Cameras

Since the Mate 20 series of phones from late last year, Huawei has been at the forefront of triple rear-facing cameras on phones. The Huawei P30 series is no different. Here are the specs for the cameras:

  • Triple rear-facing cameras
    • Telephoto: 8MP f/2.4; 3x optical zoom with PDAF, laser AF, and OIS.
    • Main: 40MP f/1.8; 1x zoom with PDAF and laser AF
    • Ultrawide: 16MP f/2.2; 0.6x zoom with PDAF and laser AF
  • 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera

Huawei P30

Just like any phone camera reviews that we do, you can click here to visit our Shutterstock album to have a look at all the metadata of the pictures taken.

Rear camera pictures

The cameras on the P30 are pretty much similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (review) that was released last year. Though the biggest update for the P30 series here, is obviously the zooming capability.

As a short summary before showing you all the pictures, the 30x zoom isĀ okay for bright daylight usage, but totally unusable for indoors or outdoors – even with night mode enabled. Because of how zooming 30 times means your hand vibrations are amplified 30 times, the P30 can still stabilize the shot and I can see the OIS is hard at work.

However, 10x zoom is pretty good and I honestly have to give credit to Huawei here. However, when zoomed, the Huawei P30 cannot maintain a consistent white balance for the 3 cameras, hence the color inconsistency. Swapping cameras mean you’ll be swapping the picture colors as well – which is terrible. The Galaxy S10 (review) series of smartphones are very consistent.

Let’s take a look at a few different sets of pictures taken with the P30 here.

Set 1

We took this picture from our usual spot for camera tests.

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main camera.
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3x zoom.
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5x zoom.
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10x zoom.
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30x zoom.

Set 2

From our office, we can actually see Atria Mall’s signboard. So, we zoomed in.

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main camera.
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3x zoom.
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5x zoom.
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30x zoom.

Set 3

Then, we went to another skyscraper and took a picture too. I actually just zoomed in to Atria without knowing. This is also the set of images that shows the color inconsistency between cameras.

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main camera.
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3x zoom.
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5x zoom.
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30x zoom.

Set 4

We also took the phone to Penang for an event and from my hotel room, I can see this. Once again, the color inconsistency is just too drastic.

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main camera.
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3x zoom.
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5x zoom.
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10x zoom.
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30x zoom.

Set 5

As a bonus, we also shot this night scene with night mode. Huawei’s night mode is still the best out there with crisp images. We know there is a food stand but unfortunately, we still do not know what they are selling.

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main camera.
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3x zoom.
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10x zoom. The image is barely usable here.
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30x zoom. Totally unusable image.

Selfie camera picture

Honestly, the selfie looks pretty good. The details of the picture taken within an arm’s range is surprisingly sharp, though viewing it at 100% size is quite obvious that there are lots of sharpening.

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