Huawei P30 Pro – all about the cameras

Huawei has just announced the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.

Some of the highlight features of the P30 Pro phones are as follows:

  • Kirin 980 Processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie
  • 6.1″ FHD screen
  • 128GB, 256GB and 512 GB
  • Dual SIM
  • Four Cameras: 40MP (f/1.6), 20GB Super Wide, 8MP telephoto with 10x hybrid zoom (5x optical), Time of Flight distance-sensing camera
  • 4200 mAh battery

The highlight feature for the phone is, of course, the 4 cameras, and in this article we will be looking at them in detail.

You can watch our video discussing the cameras below:

You can read more about them below:

40MP Super Spectrum Camera

This is the main camera on the Huawei P30 Pro. It comes with a 40MP sensor with a rating of f/1.6. However, the impressive numbers don’t stop there. Not only does it feature OIS, it also comes with an ISO rating of 409,600! Oh yeah, you read that right. This means that the camera is designed to be very very good in the dark.

If you thought night mode on the P20 Pro and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was good, be prepared to be amazed.

Not only does it feature all of this, but Huawei have gone back to the drawing board and really shaken things up. How? Traditional cameras and screens are based on RGB, ie Red Green and Blue pixels. However, for this camera, Huawei have swapped Green with Yellow. This means that now you are looking at an RYB sensor.

Why? As far as Huawei tells us, not only does yellow offer a wider spectrum, but also allows more light in, meaning much better photography, in all settings.

On top of all this, you have a very clever AI that let’s you bring the same kind of AI that fought shake in the night to day time as well. Want to capture sports or a waterfall without a tripod? This is the phone for you!

On top of this, you also have AI HDR+, which combines AI with HDR+ to give you a fine tuned HDR experience.

20MP Wide Angle Lens

The phone also features a 20MP Wide-Angle lens. This has a 120-degree field of view and allows you to capture a lot of detail without needing to go very far back.

In the previous P series phones, this was a black and white camera, but now Huawei have replaced the same high contrast sharp imaging technology with a coloured camera.

5x Optical Zoom Periscope Lens

The square lens at the bottom of the phone is the Periscope lens. Based on periscope technology, it bends the light by 90 degrees to allow the zoom to take place along the length of the phone instead of across it. The result is that you have the ability to get up to 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom straight out of the box, with no loss of quality.

This means that with all digital tech combined, the total zoom on offer is 50x!!!

Time of Flight Camera (TOF)

The Time of Flight camera is the latest innovation to be introduced by Huawei. By measuring the time it takes for light to reflect off of objects, the camera is able to ascertain how far objects in front of it are.

The simplistic result is that if you want to do Bokeh mode, your camera is not just relying on hard edges to give you a nearer focus and a softer background. Now your camera will be able to know exactly what is near and what is far.

The greater advantage of this beyond the obvious portrait mode is its application in the AR world. From the likes of the IKEA app to gaming, this camera has the ability to measure things in real time and cuts out the requirement from the processor to measure things on the fly.


While smartphones have become great photography tools, it is still rare to see people rely solely on their phones for video. Huawei are looking to challenge the norm by bringing all the features from their photography into the video side too.

This means, you will get brighter video thanks to the higher ISO, some stabilisation thanks to the built in OIS, as well as the ability to zoom on the fly.

So, what will you be using your Huawei P30 Pro for?

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