Huawei Mate 50 Pro front camera scores tie with iPhone 14 Pro

Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Chinese brand, Huawei, was a major force in the mobile phone market before the U.S. ban put a hold on its growth. While the ban affects Huawei in different ways, there are some aspects of the mobile phone that the ban does not affect. One such area is the camera department. Even before the ban, Huawei has one of the best mobile phone cameras in the market. Because the company do not rely on any U.S. brand or even American tech in its camera, it continues to do well with mobile phone camera even after the ban. DxOMark is a standard mobile camera testing platform and the Huawei Mate 50 Pro made a glamorous entry.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro

DxOMark tested the front camera of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro. The final test result is 145 points, the same score as the iPhone 14 Pro. Both mobile phones are now joint first on the DxOMark front camera ranking. For the rear camera, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro scores 149 points while the iPhone 14 Pro lags behind with 146 points even behind mobile phones like Honor Magic4 Ultimate and Google Pixel 7 Pro. It is important to note that both the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max use the same front and rear camera. Thus, the Pro Max version of the iPhone 14 is not any better than the Pro version.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro camera

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes with a 13MP front lens with an aperture of f/2.4 aperture. To support this front camera, the company adds a 3D deep sensing camera. This front sensor supports 4K video recording. At the moment, not many front cameras in the mobile phone industry support 4K videos. Except for the fixed-focus front camera, most of the image specs of the Mate 50 Pro are the same as the Huawei P50 Pro. However, due to the new software solution and fine tuning, the image strength of the Mate 50 Pro is stronger than that of the P50 Pro.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro

For video, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro can record at 4K resolution at 30 frames per second with the Vivid HDR mode enabled. The Mate 50 Pro scored top in several DXO test categories, including Exposure, Focus, Noise, and Flash.

DXOMark believes that the Pros and Cons of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro front camera are:


  • Good skin tone in the photo
  • Photos and videos have good exposure and dynamic range
  • Good detail and very little noise
  • Subjects are always sharp, even in group shots
  • Video noise is well controlled in bright light and indoors
  • Accurate white balance and nice colors
  • Wide Depth of Field in Video


  • Local texture loss may occur in some cases, especially in low light images
  • Rear desaturated skin tones in backlit scenes
  • Artifacts such as color quantization and localized loss of facial texture in photos
  • Rough noise and lack of detail in low light videos
  • Rear low contrast in video
  • Skin tones are slightly inaccurate in some cases
  • Video artifacts, including localized movement of textures, color quantization, and ghosting

Huawei Mate 50 Pro tops DXOMARK in the image test with 149 points

Back in October, DxOMark released the test result for the Huawei Mate 50 Pro for the images (rear camera). After testing, Huawei Mate 50 Pro ranks first in the DxOMark global image ranking with a total score of 149 points. However, during the testing process, DxOMark as usual identified some Pros and Cons with the rear camera of the Mate 50 Pro.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro


The Pros and Cons of this camera are

Pros of Huawei Mate 50 Pro rear camera:

  • Wide dynamic range for photos and videos
  • Rich picture details
  • Photo noise is very well controlled
  • Large depth of field for group shots in bright light
  • Good detail preservation at all zoom ranges
  • Pleasant bokeh simulation
  • Autofocus in photos and videos is generally fast and accurate
  • Pleasant colors in bright light
  • Motion afterimages are well controlled in video mode

Cons of Huawei Mate 50 Pro rear camera:

  • Slight white balance cast sometimes visible
  • Differences between preview and final image are often observed in tricky scenes
  • Shooting is sometimes slightly slower when shooting tricky scenes
  • Differences in sharpness are often visible between frames of the video

DxOMark officially stated that Huawei Mate 50 Pro has a combination of powerful hardware and meticulous software tuning. The device can provide top-level performance in a balanced manner in most functions. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro captures high quality photos and videos in all lighting conditions, setting itself apart from the low light imaging competition. What makes all this possible is the new design of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro that controls the amount of captured light in many scenarios – the variable aperture system. The variable aperture also plays an important role in portrait shooting, while achieving a large depth of field, which is especially suitable for shooting with multiple people.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro

All the tests of DxOMark are completed under the default settings of the mobile phone. Thus, this test is carried out in the default mode of primary color under the XMAGE imaging system of the Mate 50 Pro. Some people have concerns about the authenticity of DxOMark rating. However, this rating has proven to be pretty decent over the years.

The top ten camera scores in the current DXOMARK comprehensive list are:

Ranking Model Camera Selfie Audio Screen
1 Huawei Mate 50 Pro 149
2 Honor Magic4 Ultimate 147 140
3 Google Pixel 7 Pro 147 142 146
4 Apple iPhone 14 Pro 146 145 142 149
5 Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max 146 142 149
6 Huawei P50 Pro 143 144 119 135
7 Mi 11 Ultra 141 125 119 124
8 Apple iPhone 13 Pro 141 134 139 144
9 Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 141 134 139 145
10 Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ 139

The main specifications of the Mate 50 Pro camera are

  • Main camera: 50MP sensor, 24mm equivalent f/1.4 – f/4.0 variable aperture lens, OIS
  • Ultra wide-angle: 13MP sensor, equivalent to 13mm f/2.2 lens
  • Telephoto: 64MP sensor, 90mm equivalent f/3.5 lens, OIS
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