Huawei P30 Pro Camera – Hybrid zoom

Update 13 October 2019 – So took the Huawei P30 Pro and compared it to the Panasonic TZ110 and another quick test…

At x5 zoom…
Native zoom for the P30 Pro’s x5 Camera. To my untrained eye, it is fairly similar enough in detail. The TZ110 may be a touch more natural in detail and colour reproduction.

At x10 zoom…
The P30 Pro doesn’t even hold a candle to the TZ110. There’s no hiding that the Huawei P30 Pro’s image is little more than a digitally blown up version of the x5 image.



Makes a mockery of all the alleged spying fears in the Media regarding the x50 zoom which frankly, is terrible [Link to The Sun Article]. Frankly, a cheap regular super zoom camera I would believe would be more of an issue than the Huawei P30 Pro.


Original Post…

After using the phone mainly as a glorified camera for a few months (Can’t find a decent case for it – still using my S7 Active as my daily driver). The so called “hybrid zoom” I feel may at least be a little overstated by many in the blogosphere.

At the native zooms of 0.6x (16mm equivl. FL), 1x (27mm equivl. FL) and 5x Zoom (135mm equivl. FL), the picture quality is relatively sharp and above average when compared to a small camera with 1/2.3″ sensor. But if you try and take a picture away from either of it’s native focal lengths, the photo quality can drop below of that from a cheap 1/2.3″ camera.

Will try and do a proper investigative test. However, for now a crude grab bag of photos taken at varying focal lengths here. (Ranging from 27mm Equiv FL to 135mm Equiv FL). I think the zoom factors from around 1.5x to 3x zoom are the most woeful in the image quality department, while above x3.5, appears to fair a little better.

For pictures at the usual (27mm equiv. FL), I feel my Samsung S7 Active still takes better photos than my Huawei P30 Pro.

For zoom, the picture quality does not beat my Dedicated Panasonic TZ110 Camera unfortunately. Was hoping that the P30 Pro with all the media fanfare would be an excuse to get rid of the Panasonic, but appears not. May be next year or the year after the hybrid zoom technology may get someway to challenging the likes of the TZ110.

Still longing for a Compact Zoom Camera with a 1″ sensor that is weather and dust proof (Don’t need full water proofing), but it needs to be able to fit in a pocket and be able to handle the environment of a pocket.

Huawei P30 Pro Camera – Hybrid zoom

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