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Huawei P30 Pro: First Camera Samples

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Huawei's new P30 Pro is the company's first phone with a quad Leica camera system. According to DxOMark, it is the best camera phone for photography and one of the best for videos.
Four cameras at the back!

Related: Huawei P30 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Huawei P30 Pro uses an improved 40MP f/1.6 RYYB OIS sensor with 1/1.7-inch size, 20MP f/2.2 ultra wide angle lens and an 8MP f/3.4 OIS 5x periscope zoom sensor.
The neat camera UI
The neat camera UI

Its 8MP square periscope lens along with main camera is the one responsible for making the 10x lossless zoom and 50x digital zoom possible. Its ultra-wide lens still has 120-degree field of view and the 2.5cm super macro mode.

The fourth camera sensor is the ToF lens with PDAF focus for bokeh shots with good object separation and clean edges.

The cameras also has 4D predictive focus, AIS, color temperature sensor, and dual-tone LED flash.

On the software part, you will find the AI-assisted handheld Super Night Mode shots even on wide or zoom, handheld silky water feature feature, and scene optimization.
32MP selfie

For selfies, Huawei P30 Pro uses a brand new 32MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture size and AI HDR designed to shoot selfies in any lighting conditions.

Huawei also used the power of OIS and AIS (AI stabilization) to lessen the shake while taking videos. Huawei also optimized the zoom performance even on videos.

So far, it is looking to be the most versatile camera phone yet.

Take a look at our first few shots!

Camera Samples

Normal
Normal
Wide
Wide
Normal 2
Normal 2
Wide 2
Wide 2
Normal 3
Normal 3
Wide 3
Wide 3
Ultra wide (Our subject in the red circle)
Ultra wide (Our subject in the red circle)
Normal
Normal
5x zoom
5x zoom
10x zoom
10x zoom
50x zoom
50x zoom
Clean edge detection
Clean edge detection
Background blur is amazing
Background blur is amazing
Very nice bokeh for a phone
Very nice bokeh for a phone
Indoor close-up
Indoor close-up
Dim close-up
Dim close-up
Normal night
Normal night
Super Night Mode 6s
Night mode 2
Night mode 2
Night mode wide 2
Night mode wide 2
Depth sensing is great even in low light
Depth sensing is great even in low light
Daylight selfie bokeh
Daylight selfie bokeh
Indoor selfie no face beauty
Indoor selfie no face beauty
Low light selfie with screen flash
Low light selfie with screen flash

Quick thoughts


Huawei P30 Pro delivered the shots we expected from a 2019 flagship camera phone and more.

Coming from the Mate 20 Pro's 40MP f/1.8 RGB main sensor, we noticed the improved details and color reproduction on the new 40MP RYYB f/1.6 main camera of P30 Pro. It shoots images with plenty of details with almost no noise even in some harsh lighting conditions.

HDR better, ultra-wide lens is nicer, and macro is still great. The bokeh effect looks more natural than ever on both portrait mode and aperture mode.

The ToF (Time of flight) 3D mapping lens is the one responsible in avoiding unnecessary blurs in the portrait mode to improve the quality of the bokeh.


The output coming from the 20MP wide lens also looked nicer than before. Changes are minimal, but we can tell that its dynamic range is a bit better. Do not expect the quality of the 20MP lens to be as great as its 40MP main shooter. But, for a secondary 120-degree wide camera, it is pretty darn great even if it has some barrel distortion.

The main highlight of its cameras is the 8MP f/3.4 periscope zoom lens! Yes, it can really zoom well. It has up to 5x optical zoom, 10x lossless hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. Quality is great up to 10x zoom. 50x zoom is usable, but grain is noticeable. But hey, at least it can let you see even from afar.

Huawei uses both the 40MP cam and the 8MP zoom lens to make the 10x lossless zoom and 50x digital zoom possible.

In low light, Huawei is still the king! Even on point and shoot mode, its 40MP f/1.6 RYYB sensor can capture tons of details with minimal noise. On Super Night Mode, its quality is close to unbeatable for a phone today. It shoots 6 seconds (or more) of handheld long exposure. Basically, it'll stack several images into one crisp and bright image.

My only concern there is its handheld long exposure mode shoots longer than the other night modes from other brands.

If you like to tinker with the Pro mode, its cameras is capable of shooting in RAW and up to ISO 409600. ISO 409600 can let you see even in super dim scenes.

Selfies are important and Huawei knows that. The P30 Pro is the company's first high-end phone with a 32MP selfie shooter. It also has an improved HDR and portrait mode. Image quality looks way better than the soft selfie cam of P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.

Videos are also better than ever with really nice stabilization and decent up to 10x zoom.

So far, this is Huawei's most capable camera phone yet. For me, it is the best camera phone I've ever tested yet.

See also: Huawei P30 Pro's photography game is amazing, here are the 7 reasons why
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