Huawei P30 Pro NIGHT Camera Comparison vs Galaxy S10 Plus vs Pixel 3

Huawei P30 Pro NIGHT Camera Comparison vs Galaxy S10 Plus vs Pixel 3
The Huawei P30 Pro promises to rewrite the rules of photography and it has an arsenal of four rear cameras for that, but as impressive as that sounds on paper, how do those cameras actually perform in real life?

It's impossible to capture the essence of a camera in a single number, so that's why we went out to take a bunch of photos with the Huawei P30 Pro and we compare these photos to some of the best smartphone cameras around: the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Google Pixel 3.

And since most smartphones perform fairly well during the day, we focused on the one area where smartphones still struggle: night photos.

For this test, we used Huawei's Night mode, which captures several photos and bundles them together for a superior night-time photo. This whole process takes around a few long seconds and is not as fast as the Night Sight mode on the Google Pixel, and we definitely felt a bit impatient waiting for the processing to finish, but let's see if the results were worth it. For the Galaxy S10 Plus, we had all settings set to auto.

The view from Montmartre

In this first shot, we headed to Montmartre, the artistic district where Picasso and the likes lived and gathered. The place offered us a beautiful panoramic view of night-time Paris, a view that we really hoped to get a good shot of. But it was really dark and the scene was a big challenge for a smartphone camera.

In our view, the Huawei P30 Pro did best here. It captured the brightest photo, with the most detail. The Pixel's Night Sight did well, but not quite as good, and the Galaxy was nowhere nearly as good as the other two.

A cozy cafe

The small streets of Montmartre are full of various cafes that all appear so cozy on a chilly March night. With their colorful facades, we were curious which phones would take the best photo of these lovely spots. In our opinion, the Huawei P30 Pro did a very good job, but in this case, the Pixel 3 image is a bit better with more vibrant colors and it's just the one that we would love to share the most. The Galaxy has a weird washed-out look and is not quite as good.

Some phones see better at night

The famous Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, a temple on top of the Montmartre hill, is not only a place for God-loving folks, but also a gathering spot for youngsters and the cast iron walls are adorned with locks of newly-weds. In the dark, it was hard to see the signs, so we turned to the phones to help us capture this.

The Huawei P30 Pro and the Pixel 3 stood out with great photos, it's really hard to pick the better one here, while the Galaxy S10 Plus did not really do a good job.

They serve snails in these places!

Les escargot, that's the name of a popular snail dish in France, but while we did not get to try these out yet, we capture this photo of a restaurant that serves them.

The Huawei's night mode captured the most memorable photo here. The image is clearly way oversharpened, but also has the best exposure and we like it the most. The Pixel is not far behind, while the Galaxy again is not quite as good as the other two.

Periscope Camera at night

The P30 Pro comes with a brand new periscope telephoto camera that kicks in at 5x zoom and works in combination with the main sensor to go to 10x 'hybrid' zoom. This gives the P30 Pro an advantage over the digital zoom used on other phones where you lose a lot in terms of quality when zooming in.

So... how does the periscope camera work at night? Here are a few shots where we compare it to the digital zoom on the Galaxy S10 Plus.



*Notice that the noise in the 5X photo is due to the fact that in the presence of so little light, the P30 Pro has opted to shoot with the main camera and NOT use the periscope camera. This is something that we see often in other phones with telephoto cameras, where in low-light situations, the phone decides not to use the telephoto camera and instead prefers the main one. The reason for this is that usually the main camera of a phone has a wider aperture and has better light sensitivity. In the 10X image, however, the phone has switched to using the periscope shooter in combination with the main camera, and the image looks much cleaner.


Final Words

So... does the Huawei P30 Pro rewrite the rules of photography? It's hard to tell, but we can clearly see that its "Night" mode, despite the inconvenience of having to stand for several seconds to capture an image, is worth it. It can capture an impressive amount of light and captures memorable images that you often cannot get on other phones.

The Night Sight mode on the Google Pixel also works well, but often times, the P30 Pro was able to gather more light and capture a better-looking photo.

Finally, the Galaxy is not quite that great at night.

And this rounds up our quick first look at the cameras on the P30 Pro. Stay tuned for more photos, videos and a full-on review of the Huawei P30 Pro coming soon.



1. mohsin845

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

What About IphoneX, XR & Max?

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Will do a full comparison with them as well soon!

28. LoveHater

Posts: 235; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

pls include Nokia 9 pureview too

49. dazed1

Posts: 808; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

When do you plan, to FINALLY give us full resolution photos, do we need to beg you or what? COME ON!

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Shouldn't we wait for the iPhone get an update to allow it to take proper night pictures?? That is since they love to boast about the years of updates they get but neglect to mention Android phones had their new features out of the box.

47. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Unfortunatley it will probably be exclusive to the 2019 iPhones Like how Apple didn't bring Smart HDR to ANY older iPhones

4. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

They are the worst at night. I wonder if apple will roll out dedicated night mode with an update this year..

10. Tuga_Peter

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Unfortunately, Apple won't do it. They will probably add it to the new generation of iPhones and say it is only possible because of the new processor... Same old story.

5. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Pixel for the win. All with 1 lens

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Additional wide and a telephoto wouldn't hurt

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly. You can do the portrait with a single camera, however, you can't do the telephone and wide with a single camera. I think the super res zoom performed good, but, at the price they asked for, you just should have 3 cameras.

18. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

certainly Pixel didn't win here...better than Samsung tho.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Poor S10+

8. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Sure the S10 was last; however, its results would have looked way better if the $1400 iPhone was here.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yeah and the S10 would have looked even better if there was also a flip phone from 2008 added to the testing.

19. jjface

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

yes but the flip phone from 2008 would have looked even better if the $1400 iphone was added.

50. Marcwand3l

Posts: 456; Member since: May 08, 2017

Nope the iphone Xs Max added to the mix would have been enough to make the S10 look much better in this comparison.

14. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's why I am ditching the S10+ for the P30 Pro. Samsung had a full year to work on implementing a night mode, and all we got was a crappy bright night shot that gives you photos you're ready to delete them as soon as they're saved in your gallery, they're useless. Low light and indoors shots are worse than those that I used to get with my Note 9. As a whole, the S10 is definitely the better phone, but as someone who prioritizes the camera on a smartphone, I'm moving back to Huawei and never looking back at anything Samsung makes.

20. ramdroid

Posts: 138; Member since: May 21, 2016

Seriously? Ditch the best WQHD for an fhd screen? The 4k 60fps ? The super steady video? The headphone Jack? The microSD ? The dual speaker for a pathetic single speaker in 2019? The better software compared to a cheap iOS clone? Seriously dude?! If camera is ur thing get a dxo camera for android

24. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As I said above, I acknowledge that the S10 is the better smartphone, but the camera is really holding it back, and camera is the most important aspect for me in a smartphone.

30. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

So low light pics is the most important aspect of a phones camera to you? Lmao. In every other aspect of the camera (not low light) the s10 will comes out ontop.

35. SkylineLofe

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2019

well i mean, the p30 is basically the same phone, but without the curved edge and actually has a headphone jack. you could get that and save 200 dollars

36. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There is difference in sensors. If I was going to save money, I would get the Mate 20 Pro.

23. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Don't get so caught up in the hype here. Samsung has many other positives going for them and I know this is an unpopular opinion around here but Samsung already has a night mode. It's called a proper long exposure. If you don't have a tripod handy you can still get off a good 1 to 2 second handheld exposure in pro mode with better results represented here. I'm excited about the P30 Pro too but let's not act like the S10+ is suddenly trash now.

26. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am not basing my opinion on what reviewers says, I had the P20 Pro for 6 months and the Mate 20 Pro for about a month, and having used every Galaxy S and Note ever produced, I know from my experience that they're no match to recent Huawei flagships in terms of photography. I take tons of pictures of my kids, that's why I care more about pictures than videos. As for the pro mode, it's impossible to get a decent shot even when only setting the exposure at 1 or 2 seconds, the OIS barely helps. One more thing, the S10 is far from trash, it's hands down the best smartphone on the market, but the camera doesn't match that of the Pixel or the Mate 20 Pro or P30 Pro, id it only had a propper night mode, I wouldn't be thinking about ditching it, because I know I'll be losing a lot by doing so, but taking quality pictures of my kids is more important for me than all the other goodies I'll be enjoying by using the S10.

31. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Another question, how do you get a good shot of your kids running around at night if you have to stand still for 10sec in order to get a good shot from that night sight feature? Lol

33. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lol lol lol you're so funny. Lol If you used a P20 Pro or any recent Huawei flagship, you would know that you don't need the night mode to get a great shot when you're indoors or in low light conditions. And if you know one thing or two about Samsung phones, they're known to struggle in taking pictures of moving subjects, use a gcam and take a picture while you're in a car and compare it to the stock app, and you'll get what I am talking about. Now, when you buy both phones, compare them, know which excels in what, then you can come here and argue which one is better in low light conditions and indoors, again, INDOORS as well, since it seems that you have forgotten about that point. Oh, and lol, lol, and lol.

37. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Nobody said anything about S10+ being a trashy phone. It isn't, in fact it's the best Android phone you can get right now. It's just its low light CAMERA performance looks like and indeed is trash compared to the best phone cameras out there, like Pixel 3 with wizardly Night Sight or P30 Pro which has significantly superior optics and larger sensor. Samsung's so called night mode is crap and does nothing but brightens up the exposure and lowers the contrast of the scene, but the same cannot be said for Pixel 3 and P30 Pro's dedicated low light mode.

38. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Thank you. Finally someone who isn't emotional about a piece of gadget and argues with facts.

48. riteshrkm

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

infact s10+ is worse than Note 9 in low light , idon't know how it is

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