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Huawei P30 Smartphone Review - Performance

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Huawei P30 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

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Huawei P30 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The P30 captures decent images with accurate colour (the P30 Lite has a habit of over-saturating everything, as did the P20) good dynamic range and reliable exposure levels and excellent sharpness. 

Close focus is impressive with good detail in the blossom shots and a good amount of background blur in the image of the tulip to ensure attention stays on the flower. 

Selfies are really great with accurate skin tone, sharp eyes and hardly any clipping when you use the bokeh modes (apart from some fine edges but you have to look rather closely to notice). You can add different levels of skin softening, change the tone of your skin and slim your face which, when done with care, can further enhance your selfies/portraits and there are various bokeh shapes to choose from, too. 

Portraits have excellent colour, good levels of detail and skin colours are, again, accurate. The added bonus of blurry backgrounds make them even better and, just like when taking a selfie, there's hardly any clipping and your subject really does stand out from the frame.

The overall dynamic range in the images isn't quite as good as those captured with the P30 Pro and portraits captured with the P30 Pro, also, look better, too. However, for those who simply want to share their images on social media, you won't have any qualms with the Huawei P30. In fact, we don't think many people, in general, will find too many issues with the P30's camera. 

 

40MP Vs 10MP

Like its big brother, the Huawei P30 uses the 40MP sensor to create 10MP images with lots of detail. Click the images below to compare the 40MP image with the 10MP result and if you use the zoom feature of your browser, you can see just how much detail the 40MP image captures, too. However, details are sharper in the 10MP image when compared side-by-side with the 40MP shot. Dynamic range is better in the 10MP image, too, with more detail in the shadow areas (you have auto sharpening and clever HDR algorithms to thank for this). 

If you do want to capture images with the 40MP sensor, it's worth noting that this is a fixed lens so you have to use your feet to zoom whereas the 10MP sensor gives you access to the wide, 1x, 3x and 30x zoom. 

 

40MP 1 | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 5.6 mm | ISO 125
40MP
10MP 1 | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 5.6 mm | ISO 160
10MP

 

40MP | 1/1079 sec | f/1.8 | 5.6 mm | ISO 50
40MP
10MP | 1/1117 sec | f/1.8 | 5.6 mm | ISO 50
10MP

 

Huawei P30 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Overall, lens performance is good with no signs of CA, minimal purple fringing and no noticeable vignetting/distortion. Images taken in good light show low levels of noise and focus is quick and reliable. 

The 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle lens captures plenty of detail in images but some shots do show barrel distortion and the 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens gives you access to 3x and 5x zoom. If you stick to the 3x and 5x zoom when you need extra reach, your images will still be sharp and have detail but go beyond this and detail falls off rapidly. It's also pretty hard to keep the P30 steady when using the 30x zoom so you may need a tripod to get the most out of it. OIS is built into the 8MP lens and the smartphone will tell you to 'keep still' while it sharpens photos, too, which both help but not quite enough. But, stay away from digital zoom and you have 2 zoom options that produce sharp images with accurate colour and detail is still good. 

Take a look at the serious of images captured below to see how the optical, hybrid and digital zoom performs in more detail.


 

Huawei P30 Low-light images

Low Light Performance - Capturing 5-6 second exposures, at night, handheld is an impressive thing and overall, images look pretty good. Some do show a loss in detail when you look closely, things get a bit smudgy in places, but the images are still impressive when you think even some compact cameras would struggle to capture images at these light levels. There's some clever technology in Huawei smartphones and when you combine this with the good sensor and apertures these devices now offer, low light photography is possible without a tripod. 

The built-in Night Mode counts down how long you have to stay still for while the camera builds up detail (like a painter with a brush) in the frame and can be useful in particularly dark situations but the smartphone does a decent job at night even without this mode enabled. 

 

Huawei P30 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance -  The ISO range goes from ISO50 - ISO65535, with select ISO levels only accessible in really low light situations (for obvious reasons). Marginal detail lose starts to show at ISO800 (but it really is tiny) with ISO6400 and beyond showing more falloff but even the higher ISOs do a rather good job at keeping detail. 

 

Huawei P30 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - AWB under mixed lighting does a good job as it does under fluorescent lighting, albeit a little dark in places. The fluorescent turns everything pink but the tungsten preset doesn't do a bad job. However, AWB under tungsten produces a better result. 

 

Huawei P30 Digital filters

Digital Filters - Plenty of Digital Filters are built in which you can apply once you have captured your images. Above are just a few examples, of what is, an extensive list of filter choices. 

 

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Panorama mode - There are no stitching issues, colours are accurate and detail is good throughout the image. 

Video - Video can be captured in 4K @ 30fps, FullHD @ 60fps & 30fps and 720p @ 960fps. The seflie camera shoots in FullHD @ 30fps.

 

 


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