Smartphones Announced with Leica Quad Camera System, Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

Huawei’s P range of phones are all about photography – that’s what the P stands for – and since it first partnered with Leica on the P9, Huawei has focused on delivering unique cameras on its flagships.

With the P30 and P30 Pro we found a four-camera setup with a new sensor that promises vastly improved performance in low light.

The four cameras on the P30 Pro are a 40-megapixel Super Spectrum sensor, an ultra-wide 20-megapixel one, a Periscope zoom setup that offers 5x optical zoom, as well as a time of flight depth-sensing camera.

Huawei has made a major change to the way the main camera on its phones work, in that instead of picking up RGB (red, green, blue) color as most cameras do, the primary snapper sees RYYB – the two Ys stand for yellow, and by using this model the phone can pick up both green and additional red lights, which according to Huawei means more color and brightness information can be gathered.

The benefit of this is much better light sensitivity. In fact, Huawei said the P30 Pro can actually go up to ISO 409,600. And while the regular P30 can only hit ISO 204,800, that’s still twice what the P20 Pro is capable of (ISO 102,400).

There’s a fifth camera on the P30s, and that’s the 32MP selfie shooter.

That’s a lot more powerful than you’d need for your average social media selfie, but Huawei declares the pictures will looked pleasant. In fact Huawei tweaked its HDR algorithms with AI to better capture the detail in your face even if there’s a very bright light source behind you, though it did tend to wash out the background a bit.

Even Huawei has earned a silly reputation of using misleading photos in its marketing so many times, these powerful phones with versatile cameras and some unique features achieving a record-high overall DxOMark score of 112, so seems have a lot to offer.

In the UK the P30 Pro is priced at £899 for 128GB model while the P30 will cost £699 at launch.
There’s no US price or release date planned right now.

More info on Huawei’s website.

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