195Image quality ratingUBER-G SCORESCoring / ranking system nameIQImage quality based rating systemCAMERAMobile High EndCategory based on price2019-09Device introduction dateHuawei Mate 30 ProDevice brand and name

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has technical specifications that turn the head. We were therefore excited to go through our image quality analysis of the Uber-G camera IQ to see how it beats the iPhone 11 Pro, the Galaxy Note 10 and others.

Important camera specifications

  • Reversing camera system (3 cameras + ToF)
    • Primary: 27 mm 40 MP 1: 1.6 wide (primary) + OIS
    • Zoom: 80 mm 10 MP 1: 2.4 zoom + OIS
    • Extra wide: 18 mm 40 MP with 1: 1.8 ultra wide

Image quality analysis

Important: Let us clarify some terms that we will use:

  • "Image processing": Software work that improves the image data quality
  • "Image filtering": Software work that changes the style (aesthetics) of the photo.
  • "Context photo: a large Approximation from what we see
    • Including how dark the scene actually is
    • Just for that context of the shot.

A note on Uber-G camera IQ Benchmark: Our camera rating system is based on four “pillars” or partial values ​​that offer the much needed nuance: Day, night, Zoom and extra wide Photography.

Daylight photography

Daylight photography is the least challenging environment for high-end phones, and a superficial look doesn't show much, but a closer look reveals more subtle differences that you might see if you ever crop or view on a big screen.

Context: reference image of the scene

Context (crop): the scene as we see it

The comparison above shows that Mate 30 Pro has a better texture than P30 Pro, probably due to the optimization of the camera software. This makes the left vegetation appear "fluffier", closer to what we see in the reference photo. With P30 Pro, the image filtering appears flatter in the same place, and the entire vegetation appears somewhat sparser than it actually is.

In the following, the iPhone 11 Pro absorbs the green well without exaggeration, but has harder edges, noise and artifacts due to the very low noise filtering. This is not the case with the purple flowers that have become dull and whose overall lighting looks flatter – a typical behavior of the iPhone camera. However, this can be enhanced with a simple saturation filter.

We can use the high contrast scene below to illustrate daylight photography. All high-end cameras capture what we see in downtown San Francisco perfectly.

The Mate 30 Pro does a great job taking life-like photos

over Mate 30 Pro camera has a more realistic camera setting compared to that Huawei P30 Pro That was a stronger filter for contrast and sharpening. The picture shows that Mate 30 Pro takes a much cleaner and more natural looking photo, although the hardware of the primary camera is pretty much the same.

This clearly shows why we have been campaigning for reluctance filtering since we launched our Camera IQ Score.


The noise reduction of the Mate 30 Pro in daylight is now comparable to the camera of the Galaxy Note 10 and both are excellent. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 uses sharper and slightly overexposed photos to make them brighter (aesthetic decision), but has a small resolution advantage of 12 megapixels over 10 on the Mate 30 Pro (auto mode).

The iPhone 11 Pro, the former "king of daylight photography", retains its texture (tree, curtains, siding …) but the Mate 30 Pro has more realistic colors and looks artifact-free. Mate 30 Pro also uses less artificial sharpening than Note 10 and iPhone 11 Pro.

Night photography

In low-light photography, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro shows impressive capabilities and improves some of the problems we pointed out in previous Huawei camera tests, such as: B. stronger filtering (sharpness / contrast / noise reduction) and important color modifications.

The Huawei P30 Pro had the highest score in night photography, partly due to its amazing night vision capabilities with high ISO

In normal night scenes (such as the following street scenes), night view mode is activated not onThe Samsung Galaxy Note 10 took pictures that were sometimes cleaner than the P30 Pro, less noisy and more realistic. As a result, the winner was not always clear.


The Huawei Mate 30 Pro changes this equation with less noise and better details / texture. Consider the following challenging scene:

Context: the scene as we see it

All smartphones tend to brighten up the scene (an aesthetic choice that isn't always better). With the Galaxy Note 10 and Mate 30 Pro cameras, you can realistically bring the brightness back up to a little more with a simple level edit if you wanted. As long as the color tones have been recorded correctly, the brightness can be reset to a certain point.

Mate 30 Pro

Galaxy Note 10

Huawei P30 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro

In early 2018, the Huawei P30 Pro camera broke new ground, but tended to sharpen and contrast the photos too much. Unfortunately, these filters are irreversible because they destroy finer details that can never be restored. You can see the very high contrast of the P30 Pro in places like the white fish-shed house on the left or on the sidewalk palm, which has largely lost its green.

A cropped image shows this better. Look at the left window of the red house below. The Mate 30 Pro offers much better noise reduction and a more realistic contrast than the P30 Pro.

The details are well preserved and the reduced filtering gives the user more control than with the Huawei P30 Pro camera. Choosing the brightness back makes the overall photo more realistic as your eyes see. Mate 30 Pro offers the best picture quality so far in poor lighting conditions.

over: The iPhone 11 Pro has a lot of noisy images, and although the noise may not be as visible on a 12-megapixel shot, any attempt to cut or increase the brightness with a filter also makes the noise clearer.

Important: Please note that the iPhone must not use the automatic night mode with long exposure. Taking a photo in low light takes between 1 second and 3 seconds. Every modern telephone has a kind of night mode. However, since every other competitor can take night photos in a maximum of 0.25 seconds, we wanted to compare the iPhone 11 Pro under the same conditions.

A comparison with the Galaxy Note 10 shows that the Mate 30 Pro's superior camera hardware pays off. The main lens from Samsung is largely a legacy of the Galaxy S9 + era. Although the camera team has done an excellent job over the years, the Mate 30 Pro collects much better data and the latest software takes full advantage of it.

Night photos with uniform lighting (0.4 LUX)

The street photos are a challenge due to the high contrast with a mixture of intense lighting and very dark areas. Our sake bottles have soft, indirect lighting and only question the more basic low-light capabilities of these cameras.

Context: This is what our eyes are looking at

In the test reports for Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone 11 Pro, we already explained the differences from Huawei's P30 Pro camera and how Huawei can collect more light with less noise, but sometimes details are missing due to the lower number of megapixels. The situation is very similar for Mate 30 Pro, but with a better setting for image filtering.

In this lighting situation it is Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is the strongest competitor, and while the camera review is ongoing, we can share early results here. The Mi Note 10 and its new Samsung 108MP camera sensor achieve a level of detail never seen before in low light. However, it has more color, exposure, and white balance issues than its peers.

Subscribe to our Facebook, Instagram or web notifications (orange button at the end of the article) to be notified when the Mi Note 10 camera review is released. The comparison below is basically the perfect teaser and perhaps the best example of it Top skills the latest mobile camera from Xiaomi.

Night vision photography (0.05 LUX)

Context: What our eyes (hardly) see

We consider it a marginal case, and we consider night vision a case where your eyes can barely see the subject (see context photo above) or distinguish colors. At this point, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro uses an extremely high ISO (51200), while others are limited by their sensor ISO capabilities at 1600 (Note 10) or 3200 (iPhone 11 Pro).

A comparison with the P30 Pro shows that Huawei achieves much better colors and details, possibly because the Mate 30 Pro does not perform twice as many binning processes as the P30 Pro (once in the sensor, once in the software). There's still a slight “pink glow” as is typical of Huawei's high ISO shots, but the colors in Mate 30 Pro are less distorted.

In the following, the comparison of “night vision” with the iPhone 11 Pro and the Galaxy Note 10 is unattractive: it will take the next generation of camera hardware to keep up with these two phone series in this category.

Interestingly, even high ISO cameras like the OnePlus 7T (ISO 25000+) struggle to compete in such dark conditions. A high ISO value is therefore not everything. ISO is a gain, and lower quality data does not help that much.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is again the most interesting competitor with amazingly preserved colors and without a "pink" hue. The preservation of details is a mixture in which small details are deleted somewhat (right bottle sticker) and others are better preserved (blue bottle text). Natural filtering is also very promising since there are no “ring” artifacts due to contrast filtering around the bottles.

In summary, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has excellent night vision functions. However, it is exciting to know that by 2020 many others will finally compete in this area. You can not often take photos in almost total darkness, but the higher quality sensors required also help with normal night shots.

Ultra wide photography

Mate 30 Ultrawide

In daylight, the Ultrawide image quality (IQ) of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is excellent and produces more natural images than the P30 Pro because the image is filtered less destructively (contrast, sharpening). In the crop slider below, the piece of cardboard is a good example of texture loss due to heavy filtering (P30 pro).

Mate 30 Pro has a better texture, which is visible, for example, on the cardboard and the orange peel. The Galaxy Note 10 shows a similar behavior as the P30 Pro, since Samsung increases the filter strength in the Galaxy S10 and even more with Note 10, see below:

Remember that Mate 30 Pro is not as "wide" as other Ultrawide lenses. Therefore, we have to take this into account when comparing details and texture.

Despite relatively weak camera hardware, the iPhone 11 Pro camera can capture very good textures on the cardboard. This is further evidence that software optimization is extremely important, especially when there is a lot of light. However, the oranges don't look as natural as Mate 30 Pro, and the area below the table shows visible noise. Even the plastic bags appear loud if you look closely.

This applies to different lighting situations. The Galaxy Note 10 is the closest competitor, and the iPhone 11 Pro stands behind the Samsung underwater camera with visible noise. OEMs have worked to unify primary and ultrawide camera tuning. Therefore, part of the behavior is similar to our previous analysis of the primary camera.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Ultra wide low light

At night, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro ultrawide camera works exceptionally well, and for the first time, we have better image quality than many main cameras.

Context: The scene as our eyes see it

Let's first compare it to the P30 Pro to see how far Huawei has come in less than a year. The Mate 30 Pro's UW camera has a ratio of 3: 2 instead of 4: 3 for other phones.

Above you can see that Mate 30 Pro obviously brightens the scene, but with much better tones and contrast retention than previous Huawei phones. This means that you can reselect the brightness if you want.

The previous Ultrawide (UW) champion was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, but as you can see, the image quality of the Mate 30 Pro surpasses Samsung's most powerful underwater camera in every respect: colors, details and exposure.

Note that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 camera is a bit "wider" (13mm vs. 16mm), but this doesn't justify the difference in details. Huawei's powerful camera hardware collects better light data, and no algorithm could fill such a gap.

"In addition to the MATE 30 PRO, the IPHONE 11 PRO UW camera looks like a mid-range camera."

A comparison with the Ultrawide camera of the iPhone 11 Pro shows the result of the enormous difference in hardware functions despite a comparable price. In addition to the Mate 30 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro UW looks like a mid-range camera.

We can finish off the ultra wide section with a cropped version of the images above so you can take a closer look at the details. Again, keep in mind that the Mate 30 Pro is not as wide as the competition, so it has a visual advantage in terms of resolution. First the context photo:

Context photo: What our eyes see at the crime scene

Zoom photography

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has one 81mm telephoto lens, which is optically less powerful than the 135 mm optics of the P30 Pro, but is still superior to the 52 mm lenses of many other high-end phones such as the Galaxy 10 series or the iPhone 11 Pro.

We used a well-known scene for our tests and pushed the cameras to their limits with 10x zoom photos. First of all, here is where we stand and how things look at the location (on another day the lighting is different).

Context Shot, we will enlarge street art

Context: This is the reference image at 10x zoom

Context: reference snippet that shows the part we will consider in this article

The following answers the first question that is asked: "How is it compared to P30 Pro?". The quick answer is that Mate 30 Pro isn't as good as P30 Pro at this type of remote zoom. The 80mm lens simply cannot resolve the same details as the P30 Pro's 135mm lens.

Compared to the high-ranking Honor 20 Pro-Tele camera, there is a visible difference in the image quality, even though both are 80 mm cameras with relatively precise technical data on paper.

The difference is huge compared to the 52mm camera of the iPhone 11 Pro, and this is a perfect example of why "hardware is important".

The Mate 30 Pro telephoto camera may not have the most powerful hardware, but it is the best 80mm camera we've tested and still outperforms much of the high-end competition.

Conclusion and camera IQ score

195Image quality ratingUBER-G SCORESCoring / ranking system nameIQImage quality based rating systemCAMERAMobile High EndCategory based on price2019-09Device introduction dateHuawei Mate 30 ProDevice brand and name

Uber-G camera IQ Partial results
Day 196
night 211
Zoom 118
Extra wide 172

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera is an impressive upgrade over the best mobile camera we've tested, the Huawei P30 Pro.

Massive improvements in image quality with Ultrawide and Low-Light as well as more modest advances in day photography have brought the Mate 30 Pro to the game with a new record value.

The Ultrawide IQ obviously comes from the more powerful camera hardware that offers the most powerful sensor / lens combination for this category.


Much has to do with the updated camera software, which uses fewer filters and preserves the data better to make the camera more controllable and predictable, even when editing photos.


For the first time, the same camera in our categories won the best categories for daylight, night and ultrawide Uber-G camera IQ Result. Not surprisingly, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro deserves ours "Ultimate camera" Award that steals from his own P30 Pro camera …

Do not miss our detailed reviews of the P30 Pro camera, the iPhone 11 Pro camera and the Galaxy S10 + camera.

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