While many Android manufacturers speak only of innovation and revolution, convinced the Huawei P30 camera times really. Why you can retire your old digital camera, reveals the great camera test.

Now the competition has to dress warmly: Even the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro are considered real photo artists. But with its Teleoptik, which turns out to be a periscope lens, the new P series around the flagship Huawei P30 Pro succeeds in creating a masterpiece for both zoom and low-light fans. Yes, in this smartphone is indeed the mini version of a SLR camera. 

Huawei P30 Pro camera Test: mini mirror reflex in the smartphone

By the way, yes. The sensor of the Huawei P30  Pro  is not located directly under the lens, but much lower in the housing and the incident light is deflected by a prism at a 90-degree angle and greatly increased by the five lenses in the space. This gives Huawei plenty of room over other Android smartphones and uses it for a four-lens setup (triple camera plus time-of-flight cam) with dual LED flash, which provide longer and longer focal lengths.

Add up to a fivefold optical zoom, ten times hybrid zoom and even up to fifty times digital zoom. But what does all this mean? You get a true optical zoom and a very high digital zoom with significantly less loss of quality. If you maximally digitally zoom with your current smartphones, then the image usually loses its brutal detail. Unlike the Huawei P30: It is the world’s first Android smartphone with a stable 10x zoom, without losing much detail and texture.

6.47 inch OLED display with 1080 x 2340 pixels

You can set yourself in Paris on the Champs-Elysées, target any person and capture sharply from a distance. That’s really cool, because it allows you to use the P30 Pro like a SLR camera. Added to this is the meanwhile common waterdrop notch, which offers a 32 megapixel quad-core sensor and f / 2.0 fading selfies with high dynamic range, low noise and and very accurate colors.

The technical data of the Huawei P30 Pro is rounded off by a 6.48-inch 1080 x 2340 pixel OLED display, Kirin 980 (as with the Mate 20 Pro), Dual SIM, Android 9 Pie. And a really thick battery, the 4.2000 mAh hold in Hands-On easy 12-14 hours by rather intense use. The USB-C is also super fast recharged: Thanks to the 40 watt power supply, it only takes a good 80 minutes to get to 100 percent. If you only have half an hour, you can load up to 60 percent. 

Zoom without loss of quality – thanks to the Huawei P30 camera

Usually you either need a digital camera with optical zoom or a mirror reflex, which is usually quite bulky. On the other hand, we can always draw our P30 and get a lot more out of our photos thanks to the 10x zoom. You will have experienced this many times: You want to take a picture of a plane, for example, but the contours blur in digital zoom. Not so with the Huawei P30. You’re on vacation and want to capture details of the architecture, but so far digital zoom has never been reliable, and we’ve usually done without it. This is particularly strong at concerts – ensures the right mid-instead of just-feeling. Or football: Thanks to the P30, you are really close to the goal. 

What we also did not expect, is the excellent processing in mega-digital zooms. Suppose we take a photo of the restaurant of a fourth or fifth floor hotel and have to go to the 30x Digi-Zoom. Then, thanks to the quality of its cameras and the processing of its Kirin 980 in the technical interaction with 8 GB of RAM on Android Pie, the P30 still manages to deliver a good image. Most other smartphones would only deliver PixelMatch in such high zoom levels. However, the display could be a bit better, here Huawei only delivers standard with 1080p.

The P series loves the street lamp romance

Huawei smartphones are known for their fantastic quality at night shots. Even the Huawei P20 Pro  and Huawei Mate 20 Pro  provided the reference here for a long time, then were temporarily replaced by Google’s Night-Sight technology. However, this one has a major disadvantage: it takes time. A good five seconds you have to target an object in the dark to get the best result.

Thanks to the Huawei P30 camera, the smartphone is a super fast snapshooter even at night and delivers breathtakingly good results. Rich in detail, sharpness of textures, contrast – that’s really impressive. This is made possible by a completely new sensor generation called Superspectrum. Explanation: Normally smartphones work with a RGGB color filter (Red-Green-Green-Blue = Red-Green-Green-Blue). However, the P30 uses a RYYB filter (Red-Yellow-Yellow-Blue = red-yellow-yellow-blue). In other words, the green component was changed to yellow. The superspectrum lets more light fall on the sensor, which makes the pictures significantly better at night.

And yes, we are talking about almost complete darkness. You can stand in the park in Munich, take a picture and the Huawei P30 camera will capture details that are barely perceptible to the naked eye. There are many factors that ultimately harmonize here: the sensor, the aperture, the recording speed. But also how the P30 compensates for possible trembling of your hand by using its sensors.

And it also calculates how fast the targeted object moves – a bus in London, for example, blurs at night because it’s fast. A steamer in Hamburg not because he is slow. And that’s what matters most: Many smartphones make excellent low-light shots, but you need a tripod for that. Or a flat surface that stabilizes the phone. And time. The P30 is one of the first Android phones to offer itself as a low-light snapshooter.

AI colors and blurred background: Youtubers darling

The video skills are not perfect, we would have liked to have 4K and 60 pictures. With the Huawei P30 camera you can only record a maximum of 4K in 30 pictures. Too bad. But the smartphone brings a fascinating innovation to VLogger and budding YouTube stars: the Time of Flight camera, which is used to better determine blur in the background and sharpness of the person in focus, is a real game changer for video fans. It separates amazingly clean the focused person and the background, which we really like. Yes, there are now and then still misfires, sometimes frail jacket sleeves about.

But wow, how well the Huawei P30 camera works out our protagonist in color and turns the background into black and white. Or spice it up and give the background a beautiful bokeh. Really strong, really innovative. For a long time we have known this for photos, in the video sector you needed a full-format camera for several thousand Euros. And with videos, the Huawei P30 also offers new possibilities for creative people with its five or ten times magnification. Professional videography for smartphone lovers – on Tinder we would now swipe to the right.

Huawei has already delivered correctly with the P20 and for a long time secured the crown as a reference smartphone for photographers. Now all flagships make excellent pictures, even the Samsung Galaxy S10  is an absolute photo expert. But rarely were we so blown away by the quality of a camera setup. Especially when we talk about low-light photography, the P30 Pro is not only the fastest device, but also provides the most details.

For a smartphone, it is very difficult at night to work out the differences between red and orange LED advertising, because this results in a kind of tail on most models – with a blur effect, the colors blend into each other. Until now, a SLR camera was needed for such perfect photos. Of course, this is still the perfect tool for photographers due to its variability and the different lenses in the professional sector, but in the mobile sector the Pro model of the Huawei P30 with its triple camera is currently the absolute non-plus ultra.

By the way, you’re reading here how to get the most out of the Huawei P30 camera – and get close to the perfect picture .