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jonmorris

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Think there needs to be a thread for photos taken on the P30 Pro, given how the key feature of this phone is the camera(s).

I've also created a Google Photos gallery that people can share photos on (and video). It's non-commercial, and anyone that posts a photo obviously retains their own copyright.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/crLDcUSr9mxgJCSV8

So far the gallery has some examples of the various zoom levels (and wide angle), low-light and some very impressive shots of the sun. I am really loving the flexibility of the camera in just about all conditions.

I can't wait to see photos from others.
 

vandal4e

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camera only good at zoom is a camera half good, in a perfect world it would do miracles with video aswell if it used Snapdragon 855
 

ThaDraGun

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Id like to see someone post a sample too.

I saw a video on YouTube and slowMo looked absolutely horrible. Also not as slow as the phone it was compared to. Ive watched so many videos on the p30 that I doubt I could find the video again.
 

rowihel2012

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Id like to see someone post a sample too.

I saw a video on YouTube and slowMo looked absolutely horrible. Also not as slow as the phone it was compared to. Ive watched so many videos on the p30 that I doubt I could find the video again.
This 960fps slow motion is fame with Huawei
Extremely bad quality besides s10 plus
I saw the video too

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I dont like the over sharpness at night with night mode
Pixel xl 3 night sight is way better in term of normal details and Colours

Huawei needs to work hard to fix image processing with night mode and faces details
 

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Sorry, but these photos do nothing for me in terms of showing what the phone is capable of. Many (most?) of the photos are shaky or way too soft even at ISO50. I do like how the colors look tho, especially in the night photos.
 

Magnus3D

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Here's a few samples of mine, i had the P30 Pro since launch day and it's a camera champ. But i don't recommend you go beyond the 5x optical focal length or it won't be pretty. The noise reduction in jpeg's is a bit too strong for my taste, i hope Huawei tones it down. However the raw files are very nice to work with.

1. Flower is shot in raw at iso 50 indoors.
2. Church shot using 16mm ultrawide angle.
3, 5x at the church clock, shot raw.
4. 16mm indoors at chuch.
5. Building shot at 5x in raw.
6. Hotel interior at 16mm ultrawide angle, shot in jpeg.
7. Test of ToF sensor and fake bokeh at water fountain.
8. 5x at outdoor hotel pool 50 meters above ground. Shot from below.



/ Magnus
 

mahst68

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I feel this will be a great camera replacement phone for my Mate 20 Pro of course until the Mate 30 Pro comes out... I wonder if Huawei will completely ditch 3D face and notch... will be interesting. The Mate 20 Pro is a great phone... brought me back from the Apple Darkside. I can't see Apple being able to keep up with Samsung and Huawei (even Xiaomi for that matter) in the top camera phone space, anymore.... IMO. They have just lost so much ground to make it all up with their incremental updates.... I think android has brought me back with better technology, we'll see if it keeps me.
 

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First photo taken in our condominium courtyard.
 

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neflictus

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Sorry to be the bad guy, but there are no real details. It suffers from the well known Huawei processing. This phone is good for the Instagram generation, but it takes bad photos. Not true to life.
 
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leoni1980

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Took delivery of mine today. Not impressed at all - the usual overprocessed, smeary Huawei ****e that's probably great for those who like to mess about with DNG and Lightroom but as an auto shooter is behind the pack for normal photos VS pretty much all the other flagships.

Hopefully the promised software update with camera improvements will reach my device soon and blow me away. Already kind of pissed that my dual SIM Amazon device is actually single SIM but to be behind on a supposedly critical update already is not helping my feelings towards this phone.
 
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schriss

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Any video samples? For me video is more important than photos and it seems the Kirin CPU can not handle video with high enough bitrate, I see occasional stutter too. One reviewer mentioned that 4K video did appear like it was actually 1440p upscaled. One other review did check video bitrate and framerate and both did appear low (I think it was 27Mbps and 28fps for a 4K video).
I wonder if these things could be tweaked by modifying camera app, to try increase bitrate.
EDIT: The video review showing P30 Pro video bitrate, framerate and panning stutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LaeCzEMEgw
So many reviews out there seem to be sponsored, looking for real-life video examples.
 
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Itaintrite

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Took delivery of mine today. Not impressed at all - the usual overprocessed, smeary Huawei ****e that's probably great for those who like to mess about with DNG and Lightroom but as an auto shooter is behind the pack for normal photos VS pretty much all the other flagships.

Hopefully the promised software update with camera improvements will reach my device soon and blow me away. Already kind of pissed that my dual SIM Amazon device is actually single SIM but to be behind on a supposedly critical update already is not helping my feelings towards this phone.
I have the opposite experience. Samples found online wasn't that impressive, but I quite like how the photos I take (in daylight so far) look., even when zoomed in. It's definitely not as sharp as say, Pixel 3XL, but very good.


 

EricMartinSoCal

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I agree. The dog looks great. I'm also using a Galaxy S10+ and though I love the phone, you can barely take a pic of an animal because it smudges and smooths everything so badly. My P30 will be here soon and I'm encouraged by those pics.

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leoni1980

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I agree. The dog looks great. I'm also using a Galaxy S10+ and though I love the phone, you can barely take a pic of an animal because it smudges and smooths everything so badly. My P30 will be here soon and I'm encouraged by those pics.

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My advice is to not get too excited. The examples given are in searing sunlight and even then there's some smearing and oversharpening. In the case of the dog, it's just sat still - not a challenging scenario for any phone.

Apparently some people in the UK have had the new update so I'm hoping to get it over the weekend.

I currently also have an S9 and an iPhone XR and the photos from both of those devices are better so far (with the exception of low light shots).
 

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My advice is to not get too excited. The examples given are in searing sunlight and even then there's some smearing and oversharpening. In the case of the dog, it's just sat still - not a challenging scenario for any phone.

Apparently some people in the UK have had the new update so I'm hoping to get it over the weekend.

I currently also have an S9 and an iPhone XR and the photos from both of those devices are better so far (with the exception of low light shots).
Maybe you should post side-by-side comparison shots so we can see how better those phones' cameras are.
 

leoni1980

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Maybe you should post side-by-side comparison shots so we can see how better those phones' cameras are.

I want to get the 124 update before I do much more testing but here for example is a crop of some daffodils in the sunlight from the XR and P30 Pro (no AI mode).
 

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I wish I had the .124 update before family day at the zoo but still impressed with these 10x zoom. My S10 could definitely not do this. Keep in mind that lion was through streaky zoo glass.
 

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    Here's a few samples of mine, i had the P30 Pro since launch day and it's a camera champ. But i don't recommend you go beyond the 5x optical focal length or it won't be pretty. The noise reduction in jpeg's is a bit too strong for my taste, i hope Huawei tones it down. However the raw files are very nice to work with.

    1. Flower is shot in raw at iso 50 indoors.
    2. Church shot using 16mm ultrawide angle.
    3, 5x at the church clock, shot raw.
    4. 16mm indoors at chuch.
    5. Building shot at 5x in raw.
    6. Hotel interior at 16mm ultrawide angle, shot in jpeg.
    7. Test of ToF sensor and fake bokeh at water fountain.
    8. 5x at outdoor hotel pool 50 meters above ground. Shot from below.



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    I really recommend using Pro mode for daily use as the HDR in Photo is terrible and ruins every single shot.



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    Think there needs to be a thread for photos taken on the P30 Pro, given how the key feature of this phone is the camera(s).

    I've also created a Google Photos gallery that people can share photos on (and video). It's non-commercial, and anyone that posts a photo obviously retains their own copyright.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/crLDcUSr9mxgJCSV8

    So far the gallery has some examples of the various zoom levels (and wide angle), low-light and some very impressive shots of the sun. I am really loving the flexibility of the camera in just about all conditions.

    I can't wait to see photos from others.
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    I'll be honest i tried many pictures in mid light and every single one came out with less detail than my pixel 2 xl, in very bright outdoor light they looked pretty sharp and detailed, this is documented in quite a few reviews, i do agree the proper night shots in very low light ate better than the pixel but normal light shots are not this has been noted in reviews also, the front camera is horrible, i have no Idea why they have added that camera with no focus, it's beyond me, it's gone back to currys,

    The other fault i could not live with was every time the device was rebooted auto brightness also switched itself on again, that is a ridiculous long standing bug on hwawei phones that they seem to have no intention of fixing, good luck with the phone hope you enjoy it.

    I still have my P30 Pro, and I'm still not 100% sure whether to keep it or not. I actually really like the hardware but no matter how many times people tell me the camera is brilliant, I just haven't seen it yet.

    There seems to be a default couple of responses to P30 Pro criticism on here:

    "It's meant for pro photographers to use and isn't designed for point and shoot. If you want that, get a Pixel"

    Or

    "The Pixel takes better photographs in the right light but the P30 Pro has more flexibility - for example, zoom and night mode".

    In response to statement one, even if this is true (and I honestly doubt that anyone with real photography ambitions would be wasting too much of their time on a phone) why should being a 'photography phone' and having the capability to take the best auto shots be mutually exclusive? Can't a phone be as good as a Pixel or iPhone for snapshots on the fly but *also* a good 'pro' style phone? If it can't be the best at both then this (IMHO) presents doubts as to the ability of Huawei's camera team as far as processing, calibration and AI. I shouldn't have to process a DNG in Lightroom to get a better photo than the Pixel of a person stood in front of a bar holding a beer.

    For point two: sure it has some flexibility. In all honesty I would like a Pixel to have a wide angle camera, as this is genuinely useful. Telephoto cameras are always poor quality compared to the main sensors, and I almost never use them on either Samsungs, iPhones or Huaweis.


    I've tested the 'zoom' lens on the P30 Pro quite a few times since I bought it though and I really think that the results are quite heavily processed with a serious lack of dynamic range and some pretty bad light fringing. I don't think I will use this camera very much at all after a few months of 'playing'.
    As for night mode - when did people suddenly need to take photos of a church in pitch black? These photos are what I call the 'Speedtest.net Effect': you only really use it to see what it can do. It's not necessarily a valid part of the camera arsenal as you don't actually need it; besides which, you can't capture moving subjects with it, so the best thing to to do is either use the flash (seriously, they exist), or photograph the subject in decent lighting. There are some examples of neon cityscapes that look kind of cool when taken in a night mode but for me photography is about taking pictures of my life and the people around me, and so far I'm finding the P30 Pro to be a bit of a disappointment in this regard.

    Maybe to really appreciate the P30 Pro you need to be a single reviewer, flying from city to city with nothing to photograph but buildings on the phone (which was given to you for nothing).