180Image quality ratingUBER-G SCORESCoring / ranking system nameIQImage quality-based rating systemCAMERAMobile High EndCategory based on price2019-03Device introduction dateHuawei P30 ProDevice brand and name

The recently launched Huawei P30 Pro in Paris was unanimously recognized by reviewers, also in our full Huawei P30 Pro smartphone test. With the help of two special articles on zoom and night photography of the P30 Pro, this P30 Pro Camera Review takes a close look at the features and actual performance of today's best mobile camera. Learn more: How high is our camera IQ value?

Important camera specifications and hardware score of the Uber-G camera

  • Reversing camera system (3 cameras + ToF)
    • Primary: 26 mm 40 MP 1: 1.6 wide (primary) + OIS
    • Zoom: 135 mm 8 MP 1: 3.4 zoom
    • Extra wide: 16 mm 20 MP 1: 2.2 Ultrawide + OIS
    • ToF camera: for creating depth maps

From a technical perspective, the hardware of the Huawei P30 Pro is not included in the charts, and this is a continuation of what Mate 20 Pro has brought to the table.

Many of the top specs represent resources that are being used to push edge falls with night vision and extreme zoom capabilities further than ever before.

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 Score: 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: 186

Daylight photography is a less stressful environment for camera hardware, and the determining factors are details, colors and a high dynamic range. It is also an area where relatively little progress is being made as OEMs focus on expanding to Ultrawide, Low-Light, and Zoom as differentiators.

Therefore, we compare the Huawei P30 Pro with the current market leaders in daylight photography: the iPhone XS, the Galaxy S10 and the OnePlus 6T, which all perform Daytime photography score from 187 for slightly different reasons:

  • iPhone XS
    • Advantages: Excellent texture retention
    • Disadvantages: Excessive HDR can make photos look flatter and boring.
  • Galaxy S10
    • Advantages: excellent colors, good texture
    • Disadvantages: sharp sharpening of the software
  • OnePlus 6T
    • Advantages: Best details / texture thanks to 16MP sensor
    • Disadvantages: Strong image filtering, somewhat higher noise levels
  • P30 Pro
    • Advantages: Improved natural camera setting as Mate 20 Pro
    • Disadvantages: less sharpness (10 MP), tendency to overexpose

The Huawei P30 Pro also takes excellent daylight photos and belongs to the top group. The noise level is low, and the only two limitations are that the P30 Pro is a little overexposed. The automatic 10 megapixel mode makes the details a little less sharp, especially when compared to the OnePlus 6T.

Huawei P30 Pro

Above: iPhone Xs and P30 Pro take excellent photos, but on closer inspection, iPhone Xs preserves more lifelike details, like the trees that have been slightly reworked on the P30 Pro.

Context: the scene as we see it

Above: The P30 Pro and Pixel 3 took great pictures of this scene, but both also have different results, with the P30 Pro keeping the haze very well while Pixel 3 clears it a little and over-contrasts the scene. It's an aesthetic decision for the pixel that users may (or may not) like.

Note: We're not currently giving any additional points for the bokeh quality improvements from the ToF camera sensor, but if / if we did, the Huawei P30 Pro would be the best daylight camera. In our test with this phone, we found the difference to non-ToF phones.

Night photography: 196

The functions of the Huawei P30 Pro night photography are such an expanded topic that we have dedicated a test article for photos in low light conditions P30 Pro for this function. We have a summary here, but if you want to know all the details, read them.

Classic performance in low light conditions

The Huawei P30 Pro has a significantly better noise level than the Galaxy S10, but Samsung's color science is better, which is partly due to Huawei's camera-tuning aesthetic, which tends to revise images to give them a "brighter." “Give style. Maybe that's a legacy of medium-range phones. In classic photography in low light conditions It is a near-draw with a small advantage for the Samsung S10 if color is important to you, because P30 is low-noise and makes you tick.

Above: The Huawei P30 has very good colors, so food photos look lifelong and don't get overworked (a problem we sometimes had with Mate 20 Pro). The Galaxy S10 can capture more subtle shades of yellow from the candles.

Above: A good example of the better noise level management of the Huawei P30 Pro compared to the Galaxy S10. These two phones are leaders in noise levels, and this shows how far Huawei has come.

Below (0.4 LUX scene section): In soft lighting conditions (no HDR), the P30 Pro has achieved the color accuracy of the Galaxy S10 (and Note 9), which is better than that of the Mate 20 Pro (we told you back then … ). You can also compare the noise between all three phones.

Contextual shot: what we see

Contextual shot: cropped view

Below, the roller harvest shows some things. First, the P30 Pro's noise is better than that of the S10, but the S10's colors are more lifelike. Secondly, both cameras show color artifacts due to the difficult lighting conditions. Hopefully this can be fixed by a software update.

New: night vision mode

In the image above, the Galaxy S10 captures what your eyes see while the P30 Pro goes in night vision (NV). You need some more light, but a very dim light is enough. In the photo above, the brightness is insanely low until we set up the flashlight and made sure that the camera is pointing in the right direction before we turn it off for the photo.

The Huawei P30 Pro offers a new night vision mode that turns on automatically in extremely low light conditions (if your eyes have trouble seeing colors and details). In our tests, this was under 0.3 LUXand for reference when you're outside on one Full moon night, that's 1 LUX.

In this night vision mode, the P30 Pro camera switches to its extremely high ISO value of up to 409,000 (light signal amplification) in order to convert night into day. It is a brilliant strategy based on Huawei's unique ability to use extremely high ISO values ​​without much noise.


This new night vision runs together with “classic low-light” photography. If your eyes can see, the Huawei P30 Pro behaves more like a classic phone.

For night vision, the Huawei P30 Pro is practically the only game in town since other phones are neither set up nor equipped for almost complete darkness. This mode is much better than long exposure modes like Google Night Sight or Huawei Night Mode. Huawei killed this whole genre that is only ~ 6 months old.

Thanks to this new function, the P30 Pro grapples with the Total night photography Samsung has to upgrade its sensor hardware if it wants to keep up there. How many photos will you take in almost total darkness? That is the $ 1000 question.

Ultrawide photography: 116

The P30 Pro's Ultrawide functions are fair light superior to the Mate 20 Pro in day and night scenes. The camera has slightly less lens distortion and chromatic aberrations on the edges of the frame and a little better HDR management.

Context (not ultra wide) as a color reference

Above: The P30 Pro sometimes has better details in the middle, but the Galaxy S10 consistently produces colors that are closer to the original colors.

The overall quality of the Ultrawide images remains inferior to that of the Galaxy S10, even though the S10 has a more extreme wide angle. The P30 Pro Ultrawide camera also offers less constant Ultrawide daylight performance and sometimes delivers great images, sometimes not.

In the Ultrawide arena, the new LG G8 camera looked like a promising challenger for the Galaxy S10. Look forward to the full camera test of the G8!

Contextual shot: what we see

Above: At night, the Galaxy S10 wins with much better color capture and less noise. It is visible enough that we do not have to cut it to illustrate it.

Zoom photography: 148

We also have a special P30 Pro zoom test because there is so much to show and explain. We'll summarize it here for you, but read it for all the details.

The P30 Pro 135mm zoom is a breakthrough feature that may make mobile zoom photography much more popular than it is today. When you look at your photo gallery, there is a good chance that zoom photos are not so numerous. This could change drastically in the future.


"Short" zooms like 52mm (2X) are not particularly useful (except as bokeh sensors), but they are the majority of zoom lenses nowadays. Huawei already had the best 80mm mobile zoom in the Mate 20 Pro (and P20 Pro) and P30 Pro is going to the next level.

An 80mm photo can be created by merging 26mm and 135mm photos

Data from two cameras are “merged” to produce a medium zoom level

The 135 mm zoom from Huawei is optically called "5x", but should be called "8x" (135mm / 16mm = 8.43x). Thanks to the merging (fusion) of the sensor data from the primary camera (26 mm) and the 135 mm telephoto camera, the data of the 135 m lens can also be used in the range from 80 to 135 mm. This is an efficient way to use “sensor fusion,” and Huawei does it brilliantly.

There is also a 10x (hybrid) zoom that achieves a 270mm equivalent zoom using sensor cropping and image processing. It's surprisingly user-friendly and currently the best on the market, maybe until the Oppo 10x optical zoom phone was included in our test plan.

Finally, there is a 50x (digital) zoom, which is impressive when you know what you are doing. However, we recommend a tripod because the tremor is wild. Thanks to Huawei, the blurring reduction is surprisingly good thanks to the use of modern algorithms, even with a 50-fold surprise.

Conclusion and Uber-G camera IQ Score


Mobile photography is the real battlefield of the phone industry, and the P30 Pro reflects that. Huawei prioritized the camera hardware in the parts list and in the design restrictions.

It's not every day that a camera design can affect user behavior, and we give Huawei our hat for that. The company has taken zoom photography to a new level, and its night vision mode could create a completely new use for night photography.

180Image quality ratingUBER-G SCORESCoring / ranking system nameIQImage quality based rating systemCAMERAMobile High EndCategory based on price2019-03Device introduction dateHuawei P30 ProDevice brand and name

Uber-G camera IQ Partial results
Day 186
night 196
Zoom 148
Extra wide 116

With the combined changes, the Huawei P30 Pro takes the Galaxy S10 the highest score from the Uber-G Camera IQ and puts Huawei in pole position for the time being. Huawei achieved the best overall Camera IQ value in 2018 (Mate 20 Pro) and is now well positioned for 2019. We will keep updating our list of the best phone cameras as we test more of them.

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