Huawei P30 Pro Camera and Its Tech Well Explained

At an extravagant event in Paris, Huawei launched the P30 series along with the Freelace Bluetooth earbuds and Huawei smart glasses too. However, the highlight of the event was the Huawei P30 Pro camera capabilities.

Huawei is known to manufacture great cameras in its smartphones as it did in the P20 Pro, but this time it managed to make the Huawei P30 Pro camera so star-spangled awesome, that it beats every other smartphone to dust.

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So what’s so special about the camera of the Huawei P30 Pro? Let’s dig in some more to find out what it offers.

Camera Specs

The camera hardware of the P30 Pro is as innovative and top-of-the-range as it gets. The smartphone packs a quad camera setup on its back.

Huawei P30 Pro camera digital trends
Image: Digital trends

The main sensor is a 40MP wide-angle lens, which Huawei calls the SuperSpectrum lens. The second one is a 20MP ultra wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 and the third sensor is an 8MP telephoto lens with 5X optical zoom, which is only possible thanks to the periscope mechanism of the sensor.

The device packs top notch specs like the 8GB RAM and  Kirin 980 processor which we also saw in other flagships like the Honor V20, but its truly the camera that makes it stand out in the huge world of smartphones.

Camera Features

There are many things that are first in the Huawei P30 Pro camera and although it had fierce competition in form of the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy S10 Plus, it managed to crush its competitors by offering innovation never seen before in a smartphone.

Here are some of the things that we like about the Huawei P30 Pro camera.

Higher Light Sensitivity

The main 40MP snapper in the P30 Pro has an f/1.6 aperture. Its aim is to capture more light than previously possible. The company claims that the Huawei P30 Pro camera has an amazing ISO level of over 400,000 which is way higher than a professional grade camera like the Canon 5D Mark IV.

Huawei P30 Pro camera Light sensitivity

This enables the device to take exuberant low light shots where not only the details of the subject are maintained but the colors also don’t lose their charm and even in pitch black environments, you’ll be able to snap jaw-dropping shots.

You may be thinking, “how is it possible?”. Three letter answer is the RYB. Huawei P30 camera packs an RYB sensor which is prone to gather more light. Read on to know more about this new sensor

All New RYB Sensor

Huawei P30 Pro camera RGB and RYB Lens

P30 Pro is the world’s first smartphone with this tech. It uses the Red Yellow Blue sensor instead of the traditional Red Green Blue (RGB) that has been in use for more than 40 years now. The new sensor takes in 40% more light, hence enables the device to take amazing low light shots.

Technically speaking, cameras sensors are always monochrome. However, there is a thing called the Bayer filter that reduces the amount of light arriving at the sensors, depending upon its color. This allows the camera to reconstruct an image with all its colors.

Bayer filter
Bayer filter

The camera sensors are fundamentally monochrome, but the Bayer filter attenuates the amount of light arriving at the sensor depending on its color but in turn, the filters limit the amount of light reaching the camera so the image becomes a bit darker.

Huawei used bright filters as a solution to this problem in the Huawei P30 Pro camera. Essentially what it did is changed all the green spots of the RGB filter to the yellow, which let more light in. Doing this, however, required the revamping of the entire camera stack, as Yellow is not the primary color of light.

Huawei P30 Pro camera RYB Lens

The end result of all this is a camera that can see in the dark (well, figuratively ofcourse). Huawei P30 Pro camera reaches ISO 409,600 which matches the low light photography king Sony A7s II DSLR.

Extraordinary Zooming

With an 8MP telephoto lens, the zooming capabilities of Huawei P30 Pro cameras are just mind-boggling. The camera has a periscope mechanism which allows moving to and fro to achieve an optical zoom of 5X.

Picture with Standard Mode on huawei P30 Pro
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Picture with 10x zoom on huawei P30 Pro
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Besides that, it also has a 10X hybrid zoom which shows no degradation of sharpness or the loss of details.

Combine this with the information gathered by other camera sensors and you’ll be blown away to know that this beast has a digital zoom of 50X and even then you can’t notice as much loss in details as we witnessed in the camera comparison of Mate 20 Pro vs Galaxy S10 Plus.

ToF Camera

The ToF camera in the P30 Pro can be used for depth mapping and even has AR implications. It could be used for the measurement of real-life objects and accurate depth information in portrait shots.

What it really does is that it creates layers within a picture to decide the depth and produces results according. In turn, if you at a portrait, even the strands of the hair are not blurred out, offering a better separation of subject from the background.

Moreover, ToF lens in the Huawei P30 Pro camera could also be used to measure the length depth and volume of real-life objects with more than 98.5% accuracy.

Night Mode

Huawei P30 Pro camera also offers a night mode similar to what we saw in the Google Pixel 3XL which promises magical night-to-day shots.

The sample shots that were presented on the launch, compared the phone with Galaxy S10 Plus and iPhone XS Max and it totally crushed its competitors.

Picture with Night Mode om Huawei P30 pro
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Picture with Night Mode om Huawei P30 pro
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Such immaculate low light photography has only been possible because of the new RYB sensor and the low aperture size. These two combined with the Huawei’s AI can produce results closer to DSLR level performance.

We are thoroughly impressed by this specific feature in the Huawei P30 Pro camera. Google Pixel 3XL was also a good example of excellent camera performance with software’s help but Huawei, I think, have topped the game for now.

Dual View Video

Another great feature of Huawei P30 Pro camera is the Dual-view video. The handset can amazingly record dual video-one from the main snapper while the other from the telephoto lens.

Huawei P30 Pro camera Dual Video

Both the videos will be displayed as one on your screen so you can see a wider view, as well as, a zoomed in view of your subject. Though this feature may not seem useful as compared to the other features of the phone, nonetheless, it is flashy enough to show off among your friends.

What else does it offer?

Huawei P30 Pro camera setup also offers a Dual Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which is combined with the company’s famous Artificial intelligent Stabilization (AIS).

huawei P30 pro camera

Together, these two make a huge difference and even with when you are zooming to 50X, the stabilization balances out your shaky hands and delivers a smooth picture.

The same stabilization also lets you take 7second long exposure shots at night. Huawei’s CEO also showed off some of the shots that were taken handheld with the Huawei P30 Pro camera

With the launch of P30 Pro, Huawei has shown the world that you can simultaneously improve the hardware as well as the software processing of the camera on your device and that there is still room for a lot of improvement in the smartphone camera technology.

The P30 series is coming to Pakistan in the first week of April. The Preorders for the devices will start on 6th April and the availability in the market will be from 13th April onwards

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