“The Huawei P30 Pro has managed to one-up its predecessor and now sits on top of the DxOMark rating with 112 points”
Over the years, flagships in Huawei‘s P series have become synonymous with imaging prowess. And last year’s Huawei P20 Pro (review) took that to the next level by being the first smartphone with a triple-camera module on the rear. Needless to say, the smartphone went on to break the 100 points barrier on DxOMark and is still perched on the number one spot with 109 points along with the brand’s own Mate 20 Pro (review). The latest flagship duo from the brand — the P30 and P30 Pro — are seemingly set to continue the legacy of their predecessor, with the latter scoring an impressive DxOMark rating of 112. Wondering how the new P30 Pro has scaled new heights in terms of the imaging capabilities? Read on to find out.
PS: The P30 has a slightly different camera setup than the P30 Pro, and this article will be focusing on the latter.
Leica-certified quad-camera setup
The Huawei P30 Pro is the first from the brand to come with a quad-camera setup located on the rear panel. However, this time around, the brand has changed the whole array. The P20 Pro featured 40-megapixel primary ‘Light Fusion’ RGB sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, a 20-megapixel f/1.6 monochrome sensor and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto sensor. However, the newest flagships flaunt a 40MP main camera with HUAWEI SuperSpectrum sensor and f/1.7 aperture, a 20MP ultra-wide angle f/1.6 camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a HUAWEI Time-of-Flight (TOF) Camera. The SuperSpectrum sensor deserves a special mention as it comes with RYB bayer filter instead of the usual RGB one (yellow is a combination of both red and green colours), which helps in offering a maximum ISO rating of 409,600 for the P30 Pro.
A SuperZoom Lens to get closer without losing details
Huawei has long been marketing the superzoom abilities of the P30 series, so it’s not a surprise to see flagships come with impressive lossless zooming abilities. The P30 Pro offers up to 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and an astounding digital zoom of 50x. The smartphone achieves this through a periscope-style telephoto lens, which uses a prism element to bend the light at 90-degrees to maximise focal length and minimise camera height. The end result is the ability to zoom in too close to a subject without losing out on details.
Enhanced AI-backed features
One of the key factors that put the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro at the top was the advanced AI-based features, which optimised the images being clicked basis the ambient settings. The P30 Pro also continues with serious AI and machine learning chops as well. The smartphones flaunt AI HDR+, which is designed to take multiple photos in quick succession to optimise the dynamic range in the picture, whether it’s taken from rear camera or is a selfie. There’s also an AI-backed Super Portrait Mode, which uses the depth information from the 3D ToF sensor, quad-pixel binning and proprietary algorithm to capture stunning portraits with accurate Bokeh effect. Huawei claims that the Portrait mode on the P30 series can capture every tiny detail down to a strand of hair to separate the subject from the background. This way you get a highly-detailed image with the perfectly defocused background.
Cinematic video recording capabilities
Huawei claims that the all-new P30 Pro is capable of offering studio-grade videos, thanks to a suite of video features. The SuperSpectrum sensor that we mentioned before is designed to take in more light to produce crystal-clear low-light videos. Moreover, the device gets the AIS and OIS support for all video capturing modes including 4K at 60fps. The result is smooth and steady videos captured in high-resolution, which is a huge bonus. Moreover, the P30 Pro comes with AI Movie Editor, which can automatically suggest tools to add background music and special effects, like slow motion or time-lapse. Another interesting feature of the P30 series is the Dual View mode. What it does, in essence, is shoot the same video from two different cameras on the rear giving users the option to shoot an ultra-wide angle clip and a zoomed-in shot simultaneously.
A powerful selfie camera
While the rear cameras of Huawei P30 Pro are powerful, the company hasn’t forgotten the selfie capabilities either. The waterdrop notch on the display is home to an impressive 32MP shooter. The selfie camera also benefits from the majority of features that are available to the rear camera, including the AI Super Portrait Mode and AI HDR+ mode.
The powerful camera module, coupled with such features, lead us to believe that the ‘P’ in the series moniker stands for Photography. The latest P30 Pro also seems well-equipped to ensure great images and videos across scenarios. We’ll surely be putting the device through its paces to gauge the imaging prowess in real life, so stay tuned.