our shots!

#NoTripodChallenge: Shanghai and Shenzhen at night through the lens of Huawei P20 Pro

Sheraton Club Hotel view
Sheraton Club Hotel view
Settings: Auto mode, no night shot (ISO 160, 1/60s)
Night mode long exposure in a moving cruise ship (ISO 400, 3s)
Night mode long exposure in a moving cruise ship (ISO 400, 3s)
Auto mode (ISO 400, 1/25s)
Auto mode (ISO 400, 1/25s)
Auto mode (ISO 1000, 1/17s)
Auto mode (ISO 1000, 1/17s)
The 2nd tallest building in the world (ISO 200, 1/33s)
The 2nd tallest building in the world (ISO 200, 1/33s)
View from the 2nd tallest building in the world (ISO 500, 1/25s)
View from the 2nd tallest building in the world (ISO 500, 1/25s)
Shangri-La Shenzhen view
View from Shangri-La Shenzhen (ISO 500, 1/20s)
Shenzhen at night (ISO 160, 1/50s)
Shenzhen at night (ISO 160, 1/50s)


Note: If you want to download the actual images, I took, check this link now.


The result? Still crazy GOOD for a smartphone! Most of the shots we got has plenty of details and accurate exposure. It has a bit of oversharpening. But, the overall lowlight photo quality (especially the dynamic range) is far better than any smartphone we tested yet.

The handheld auto long exposure just works!

The P20 Pro at the back
The P20 Pro at the back

In case you missed our review, it has a 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto sensor. 

It also has 4D predictive focus, AIS, 5x zoom, and dual tone LED flash for photography.

Normally, you will need a tripod, gorilla pod, or a phone/camera stand before you can take long exposure shots.

But with AIS (Artificial Image Stabilization), the AI-assisted tech by Huawei, you can take images with no blur even without a tripod for up to 6 seconds long.

The above-mentioned camera specs and features are the reasons why we are confident that the P20 Pro can deliver nice lowlight shots.

In case you are eyeing to own a P20 Pro, it is now PHP 4,000 pesos more affordable.

From PHP 44,990, it is now priced at just PHP  40,990 only.

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).