Huawei P30 Pro camera review: Next level optics, low-light king

Huawei’s
P30 Pro
is effectively a
Mate 20 Pro
with a better camera system, but, oh my, is this
camera system impressive. With a super high-resolution 40MP
standard lens, a wide-angle lens, and an impressively engineered 5x
optical telephoto lens, it’s hard not to get more than a little
excited about Huawei’s latest flagship.

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P30 Pro review: A phone with superpowers

In a time when smartphones have become increasingly similar,
Huawei has found a way to make the P30 Pro stand out: it gave it
superpowers. The new flagship’s ability to see in the dark is

While the technology in this device is exciting in concept, we
took it for a spin to see how it performs in everyday life. Is the
supposed 5x optical telephoto lens truly lossless? Even more
aspects of this camera system make it truly unique, so let’s jump
in to our full Huawei P30 Pro camera review.

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Huawei P30 Pro camera specs

Rear cameras: 

  • 40MP main (27mm) camera
    • f/1.6 aperture
    • 1/1.7 inch sensor
  • 16MP wide (16mm) camera
    • f/2.2 aperture
    • 1/2.7 inch sensor
    • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 8MP 5x optical telephoto (125mm) camera
    • f/3.4 aperture
    • 1/4 inch sensor
    • Optical Image Stabilization
  • TOF 3D camera
  • Dual LED flash
  • Phase-detection autofocus
  • Video: 4K, 1080p, 720p
  • Features: Aperture mode, Night mode, Portrait mode, Pro mode,
    AI filters, slow-mo, panorama, time-lapse, stickers, 5x optical
    telephoto zoom, 10x AI zoom, 50x zoom

Front camera:

  • 32MP camera
    • f/2.0 aperture
  • Video: 1080p, 720p
  • Features: Portrait mode, Aperture mode, Night mode, Auto-HDR,
    Sticker,  AI beautification, filters

Huawei P30 Pro camera app
Huawei P30 Pro camera app Photo mode

Huawei P30 Pro camera app More mode

Huawei P30 Pro camera app Photo settings

Huawei P30 Pro camera app Aperture mode

It’s clear Huawei created this phone for people who want to
get the most out of their images. While the app is fairly simple
for those who simply want to snap a photo and let the phone do all
the heavy lifting, there’s a huge number of settings to tune
image capture to your liking. The carousel on the bottom will
quickly guide you to more common modes like video, portrait, and
aperture modes, while more complex options are nested in the
settings menu. There’s also a toggle for rapid switching of wide,
standard, 5x telephoto and 10x zoom modes, which is useful if you
need to capture images more quickly.

  • Ease of use: 9/10
  • Intuitiveness: 8/10
  • Features: 9/10
  • Advanced Settings: 8/10

Score: 8.5/10 Daylight
Huawei P30 Pro daylight sample

Huawei P30 Pro daylight sample

Huawei P30 Pro daylight sample

Huawei P30 Pro daylight sample

The more light a camera sensor gets, the cleaner the image is
and the more quickly the shutter can close, freezing the image in
time with less blur. That’s why it’s fairly easy to get sharp
images during the day. However, Huawei cameras have long been
focused on quality shots in lower lighting conditions — something
the Huawei P30 Pro absolutely nails.

In brighter lighting conditions like daylight, the Huawei P30
Pro tends to overexpose images just a bit. Clarity is good, and
there is minimal motion blur, but areas of the image are brighter
than they appear in real life. This can be solved by manually
reducing the exposure, but most consumers will just want to open
the camera app and tap the shutter button. While overall quality is
quite good, exposure is a bit of a problem, just like it was on the
Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Score: 8/10 Color
Huawei P30 Pro color sample 4

Huawei P30 Pro color sample

Huawei P30 Pro color sample

Huawei P30 Pro color sample

The color from the Huawei P30 Pro camera is a bit de-saturated,
and most consumers probably won’t like it as much as the punchier
options on the market. While this gives you more flexibility in
editing, the dynamic range algorithm Huawei employs in this device
makes the luminance of nearly all colors higher than usual, causing
images to look a bit washed out.

While I appreciate the colors from this camera aren’t
drastically oversaturated as we’ve traditionally seen in options
from OEMs like Samsung, I think Huawei could find a better balance
that makes more consumers happy with the color profile.

Score: 7.5/10 Detail

Source: FS – Android
Huawei P30 Pro camera review: Next level optics, low-light king