Huawei P30 Pro loses to Galaxy S10+ and iPhone XS in our daytime blind camera comparison

Huawei P30 Pro loses to Galaxy S10+ and iPhone XS in our daytime blind camera comparison
Which phone shoots the best pictures?

Some people will try to tell you that it's one phone or another, but the answer is that the best phone is the one that YOU like best.

So a couple of days ago, we asked you to do just that: tell us which photos you like best! For that, we took the newest Huawei P30 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Apple iPhone XS. We randomized the photos, cleared up all metadata and left it just to the images to speak for themselves.

And now, the results of our blind camera comparison are in. Keep in mind that in this camera comparison we only had daytime photos and you can see the explanation for that towards the end of this article.

So... ready to see the results? Let's get started.

Scene 1: Tulips




Which photo do you prefer?

A - Huawei P30 Pro
17.16%
B - Apple iPhone XS
40.63%
C - Samsung Galaxy S10+
42.21%


Scene 2: The Monument




Which photo do you prefer?

D - Samsung Galaxy S10+
70.35%
E - Apple iPhone XS
19.06%
F - Huawei P30 Pro
10.6%


Scene 3: The Beach




Which photo do you prefer?

G - Huawei P30 Pro
8.29%
H - Samsung Galaxy S10+
65.59%
I - Apple iPhone XS
26.11%


Scene 4: Palm Trees




Which photo do you prefer?

J - Apple iPhone XS
39.08%
K - Huawei P30 Pro
12.4%
L - Samsung Galaxy S10+
48.53%


Scene 5: Blue-blue skies




Which photo do you prefer?

M - Samsung Galaxy S10+
50.13%
N - Apple iPhone XS
42.95%
O - Huawei P30 Pro
6.92%


Scene 6: The Sundial




Which photo do you prefer?

P - Huawei P30 Pro
19.47%
Q - Samsung Galaxy S10+
25.69%
R - Apple iPhone XS
54.84%


Scene 7: The Road




Which photo do you prefer?

S - Apple iPhone XS
69.57%
T - Samsung Galaxy S10+
16.08%
U - Huawei P30 Pro
14.35%

Final Words

We have a winner, but the bigger news is that we have a loser that is far behind

So let's count down the votes: we have 5 wins for the Galaxy S10+ and 2 wins for the iPhone XS, but looking at the distribution of votes, it is clear that the difference between the Galaxy and the iPhone is not all that significant as the two often get very close votes. The important takeaway is the very low score that the Huawei P30 Pro got: often, it got less than 10% of the votes, which really shows that pictures that it produces are not nearly as likable as the ones from the Galaxy and the iPhone. In other words, we do have a winner, but the bigger news is that the loser was so far behind.

While many analysts have called the Huawei P30 Pro the best camera ever, these results show that the reality is not quite as simple. Yes, the P30 Pro often captures impressive photos when you have no light available and when zooming in, but one can argue that the majority of photos and videos are taken when your human eyes can actually see what is being photographed. And while many people have also claimed that these days there is no big difference between smartphone cameras during the day, the reality is that the votes in this comparison prove otherwise. 

So why did people vote against the P30 Pro in this comparison? The most obvious explanation is that the colors just lack the liveliness you see on other phones. And yes, not surprisingly when you have a sensor with two yellow pixels, the actual photos also turn out... well, with a very clear yellow tint. Add the somewhat dull colors as the two possible explanations.

So now that you see the results, what are your thoughts? Why do you think so few people voted for the P30 Pro?

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110 Comments

1. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

the trade-off of having the best low light camera on the market.

5. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

It's really only in pitch black conditions --and really, it's not even a realistic photography scenario. In any sort of normal low light circumstance (e.g. bars, restaurants, city streets, etc.), the P30's low-light advantage is largely lost. Still, I was surprised by these results. I assumed iPhone was last. Disclaimer: I don't own any of these brands of phone

74. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

night photos are already tested here...spoiler alert , no problems with bars, restaurants, city streets, etc...https://www.phonearena.com/news/Huawei-P30-Pro-NIGHT-Camera-Comparison-vs-Galaxy-S10-Plus-vs-Pixel-3_id114869

97. Chumley

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Completely agree. Google's night sight (and perhaps the P30's) can be described as voodoo, magic, or WTF? they are so insane at pulling details your eye can't even see in the dark. Bring the lights up a little - and its not so much, in some cases they are brighter but actually worse. Everyone has to decide for themselves how they use the phone for picts. While I'm astonished by how well night sight works in almost no light, I can't say that I have ever wanted to take picts in almost no light. The S10 series has much improved low light capabilities despite what alot of people say. The zoom on the P30 is awesome though.

48. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I honestly thought that the good pictures belonged to Apple, but I'm glad they belong to Samsung, the S10 prices are already quite good, and I can bet the S10e (now around $600USD on eBay/600EUR in Europe) produces identical results to the S10+.

53. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Still iPhone XS is the best smartphone one can buy..

54. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

True, highest price, subpar low light and daylight compared to S10, half the ram, half the base storage, 40% less camera, no wifi 6 etc. The iPhone XS truly is a steal / sarcasm.

63. cmdacos

Posts: 4318; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hot garbage. No thanks. Too many limitations.

81. moudire73

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2019

Overall , the iPhone gives you a full experience. Pics, sound, clarity and ease of use. The subject is about cameras, but really IPhone XS cannot be bypassed in any dimension.

83. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Really, I thought the time of blindly worshipping Apple has passed. How can you have ease of use without a fingerprint sensor or some kind of a permanent notification system like a LED or Always On Display ? Apple made you believe that face recognition is made to replace the FPS, but actually they did not have the right tech at the time, and the fingerprint reader will probably reappear this year or the next. And due to the Intel modem, iPhones have some of the worst stand-by times, most modern Androids approach two days of battery life while iPhones only give you one day, albeit with a good screen time. They do well in battery life reviews because reviewers are too lazy/biased and/or lack the patience to test stand-by times, but once you use them in real life, you will have a nasty surprise.

95. RoryBreaker

Posts: 250; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

81. moudire73 "Overall , the iPhone gives you a full experience. Pics, sound, clarity and ease of use. The subject is about cameras, but really IPhone XS cannot be bypassed in any dimension." Couldn't disagree more!

82. moudire73

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2019

I honestly cannot trust Chinese phones In any aspect. They just throw more RAMs and cameras. No vision. Regarding this topic , it’s clear that Samsung and iPhone took better pics. Beating Huawei most advertised feature.

89. Seanetta unregistered

You don't trust these Chinese phone makers cos they make more ram and cameras. And yet what Huawei started with dual cameras and triple cameras etc guess who has since copied them?? Samsung. And Samsung is now flooding the market with crap midrange phones with 4 cameras on the back with the crappest quality I've ever seen. P30 Pro is an excellent camera phone, Samsung has terrible yellow tint in images and trees and grass looks like a painted look close up

87. Seanetta unregistered

What has being good at lowlight photography got to do with being worse at daylight?? That's nothing do with it being last in this test. People just preferred the usual Samsung over saturated, over sharpened and yellow tinted photos. Talk about blind comparison indeed, people are blind. I have an Honor 10 also made by Huawei and daylight images are gorgeous, sharp, detailed, noise free with natural colours. The P30 Pro is an excellent camera in all conditions but as usual Phone Arena are useless as photography and conducting tests

98. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Lets not forgot any site can cherry pick scenes which can highlight the strengths and weaknesses of any camera. All cameras have different characteristics and will perform better at one thing and worse in another. Check many sources for reviews and try to avoid bias sites. Cough cough iPA.

107. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

PA's camera comparisons are the most unreliable Ive ever seen. Why? Because they dont provide full size images for you to compare the details. Therefore the only thing these compare is the colors and brightness. Other websites compare the sharpness and level of details, which is where phones like the P30 excel in.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Waiting for how the Galaxy and iPhone fans will suddenly trust phonearenas judgement.

3. phljcnth

Posts: 560; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Uhm, this is a poll.

33. ph00ny

Posts: 2068; Member since: May 26, 2011

shhh don't tell him? He's probably pretty smug at his attempt in trolling

71. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

People will still say it's rigged if iPhone won (happened on other articles before). lol.

7. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Still don't.

4. Gryffin

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

Everything has pros and cons.

8. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

True. It's just that the phone with Pro in its name has the most cons in this comparison.

46. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

But the S10+ has more pros than the others :)

6. ing0ram

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 15, 2019

The huawei p30 pro has sometimes really messed colours. Even more unnatural than Samsung quite often. That might be the reason why so few people voted for that. It seems sad to me that they can get that good night mode, but mess up colors so much. Especially when daylight photos are most common.

9. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Yeah, looking at the photos using phonearenas photo comparison tools, the Huwei has some crappy photos. No amount of megapixels can fix bad quality sensors. Images looks blurred and smudgy compared to the S10.

90. Seanetta unregistered

Bad quality sensors which are made by Sony. Got nothing to do with the sensors since Samsung also uses Sony sensors you idiot

10. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

iPhone = almost natural color galaxy = warm color Huawei = very warm

30. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

the iphone did not have a natural colour to many of them shots, the first 3 carried a cold blue tinge to them and looke downright dated, the road was the first picture where it actually looked better then the rest, the huawei was flat and almost washed out in a few of the images and a few others it had to much saturation, the s10+ pretty much nailed every photo (almost) there was a slight over saturation to 1 or 2 of the images, but compared to galaxies of yesterday, its a big improvement

32. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

As the person who actually took those photos, I would say that the iPhone indeed captures photos that look closest to real life.

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