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Huawei P30 Pro – Calling pro camera


The Huawei P30 series consists of two smartphones: the Huawei P30 and this super deluxe P30 Pro. The head may betray it, but it is mainly the quad camera that leaves a deep impression. But is that enough to run to the store to buy a Huawei P30 Pro?

The recipe for a Huawei top smartphone is known. The most beautiful OLED panels, the most powerful specifications and the most versatile cameras on the one hand. But exorbitant prices, brackish software with advertising apps and unnecessary irritations such as NM memory cards and the removal of a headphone port on the other. This recipe also applies to the latest Huawei P30 Pro, but a copy-paste story is certainly not this review. That is because of Huawei with this P30 Pro smartphone photography to a new level.

The zoom lens is a bit deeper in the housing of the Huawei P30 Pro.

Leica camera in the Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei entered into a partnership with Leica a few years ago, after which the company took major steps in the field of smartphone cameras. With last year ‘s Huawei P20 Pro there was finally a connection with other manufacturers, the Huawei P30 Pro leaves the competition behind in terms of photos and possibilities.

First the technical: on the back of the smartphone there are four lenses, three of which are incorporated in an oval-shaped part: the main sensor of 40 megapixels, a wide-angle camera of 20 megapixels and at the bottom of the oval is a striking telephoto lens deep in the housing appears to be processed. That is because he makes a turn in the device like a periscope so that zooming is made possible through built-in lenses. There is a TOF sensor (Time Of Flight) and laser autofocus, to be able to properly measure depth and distance. This is a welcome addition to both zooming in and portrait mode.

It is striking that the camera has an extremely high light sensitivity (ISO value) and the main lens has a low aperture. In theory, this means that the camera can still see much in low light conditions. The P30 Pro is also equipped with automatic object and scene recognition, just like the P20. This means that the camera is able to apply the correct settings and software-based operations itself because the smartphone recognizes what is on screen. All nice and nice, but how does the camera work in practice?

The photos are amazing especially when shooting at night or in dark environments

Photography with the Huawei P30 Pro

Never before have I been so impressed by a smartphone camera like that of the Huawei P30 Pro. It is the best and most versatile smartphone camera that you can get right now. Especially when shooting at night or in dark environments, the photos are amazing: even in automatic mode (and not in night mode), the camera sees everything down to the smallest detail, while your own eyes only underestimate contours. Even the stars in the sky are captured. That is unprecedented. If you do use the night mode, you have a little more detail. But you must be patient before the photo is processed. Thanks to the image stabilization, your night photo was never moved.

In low light, the camera of the Huawei P30 Pro sees more than the eye, even stars remain visible.

Optical zoom was another reason for the Huawei P30 Pro to buy a compact camera. Due to the physical limitations of a smartphone, it was always difficult to build in. Manufacturers such as LG, Apple and Samsung were able to partly solve this with multiple camera lenses such as a wide-angle lens and a macro lens. By changing the lens, you can shift the focus without any loss of quality that digital zoom offers. The P30 Pro has a wide-angle lens, normal lens and the zoom lens. This zoom lens can zoom in 5x and 10x optically, further zooming in is also possible. But then you are dealing with digital zoom, which zooms in up to 50x (!). Of course, you notice quite a bit of quality loss, but the results are still quite impressive. And also surprising that Huawei has made this possible in a thin smartphone.

Even under conditions with sufficient light, the P30 Pro shoots very good photos and beautiful portraits with the depth of field effect. Strikingly many objects and scenes are accurately recognized automatically, Huawei calls this AI (artificial intelligence). only the filters that are used are sometimes a bit exaggerated, so colours appear too exaggerated or landscapes of plastic appear. That does not matter, with a small tap you take the photo without object and scene recognition.


Five different zoom levels of the Huawei P30 Pro: Wide Angle – 1x – 5x – 10x and 50x

Build quality

It is the camera and its possibilities where the chin hits the ground with surprise. How the device performs as a smartphone is as I expected in advance. First of all, the construction, which is very similar to the P20 Pro from 2018 and is also watertight (IP-68). The difference can, of course, be seen in the cameras on the back, but the screen notch on the front is also somewhat smaller. However, the construction remains somewhat generic, despite the fact that you can get the P30 Pro in beautiful colours. Don’t let that distract you, because a cover is really necessary. A glass case is vulnerable and sensitive to greasy fingerprints.


The screen on the front is top notch (pun intended). The OLED panel has a high full HD resolution and brightness and can display colours beautifully. In short, a welcome addition to the beastly good camera. The screen, and therefore the device, is large: 6.4 inches. Huawei uses a screen ratio of 19.5 by 9 to make the P30 Pro pocket-resistant.

The screen edges on the sides are slightly curved, just like Samsung does with the Edge screens of Galaxy S smartphones. Huawei does it a little more subtly, so in practice, I never accidentally touched the screen on the side. The screen notch on the top is drop-shaped, and therefore somewhat smaller. For the eye an advantage, for those who like to unlock the smartphone with face recognition a disadvantage: there is a single camera in the notch. No depth sensor or second camera, so the front camera cannot measure depth, which is very safe.

Fortunately, there are other unlocking options. Also biometric, such as a fingerprint scanner. This has placed Huawei at the front of the P30 Pro, behind the screen. So far my experiences with such a scanner were not very positive: no progress compared to a traditional fingerprint scanner under the screen or on the back of the smartphone. Yet the fingerprint scanner behind the screen of the Huawei P30 is the fastest and most accurate that I have tested so far, and therefore comes close to the regular scanner.

Kirin 980 processor

On the inside, everything is fine with the Huawei P30 Pro. Huawei uses its own chipsets, in this case, the HiSilicon Kirin 980, which in terms of performance is no less than the fastest Snapdragon processors. You will also find 8GB of memory, at least 128GB of storage (which you can expand with a special Huawei memory card) and a substantial 4,200 mAh battery, which you can refuel particularly quickly with a 40W fast charger. The Huawei P30 Pro also has excellent battery life. A day or two is possible.

EMUI 9 with Android 9

During the presentation of the Huawei P30 Pro in Paris, the software was reported as one of the features. Moreover. The smartphone runs according to the PowerPoint on EMUI 9 with Android 9. That shows how Huawei looks at its software skin, while the Android base without Huawei’s additions is still much more stable, beautiful and clearer. Maybe it’s a cultural thing because Huawei is certainly not the only Chinese manufacturer that adjusts Android down to the smallest details – and usually not for the better. Fortunately, there is some improvement to be noticed, background processes are no longer cut off without being able to do anything about it, and many spelling errors and rules that do not align have been corrected. Yet there is a lot to notice about the stability, the outdated (messy) appearance and the mess that Huawei is installing. Of course, you get a lot of unavoidable Huawei apps, you can’t escape that. An Optimization app, which you may not remove and which brings misleading antivirus and memory optimization … That does not belong on a smartphone of 1000 euros. The ‘Top Apps’ folder, in which apps are recommended, is entirely culpable. In other words, disguised advertising for misery such as Booking.com and TripAdvisor. On a smartphone that costs as much money as an iPhone. That does not belong and you can really charge Huawei. In other words, disguised advertising for misery such as Booking.com and TripAdvisor. On a smartphone that costs as much money as an iPhone. That does not belong and you can really charge Huawei. In other words, disguised advertising for misery such as Booking.com and TripAdvisor. On a smartphone that costs as much money as an iPhone. That does not belong and you can really charge Huawei.

Although Huawei comes with unnecessary warnings, you can make the device a lot better with Nova Launcher. If you would like to put another ROM on the device, you better opt for a different smartphone. Huawei has locked its devices. But let’s be honest, you lose the advanced camera functions with a different Android version, so why would you want that on this P30 Pro?

Although Huawei comes with unnecessary warnings, you can make the device a lot better with Nova Launcher.

Is Huawei reliable?

Huawei has been in the news lately, due to fear of eavesdropping and espionage. That is something you always have to keep in mind with smartphones, not just with Huawei. After all, they are devices packed with personal data, cameras, GPS and microphones. However, there is still no evidence that the Chinese government is abusing the devices via Huawei. In fact, the US (where the accusations largely come from) has itself been caught on large-scale espionage and data theft through the NSA PRISM program, which came to light thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Alternatives for the Huawei P30 Pro

With Android One, a headphone port and support for standard microSD memory cards, this Huawei P30 Pro received the full five stars from me as a final rating. A person can dream, right? In terms of camera technology, Huawei sets the bar enormously high, and to be honest: in terms of options and photos, the cameras from Samsung and Apple are not allowed to tie the shoelaces of the Huawei P30 Pro. So if you are looking for the best camera smartphone, then you have to settle for the disadvantages I just mentioned. The Galaxy S10 Plus, therefore, has a lesser camera but is another (pricey) alternative that does not suffer from these negatives. Apple’s iPhone Xsscores better in terms of performance and software (support). But let’s be honest. If you are looking for a smartphone in this price range, then the camera is a decisive choice to opt for the P30 Pro.

Conclusion: buy Huawei P30 Pro?

You know where you stand with a Huawei top smartphone. A great, yet expensive, smartphone with powerful specifications and a beautiful screen. However, it is the camera that makes the Huawei P30 Pro-revolutionary, especially photography in the dark and optical zooming makes the P30 Pro the best camera smartphone. However, you have to settle for disadvantages that are so unnecessary: ​​EMUI, the lack of the headphone port and NM memory cards. And well, the price. Because it takes a while.

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