Modern smartphones are more than just your second screen these days. Yes displays are important as content consumption continues to rise, but an equally significant element to any flagship phone, and in some cases the most significant, is the camera system onboard.
In recent years we’ve seen manufacturers make the jump from a dual lens setup on the rear camera to a triple lens one, as well as looking for new and interesting ways to produce the best pictures regardless of the scenario when snapping away.
One of the company’s leading the charge is Huawei, having recently debuted their new P30 series of smartphones in South Africa.
The star of the lineup is undoubtedly the Huawei P30 Pro, and in keeping with their recent tradition, the Chinese smartphone maker has spared no expense when developing the multiple lens setup on the P30 Pro, both front and back.
So what improved features is the P30 Pro packing?
Here are five of the best that consumers, and photographers (amateur and professional) in particular, will enjoy.
50x Digital Zoom
Starting with the four cameras that Huawei has introduced onto the rear of the P30 Pro, one of the more interesting additions is the new 8MP periscope lens. What makes this particular offering noteworthy is 50x digital zoom functionality, which is unheard of a smartphone.
The upshot is that objects that would normally be out of range for other smartphone cameras are now far easier to view. Added to this the quality of zoom at 10x and 20x has also been improved, and serve up great detail for images.
Armed with a super wide-angle lens too, adding the periscope lens to the mix now means the P30 Pro can also handle the zooming end of photography spectrum far better as well.
With zooming now taken care of, one of the other elements that Huawei has addressed with the new P30 Pro is low light photography.
To that end their new smartphone features one of the best ISO you can muster on a mobile device to date. More specifically its 409 600, which is more than four times that of the P30 Pro’s closest rival.
The impressive specifications are not just good on paper though, with it allowing the P30 Pro to take far more detailed images in environments where the amount of light is low to none. As such at night time the P30 Pro can shine more than any other smartphone on the market.
This should come in handy for photographers wanting to capture the night sky in the wild, or perhaps a city after dark.
AI object detection
A couple of years ago Huawei was one of the first manufacturers to design and deploy a smartphone CPU with AI embedded into it. They’ve done the same thing with the P30 Pro’s Kirin 980 chipset, touting improved mobile AI functionality that not only improves the image stabilisation of its rear cameras, but also assists with object detection.
The latter should be of particular importance to photographers still learning their craft, as the P30 Pro is able to detect an object within the camera’s viewfinder and adjust the settings accordingly in order to yield the best possible image.
As such it can help fill in the gaps where you may be lacking, or still trying to learn.
It also gives you peace of mind that the best settings are being applied to whatever you’re taking a picture of.
One of the new lenses added to the mix on the P30 Pro is a new ToF 3D (Time of Flight) camera. For those unfamiliar with what it does, it’s able to detect and measure the distance and depth that objects are away from the camera.
This specific feature is being used by Huawei to improve the depth of field capabilities of the P30 Pro when taking pictures.
More specifically it’s of benefit if you’re planning on doing lots of portrait photography, framing the subject perfectly and creating that oh so coveted bokeh effect for better all round shots.
The final feature on the P30 Pro draws inspiration from something that Huawei has regularly added to its flagship phones – long exposure shots. In this case the company has used the AI onboard the P30 Pro for nature shots, and water ones in particular.
To that the AIS long exposure feature on the phone can be used to create great effects on flowing bodies of water to help distinguish your photos from other devices. It’s also a handy technique that professional photographers use to great effect.
As such you’ll have people thinking you’re a pro, when all it took was a few taps of a button.