Huawei P30 and P30 Pro convince by excellent cameras . Responsible for the high photo quality, according to the manufacturer, is a novel color recognition, which illuminates images better.However, this technology sometimes provides a look reminiscent of Instagram filters.

As PhoneArena has found in an analysis , images taken with the Huawei P30 (Pro) often have a yellowish tinge . The website came to this conclusion after a comparison with the top smartphones Samsung Galaxy S10 , iPhone Xs Max, Google Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro. The iPhone photos showed typical Apple also a yellow tinge. But this was at least when recording a blue sky not noticeable.

More light, less color fidelity

Shifting the color temperature to the yellows is not necessarily bad: it makes images look warmer and can also be corrected with image editing programs like Lightroom. According to PhoneArena, the Huawei P30 (Pro) is pushing it a bit too far: the photos look as if the photographer had held a yellow glass bottle in front of his lens.

Responsible for this is the initially mentioned color recognition of the so-called SuperSpectrum sensor. Instead of an RGGB color filter (Red-Green-Green-Blue), an RYYB color filter (Red-Yellow-Yellow-Blue) is used here. In simple terms, this means that instead of the green light components, the sensor captures yellow. The chipset of the Huawei P30 (Pro) should actually counteract strong color deviations. But it does not seem to succeed completely.

While the technology appears to provide an unnatural look, its strengths come in full in the dark or indoors: as promised by the manufacturer, the camera actually captures the Huawei P30 (Pro) more light than the competitors’ lenses. The conclusion of PhoneArena: The Huawei P30 (Pro) sacrifices color fidelity for superior lighting and more detailed photos.