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delpinsky

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I just bought the P30 Pro and this thing of the wrong colors...is driving me mad ?

How is it possible that Huawei engineers didn't even noticed it in first place?! OK the sensor is RYYB to capture more light, but they should have done a color correction built in camera. I thought they had fixed it in one of the latest firmware updates. Pointing the phone at night to the sidewalk and seeing a lot of yellow light reflected, when in real life is just orange and very dim, it's depressing.
The phone works great, but the camera can't take wrong colors...I just can't believe it. Let's hope they will fix it with Android 10, which I will install tonight.
I'm close to regretting my old Lumia 950 XL, which is still great in the photo department.
 
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delpinsky

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I just bought the P30 Pro and this thing of the wrong colors...is driving me mad
When it's sunset it's OK. When the dark comes, then the color madness comes in, for certain colors.
I've updated via HiCare the phone to Android 10 and I was hoping for this issue to be fixed, but it's not. I wrote on the official forum as well. Their suggestions:
For night scene we highly recommend you to turn off the AI mode, then set your color to vivid. Another one is using pro mode, where you can tap the AWB button to change the light source mode at night and shoot for accurate colors of the environment at night. On pro mode you can also do a manual adjustments on ISO.shutter speed,focus and light source to have the most accurate colors of the output on a any situation.

But honestly the auto-mode should reproduce the correct colors in first place, otherwise if I have to go to Pro-Mode to correct colors, just imagine the million of users who just shot in auto-mode because they are not photohgraphy anthusiasts, they would basically obtain wrong colors all the times at night, which is bad. Ok tonight I will try their suggestion and I will take with me my Lumia 950 XL, which is still a king of cameraphone in daylight, at least to show them it reproduces correctly the colors.
 

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I'm finding the camera really disappointing.. Blodges of colour where my poco records texture
Insanely high jpeg compression.poor edge detection

These are things I'd expect from a cheap phone (and I've fixed exactly these issues in a few phones)
It's not rocket science to get the matrix right for the lenses (the 5x zoom lenses is spot on) and get libjpeg working properly. But as it's not possible to unlock it never mind no source code. It's not going to happen
 

Leoxur

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Boys put your soul at peace, the p30 pro's camera is the most disappointing aspect. Starting from the fact that each camera interprets colors in its own way, it is incredible how much noise wide angle produces.The fact of the yellow tint is not solvable except with lightroom, unfortunately shooting in vivid mode loads the colors too much and amplifies the negative effect even more. Deactivating the AI ​​is useful when photographing food (at least in my case I saw that the food turns yellow too).
In all the other scenes the thing that most can help is the method of measuring the exposure (there are 3 of them, you have to shoot in pro mode to change it).
The white balance is useless, instead of working on white (hot or cold) it seems to work on the yellow balance (hot / cold) that go to match from a lemon yellow (coldest) to fiery red (hottest)
 
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delpinsky

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Jan 24, 2015
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Boys put your soul at peace, the p30 pro's camera is the most disappointing aspect. Starting from the fact that each camera interprets colors in its own way, it is incredible how much noise wide angle produces.The fact of the yellow tint is not solvable except with lightroom, unfortunately shooting in vivid mode loads the colors too much and amplifies the negative effect even more. Deactivating the AI ​​is useful when photographing food (at least in my case I saw that the food turns yellow too).
In all the other scenes the thing that most can help is the method of measuring the exposure (there are 3 of them, you have to shoot in pro mode to change it).
The white balance is useless, instead of working on white (hot or cold) it seems to work on the yellow balance (hot / cold) that go to match from a lemon yellow (coldest) to fiery red (hottest)
What I do to solve this orange to yellow color issue, is shooting in PRO mode and RAW. Shooting in RAW at least the camera leaves the colors profile flat, which means you can manipulate the file in post, to recreate the original color back, with no more yellow color popping up! When you shoot in RAW, the funny thing is looking at the super-yellow jpeg created. Oh my God...disgusting. I wish Huawei engineers could find a definitive way or a workaround to solve this issue at night. If RAW can keep the colors flat, then AI could learn to recreate the right colors of the scene with a specific color profile.
 

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Hello guys, I'm a little bit unhappy with the camera quality of this device... I have updated to Android 10 and the camera it's very bad in low light.. The pictures have no sharpness on front camera, I have switched to 20mpx but still no effect, for the back camera also the picture quality it's very bad, I don't know what settings to do, gcam unfortunately it's not working for this device... I have a mi 9t and the picture quality it's much better than the p30 pro and I don't know what to do... ?
 

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I have owned the P30 Pro since April. It’s a nice device but I think all the people raving about the camera were under a spell or perhaps only processing DNG files: photos generally have a grungy brown tint that almost entirely nukes things such as iris colour; human portraits in low light are often insanely yellow; reds are almost always off.

I’m sure someone will tell me I’m holding it wrong, and I’m sure the camera is better than some devices out there; but I can’t help but think that as a snapshot camera the P30 Pro is way behind things like the iPhone and Pixel. I have no idea what DXOmark smoke but their assertion about what makes for a good phone camera is often as off-the-mark as a drunk darts player.
 

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If I compare my pictures from my previous phone (samsung s7), the primary camera, same shot I see that the P30 Pro is missing fine details and has much jpeg compression applied. The camera noise looks better on the Samsung. Can't post them here, I took pictures from my face but skin details look much better on the 4 year old Samsung.
 

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If I compare my pictures from my previous phone (samsung s7), the primary camera, same shot I see that the P30 Pro is missing fine details and has much jpeg compression applied. The camera noise looks better on the Samsung. Can't post them here, I took pictures from my face but skin details look much better on the 4 year old Samsung.
I like this pictures
 

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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
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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).