Things we don’t like about Huawei P30 Pro cameras

After partnering with Leica in 2014, Huawei has crossed some impressive milestones when it comes to smartphone photography and combined with the power of AI-equipped chipset, it has raised the bar in terms of innovation for other mobile phone makers around the world.

It has come a long way from being another name when it comes to camera phones and thus, Huawei’s struggle to beat the odds can be seen in its recent flagship device, Huawei P30 Pro. The flagship device, since its official debut in March 2019, has managed to shake up the smartphone industry thanks to its leading quad camera setup which includes

  • 40MP Wide Angle Lens with f/1.6, OIS, 1/1.7 inch sensor
  • 20MP (16mm) Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2, 1/2.7 inch sensor
  • 8MP (125mm) Telephoto, 5x optical Zoom, f/3.4, OIS, 1/4 inch sensor
  • ToF (Time of Flight) 3D sensor for depth perception

In our detailed camera review, we managed to capture some amazing shots using Huawei P30 Pro’s rear and front cameras and were surprised to see how much details it can manage to preserve in an image even in low-light conditions. But, everything about this camera phone is not as breezy as it may seem.

To give you a peek into the dark aspects of this device, here are some of the things that we disliked about the cameras of  Huawei P30 Pro.

50x Zoom and the Mystery of the Shaking Hands

The 8MP telephoto lens of Huawei P30 Pro enables us to take 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom but the main selling point of this sensor is the 50x digital zoom that can capture a subject which can hardly be seen by the naked eye.

During our testing, it was not much of a surprise to see the phone struggling while going above 32x zoom but at night it becomes almost impossible to take a picture with 50x zoom because it is helpless against the shaking of one’s hands. Most of the time, the pictures came out completely blurry and we had to take repeated shots in this camera mode.

Blurred 50x zoom shot on Huawei P30 Pro

In the first few clicks, you will get a blurred picture with more washed out colors in 50x zoom

50x zoom shot on Huawei P30 Pro

The telephoto lens has tried to preserve the details and color of the dome in 50x zoom

Ultra Wide Angle Lens Does Not Know Colors

The 20MP Ultra Wide Lens comes with the ability to cover more than 120 degrees field-of-view and while it does pan out to take in more of the scenery, it fails on a major front; the color reproduction. Let’s see the camera lens in action below:

Wazir Khan Mosque Entrance Picture with auto mode on Huawei P30 Pro

Colors are natural and the details are well preserved in auto mode

Wazir Khan Mosque Entrance Picture with Ultra Wide Angle Lens on Huawei P30 Pro

The picture is wrapped in a bluish blanket while the minarets have lost details

The pictures taken with the ultra wide angle lens are oversaturated and there is visible loss of details that can be observed especially on the sides of the image.

You can also notice that the photo is covered with a bluish tint which has snatched away the subject’s original color, making it seem like an edited byproduct of faulty software. Below, you can again observe the same behavior of the ultra wide angle lens.

landscape shot with wide angle lens of Huawei P30 Pro

Different shades of the sky can be observed in auto mode

landscape shot with ultra wide angle lens of Huawei P30 Pro

The ultra wide shot is seemingly wrapped in a blue filter

It continues its behavior even in low-light conditions. You can see that the ultra wide angle lens has washed out the original colors in the image below and simply put has captured an ugly photo with major loss of details.

Park Picture at night with Auto mode on Huawei P30 Pro

The main camera has illuminated the subject while maintaining true colors and all the key details

Park Picture at night with Ultra Wide Angle lens on Huawei P30 Pro

The color of the sky has turned a bit purple-ish and you can observe a significant loss of details

The Lens Flare Episode

Huawei P30 Pro has been marketed as a smartphone that is made for the photography lovers and thus it is quite bothersome to see such a basic flaw in the device’s camera. While shooting in low-light conditions, outdoors as well as indoors, the light from an artificial source disperses in the image causing the lens to flare up.

lens flare in auto mode shot on Huawei P30 Pro

Observe how the light has dispersed to cause a lens flare


Whether it is white light or a yellow one, if your subject is close to it, you cannot take a picture without the light source dazzling like a star in the sky which ruins our chances to take some artistic or even normal photographs.

Picture at night aganist light on Huawei P30 Pro

Here you can see how the light has flared up in the auto mode

Following is an image shared by one of the P30 Pro users on Huawei’s forum. Here you can see how much worse this lens flare problem can become if you are shooting in a well-lit area at night.

Huawei P30 Pro lens flare

Image Source: Huawei/ alexm. stanila

Huawei has undoubtedly created a camera that can see in the dark but its inability to shoot the same quality stills in the light calls the phone’s camera prowess into question.

You can try to resolve this issue to some extent by using AI HDR+ mode but it is a constant problem that spoils P30 Pro’s moniker of low-light camera king for us.

Mosque Corridor Picture with huawei P30 pro

auto mode (left), HDR (right)

10x Hybrid Zoom and the Blackout Effect

Huawei P30 Pro is the first smartphone that comes with a 10x lossless hybrid zoom lens and we are quite impressed with how much details it can capture without distorting the image during the day as well as at night. But sadly, sometimes while using this feature at night, the end result is a completely black photo in an abyss of nothingness.

Blacked out 10x zoom shot on Huawei P30 Pro

Blacked out picture taken with 10x hybrid zoom

10x zoom shot on Huawei P30 Pro

Picture recaptured in 10x hybrid zoom after capturing the blacked out image

It is a recurring problem which can easily annoy the user as they’ll have to try to recapture their perfect shot. By summoning some patience for the “blackout effect,” you can take some good quality shots with 10x zoom even with minimum lights in the surroundings.

The Case of Missing Autofocus in Selfie Camera

The 32MP selfie camera that resides inside the tiny dewdrop notch of Huawei P30 Pro lacks a common feature that can be found in many other flagship phones; the ability to autofocus.

Selfie with Huawei P30 Pro

Selfies taken from a close distance do not lose details

Just like its predecessor, P30 Pro comes with a fixed-focus lens which loses details while taking selfies at different distances. If you are taking a picture alone or with a friend in a close range of the sensor, you will get some amazing shots but if the selfies are meant to include you and some amazing background or scenery, the end result may not be too sharp and you will end up losing some of the details.

Disastrous Video Quality while Zooming In

The telephoto lens can help to take some good close up images but when it comes to shooting a video, let’s just say you should try it at your own risk. The video quality while zooming in is worse than poor and you get highly pixilated clips which lack details and textures.

You cannot rely on P30 Pro’s camera to record the video at 5x or 10x zoom especially if you want to record a live performance during a concert or capture some unforgettable moments while watching a game in the stadium.

Struggling Autofocus in Low-Light

Rear cameras of Huawei P30 Pro can capture some good videos but we observed that the autofocus struggles especially while shooting in low-light conditions without flash.

In the video above, you can see that the camera is shifting the focus between the subject and the background repeatedly leading to loss of details and a low-quality clip. You can resolve this issue by turning on the flash while shooting a video in low-light.

Camera App Interface Is a Mess

Huawei needs to further simplify its camera app which at the moment feels like a mess especially when you are constantly taking pictures with the smartphone.

Huawei P30 Pro Camera App Interface

Huawei P30 Pro Camera App Interface

We do agree that the company has come a long way in designing its camera app’s interface but the rush to find the relevant mode from the menu and repeatedly sliding from photo to more options becomes exhausting after a few tries.

Are you facing any other problem with the P30 Pro’s cameras? let us know in the comments below

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