The single speaker placed on the lower edge of the device is responsible for playing music. It is loud, it sounds good even on the highest volume level and it works while playing Netflix series or while gaming. Though those, who are sensitive to the audio quality might not be entirely happy from the sound – we can always influence its quality by using the Huawei Histen equalizer.
The manufacturer prepared a clear and aesthetical Music app for playing audio files, unfortunately there is no FM radio. Though in the hour of web stations and streaming services (and the lack of a minijack in most modern smartphones) this is not a problem for most people.
Photos and video
In total, Huawei Nova 3 has four cameras. Two are placed in the notch and are used for selfies. While on the back panel there is a dual camera, which has 16- (main) and 24-megapixel (additional) sensors, both with f/1.8 lenses. The additional sensor is a monochromatic one, and its job is, first of all, to measure the depth in photos, second of all it provides a 2x zoom, and third of all it enhances the photos’ quality, especially in weaker lighting. Ale cameras are supported with an AI, which is responsible for recognizing scenes and using the best settings.
The camera app is provided by the manufacturer and it offers a wide range of functions, though it is difficult to call them over the standard ones. One of the edges is taken by icons for settings, AI, moving pictures, LED flash and the scanner (QR codes and objects that are supposed to be searched for in Amazon), in the centre of the shot we have the zoom switch (1x or 2x), on the opposite side the edge is taken by the slider with particular modes, as well as the trigger shutter, photo’s preview (moved to the gallery with a click) and a switch between the main and the front camera. Unfortunately, we need to make some effort in order to get to the HDR mode – and it does not work in the auto mode. In general, the mode set is pretty impressive:
- Aperture – we can choose the appropriate depth of field,
- AR lens –here we can find 3D Qmoji, effects, backgrounds and 3D objects,
- Portrait – it adds bokeh and make up effects to photos,
- Photo – auto mode,
- Video – recording videos,
- More – here we will find the Pro mode (white balance configuration, exposure time, exposure value, focus and ISO) Slow-mo, Night, Panorama, Monochrome, Light painting, HDR, Time-lapse, Filter, 3D Panorama, Watermark and Document scan.
The camera is supported with AI, which the smartphones owes it to the NPU in the Kirin 970 CPU. Sometimes it gives nice results, but more often I did not enjoy its work. It recognizes the scenery and, according to what was recognized, adjusts the shots parameters, but often photos were overexposed, colours were unnatural and the whole was too focused and with a too intensive HDR. Personally I prefer photos without AI – but maybe future buyers of Nova 3 will have other opinion. Basically photos came out really decently, even during the night – this might not be the level of the P20 Pro model, the details’ level is much lower and it takes a bit longer to capture the photo, but they are bright enough and colours are natural. Just see for yourself:
The front camera is a dual one, in this case the main camera has 24 megapixels and an f/2.0 aperture, it is supported by an additional 2 megapixel sensor, which in this case is used only for measuring the depth of field. The app adds a portrait mode and HDR Pro for controlling overexposures, and the quality itself is great. Photos have a high level of details and great colours representation, we cannot complain about the focus either. Background blurring works great. If you are a selfies fan, Nova 3 will definitely not disappoint you.
Videos can be recorded with the maximum resolution of 4K with 30 frames per second, the standard resolution is Full HD with 30 and 60 frames per second. Unfortunately, there is no image stabilization, even a digital one. That is why videos recorded (without a gimbal) while moving will not have the best quality. Besides this the overall quality is rather decent – I have no concerns towards the smoothness and colours representation, and the autofocus usually works good.