Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G camera review - Techno BAK

Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is the latest 5G flagship smartphone from a Chinese manufacturer. On paper, the phone's camera hardware is the same as the LTE models we tested, so in theory, any differences in camera performance between the two should be attributed to changes in software and tuning.

The phone's rear camera contains four independent modules, including a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for 3D depth measurement in bokeh mode. The wide-angle main camera is equipped with a 40-megapixel Quad-Bayer sensor and an f / 1.7 lens; the telephoto camera uses a 3x zoom lens with an equivalent focal length of 80 mm; the phone also has a large 1 / 1.54-inch sensor and fast f / Super wide-angle camera with 1.8 lens.

Main camera specifications:

Quad camera configuration
- Main camera: 40-megapixel 1 / 1.7-inch sensor, f / 1.6 lens, equivalent focal length 27 mm, optical image stabilization (OIS), phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
- Ultra-wide-angle lens: 40-megapixel 1 / 1.54-inch sensor, f / 1.8 lens, equivalent focal length of 18 mm, phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
- Telephoto lens: 8-megapixel 1 / 4-inch sensor, f / 2.4 lens, equivalent focal length 80 mm, optical image stabilization (OIS), phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
- Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D depth-sensing camera
- Dual LED flash
- 4K video, 2160p / 60fps (default 2160p / 30fps)

About DXOMARK Camera test: DXOMARK engineers use the camera's default settings to take more than 1600 test photos and record more than 2 hours of video in a controlled laboratory environment and indoor and outdoor natural scenes, and then evaluate the shooting results to achieve intelligence Score and analysis of mobile phone front camera reviews. This article aims to highlight the most important test results. For more information on the DXOMARK Camera benchmarks, click here. For more information on how we rate smartphone cameras, see here.

The camera performance of Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is better than the already outstanding non-5G models. It scored 123 points in the DXOMARK Camera evaluation and won the championship throne in this list. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G's photo score improved by 2 points to 134 points, making it the best phone we have tested so far in terms of still images.

Its overall image quality and camera performance are very similar to the standard Mate 30 Pro model, but there are some major improvements in zoom, bokeh, and night photography; however, the score of the ultra-wide-angle camera is slightly lower.

The main reason for the decrease in wide-angle score is that the new anti-distortion algorithm of Mate 30 Pro 5G reduces the range of effective field of view, so it has become one of the ultra-wide-angle cameras with the smallest field of view in the phones we tested. However, aside from this issue, its ultra-wide-angle camera still produces good image quality in most cases. Zoom can capture more detail in all settings, and autofocus performance is more stable. In terms of distance, the performance of the Mate 30 Pro 5G is still not comparable to the foldable lens of the P30 Pro or the dual telephoto lens of the Xiaomi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, but in general, it is also considered one of the best zoom smartphones.

The depth estimation and detail rendering of the bokeh simulation is as good as the non-5G models; however, the dynamic range is slightly improved, and the spill cut texture is significantly reduced in the case of tricky high contrast. When we tested in September, the Mate 30 Pro LTE achieved the highest score in the night photography project, while the 5G model took it to the next level and performed even better. When the flash is turned on, it uses a new multiple exposure algorithm to improve the exposure and detail in the flash portrait background. The image quality has also improved overall, the details are even richer, and the noise management is better.

In addition to these differences, the still image quality of 5G is almost the same as that of the Mate 30 Pro standard model. It has achieved an excellent balance between detail preservation and noise reduction, and can obtain good exposure in very weak light. It has a wide dynamic range, accurate colors, and saturation is satisfactory in most cases.

In terms of video, the Mate 30 Pro 5G is also an improvement over the standard model, with a video score of 102 points, which ranks among the best in this category. Huawei has improved details and noise handling, both of which perform very well. It also improves autofocus, making the phone significantly better at subject tracking, especially in low-light conditions. We also observed a slight improvement in dynamic range, which is very useful for phones that do not provide HDR recording. In addition, just like the standard model, the 5G model can also shoot pleasing colors and effective image stabilization, which is an excellent choice for mobile video shooters.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G's photo score is 134 points, showing the best still image effect among all the phones we have tested so far. After testing the performance of a mobile phone's static image in several aspects under different lighting conditions, we scored each test item and calculated the photo score. In this section, we will carefully study how the scores of these test items come. And compare the image quality of some of the major competitors.

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