Huawei P30 Pro: Camera Coronation?

Huawei P30 Pro

A new camera setup, an industry-first sensor and a threat to the throne.

In 2018, Huawei established itself as an authority on smartphone cameras with the impressive cameras on Mate 20 and P20 Pro. Now in a tussle with Samsung’s S10+ and the upcoming iPhone, Huawei has returned all guns blazing to claim 2019, and what makes them a threat is that they have a shooter nobody else has. It’s about to get real wild west in the camera aisle.

Giddy up, cowboys. Huawei goes Click Click, Bang Bang.

Huawei P30 Pro Camera

The Huawei P20 Pro is a hard act to follow. The P30 Pro does that and more, topping its predecessor in an effort to advance camera phone tech further by boasting of numerous improvements. The setup combines all the smartphone camera trends into one package.

FRONT: Selfie 32MP with HDR & Low Light

REAR: Ultra wide 20MP, 16mm, f/2.2

Main: 40MP, 27mm, f/1.6, OIS

Industry-first Telephoto: 8MP, 125mm, f/3.4, OIS

Time-of-flight: camera for depth detection


Photoscience: The P30 comes with a new “SuperSpectrum” RYB sensor for the main camera to replace the run-of-the-mill RGB sensor., Huawei promises that the new sensor will let in up to 40 percent more light than an RGB by using yellow sub-pixels instead of green.

Zoom Zoom Zoom: The P30 Pro introduced a new periscope zoom lens. This enables a 5x optical zoom with the extra space afforded. The company is also claiming a staggering 50x digital zoom, which takes a smaller hit in quality than expected, thanks in part to the advanced Optical and Electronic image stabilization.

The AI Story: Buzzword fever returns as Huawei pushes AI HDR+, which identifies elements in the frame (like faces, landscapes, or the light sources like the sun), creating an exposure map, applying that to correct blown out highlights and exposing shadows.

Night Sight: Huawei has bundled a technology similar to the Pixel 3’s, giving the camera sensor up to 10 seconds of exposure to capture low light scenes.

Arrival at Time-of-flight: Huawei jumps on the ToF hype by adding a smaller sensor for depth mapping, mainly aimed at enhancing portrait mode, helping the software better differentiate foreground and background and a gradual bokeh in between. This may also be used for AR, with the company claiming that the phone measures depth, volume, and area of physical objects with more than 98.5% accuracy.
Dual-view video: The device can shoot video with both the main sensor and secondary sensor simultaneously, combining the two feeds to give you a parallel perspective.

The Huawei P30 Pro looks mighty impressive on paper. With sufficient hardware tweaks on an already solid foundation and expected software enhancements before the phone hits the market, it seems like the phone will justify its high score of 112 on DxOMark’s rating scale. Will, it beat Samsung’s S10? Maybe. But the software story is half the pie, and it can only be seen when the phone lands in hands.