Huawei P40 Pro Image Stabilization Demo Seems Too Good to Be True

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Huawei recently revealed the P40 Pro smartphone: the company’s latest flagship complete with some very impressive camera specs. But the most impressive thing about this phone might not be the cameras themselves, but their insane digital image stabilization.

Shortly after the announcement last week, a video started making the rounds that purports to show just how advanced the AI-based stabilization in the P40 Pro really is. You can see for yourself up top—the person is moving the phone wildly, and yet the image stays rock stead, almost like it’s a still image on the screen.

One of two things is going on here: either the video was somehow faked in post, or there are some significant tradeoffs at play such as an extreme crop or significant artifacts when this level of “shake reduction” is applied. Even if it is real, it’s impossible to tell how good this actually is without seeing the resulting videos that were allegedly being shot during the demo—digital stabilization, no matter how good, often produces noticeable artifacts in the form of jitter or wobble.

All of that said, if Huawei did manage to include some sort of incredible AI-powered anti-shake technology into the phone, even with a substantial crop, we would love to know about it. We’ve reached out to Huawei and will update this piece if and when we hear back. In the meantime, you can find a couple of legitimate reviews of the P40 Pro’s camera below:

(via DIY Photography)

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