The manufacturer’s recommended prices for a trio of smartphones from the P30 series are as follows: Lite-model costs € 369 (
413); followed by the base P30, which costs € 749 (
838), and finally the Pro version with a price of € 999 (
1117). From this it follows logically that there are significant technical differences between the smartphones of the series, relating, in particular, to their cameras.
Unlike last year’s smartphones, in the P30 and P30 Lite models, Huawei preferred a single unit consisting of three cameras, only the P30 Pro still has a stand-alone sensor, although it differs significantly from its predecessor.
Customers planning to purchase the P30 Lite will have to agree to double digital zoom, while the “regular” P30 is equipped with a five-time hybrid zoom, and the Pro model even received an optical five-time zoom. The P30 and P30 Pro are also equipped with the new SuperSpectrum sensor in the main camera. The Chinese manufacturer kept silent about the sensor used in the P30 Lite even after the editors of our site directly requested this information. Options are IMX586 from Sony or Isocell Bright GM1 from Samsung.
Using various objects and lighting conditions for shooting, we will evaluate the effectiveness of camera phones from the P30 series. But first, let’s briefly look at their technical characteristics:
All smartphones from the Huawei P30 series received a module with a triple camera
The three-camera setup in the Huawei P30 Lite includes: a 48-megapixel wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel super wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel telephoto lens. The latter processes depth of field information to achieve the three-dimensional effect in photographs. The 48 MP main camera has an impressive aperture of f / 1.8. The Leica triple camera in the Huawei P30 is equipped with a 40-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens and an f / 1.8 aperture, a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens and an f / 2.2 aperture, as well as an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with an aperture of f / 2.4 and an optical image stabilization.
Video: Photos Taken On The Huawei P30 Pro
Leica modules in the P30 Pro smartphone are represented by four optical elements, and the ToF camera does not take photos, but instead measures the time it takes for the light to reach each point of the object and return. Thanks to this, a three-dimensional image is created. There is also an ultra-wide-angle lens (f / 2.2, 20 MP) and a telephoto lens (f / 3.4, 8 MP, optical stabilization). Thanks to the f / 1.6 40-MP aperture, the main camera sensor (with optical stabilization) is able to capture a little more light than its counterpart in P30.
During the camera comparison, the following software versions were installed on each smartphone: Huawei P30 Lite. 126.96.36.199, Huawei P30. 188.8.131.52, Huawei P30 Pro. 184.108.40.206.
Shooting with the main camera
All models of the Huawei P30 series have several preset shooting modes, such as: “Photo”, “Wide aperture mode” and “Night mode”. all of them are integrated into the camera application. The caption for each photo will indicate the mode that was used when shooting. To ensure equal conditions, all pictures will be taken using automatic modes and factory settings, with AI turned off. By the way, due to the Pixel Binning technology, which combines four pixels into one super pixel, photos taken on the P30 and P30 Pro will have a resolution of 10 MP, while the P30 Lite will have 12 MP.
As always, we will provide all the photographs taken during the review, so that you yourself could appreciate their differences.
In good light conditions, the quality of photos from all smartphones in the P30 series, at first glance, seems very similar. Even photos taken with the budget P30 Lite look crisp and vibrant. Nevertheless, a closer look at the pictures from the P30 Lite shows a lower dynamic range and noticeably less sharpness compared to the two more expensive Huawei models. In addition, the colors in the P30 Lite sometimes look pale and blurry.
With a larger image magnification (as can be seen in the example of a flower picture), these differences take on scale. Individual villi and pestles can easily be identified on pictures taken with the Huawei P30, but these details are very blurry on the P30 Lite. But the differences between the two top models of the Chinese manufacturer are minimal. From time to time, the P30 Pro displays image elements more accurately, and sometimes the Huawei P30 handles it better. The latter also has a warmer white balance and slightly greater color saturation.
Nevertheless, we cannot recognize the P30 Pro as the undisputed leader, since the color rendition of its 40-megapixel camera sometimes noticeably flounders: the very first photo with the designer is a great example of this. The actual colors of objects sometimes are very different from the colors captured by the camera of this flagship smartphone. The same applies to focusing, which sometimes disappears (this is clearly visible, for example, in a picture with flowers).