Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro vs Galaxy Note 10+ vs Pixel 3: EXTREME Low-Light Camera Test

Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro vs Galaxy Note 10+ vs Pixel 3: EXTREME Low-Light Camera Test
As we are working on our review of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and testing its cameras, we were once again taken aback by some of the superpowers that only Huawei phone cameras possess and we wanted to share this with you.

We first saw this feature on the Huawei P30 Pro earlier this year and its present on the new Mate 30 Pro as well: we're talking about these phones' ability to create a bright image in a pitch black environment where the human eye can barely see shapes.

Let us stress it once again: we say "create" those images because that amount of light is simply not visible to the human eye.

To capture the shots below we used the regular camera mode, we did not even use the Night mode. And yes, we should also say that this is technically a level of darkness where you usually would not even toy with the idea of taking a photograph, but with the Huawei phones taking a photo in this conditions is possible. It's not a realistic photo (it gets much brighter than reality), but it is possible and as Huawei has mentioned it might be useful when you want to take a picture of your sleeping child without them noticing, for example. But enough with the explanations, let's take a look at the pictures:

Scene 1

This might not be the most inspiring of photos, but notice just how incapable other phones are of capturing a photo in such darkness. We have used the night mode on the iPhone 11 Pro, the Galaxy Note 10+ and Night Sight on the Pixel 3.

Scene 2

Yet another example of how the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is able to capture a photo in pitch black conditions, when the human eye can barely see.

Stay tuned for our in-depth comparisons between the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro and the rest in a series of articles coming up soon!

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Mate 30 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1176 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990, Octa-core, 2860 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4500 mAh



1. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Still no google apps. so bye

7. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Takes just a few min to side load them...then your good to go

43. AlienKiss

Posts: 199; Member since: May 21, 2019

Yeah sure, It takes 1 minutes to sidekoad the app but for how long? Google services can detect what brand and model you have. If Google bans that model you can sideload it 100 times and it won't work. Also, just you and about 1% out of all of their clients even have a clue what Google services are in the first place. And you're talking about sideloading apks :)) The other 99% have no clue what's the difference between Android and ios. You can bet that most of those will go get an iPhone or a Samsung instead. NOBODY, but nobody is willing to pay so much for something that lacks the most important thing : Google ecosystem. It's like asking the ios community to quit using the AppStore. Bottom line is that even I have the knowledge to sideload the apks but I won't! Because I don't want to bother with it. For more than 1000EUR on a phone, huawho should be kissing my feet and send me gift cards, not trying to sell me a software-LESS product. Oh, please don't give me that bs : huawho is selling millions in china. WHO THE F CARES? That's only a fraction of their income. Their main markets WERE Europe and USA. That's where the money came from. But not anymore.. Tough luck!

45. koioz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Their main markets is Europe and USA? Excuse me, are you drunk? USA is not even a part of Huawei's market.

47. AlienKiss

Posts: 199; Member since: May 21, 2019

There's a capital letter word in there. Think you can spot it?

48. AlienKiss

Posts: 199; Member since: May 21, 2019

Either all of you are chinese trolls, either communist sympathizers or simply dumb af! I'm out of here. Admin, pls delete my account. I won't bother..

54. MrDuhwhy

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2019

AlienKiss, You don't seem to know much about Side loading apps, we've been sideloading Google Mobile Service and play store for over a 7 years now, none of the phone in China comes preloaded with Google services, and guess what it works fine, my apps updates fine, google maps and play store updates as well and Gmail works. That's how we work around the ban, you guys are plain lazy , simple as that. You don't take the initiative to go outside the box that is given to you, you are given a box of rocks and that's what you do, stand in it and kick some rocks. But you stand there and preach like you live in China, sit down please. Google can know it's a Huawei mate 30 all it wants , just like the rest of chinese phones that aren't even suppose to have .

50. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I'll buy even without google services. The Huawei App store is quite robust. I can check gmail from the web browser, and honestly I only use about 7 to 10 apps on my phone. Most of those apps are also on the Chinese web store (or some form thereof). I get people want an integrated google experience and I have the luxury of always carrying two daily drivers, but I'm seriously not worried about lack of google. If side-loading doesn't work, I'll just have a dope camera that makes phone calls, receives text, and has a web browser. I'll survive.

52. slashas

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

And all this after spending 1000€, hmm maybe worth to buy cheaper phone and real camera? :D

58. RethinkPossible

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2019

Man, you're a mess with this your analysis. Seriously? How many humans do we have in China

16. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Hmmmm iirc everything is accessible from website, including play store

41. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

P30 Pro still can do it

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2622; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That is seriously impressive.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The RYYB sensor is just on another level in extreme low light Another area is low light with moving objects/people Hopeful Huawei can sort out the colour science in daylight

37. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

That RYYB sensor made a violet image on a very low light scene. If you are a kind of spy you will be happy with this tech. Otherwise why I can have a picture of a dark room to see what is in? And a blueish picture? If it is only for fun I can admit this.

39. Priyam009

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

They have already sorted it out check Mrwhosetheboss's review in YouTube now the colours are punchy but color science is spot on!

40. mackan84

Posts: 551; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Don’t trust Mrwhosetheboss when he thinks audio zoom in video, means higher decibel only and no filtration on what audio is recorded.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

when every thing against you but you still killing it like you don't care ! Huawei.. 10+ respect points!

4. maherk

Posts: 6949; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As a P30 Pro owner, I am not such a fan of the auto mode on my phone or on the Mate 30. Sometimes I want to capture a picture of a sunrise, but the picture comes out super bright as if it was shot in broad daylight. Keep this to the night mode, let me take a picture of the scene the way it is. As for this comparison, I would take the Note 10 followed by the Pixel.

10. Be_Mine

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Is there no option to disable Auto Mode in the Camera App setting?

5. User123456789

Posts: 1001; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Night modes = select night mode somewhere in cam app, try to stay steady for few seconds. And them XZ2 Premium had as CON : " impractical to shoot photos in complete darkness" . When you just need to open cam app, it will activate UHS on Auto mode . Also the results are much better than ones I see on this article.

6. yalokiy

Posts: 1049; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I wish it was ahead of competition in the daylight photography.

9. maherk

Posts: 6949; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

From the few reviews I have seen, it seems that skin tones are still the achilles heel of the RYYB sensor. I could've lived with the lack of Google services since I could've easily sideloaded them, but the fact that they stuck with the RYYB sensor is enough for me to skip it.

15. chris2k5

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Lol you can’t side-load Google Services. You can side load apps but Google blocks any connectivity to their services like Gmail, App Store, Google Maps. There is no work around.

19. maherk

Posts: 6949; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I've seen it done already, playstore and all Google Apps working flawlessly on the Mate 30 Pro.

46. koioz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

It is very easy. Just change the name of the phone in the build.prop and no app can even detect that its mate 30 pro.

55. MrDuhwhy

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2019

In case you're wondering yes , it's already done. Sideloaded, It takes 10 min and the Google Mobile service works , play store, Gmail , and guess what my app auto updates. Some people aren't updated yet , be patience with them.

38. Priyam009

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Huawei has improved their horrible colour science as the mentioned in their launch event and the early camera comparissions out in YouTube prooves it to be true now the day light shots are excellent l

8. Pcworld1976

Posts: 172; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

they are all rubbish

56. MrDuhwhy

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2019

Just like you and your iPhone, 12mp camera, 3gb ram and low pixel per inch built by lg, assemble in China , chip built by TSMC in Taiwan, cost to build 300 but charge 1k.

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