Does AI matter in a camera? LG V30S vs Huawei P20 Pro vs Google Pixel 2

AI Camera sourroundings on P20 Pro for food

AI-assisted cameras are one of this year’s hottest buzzwords. The devise is to assistance us take better-looking pictures, obsequious machines are softened photographers than we and I.

You’ll find a technology packed into high form releases like a Huawei P20 Pro, LG G7 ThinQ, and Google Pixel 2, and more. It comes in some opposite forms though. Huawei and LG use stage arrangement algorithms to adjust their tone profiles and post-processing accordingly. Google leans heavily on appurtenance learning-based HDR+ post-processing to enhance all of a cinema by a Visual Core hardware.

For this article, we’ll review AI-assisted and unchanging shots from a Pixel 2, along with a Huawei P20 Pro and LG V30S, to see if these modes indeed furnish softened formula than their unchanging cameras. All 3 phones yield a choice to spin AI/HDR+ support off and on in their default cameras, so let’s see what changes a “AI” algorithm creates contra customary shots.



Right out of a gate, a Huawei P20 Pro shows off usually what a disproportion a “AI” capabilities can make. The camera took a flattering good offset HDR-esque shot, yet it was somewhat underexposed a foreground, and remade it into a many softened exposed, intensely clear scene. The English panorama positively isn’t that immature after this dry prohibited summer, yet if you’re going an radiant demeanour a P20 Pro produces a shot no other camera offers.

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Huawei P20 Pro Landscape AI OFF

Huawei P20 Pro Landscape AI ON

Google Pixel 2 Landscape HDR OFFGoogle Pixel 2 Landscape HDR ON
Google Pixel 2 Landscape HDR OFF

Google Pixel 2 Landscape HDR ON

LG V30S Landscape AI OFFLG V30S Landscape AI ON
LG V30S Landscape AI OFF

LG V30S Landscape AI ON

The Google Pixel 2 offers a ideally excellent shot even yet HDR activated. Switching it on fixes adult some of a tiny bearing issues with a clouds, during a tiny responsibility of tone superfluity in a weed and sky, and over-darkening of a trees. Arguably a HDR design doesn’t utterly do a comfortable summer’s day justice, tinting a design somewhat on a cold side.

The LG V30S, on a other hand, overexposes a design to lighten adult a foreground. The colors fit a stage well, yet a AI camera choice usually relates a slight tweak to a tone grading, rather than overhauling a design like a P20 Pro. It’s a hardly conspicuous difference.


The Google Pixel 2’s HDR underline puts in another plain opening in this shot, and a colors reason adult softened this time around. All 3 cameras hoop this shot utterly well, yet Google’s AI duty works best here. HDR again fixes adult a cloud bearing and also lends a some-more healthy and minute demeanour to a mill on a apart building.

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Google Pixel 2 Building HDR OFF

Google Pixel 2 Building HDR ON

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LG V30S Building AI OFF

LG V30S Building AI ON

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Huawei P20 Pro Building AI ON

It’s a tighten runoff with a LG V30S’ images, that both offer excellent bearing and good colors. Switching on a AI camera boosts a superfluity rather noticeably. It’s not too distant to totally blow out a picture, yet many viewers, including myself, will substantially dislike a unnaturally high contrast.

The Huawei P20 Pro’s AI choice takes an even some-more extreme proceed to tone saturation. The strange design is already as good unprotected as Google’s HDR+ algorithm and captures a blue of a sky maybe best out of all 3 cameras. However, a AI mode dials all adult to 11, again producing a many thespian look. This time around, it’s excessive. The important vignette to a design feels totally nonessential given a abounding tweaks already made. It’s striking, yes, yet positively not an ascent over a customary picture.

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Social media loves a good food design and it’s no warn a AI cameras are flattering poignant during detecting several foods.

The V30S gives us a many important boost to tone superfluity this time, that unequivocally creates a fruit in this stage cocktail out. It’s many some-more eye-catching than Huawei’s camera software, that simply ups a bearing and liughtness a tad. The P20 Pro’s cinema are both good and bright, yet a AI design is cleared out compared to a other dual examples. LG’s punchy tone form is also a softened demeanour for amicable media than a Pixel 2’s HDR shot.


LG V30S Food AI ON

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Google Pixel 2 Food HDR OFF

Google Pixel 2 Food HDR ON

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Huawei P20 Pro Food AI ON

The Google Pixel 2’s HDR+ provides a many important change to a image. The churned bearing stitching doesn’t usually severely urge a bearing of a back light source, it also evens out a bearing of a fruit.

The colors are good and punchy, yet I’m uncertain possibly a HDR+ design indeed looks softened here given a content. The shadowing on a theme matter is diminished, creation a fruit demeanour prosaic and a bit tedious compared to a non-HDR+ picture. The grapes demeanour utterly weird. The HDR bearing is certainly finely offset and a best of a bunch, yet there’s no encouragement here tailored to arrangement off a good dish (or fruit in this case).


Both a LG V30S and Huawei P20 Pro cameras can detect flowers, and a ubiquitous bent is again to boost tone superfluity to make a design unequivocally pop. The Huawei P20 Pro is a some-more thespian here, boosting a contrariety ratio to unequivocally prominence a petals. All of a formula are rather good looking, given a comparatively low light in this picture, yet a P20 Pro’s AI shows off a flowers a best.

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Huawei P20 Pro Flowers AI ON

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LG V30S Flowers AI OFF

LG V30S Flowers AI ON

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Google Pixel 2 Camera HDR OFF

Google Pixel 2 Camera HDR ON

The LG V30S detects a stage and relates identical tone boost to a P20, yet doesn’t utterly container a same punch. This is partly due to a picture’s heat warming adult a tad, that gives a black list an peculiar blue-ish hue.

The Google Pixel 2 is some-more interesting, as regulating HDR+ indeed decreases a tone saturation. Instead, a camera prioritizes boosting a low blacks and enlightening a white highlights, while also shortening design sound due to a low light. It’s unequivocally successful during that, yet a flower petals look washed out by comparison and a mode roughly replaces a purple petals with blue. The non-HDR+ sourroundings provides a softened demeanour here.

Other “AI” capabilities

Truth be told, we fast ran out of AI modes to exam on these phones. Other than some variations on stage detection, LG’s AI camera doesn’t offer anything utterly smart. However, a series of a Huawei P20 Pro’s facilities clearly use appurtenance training algorithms for some-more modernized purposes. In serve to a long bearing Night mode we’ve looked during before, we wish to prominence a request scanning feature. Not indispensably for a usefulness, yet for a perfect impressiveness.

The P20 Pro is means to brand a design above and in serve to charity a dedicated Text encouragement option, it is also suggests a “document scanning” mode. The camera not usually pics out a page yet also rotates a design and calm clearly by 3D space to choice a design as if it had been scanned. That’s some severely considerable appurtenance training to keep a calm legible.

It’s not hugely useful unless we wish to constraint sum of a print or flyer during an angle to review later. I’ve used it large times to seize arrangement slides, yet admittedly that’s flattering niche. Still, no one else has a underline like this and it serves prominence how AI camera record can do some-more than usually change design colors.

Low light, HDR, tough exposure

The P20 Pro’s UI doesn’t tell you, yet a camera is able of a unequivocally Google-eqsue HDR effect.

None of a cameras offer a dedicated AI mode or prompt for low light. The P20 Pro became a bit confused infrequently suggesting Concert, Fireworks, and Sun Set modes when looking during a candle, yet didn’t advise switching into a considerable Night mode. There is something going on underneath a hood, as a phone will arrangement a “steady your device” prompt and outputs what resembles a Google-esque HDR+ design in low light. This choice is usually accessible in a “Photo” mode yet and doesn’t seem in Pro.

The LG V30S has no dedicated AI low light mode, yet automatically kicks in a splendid mode in some circumstances. This mode usually activates when AI Cam is switched off, strangely enough. A few exam shots we took, nonetheless brighter, looked grainy and lacked detail.

Huawei P20 Pro Candle Pro ModeHuawei P20 Pro Candle Photo Mode (added HDR?)
Huawei P20 Pro Candle Pro Mode

Huawei P20 Pro Candle Photo Mode (added HDR?)

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Google Pixel 2 Candle HDR OFF

Google Pixel 2 Candle HDR ON

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LG V30S Candle AI OFF

LG V30S Candle AI ON

Of course, a Google Pixel 2’s HDR+ mode is built for this form of sourroundings and hands in a unequivocally good result. It balances a bearing of a splendid candlelight opposite the dark credentials and offers estimable sound rebate over a default design too. However, a candlelight should be a yellow-orange rather than white, and so a camera’s white change welfare is off totally here. This is a box with HDR on and off.

The Huawei P20 Pro does an even softened pursuit with a chronicle of HDR processing, or whatever this is. Just as a reminder, we didn’t fire this with a HDR or Night mode options, usually a unchanging Photo mode. Clearly there’s a form of HDR or a churned bearing algorithm holding place. The candles are even softened unprotected than on a Pixel, charity well-developed levels of fact while maintaining dim blacks and unequivocally low noise. The tone change is a small on a comfortable side, yet flattering accurate to how a stage was illuminated in genuine life.

The LG V30S has a many accurate tone balance, yet a AI Cam doesn’t make any disproportion in this stage and a Brightness Mode didn’t flog in either.

HDR and churned bearing algorithms are some-more useful than tone tweaking ‘AI’.

To showcase this likeness a step further, here’s a better-lit shot that still triggered a effect. Huawei’s doing is even stronger than Google’s, yet they both successfully revoke credentials overexposure and lighten forehead theme matter. we don’t many caring for a mostly flattened demeanour this proceed offers, nor for Huawei’s ambiguous doing of a feature. However, HDR bearing improvement is a some-more absolute apparatus than many of a “AI” suggestions we looked during earlier.

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Huawei P20 Pro No Enhancement

Huawei P20 Pro Auto Enhancement

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Google Pixel 2 HDR OFF

Google Pixel 2 HDR ON

Do AI cameras assistance or hinder?

As we can see from a results, it’s a churned bag opposite all of a inclination we tested. LG and Huawei’s tweaks ranged from pointed to overbearing. Most of a time, it’s preferable to leave a AI sourroundings off. Many of a changes could be copied during convenience thereafter if we unequivocally wish them. Google’s HDR+ doing is unequivocally opposite and clearly helps to recompense for a singular occasions when a camera’s bearing is a small off. It also offers softened energetic operation over other cameras, yet this infrequently comes during a cost of drab colors. Overall, it’s a many pointed and unchanging of a technologies.

LG really offers a many simple AI camera record of a three. It does small some-more than color profile and filter switching. Google’s HDR+ is many some-more useful for ubiquitous design enhancements. Huawei’s P20 Pro appears to do a bit of both.

Getting an AI camera to even detect a preferred stage can be tricky, as there is usually a singular operation of options to collect from. LG’s program spits out copiousness of disproportion for what it’s looking at, yet mostly this won’t outcome in a change of settings. Huawei’s is likewise finicky, struggling to tell a disproportion between Flowers and Greenery settings, and constantly switching in and out of a Blue Sky option. Google’s tech is softened in this courtesy since it’s always accessible should we need it, yet mostly pointed adequate not to be missed if it doesn’t trigger.

Some cinema advantage from HDR and tone enhancements, others don’t. AI attempts to confirm for you, yet it’s strike and miss.

This is not a impact asperse for Google. The record is particularly slower than a rivals, overdue to a churned design stitching algorithm. This creates holding unbroken HDR+ shots of suit roughly impossible. It’s also not calm wakeful in a same approach as “AI” from LG and Huawei, so a outcome doesn’t always tailor good to specific scenarios.

From what I’ve seen, an AI camera really isn’t a make or mangle feature. More mostly than not, you’re softened off creation your possess visualisation call for a picture. Fortunately, all of these AI and HDR settings can be simply toggled on and off.

What do we consider of these pictures? Is an AI camera value it to you? Sound off in a comments!


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