GadgetSnaps: Huawei P50 Pro in Zambales

With several new smartphones on the horizon, can the Huawei P50 Pro still keep up with the smartphone photography competition? After reviewing the Huawei P50 Pro back in January, this is the best time for a follow-up — specifically about its camera performance.

For the curious ones, here are the specifics of its camera hardware:

  • 50MP f/1.8 wide (PDAF, Laser AF, OIS)
  • 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
  • 64MP f/3.5 periscope telephoto (PDAF + OIS)
    • 3.5x optical zoom
    • 100x digital zoom
  • 40MP f/1.6 B&W sensor
  • 13MP f/2.4 front camera

98 percent of the shots were taken using Auto Mode while some are indicated that they were shot in Pro Mode. Meanwhile, other photos were post-processed using VSCO — a photo-editing app I always use.

Day I

Patungo sa Kagubatan (Into the Woods)

From the Greater Manila Area, it took us five hours of driving (plus stopovers and pee breaks) before we’ve reached our destination. To be specific, we’re at the ever-popular Liwliwa Beach in San Felipe, Zambales.

Seeing the cottages inside and out for the first time made me realize to use the ultra-wide lens of the P50 Pro. Unlike other ultra-wide lenses of other phones, I like this because it’s actually the “wider” 120-degree lens.

After roaming around, I found a nearby forest area just beside the resort we’re staying at. Me and my friend took some #OOTD shots against the naturesque side of San Felipe.

Takipsilim (Sunset)

We arrived just in time for the Golden Hour!

We took this mandatory groufie first before taking shots of ourselves against that blistering ball of fire.

I then framed each of my friends in the scene. Believe it or not, these photos were taken candidly.

Several minutes passed, the sun continued setting. This gave a better orange-y effect on two of my friends. The glimmering sea waves is something I never expected to be in the shot since P50 Pro’s viewfinder doesn’t display the final photo output — especially when HDR and AI are both turned on.

Post-processed using VSCO

It won’t be complete without me and my shots in the set. Here, I just love how I processed these shots more than what the P50 Pro actually took through Auto Mode. The color-grading technique I used evokes more warmth — at least in my feeling.

Liwanag sa Dilim (Light in darkness)

We’re all tired from the trip but we need something to eat. Red hotdogs (whether fried or grilled) are essential for every beach trip. They taste better when you use your hands after dipping in salty seawater 🥴

After some time of them grilling and cooking, we finally get to eat! Even if we’re all mad hungry, I still tried to persuade them to take an ultra-wide night time groufie as a receipt of hard work.

Pro Mode

Since the proprietary Night Mode of P50 Pro doesn’t do much on such a dark scenery of the beach at night, I tried switching to Pro Mode and adjusted settings including Focus Area, ISO Sensitivity around 3200 to 4000, and Shutter Speed around one to two seconds.

P.S: I was able to produce these shots despite the absence of a tripod.

Portrait Mode (1x)

A wild Pokémon has appeared! My friend wanted some night-time beach photos against these bright lights. Instead of using Auto Mode, I opted for Portrait Mode to imitate a professional camera-like Depth-of-Field (blur).

Portrait Mode (2x)

As the night got colder, these two love birds made the night hotter 🔥🥵  I used the same mode except that I zoomed in further to 2x — and it’s evident in the night balls behind them.

Meanwhile, these shots were taken using Night Mode and Auto Mode with AI ON respectively. As long as there’s a fair amount of light source, the P50 Pro could simply do its magic on low-light photos above.

Day II

Bukang-liwayway (daybreak)

Most of my friends were fast asleep, but three of us were wide awake and stayed up all night just to see the sunrise.

This was also the time I argued that Zambales (just like La Union, Batangas, Quezon, Palawan, and Boracay) will never see the sun rise because it’s facing the West (as sun rises in the East).

Surprisingly, just after a 30-minute interval, the 5AM sky turned into this delightful morning photo showing these rays of sunlight.

My friends even enjoyed the moment by taking photos of the melancholic sky all before one went around to take another photo of the sunrise at the other part of the beach.

While HDR didn’t do much for the subject, I like how the sun rays behind her actually imitated a crown-like pattern #Queendom👑.

Umagang kay ganda (a beautiful morning)

Post-processed using VSCO

An hour has passed, people started swarming the beach. Most of them were there either to take an early splash, a morning walk, or just to witness the gradient morning sky.

While I started to feel a li’l bit sleepy, some of those asleep started waking up one-by-one. I went with them to wake myself up and take a swim right before the sun gets harsher on the skin.

Wide (1x)

3.5x Zoom

3.5x Zoom

These two best friends started posing for the Huawei P50 Pro. The candidness of the two paired with the motion of sea waves gives the photos above a sense of dynamism.

Wide | 3.5x Zoom

Another lovey-dovey couple has appeared. Just like the other photos taken prior, the P50 Pro perfectly captured their sudden smiles in accordance to the slumps of sea waves.

10x Zoom | 3.5x Zoom

Right before my other friend did her usual beach poses for her usual Instagram posting, I actually tested the 10x digital zoom of the P50 Pro. To my surprise, it’s clear enough even if it lacks a dedicated 10x telephoto lens that my friend even loved the shot more than the others.

And as a pet lover, it would be a miss not to take photos of this chomky doggo (chunky dog) by the beach and the floofy puppi (fluffy puppy) at the other side of the town. More of that in the next section.

Karurukan, kapatagan, at kalaliman (peak, flatness, and depth)

As spontaneous as it sounds, two of my friends actually enticed us to go to a nearby “river” that’s only known to the residents of the town. After several discussions between us and the locals, we’ve decided to take a short trip in the neighboring municipality of Cabangan, just north of San Felipe.

3.5x Zoom

Wide | Ultra-wide

After 40 minutes of van ride and 2 hours of walking under the scorching afternoon heat, we finally reached Agbobotilya River.

Ultra-wide | Wide

The river is composed of small to humongous rocks where we can walk and sit.

Ultra-wide | Wide | Zoom

While others were already swimming and dipping on the other side of the river together with other locals, I decided to take photos for souvenir instead.

I already sound like a corrupted audio CD but I love how the P50 Pro captures my friend above. The river flow and splashes against her movement and the breezy wind actually looked like the time stopped just for the subject, foreground, and background to freeze.

Wide | 3.5x Zoom

After more than an hour of picture-taking and splashing by the rocky river, we finally decided to go back. Instead of having another round of walking for two hours, good locals of the province of Zambales offered us an exhilarating ride through a six-wheel truck. That shortened the trip to just thirty (30) minutes.

Unfortunately, I used my friend’s iPhone 13 Pro Max instead of the P50 Pro when that particular scenario happened.

Finally, a group photo to keep after that endless walking and bumpy truck ride journey.

Ang tunog ng dagat (Sound of the sea)

We finally went back to the beach resort! Some of us decided to splurge into the waves before the sun actually sets.

Despite having a strong light source, the P50 Pro was still able to expose my friend with HDR and AI turned on.

After I turned 180 degrees from my last position, I switched to Portrait Mode to take the photos of my other friend. Whether using wide or zoom, you’ll get desirable shots with the right amount of blur behind.

Another friend then requested for “sunkissed” photos of her. I went back to using Auto Mode and it was still able to produce great-looking portraits.

You can never go wrong using Auto Mode for most scenarios since it still makes the right amount of segmentation between the foreground, subject, and background.

Post-processed using VSCO

As we’re all pumped up after that tiring walk, I’m summing up this day with two sunset shots. The first one was taken using an ultra-wide lens while the other was screen-captured while taking a 4K video of the sunset itself.


Sukdulan ng init (extreme heat)

Unlike the other day, most of us went by the beach as early as 9 in the morning — which is already harsh for our skin.

Wide (1x) | Ultra-wide | 3.5x Zoom

After eating my breakfast, I immediately went out from our cottage to the beachside. My friend asked me to take her new beach photos in her third opposing bikini pair.

Wide (1x) | Ultra-wide

Some of us then decided to find a nearby coffee shop. We instead found a better wooded area than the one aforementioned at the first part of this article.

Wide (1x) | Ultra-wide

I took some photos of my friend and she did the same for me. Due to the P50 Pro’s ultra-wide lens, I suddenly grew to 7-foot-tall from 5’7″ 🤩  No need for height-boosting supplements I guess?

Tabing-dagat (Beach)

I used the P50 Pro’s ultra-wide and wide lenses respectively to take photos of this beach resort one last time.

Post-processed using VSCO

I thank the thinness and lightness of the P50 Pro for cooperating with my broken phone mount in taking these amazing group photos using the wide (1x) and ultra-wide rear cameras with a 5-second interval.

Wide (1x) | 3.5x Zoom

The flexibility of P50 Pro’s cameras actually make way for more creative-looking shots.

3.5x Zoom | Wide (1x)

While sometimes focusing is an issue when zooming in, I still see it as a good thing when it fits a certain photograph vibe I’m looking for.

And sometimes, using the wide sensor is enough for taking great photos for social media (or even for print).

Ultra-wide selfie | Ultra-wide rear

In tight situations, ultra-wide (whether front or rear) saves the day in making your group photos look less tight and suffocating.

These are the last shots of my friend and myself sitting on a wooden beach chair against those traditionally-styled nipa hut cottage at the back. This three-day beach trip was fun and memorable — and the P50 Pro’s camera prowess made every bit of it better.

Great for GadgetSnaps?

Just like what I said in my review article, the Huawei P50 Pro is no slouch. The five cameras are topnotch with little to no adjustments after being captured. The consistency between the ultra-wide, wide, and its 3.5x zoom lenses (plus the fast and consistent autofocus) contribute to why this smartphone is a must-have if you’re into mobile photography.

It still is a bold statement but it can compete with the likes of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S22+, and even the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Even if there was an obvious disappearance of an essential feature that is in the heart of non-Huawei Android devices, Huawei’s camera capabilities hasn’t faded at all.

And even if this phone lacks 5G connectivity and GMS (Google Mobile Services), I still enjoyed using it a lot not just as an all-day multimedia device, but also my main device when taking photos (and some videos).

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