Huawei’s P30 series pushing the limits of smartphone photography

Huawei unveiled its new flagship phone, the P30 Pro, along with its little brother, the P30 at a press conference on 26 March in Paris. We take a first look at what it means for smartphone photographers.

D-Photo reviewed Huawei’s previous flagship model, the P20 Pro, not long after its release last year, and found the camera surpassed expectations for a camera on a smartphone. It looks like we can expect even more from the P30 series. Peter Gauden, Huawei’s global senior marketing manager, said that they intend to “rewrite the rules of smartphone photography.”

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Camera specs for Huawei’s new P30 are now available, and it’s clear that Huawei are continuing to push the limits of smartphone technology. The P30 boasts four sensors for the main camera as well as its front-facing sensor.

  • Main sensor: 40MP, 27mm, f/1.6, OIS

  • Ultra wide angle: 20MP, 16mm, f/2.2

  • Telephoto: 8MP, 125mm, f/3.4, OIS

  • Time-of-flight (ToF) camera for depth detection

  • Selfie: 32MP with Super HDR Shot and Super Low Light Shot

The P30 Pro’s camera also replaces the traditional RGB sensor with the SuperSpectrum RYYB sensor, which has been described as one of the most ground-breaking innovations the photography world has seen in recent years. The new sensor type incorporates a yellow sensor, which absorbs both blue and red rays of light. This means that 40 per cent more light can be absorbed, making for impressive performance in extreme low-light conditions.

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As well as advancements in the hardware, Huawei has also improved its camera software. Using an upgraded version of its Kirin 980 system, Huawei have incorporated more photo-enhancing goodies. For example, its new AI-driven HDR+ mode creates an ‘exposure map’ of the image in order to adjust individual sections. It also means that faces and landscapes are automatically detected and adjusted for.

Early reviews suggest that photos taken with the Huawei P30 Pro are impressively sharp and well exposed, so we’re looking forward to getting our hands on one to try out its features in depth.


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