In a time when video platforms are getting record viewership numbers, making videos is shaping up to be a popular option.
Among all the types of content, one can make, vlogs are perhaps one of the most accessible options to anyone without a background in video production. With that said, you can’t start empty-handed.
To start off, you need camera gear, but maybe you’re not ready to take the plunge just yet. There’s a great alternative – HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro. Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone comes with powerful cameras and a comprehensive set of video capture features that let users create incredible videos.
HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro comes pre-installed with AppGallery, Huawei’s official app marketplace. There you’ll find a wide range of global and local popular apps for photo and video editing apps to productivity tools and games. You can find apps on Petal Search, Huawei’s official search engine, which complements AppGallery to provide a quick and convenient means for finding apps, news, videos, images and more. Guess what? All this without Google Play.
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Here are some of our favourite things about the device and why we reckon it will help you get your vlogging venture started.
Made for video capture
Smartphone vloggers tend to film with the front camera. That way, they have access to the screen at all times – great for ensuring that the video is framed correctly. Whereas other smartphones may come with a lacklustre front camera, that’s not the case with HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.
The Ultra Vision Selfie Camera upfront features a 3:2 sensor with a class-leading pixel size of 1.22μm. From a technical point of view, footage captured on a 3:2 sensor requires less cropping to produce 16:9 videos, the standard aspect ratio for widescreen films, HDTVs and most online videos. Having a large pixel size means you’ll get detailed footage that is comparable to what other smartphones can only do with their rear cameras. To the layperson, this all means you’ll be able to get great looking videos easily, anytime and anywhere.
One of the key things that make HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro such a great starter camera is its versatility – it combines the functionalities of several pieces of camera equipment and makes them all accessible from a highly intuitive user interface.
First off, the Ultra Vision Cine Camera is fitted with an ultra-wide lens supporting fields of view of up to 100 degrees. This provides great flexibility in how you can frame your shot – you don’t need to buy a selfie stick to get a wide enough perspective that doesn’t get filled up by faces.
HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro also offers AI image stabilisation, enabling you to get steady footage without the help of a gimbal. Lighting also isn’t an issue, thanks to the powerful features such as XD Fusion HDR Video that lets you effortlessly create videos with high dynamic range.
Sights are important, but so are sounds. You’ll be doing a lot of talking when you’re vlogging, and the last thing you want is to have your voice drowned out by the hustle and bustle of everything happening around you.
With the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro, you get two fantastic features that are made for quality audio capture. When shooting with the Ultra Vision Cine Camera, you get access to Audio Zoom, which lets you amplify the audio of a source as you zoom in. On the other hand, the Ultra Vision Selfie Camera supports Audio Focus, a directional sound pickup solution that lets you amplify your voice while boosting clarity and minimising the ambient noise. Either way, you’ll not only look good on videos, but you’ll also sound good as well.
Easily add diversity
In vlogs, you are the centre of focus, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the video cannot benefit from having a variety of different shots. On the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro, you have a wealth of options. First, both cameras support slow-motion capture. With the Ultra Vision Selfie Camera, you can easily spice up your vlogs with stunning Full HD Ultra Slow Motion footage shot at 240fps. The Dual-View Video feature lets you create a video showing two perspectives by capturing with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously. With it, capture what’s around you and your genuine reactions at once. It’s incredibly easy to use too – accessible from the ‘more’ tab in the native camera app, it only takes one tap to start the recording, and the device takes care of the rest.
There’s also Story Creator, which offers a selection of video templates for you to easily create videos with movie magic. It takes minimal effort to use – just point, start recording and hold still. Depending on the template, the device does all panning and tilting by itself, leveraging AI and the various lenses at the back to mimic various camera movements.
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Whether you’re planning to go full-time vlogging or just dabble in online content creation this winter, HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro is a fantastic device you can depend on. Definitely our best choice smartphone in 2021.