One year with the Huawei P30 Pro

by W. Andrew Powell
Huawei P30 Pro photos

The Huawei P30 Pro has been my main phone for over a year now, and it’s my favourite Android phone for a number of reasons. Day to day, and week after week, I’ve been completely impressed with what it can do.

I’ve tested a number of phones in the last year, and looking back at 2019, the P30 Pro was one of the best, most affordable smartphones in Canada. Even now, while some new phones have brought upgraded features for 2020, the P30 Pro is still one of the best deals for the price.

For starters, I can’t even count how many photos I’ve shot with the phone since last April, but there have likely been 20,000 or more, and I’ve been consistently impressed with what I could capture with the phone.

From travelling, to events, hiking, TIFF, beach trips, camping, and even a helicopter trip, the quad-lens Leica camera works well in most conditions. The incredible zoom has meant that I didn’t always need to have my DSLR with me, and sometimes, the camera even captured better images than I got with my regular camera.

The phone also takes incredible macro photos, getting closer to get fine, pristine details.

And I’m blown away by the quality of the video. It’s so good, I’ve shot a few travel videos entirely with the P30 Pro.

Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30 Pro

Then there’s the battery. The 4200 mAh battery not only lasts all day for me–and I use my phone most of the day too–it also charges up to 95% in minutes.

With all the photos and video I shoot, most phones fill up pretty fast and you need to manage your files, but because the P30 Pro comes with up to 256 GB of capacity, I have never had to worry about storage space. Not once. And I’ve only cleared out photos and videos from the phone once in a year.

And with 8 GB of RAM, plus the Kirin 980 Octa-core processor, the phone just flies through multitasking, gaming, videos, and any heavy lifting you want to throw at it. I’ve never had a slowdown on the phone in a year either.

Finally, the 6.5” OLED screen is bright and crisp, and it adapts well in any light conditions. Plus, it’s IP68 splash, dust, and water resistant.

That’s not even getting into features like the EMUI10 operating system, screen recording, the excellent portrait and night photo modes, Pro shooting with RAW images, the excellent on-screen fingerprint sensor, and a number of other features I use all the time.

If you’re looking for a good deal on a phone that is going to last you for more than a year, the Huawei P30 Pro is a great deal.

Here are a few of my favourite photos and examples of what the P30 Pro can do. None of these photos have been edited, except for some light adjustments to contrast and brightness in a few cases. Scroll down to see aperture effects, and a shot of the moon taken with the phone.

Best of the best photos with the Huawei P30 Pro:

Adjusting aperture effect on photos

The moon shot with the P30 Pro

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Adam October 17, 2020 - 5:40 am

so nice photos though it is hard to believe these were not edited ;) was it shot in auto mode with/without AI or in PRO or in different mode? Each picture looks a bit different therefore I was wondering what modes did you use. Anyway great pics. I own P30 pro and when I use Auto mode, HDR works so aggressively that colors (especially green) are washed out and shadows almost completely removed but in your case I have not observed it therefore I like it so much.

Andrew Powell October 18, 2020 - 7:36 pm

Most of these were shot in Pro mode, or portrait in some cases, but I used a variety of modes, depending on the shot. You can get a lot of control over the results in pro mode for sure, but I’ve had great results in standard photo mode and AI on.

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