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Why Huawei P30 is the best night shooter in its class

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Huawei P30 series are equipped with the camera features designed to take beautiful low light shots without the need of a DSLR or mirrorless cameras.
Why Huawei P30 is the best night shooter in its class
P30 at night

In fact, the Huawei P30 Pro (PHP 50,990) comes with the highest rated cameras for photography in the world today. It is regarded by many (including us) as the best cameras for night shots, thanks to its Leica quad camera system with up to 50x zoom.

Aside from the P30 Pro, the more-affordable P30 (PHP 36,990) can also take great night images.
Triple-camera powerhouse
Triple-camera powerhouse

Why? It highlights triple rear camera system of 40MP f/1.8 RYYB sensor + 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle sensor + 8MP f/2.4 3x zoom sensor paired w/ 4D predictive focus, AIS, color temperature sensor, and dual-tone LED flash.

Its camera specs are still higher-end even when compared against other flagship phones not named P30 Pro. Huawei also assured that its 40MP main camera is an improved version of the 40MP cameras found on the P20 and Mate 20.

The result? Even on auto mode, it shoots amazing night shots for a phone. It also has up to 30x digital zoom that can even capture the moon clearly. P30 even has a manual camera mode with up to ISO 204,800. See our moon shot here.
AI-assisted Super Night Mode in action
AI-assisted Super Night Mode in action

But we wanted to further explore what else it can do? So, we roamed around Makati and BGC from 7PM until late to take photos of the lighted skyscraper, and snippets of subjects placed under challenging light.

Basically, we challenged the Huawei P30 to its extent when it comes to low light photography.

We used its AI-assisted Super Night Mode! Now, please have a look at our shots below.

How Huawei P30 raised the bar for Super Night Mode photography for under PHP 40K smartphones?

Auto mode
Auto mode

1. Day and night difference versus normal mode Huawei P30's triple rear cameras also play a big role in taking great low light shots using the Super Night Mode feature. For those who don't understand what Super Night Mode feature is, technology can allow you to take handheld long exposure lowlight shots for up to 6 seconds.

This feature lets you take long exposure shots even without a tripod! The Super Night Mode lets users to take lowlight images with with better details, exposure, colors, and dynamic range compared with regular point and shoot photos.
With Super Night Mode
With Super Night Mode

As you can see, the normal auto mode shot of the skyscrapers are underexposed, soft, and lacking in details compared with the shot using Super Night Mode.
Ultra-wide Super Night Mode
Ultra-wide Super Night Mode

It's a fun feature that allowed us to see more even in the dark.

2. You can use the Super Night Mode even with the ultra-wide cam - Other smartphones with their own interpretation of Huawei's Super Night Mode doesn't work on wide mode and zoom. Most of them can only use their own night modes with the main camera only.
Night mode
Night mode
Wide night mode
Wide night mode


Normal
Normal
Wide
Wide
Uptown Mall normal night mode
Uptown Mall normal night mode
Uptown Mall normal ultra-wide night mode
Uptown Mall normal ultra-wide night mode

3. Super Night Mode is available even with the zoom lens
Huawei's Super Night Mode works well with the zoom! 
Night mode using the main cam
Night mode using the main cam
3x zoom with Super Night Mode
3x zoom with Super Night Mode

Even the OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10+ can't use the night mode while with their zoom lens.
Night mode no zoom
Night mode no zoom
Night mode 3x zoom
Night mode 3x zoom

There are very few flagship phones with night mode smartphone feature that does its job even using the other cameras besides the main shooter.
4. Challenging conditions? No problem!Huawei's Super Night Mode is also designed to take great photos even under challenging light situations. It corrects the exposure and highlights in these type of scenes.

For us, it is also better than other night mode implementations from most brands.
Crisp details
Crisp details
Great light control
Great light control

5. It just works Huawei pioneered the Super Night Mode feature among any brands, even Google. It has been mistakenly believed the the American tech giant have had its own night mode version before Huawei's.
Great details
Great colors and shadows
Great colors and shadows

Since the Chinese smartphone giant launched its own Super Night Mode first, it is the most advanced and more developed than any other versions.

Basically, Huawei P30's camera is more versatile than any other smartphone brand on the under PHP 40K range.

Quick thoughts

Huawei P30 is a must consider for those who loves to shooting a lot of photos during night time or in extreme low light scenes.

For us, it is the phone that can deliver the shots that even some pricier phones can't. It definitely raised the bar for night photography in the under PHP 40K price range.

We loved that it can take long exposure shots of up to 6 seconds and the performance of its Super Night Mode tech versus other night mode solutions.

In fact, our team were sort of like "addicted" in using the Super Night Mode since we also use it on a daylight basis whenever we don't like the lighting condition (hehe).

Coming from the very first Huawei smartphone to carry the Super Night Mode (Huawei P20 series) up until to date, we are still amazed at how the brand was able to up their game with the P30 when it comes to taking stunning DSLR-like low light photos.

It's CRAZY! Do you agree with us?

For our full Huawei P30 review, click here.
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