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?

Related phones

P30 Pro
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP (Quad camera)
    32 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 980
    6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Huawei Emotion UI
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2659 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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