3 Month Huawei P30 Pro review: Is the 50x Zoom Usable?

One of the best camera phones I owned was the Nokia Lumia 1020.

With a 41 megapixel camera sensor, it took beautifully detailed pictures in 2013.

The only downside of owning the 1020 was having to use Nokia OS (never again).

After my trusty Samsung Galaxy S6 gave up, I downgraded to a much cheaper Honor 9 Lite.

And regretted it for a year.

I eventually stopped taking photos with it because the quality was so poor unless it was taken in bright sunlight. Not great if you’re a food blogger (I did get better at using Instagram editor though).

Here are my photos and review of the Huawei P30 Pro.

The following photos were taken using point and shoot only. I’m not a professional photographer and didn’t use the manual settings for any of these. If you like these photos, just think what you could do if you used the manual settings! The photos haven’t been cropped either.

The Huawei P30 Pro’s main selling point is the 50x zoom. Are the pictures usable?

Not really. You wouldn’t put those pictures in a frame. But the technology is pretty insane nontheless.

See that couple on the bench?

Now you do.

What about the climbers at Boscastle?

Now you do.

I went to Severndroog Castle in Shooters Hill (in between Woolwich and Eltham in South East London). The Shard is roughly 8 miles from Severdroog Castle.

And here are a few examples of the set zoom ranges. This is the regular setting.

Here’s 10x zoom. You can see the quality is still pretty great.

And here’s 50x zoom

As you can see, the quality at 50x zoom isn’t great.

How is the Huawei P30 Pro in low light situations?

The P30 has a low light setting. I visited Chiselhurst caves and was pretty blown away by the results. The following photos were taken without the flash on.

This was a completely pitch black cave. You can even see some detail of the uneven texture on the walls.

These examples show the difference between the normal camera mode. This cave as you can see was lit by a bright light on the floor and only a few low lights along the walls.

This photo was taken with the low light setting.

You can see much more detail, but it also looks a little more artificial. I actually prefer the natural low light look in the first photo.

Another cave, this time Wookie Hall and another example of normal settings Vs the low light setting. This is the witch of Wookie Hall.

Again, the low light setting highlights the shadows but gives a distinct artificial look at the same time.

At the Greenwich Comedy Festival, I snapped the Queen’s House where the only lights projected where on the house.

There’s some detail in the brickwork and the colour isn’t too washed out. The lights are represented accurately compared to real life too.

Dingles Amusement Park features old rides that are coming close to 100 years old (great fun and thoroughly recommend it).

The P30 Pro handles the bright lights on the roof of the rocket well and you can see the detail along the front on the car and floorboards too.

And in rooms with only natural sunlight, the P30 handles the situation with ease. Here’s Rudyard Kipling’s study.

And here’s his desk from the same point, zoomed in.

And finally, how are the Huawei P30 Pro colours?

I strolled round the garden at Bateman’s, perfect for capturing a variety of colours in one shot.

The quality is pretty great zoomed in looking at this fly too. You can see the detail on the flower and petals themselves. I also like the shading and the natural point and shoot bokeh.

Even on a cloudy day at Hall Place, the colours seem to pop. You can see the detail in the brickwork all along the building whilst still making out the yellow in the flowers too.

And most importantly for me, the P30 Pro takes great photos of food.

I love the Huawei P30 Pro camera. I think it works well in all conditions and it’s allowed me to rediscover my love for taking photos of my trips.

I’ll update this with more photos in the coming months.

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