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Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs. P30 Pro camera comparison

 Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs. P30 Pro
The Mate 30 Pro's camera setup differs significantly from the P30 Pro's - the main module may be the same, but the other two are different.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs. P30 Pro
The Mate's ultra-wide has a substantially larger sensor and slightly narrower field of view, while the telephoto unit of the new phone is the 3x one found in the P30, and not the P30 Pro's 5x periscope. An inevitable shootout ensued.

Main camera comparison (Daylight)
The main camera's hardware is supposedly the same, yet the resulting images aren't. The Mate 30 Pro captures finer detail and its pictures are overall sharper. Color rendition is different as well with the Mate's particularly muted yellows standing out. The P30 Pro also tends to boost the skies more than the Mate. Then again, the Mate's greenery is livelier, go figure. Dynamic range is about the same.

Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/6849s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/6369s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/6452s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/8547s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/5952s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/5952s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/6211s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/6369s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro • P30 Pro

Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/6211s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/5525s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/4717s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/4348s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/2088s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/1527s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/3521s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera: P30 Pro - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/3509s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera: Mate 30 Pro • P30 Pro

Ultra wide angle camera comparison (Daylight)
The ultra wide-angle cameras are different so at least here the dissimilarities in the images are to be expected. From the get-go, two things are obvious - the Mate 30 Pro's coverage is notably narrower, and it takes 3:2 photos as opposed to the P30 Pro's 4:3 ones.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs. P30 Pro
The Mate's shots are sharper and that holds true all the way to the corners as well - admittedly the less wide a lens is, the easier it is to be made sharp across the frame. But on the other hand this one needs to cover a larger sensor and has a wider aperture at the same time, so we wouldn't say the Mate 30 Pro's optics are easier to design/manufacture than the P30 Pro's.

The Mate 30 Pro's ultra wide photos are sharper in the center too though, and they have intricate detail that the P30 Pro can't match - and that's even though we're comparing 10MP Mate images vs. 20MP P30 Pro images. The Mate's noise performance is also vastly superior and dynamic range is improved too.

Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2732s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: P30 Pro - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/1621s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3155s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: P30 Pro - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/1890s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review
Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2155s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: P30 Pro - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/1277s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: Mate 30 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1368s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: P30 Pro - f/2.2, ISO 50, 1/346s - Huawei Mate 30 Pro review
Daylight samples, ultra wide angle camera: Mate 30 Pro • P30 Pro

Telephoto camera comparison (Daylight)
It's a whole different story with the telephotos. Seeing how the Mate 30 Pro is supposed to be Huawei's ultimate image capture device, the 5x telephoto from the P30 Pro would have made perfect sense. It's not here, however, and we get a 3x module like on the P30 instead. A fairly safe bet is that there simply wasn't enough room in the Mate's body for the quite sizeable periscope assembly. Oh, well.
 

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