Smartphones have evolved in leaps and bounds over the last few years and nowhere is that more evident than the cameras we’re seeing today.

Last year we saw Huawei take a bold leap in the realm of smartphone camera tech. The Huawei P30 Pro featured a digital zoom that could go up to 50X allowing you to take photos almost 500 metres away.

But we’re in a new year and that means that last year’s premium features are primed for mid-range smartphones. Case in point is the Huawei P40 lite which looks more like a premium smartphone than its mid-range counterparts and its half the price of a flagship smartphone.

But what is the camera like?

First up, you’re getting a much larger main sensor in the P40 lite compared to the P30 Pro. Housed in the P30 lite you’ll find a 48MP sensor with a F1/.8 aperture (we’ll come back to this in a minute). But there are four lenses in total in the P40 lite including a 8MP F/2.4 ultra wide angle lens, a 2MP Bokeh Len (F/2.4) and a 2MP (F/2.4) macro lens.

Upfront is a 16MP F/2.0 sensor contained in a discrete hole-punch design that gives you more screen real-estate upfront.

The real standout here is the aperture that allows for better quality images that are shot at night.

Together with Huawei AI Image Stabilization, you should see your night shots boasting better dynamic range, less noise and sharper images overall.

As for selfies, Huawei hasn’t ignored those of us looking for the perfect profile picture even at night. Multi-Frame Fusion combines multiple shots to create sharper selfies and Super Night Selfie 2.0 automatically brightens your face up at night.

This is particularly notable when photographing food in a dimly lit room. The macro lens lets you get close, as in within 4cm close, to take stunning photos your friends will think were shot on a professional camera.

To add to that impression the Bokeh lens lends a softening effect to photos to really make your portraits pop.

When you’re done shooting there is a wide array of photography apps on the Huawei AppGallery that you can make use of to edit your photos and make them pop just that little bit more before you share them online.

Even though it carries the “Lite” tag you’re still getting the same 4 200mAh battery as seen in the P40 Pro and Huawei’s expert craftsmanship its all new Huawei Mobile Services experience.

The Huawei P40 lite is available in South Africa now, you can shop for the handset online or through major retailers.

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