Why the P30 Pro’s Camera Set-Up is Special
The P30 Pro is currently the king at DxOMark (“the leading source of independent image quality measurements and ratings for smartphone, camera, and lens”) and it’s not really surprising. After all, the P stands for photography. But what does it really take to be the king at DxOMark?
The Main Camera:
A 40-megapixel sensor with f/1.6 with optical image stabilization. It has an RYYB instead of RGB. With Yellow replacing Green, it allows 40% more light to hit the sensor, which makes up for better night photography and low light performance.
If a smartphone has more than one camera and one of them isn’t an ultrawide lens, then you’re doing it wrong. That’s just the standard now. The P30 Pro has a 20-megapixel f/2.2 aperture with a 120-degree field of view, which is very useful for scenic or group shots.
Time of Flight Sensor:
Usually, this is what comes with a multiple-camera setup. Helps with the depth information, improvement of portrait mode, and a better augmented reality experience.
Periscope Zoom Lens:
Now, this is what makes the P30 Pro’s camera set-up unique. The square looking camera cut out is an 8 megapixel f/3.4 with optical image stabilization telephoto camera. It can be used for a 5x lossless zoom that can go up to a really impressive (AI enhanced) 50x digital zoom. Not sure why you need 50x digital zoom, but it’s there.
And of course, the selfie camera. It is a 32-megapixels\ f/2.0 (wide) front-facing camera. No OIS here, unfortunately.
Other than the cameras, the P30 Pro is packed with specs that you’d expect from a 2019 flagship: it has an all glass build with an aluminum frame, a bottom firing speaker, a full screen (6.47 inch) OLED panel with a really small, circular notch (similar to the Essential phone notch), optical in display fingerprint sensor, Kirin 980 chip, 8 GB ram, an IP68 rating, a whopping 4,200 mAh with a 40W supercharging, a support for a 15W fast wireless charging, a 2.5W reverse wireless charging, and it even has an IR blaster so you can use the phone as a remote. It’s also running EMUI 9.1 Android Pie out of the box. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a headphone jack, but with the rise of wireless and truly wireless headphones, is it still really a deal breaker anymore?
For better or for worse, multiple camera set-ups are now a thing. Most of the time it’s just a “gimmick,” something that makes the device look aesthetically pleasing (and more expensive) without giving a feature you’ll actually end up using. But sometimes the extra cameras actually have a purpose, that’s why the P30 Pro’s quadruple camera set-up is very special and different from what’s currently available in the market because it’ll equip you with features that not all phone cameras have. But do you think it’s enough to beat the likes of the S10 Series, or even the previous generation P20 Pro? What’s the best phone camera for you? Let us know in the comments below.