Urban photography with a smartphone: using the Huawei P20

Every time a new smartphone is released it is inevitable there is going to be some sort of hullaballoo about the quality of camera attached to it.  I recently bought the new Huawei P20, not the top of the range three lensed P20 Pro but it’s slightly cheaper, two lensed sibling.

We’ve all seen the marketing, the inevitable iPhone shot cover – funnily enough forgetting to mention the highly skilled photographer, the impeccable studio space, assistants and the thousand pounds of lighting – apparently it’s just the phone that does the work, but there you go.

All that being said, I wanted to try out the Huawei P20 for myself and see how it measured up for use for me scouting some urban / architectural style shots.  So I thought I would give it a try on one of many aimless ambles.  Maybe this will be better option for me than a dslr with a 50mm Inormally use when scouting locations? 

It is amazing how different the experience is using a smartphone compared to using my traditional styled cameras.  There is no denying the convenience factor but  I still handling a bit fiddly when photography with a smartphone.

Shoot raw if you like but if I have to be honest I'm not entirely sure if I really need this in a smartphone... Time will tell.  


On the plus side smartphone design but default nudge you towards framing vertically instead of horizontally, so it is good to see things a bit differently.  It can be all too easy to fall in to habit of landscape framing when using a dslr or mirrorless camera.  

Good enough for social media

Leica lens

Smartphones still a bit fiddly

not all that stable

HDR use a lot

Good points