A belated happy new year to you!
With my old mobile phone on its last legs (it was worth a princely £4 if I was to trade it in) I recently spent a while thinking about the options for a new one.
The sales guy in the shop told me about the amazing photos that the Huawei P20 Pro took. But I wondered if I’d be better off getting a cheaper phone and putting the savings towards a compact camera. I’d then be able to have something on me all the time when I’ve left my DSLR at home.
I’ve found the older I get the less decisive I am. I’ve decided to move country in less time than it now takes me to buy a continental quilt off the internet. There are too many choices and too many reviews. And now I had two decisions to make. What mobile phone to get and what would be the best compact camera, should I go down that route? Nightmare.
After about six days of reading reviews and getting deeper and deeper into a brain maze, I decided to go for the P20 Pro. I’ve taken a few shots with it and on first glance, they do look pretty good. The files are a hefty size so there’s a lot of information in there it would seem, but do they stand up to scrutiny against even a modest compact camera?
I’ll do a bit more shooting and address that in a later post. Thinking about it led me to dig out some of my earliest photos, taken with my Nikon Coolpix 5200. I bought it around 2005/2006 and it had a whopping 5.1 megapixels. The Huawei P20 Pro boasts 40 megapixels and Leica lenses.
I was a wee bit sceptical about the picture phone but the photos do look very impressive on screen.
For printing out, the sunglasses picture with my wee point-and-shoot was able to be blown up to a decent A3 print (and around 90cm on a canvas) and still look very good. It’ll be interesting to see if the P20 Pro can do the same.
I still like this photo, shot in Camden Town in 2006. It was one of the ones, amid a sea of throwaway pictures, that gave me a bit of a buzz at the beginning.
I’d noticed the bus with the eye on it approaching. I’d already clocked the sunglasses in the days before and had asked the vendor if he’d be okay with me taking a picture. Sometimes you need a bit of luck too, and this time it was just a case of waiting for the bus to arrive and for the eye on the advert to be reflected in the glasses.
I’d had a couple of bits of advice at the time as I started off. ‘Fill the frame’ was one of them, so I maybe had that in mind here.
There was no manual set up on that camera, but it still records the ISO, f-stop and shutter speed from the programme settings, as above.
I’ll be back soon with some observations about how the P20 Pro is shaping up.