Huawei P30 Pro: Camera magic explained in 10 numbers
Cameras, digit-ally speaking
One of the most talked about camera smartphones of 2019 so far has to be the recently released Huawei P30 Pro. The smartphone comes with the Leica Quad Camera system bundled with some really impressive numbers. Numbers which Huawei claims have nailed it to rewrite the rules of photography. So well, we decided to let the numbers speak for themselves. Here are ten numbers explaining the camera magic on the Huawei P30 Pro:
The count of megapixels the Huawei P30 Pro comes with, all cameras combined. The sum total of cameras present on the back alone is 68 megapixels (40+20+8). When this is added to the 32-megapixel sensor on the front, the total moves up to a massive 100 megapixels. This is a really impressive number, simply because it backs the camera on the P30 Pro with megapixel muscle. The company has not given megapixel count for the ToF sensor present on the back. But these are easily the most megapixels we have ever seen on a phone camera.
The megapixel count of the main sensor present on Huawei P30 Pro’s back. Now, 40 megapixels may not sound as impressive, knowing that 48 megapixel is the popular megapixel count floating around in the smartphone camera ocean, and at prices way lower than that of the P30 Pro (hey, the Redmi Note 7 Pro starts at Rs 13,999) but those extra 8 megapixels have got nothing on the P30 Pro’s camera and software muscle combined. The main sensor of the P30 Pro comes with a Huawei SuperSpectrum sensor and has a massive f/1.6 aperture, which is a setup from the f/1.8 aperture on the P20 Pro. The image quality produced by the P30 Pro is far better than most 48-megapixel sensors we have seen on smartphones and it can be easily dubbed as one of the best cameras in the smartphone world right now, if not the best.
The number of cameras that the device sports on its back. At first glance, it may look as if the Huawei P30 Pro only houses three cameras but there is a tiny fourth camera placed just below the flash. The smartphone comes with the Leica Quad Camera system which comprises a 40-megapixel main camera. This main sensor is supposed to do all the heavy duty work like capturing detail and colors. Then there is a 20-megapixel ultra wide angle sensor which as the name suggests allows you to take wide angle shots. There is a ToF sensor which is supposed to improve Bokeh in your pictures by analyzing distance between the foreground and background and lastly the 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with a SuperZoom lens, which, hands down, is one of the biggest USPs of the smartphone. Why? Read the next three points to find out.
Smartphones have been a little handicapped when it comes to optical zoom. We have generally been offered 2X optical zoom but matters have not really progressed too far beyond that number. The Huawei P30 Pro has changed that. The smartphone comes with a huge 5X optical zoom, thanks to a periscopic arrangement. Having 5X optical zoom means not only will you be able to zoom in without actually moving but unlike digital zoom where you lose out on detail when you zoom in, optical zoom takes you closer to the subject without compromising on detail. Want a comparison? The iPhone XS and XS Max offer 2X optical zoom. The P30 Pro gives you more than double of that.
If the 5X optical zoom has not really impressed you, then we are pretty sure the 10X lossless zoom that Huawei P30 Pro brings to the table will surely do. Having 10X lossless zoom onboard means the device can take you up to ten times closer to your subject without really losing a significant amount of detail. This is not like optical zoom where the lens is physically moving and is actually taking you close to the subject without any loss in detail but is like a much better version of digital zoom where the loss in detail is next to negligible.
The Huawei P30 Pro is already miles (or actually 5X and 10X) ahead of most smartphones when it comes to no loss or next to no loss zoomed images, but there is more. The smartphone has set a new record when it comes to digital zoom as well. It comes with a massive 50X optical zoom which, quite frankly, changes how you look at your subject. This is because the 50X digital zoom helps one capture subjects which otherwise would not be visible with the naked eye. Yes, the shots turn out to be grainy and there obviously is a huge loss of detail but the sheer ability to get 50 times closer to the subject with just swipe of a finger is huge plus point for the Huawei P30 Pro. You can actually take a reasonably close up shot of even the moon!
Anyone who has used a big zoom lens knows that stability is one of the major issues that come with them. Which is why many photographers prefer to use tripods with zoom lenses. But setting up (and carrying) a tripod for a phone every time you want to take a zoomed-in shot would be a bit much, wouldn’t it? But you do not really have to worry about that with the Huawei P30 Pro. Unlike most smartphones that offer optical image stabilization (OIS) in one of the sensors (usually the main), the P30 Pro actually offers OIS in two sensors, making the smartphone much more stable than its competitors in the market. Yes, having double the OIS does not mean your camera is totally shakeproof but it definitely makes it much more stable which is required with a 50X digital zoom. The results bear it out.
Megapixels on the front-facing camera on the Huawei P30 Pro. While the primary camera of the Huawei P30 Pro is getting all the attention, thanks to the Leica Quad camera system, most have been ignoring the 32-megapixel front-facing camera on the smartphone. It might look ordinary stacked up against the big numbers that the primary camera possesses but this does not mean that the P30 Pro is not backed by strong selfie camera muscle. Given Huawei’s excellent track record here, you can expect very good results. And high-resolution ones too.
No, we did not add a couple of zeros by mistake. That is the ISO count on the Huawei P30 Pro, which is extremely high as compared to any camera setup on a smartphone. But what does this mean? The high ISO count means that the Huawei P30 Pro’s camera is extremely sensitive to light which means in simple English means that the phone should be able to capture a lot of detail in even extremely low light conditions. The main sensor of the camera comes with 1/1.7 inch RYYB (red, yellow, yellow, blue) color filter array (CFA), which makes the sensor 40 percent more sensitive to light, adding to the high ISO count on the smartphone. The ISO count on the P30 Pro is not only way ahead of its fellow smartphones in the market but actually higher than some well-known DSLRs as well.
The 20-megapixel wide angle lens on the Huawei P30 Pro not only allows you to capture a wider area but is also capable of focusing on subjects that are as close to the lens as 2.5 cm, doubling up as a macro lens. This means, unlike in most other smartphones where you have to adjust and readjust the distance between the subject and the camera and usually have to take a few steps back while attempting to take macro shots, the Huawei P30 Pro actually allows you to go really close to your subject and focus on it. It is not just about zoom, you know.