Huawei P30 Pro’s 5x optical zoom steps up phone camera wars

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That 5x optical zoom is extended by a hybrid zoom capable of 30x magnification, and up to 50x using the digital zoom; macro photos can also be taken from a minimum distance of 2.5cm.

Huawei will unveil its new flagship smartphone range on Tuesday, as the Chinese firm steps up its attempts to overtake Samsung as the biggest mobile phone maker in the world.

As such, the ISO, which denotes light intensity, is up from 102400 in the P20 Pro - which already matched certain DSLR cameras - to 409600 in the P30 Pro, making it the highest-ever light intensity on a smartphone.

In terms of screens, the P30 gets the same OLED tech as the Pro, mainly because they now both have in-screen fingerprint sensors. You can elect to leave Artificial Intelligence switched on and let the phone tweak settings or output depending on what it detects in front of it.

The Huawei P30 Pro also has wireless charging support and comes with a reverse wireless charging technology. Gone is the dedicated monochrome sensor camera as found on the P20 Pro, which some people will be sorry to see go - but it was felt that the wide-angle lens was more popular.

"The Galaxy phone can not see a Galaxy", Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu said in a jab at Samsung's Galaxy phones, while showing the audience a photo of a star cluster. It allows 5x optical zoom and optical image stabilization.

At 1 lux, while the iPhone XS MAX and Samsung Galaxy S10+ both capture black frames and when the human eye can't see anything, the P30 Pro can capture bright, vivid colors. The great news is that all P30 Pro pre-order deals come with a free, superb Sonos One speaker worth around £200 to sweeten this release even further. This will include a 40MP "SuperSpectrum Sensor" shooter, a 10x zoom sensor, an ultra-wide angle shooter, and a ToF camera.

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Huawei is also offerings a Super Portrait Mode that combines depth information, 4-in-1 pixel binning and proprietary algorithms to enhance image results.

The P30 Pro will have 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of built-in non-expandable storage.

The P30 Pro's pricing is pitching itself somewhere between the mid-range and premium phones of Apple at £899.

On the videography front, the Huawei P30 phones come with a Dual-View Video mode that is created to record wide-angle and closeup view simultaneously. The company claims that while the phone received an overall score of 112, its video performance got 97 scores and photography achieved 119 scores.

The Huawei P30 Pro has an IP68 rating while the P30 has an IP53 rating.

Huawei also unveiled the FreeBuds earbuds with a design similar to Apple's AirPods These earbuds come with 12 hours of battery life through their available case and have an IPX4-rated water and dust resistant build.

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