It’s not always ideal to cart around a bulky DSLR camera when trying to capture incredible moments while travelling. That’s why Huawei, the widely-known Chinese tech company, is looking to rewrite the perception that surrounds mobile photography with the debut of their latest smartphones: P30 and P30 Pro (set to release in Canada on April 11th). But the P30 Pro is the device that really excels if you’re looking for top-of-the-line camera functionality.
Huawei P30 Pro
Lightweight, with a sleek touchscreen, and a seamless 3D glass design: It’s quite literally a piece of art made to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. And it should be, considering it’s equipped with a brand new Leica Quad Camera System that contains a main 40MP wide angle, 20MP ultra-wide angle, 8MP telephoto, time-of-flight (TOF) depth-sensing, and 32MP selfie camera lens.
But the key feature that really makes this camera revolutionary? Its choice of using a RYYB (red-yellow-yellow-blue) sensor instead of the standard RGGB (red-green-green-blue) that has been used for the past four-plus decades. (In a nutshell, this sensor will let in up to 40 percent more light than an RGGB.) This, therefore, makes the P30 Pro the first smartphone in the world to contain this sensor technology.
While attending the company’s launch event at the Convention Centre in Paris, France earlier this week, I was able to test-drive the P30 Pro for myself, as I explored the streets of one of the most iconic cities in the world. Read on to find out why this device is a photography game-changer.
Al HDR+: The front of the device contains a lens with a new HDR mode to help bring the subject (i.e., you!) to the forefront, even in overexposed backlight. You’ll never complain about an unflattering selfie ever again!
Zoom: The telephoto lens contains 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. This feature allows you to capture amazing detail from afar.
Portrait: Thanks to the device’s TOF camera (which measures the depth of a subject within a shot) and AI Image Stabilization (AIS) feature for long exposure, even the strands of hair on someone’s head become sharpened to perfection.
The portrait setting even has the option to choose your own blurred background effect.
Low-Light: With an ISO of 409600 — which is currently the highest light sensitivity on the market — it becomes easy to light up the night. This device’s low-light feature allows you to capture what the naked eye sees naturally, with more detail, colour and clarity than ever before.
Added bonus: Even if you take a photograph in the pitch-dark, the end result is still insanely vivid.
Wide angle: Whether you want to take a photograph or video, the device’s wide-angle mode gives you the ability to have a broader view of your shot.
Longer battery life
Often a smartphone’s battery life only gets you so far. But great news, the P30 Pro has an ultra long-lasting battery (4200mAh). Based on heavy user experience, the device should last approximately 11 hours, which is a 27 percent improvement from the P20 Pro.
Gone are the days of wasting time waiting for your smartphone to charge. The P30 Pro features a 30W SuperCharge that allows you to power up your phone from zero to 70 percent in just 30 minutes. Ultimately, this will allow your device to stay charged for more than a full day. Huawei’s CEO of Consumer BG, Richard Yu, even stated during the press conference that it contains a 440 percent faster charge than an iPhone X.
Lastly, this smartphone contains a Wireless Reverse Charge, which provides you with the opportunity to share your phone’s charge with an everyday device such as your electric toothbrush to even a friend’s smartphone. Just place the devices back-to-back and a charge will occur; no cord required.
Canadians can now pre-order Huawei’s P30 and P30 Pro. Devices are available in Canada April 11th from the following carriers: Bell, Rogers, Telus, SaskTel, Videotron, Fido, Koodo and Virgin Mobile.