A few weeks ago, while my colleagues were listening to Mark Zuckerberg talk about a "future of privacy first" on Facebook, I was roaming the streets of Europe while drinking fresh beer. The iPhone X, with my main SIM card, was one of the phones I was carrying for the trip.
But, I had to decide what would be my secondary handset. I almost chose the Pixel 3 XL (which I've been using for months), but instead, I opted for the Huawei P30 Pro – mainly because of its four-camera system . And after using it regularly during my trip, I was convinced that my choice was good.
I will talk about the results of the camera in a bit. First of all, the specifications of the camera:
The P30 Pro
- 40 megapixels, wide angle f / 1.6 lens
- 20 megapixel ultra wide angle lens
- 8 megapixel telephoto lens, f / 3.4 5x
- ToF depth detection camera (time-of-flight)
- 409,600 ISO
- 32 megapixel front camera, f / 2.0 aperture
Although I take a lot of photos with the main sensor, I will start with my favorite sensor – the ultra-wide angle. Naturally, this is very useful for capturing vast landscapes and views of the city, but it is also useful to capture monuments in all their splendor.
There are often a crowd of people near a monument and let them face it, the photos with crowds are not very beautiful. So, you can still walk up to the monument and switch to wide angle mode to get a clear picture without anyone in the frame.
Now let's talk about the primary sensor. Huawei simply nailed it with point-and-shoot photography, both with his hardware and his software. The photos taken with this sensor are extremely detailed and punchy. The colors are nice to watch. The camera tended to lean slightly toward the blue color in the final exit. The photos are not as contrasted as the Pixel 3, but they are still pretty bright.
I have not generally been a fan of artificial intelligence modes in phones, but Huawei has done a great job in this area with the P30 Pro. The company claims that its artificial intelligence can recognize up to 5,000 objects and 1,500 different scenes. I have not tested this statement, but it can certainly recognize some common objects such as flowers, cars and buildings. After that, some adjustments of the photo in terms of brightness, contrast and color are fortunately not too hard.
Now let's talk about the phone's zoom capabilities. Thanks to the periscope mechanism, the company was able to obtain a 5x optical zoom on the device; Digital zoom goes up to 50x. Now you will not use this amount of zoom once again, but photos taken between 1 and 10 times will be very good. And they are very useful when the object you are photographing (for example a statue or a painting) is a little distant.
Below is an example of 5x, 10x and 50x zoom.
Have you noticed an incredibly high ISO in the specifications? It's not for nothing. Thanks to this, you can take beautiful pictures even when you can not really see a lot. And there is also a night mode for a longer exposure. I took some of the pictures below in the shade, in a 'Monster Museum' in Berlin.
Huawei's camera software is very nice too. It comes with a feature-rich professional mode, monochrome mode, HDR mode and macro mode for taking close-up shots of small objects. All of these options are quite useful to have in your pocket, so you can take various pictures without hassle.
In addition to its prowess vis-à-vis the camera, the P30 Pro is just as powerful with its processor Kirn 980 7 nm. In addition, it has a battery of 4000 mAh that easily lasted more than a day of intensive use of Google Maps, a camera and Instagram. Fortunately, Huawei includes a powerful 40W charger in the box for fast charging. So, even though the phone was almost empty, I could plug it in for a few minutes and I was ready to go.
I know that the moment is unfortunate for Huawei because of the ban imposed by the United States. It would not be wise to ask you to buy this phone at its retail price. However, the company has promised security updates and aftermarket support for the current device harvest.
So, if you have a chance to buy this device with a discount, it may not be a bad option at all. After all, it's one of the best cameras you'll get on the phone this year.
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Posted on 24 May 2019 – 11:53 UTC