Huawei P30 Pro master station 24-hour shooting experience

Huawei p30

Like last year’s P20 Pro, Huawei still hopes to raise the upper limit of action photography to a new level through the new flagship P30 Pro in the first half of this year. The weapons they prepared this time were superzoom, super wide-angle lens, further enhanced night shot mode and ToF that many people have heard in the past year. Can such a combination really stand out again? The colleague at the main station went to the streets of Paris and walked around after getting the test machine. Then I will share with you the shooting experience.

First, let’s introduce the hardware. The core of the P30 Pro rear camera is a 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor, which is equipped with an f/1.6 lens and optical anti-shake function. This is followed by the telephoto end with OIS, using an 8MP CMOS. Based on the periscope structure they can achieve 5x optical zoom (combined with the main photoreceptor for 10x combined zoom). In addition, there is a wide-angle camera with a viewing angle of “more than 120 degrees”. The photosensitive element is 20MP, and its presence can further enrich the shooting scene. 

The P30 Pro is a four-camera phone. As mentioned at the beginning, the last one is the ToF camera. Its role is not to actually take photos, but to record different depth information to assist other cameras. With its help, the device can achieve more accurate and fast focusing, and it also provides feasibility for extended applications such as AR. Of course, ToF currently has another important use on the P30 Pro, which is to further improve the performance of the portrait mode. 

When the phone detects a person’s face (this is important, the effect seems to be less good when the item is taken), the ToF camera will help the phone to pinpoint the position of each object in the picture. Both the foreground and the back view will be more accurately blurred, and the hair on the edge of the portrait will be recognized more clearly. And in actual shooting, the P30 Pro can lock it in less than half a second after discovering the face. Especially in a good light environment, its success rate in overcoming obstacles such as hairstyles, glasses, accessories, etc. is quite high. It is worth mentioning that this ToF feature also works at up to 3x zoom, except that the recognition rate of the face is slightly reduced. 

In the zoom part, the 3x light change on the P20 Pro last year made people shine. This time, the P30 Pro brought even more surprises. The 5x optical zoom that the Periscope itself can achieve is already very good. As for the 10x hybrid zoom, which may be a bit skeptical, the usability is quite high. Walking on the streets of Paris with the P30 Pro, the untouchable scenery has never been closer. If you don’t believe it, you can take a look at the gargoyles under the different zooms below.

The far right one is the shooting effect under 10x zoom, which captures the details and shows how much the shock protection of the device plays. Such zooming ability has also brought new enlightenment to mobile photography. The P30 Pro’s shooting options are user-selectable and are actually more abundant than many common cameras. With this in mind, the P30 Pro’s ultra-wide-angle camera makes the picture more inclusive in both large landscapes and small environments, and the macro mode based on it can also display enough detail at close range. 

Speaking of the zoom, its performance at night did not disappoint. The result is that the transition from RGB to the RYYB filter on the SuperSpectrum should also play a big role. According to Huawei, the longer wavelength yellow light can bring in more light than the original green light (the increase in SuperSpectrum is 40%). After the amount of light is large, with the dual OIS and electronic anti-shake, the zoom, focus, and detail retention in the dark light will be easier. However, after switching to RB, the corresponding algorithm needs to be more specially tuned so that the photo can show the color it should have (in this case, there is room for improvement in the initial stage).


So the night shot of the P30 Pro is weaker and weaker than the now acclaimed Pixel 3 ? In terms of shooting speed, Google’s Night Sight is much faster than Huawei’s night scene mode. Pixel 3 is about half the time of P30 Pro. The final film should say that there are wins and losses on both sides. The actual street view corresponding to the above comparison chart is almost the middle of the two photos. The P30 Pro’s look and feel is a bit lacking in color, or at least not adequately compensated for the effects of streetlight yellow light. Pixel 3’s saturation is a bit too high, but if it’s for normal social sharing, this might be more appropriate. 

The photos taken in the P30 Pro and Pixel 3 low light modes are 10MP and 12MP, respectively, and the resolution of the former is slightly lower. At the current P30 Pro initial firmware and optimization space, Pixel 3’s night shot strength can also be tightly bitten. However, Huawei’s current zoom performance in the dark environment is not available in Google products. The following tower is almost 800 meters away. Pixel can’t reach this level, and even many cameras can’t.

In the daytime video recording, the P30 Pro’s focus is very stable, and the recording effect is satisfactory. At 10x zoom, it can even catch up with small locomotives at busy intersections, and face tracking can help the phone “eye” more accurately. Finally, the 32MP front camera, combined with HDR integrated with AI technology, also ensures a good look and feel for self-portrait photos when the contrast between light and dark is large. 

Of course, if you want to fully realize the potential of the P30 Pro, heavy users who are good at mobile phone shooting will definitely be more successful and more motivated. At this point in time in 2019, the freedom of creation that the P30 Pro can provide should be unparalleled.


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