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DxOMark | The Huawei P30 Pro is the new king of smartphone cameras - Groundbreaking zoom and improved selfies

The Huawei P30 Pro. (Source: Huawei)
The Huawei P30 Pro. (Source: Huawei)
A year after the P20 Pro stunned the world with its cameras and snatched the top place on DxOMark's leaderboards, Huawei is back with a successor. The P30 Pro is better than all other smartphones in the still photography department, and holds an almost ridiculous advantage in zoom quality due to its 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. Selfies also see a huge improvement.

At an event in Paris earlier today, Huawei released its new flagship, the P30 Pro. The P series has morphed into the company's testing bed for its new camera technologies, and most fans have looked forward to what its cameras offer. A whole lot, would be the answer, as according to DxOMark, the P30 Pro is the new best camera smartphone on the planet.

The P30 Pro earned an overall score of 112. The next best items on the list are the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro. All Huawei had to do was outdo itself, and it did so spectacularly well. In fact, it's more impressive that the P20 Pro was released a year ago and held the top until its successor was launched.

In the still photography department, the P30 Pro delivered a score of 119, ahead of the Mate 20 Pro (114), the P20 Pro (114), Samsung Galaxy S10+ (114), Xiaomi Mi 9 (112), and the iPhone XS Max (110). 

Categories in which it outperformed the competition include flash and bokeh. In the zoom category, the P30 Pro has an almost ridiculous advantage over other smartphones. For some perspective, it scored 95 in that department; the next best, the P20 Pro, only manages a score of 73. The S10+ scored a paltry 68.

That is, of course, due to the P30 Pro's periscope lens that grants a groundbreaking 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and a simply astonishing 50x digital zoom. 

In the video category, the P30 Pro walked away with a score of 97, on par with all the other top devices like the Mate 20 Pro, P20 Pro, Galaxy S10+, Xiaomi Mi 9, and iPhone XS Max. Notable weaknesses included noise in low light conditions, exposure and white balance instabilities, and framerate fluctuations while panning.

The biggest win, however, has to be in the selfie department. The P30 Pro was awarded a score of 89, which is a big improvement over the Mate 20 Pro's score of 75. We've been critical of Huawei's selfie camera performance in the past and we're glad the company is finally doing something about it. This score makes it the third best selfie camera in the world, below the Galaxy S10+ and the Google Pixel 3.


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Ricci Rox, 2019-03-26 (Update: 2019-03-26)