The Huawei P30 Pro is missing two key camera features, here's why

The Huawei P30 Pro is missing two key camera features, here's why
The Huawei P30 Pro – like the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro that precede it – is arguably one of the best camera phones out there thanks to its updated sensors, impressive low light performance, and advanced zoom capabilities. Despite this, there are still some missing features and Huawei recently explained why.

During an interview with multiple news publications, the smartphone giant was asked about the Huawei P30 Pro’s lack of support for 4K video recording at 60fps (frames per second). In defense of its decision, the company argued that the benefits of 4K video “can only be seen on a very large screen” and, as a result, it “makes little sense” to add the recording option to its smartphones. Huawei also pointed out that the format occupies a lot of memory, which is why it recommends filming in Full-HD video – 4K video can still be filmed at 30fps. 

Attention was also called to the fact that the 32-megapixel selfie camera found on the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro doesn’t support autofocus, a feature which is often present on rival devices. To this, Huawei said that using "the best sensor possible" is "more important" than using the one with the most features and that autofocus isn't required for the front camera because the majority of selfies are taken from "a fixed position." Huawei also revealed that autofocus support would have made the notch quite a bit bigger, something the company wasn’t willing to accept.

While it could be argued that other manufacturers have failed to make any major advancements over the past year in the camera department, Huawei has continued to develop its technology and often compares its own smartphones to rival ones on stage during its presentations. The company was asked about this practice during the interview and whether it’s still necessary, but Huawei believes many people still don’t know that their “camera is the best,” hence its frequent comparisons.

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P30 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh

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18 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 925; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Probably an excuse to hide that cpu probably cant support 4k60. Also 4K60 cannot use EIS, since OIS alone is useless for video it is not bad the lack of this mode.

6. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Pixel does not shoot 4k @ 60fps. Fail.

2. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, they're full of $#¡t. I love their products, but they're always lying and making excuses. When the who gluegate happened with the Mate 20 Pro, and after he was asked about it, their CEO said that his company is using the best OLED panels in business (BOE LOL), without giving any information about the problem.

5. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The gluegate was a problem with LG panels and not BOE. Fail.

10. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I see that reading comprehension isn't one of your skillset? I had SIX Mate 20 Pro units replaced in total, I know which panel was affected by the gluegate, I doubt you even know what 18A, 18B, 18C, etc. even stands for. But here you go, I'll explain it for you, when cornered about the gluegate problem that was affecting some Mate 20 Pro units, their CEO deflected by claiming that they are using the best OLED panels on the market, when in fact they are using the god awful BOE panels on the majority of the Mate 20 Pro units released. I would have loved to give you a link of my post on XDA, comparing both LG and BOE panels, with side by side pictures, but if you didn't grasp the point behind this comment, I doubt you'll get half of what I am saying on XDA. FAIL.

14. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Changing goal posts. Gluegate was on LG panels, not BOE. BOE panels are not as great as Samsung and no one has claimed so. Huawei phones are priced accordingly. Using Huawei phones since the Huawei ascend p6 I know enough than frustrated Samsung fanboy spending few months with Huawei phone.

16. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- Again, not my problem that you lack enough reading comprehension skills, either that, or your just deflecting like their CEO. No where did I say that gluegate was a BOE issue. And if you have been paying attention, I left comments on this website as well, not just XDA, explaining the difference between gluegate on LG panels and the green hue found on BOE panels. 2- Says the frustrated Huawei fanboy. Funny how I was called a Huawei fanboy when Inwas using Huawei phones and now a Samsung fanboy when I am using a Samsung phone, but I'm glad that my honesty does trigger fanboys like yourself. 3- Again, and if you're paying enough attention, you would have seen the many comments I left that criticizes the S10, and how I'm too close into ditching it for the P30 Pro. Now, since you're acting like you're the only one who have any clue about the display issues on the Mate 20 Pro, go read my post explaining with pictures the difference between both panels. These were the last 2 units I got replaced, both gluegate free, but both had their own share of issues. https://forum.xda-developers.com/mate-20-pro/help/mate-20-pro-greenish-display-screen-t3859268/page245 P.s: stop being fussy just because someone dared and criticized your bosses in China.

18. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Read your own comment relating Gluegate to BOE panel with a "LOL" even. Rest of goalposts shifts are irrelevant. Pretty sure you will never be satisfied with any phone in your life.

3. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

hhmmm, well I kinda agree though with the 4K thing, I only tried it once but it really eats a lot of space, and most of the videos I shot are for social media and personal usage only so why bother. Even 4K is still not that main stream as compared to FHD. But the lack of auto focus on the front cam is kinda weird.

4. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The only people shooting 4K at 60fps are the youtube phone reviewers themselves

12. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't use anything above 1080 60fps, but that doesn't mean they should take it away from those who wants it, especially coming from a company that throws everything but the kitchen sink into their UI. Again, this is just an excuse, their chipset obviously isn't capable on producing a decent 4k 60fps footage, but they won't admit that.

15. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Samsung has no OIS for 4k @ 60fps. Fail.

17. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And Huawei doesn't even have 4k at 60fps to start with, your point is?

7. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I want to try their products once more but the soft is the only hindrance. Can they just do stock android?

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3288; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Their software is one of the best. Usually people are used to use stock, so they call Chinese overlays as bad. Because they are not accustomed to. But I have used EMUI before getting my hands on stock android, so I feel emui is way better than stock. Stock android feels like an eye sour to me. This is other way around now.

9. Ali888

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

I agree that stock android has kinda gotten stale and very boring now. But i haven't used stock android before and have used a lot of skins, and I can definitely say that EMUI is one of the worst. It exudes cheap and the vibe that it was made for people who want the feel of an iPhone. Huawei doesn't really have its own identity in the UI department

11. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's not as bad as people claim, but definitely far from the best, at least from my own experience. Aggressive app killing means you have to manually adjust apps launching if you don't want to miss out on your notifications. Apps sometimes have compatibility issues with running on Kirin, although most mainstream apps have been optimized to work flawlessly with it. 3rd party laumchers still have compatibility issues. Good luck disabling their default music player from automatically launching when you connect to a bluetooth device. And their UI as a whole is a cheap copy of iOS. They haven't updated their UI in more than 2 years, and it definitely needs updating. Apart from few tweaks here and there, it's still looks and feels almost the same.

13. Bobbyv

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2018

the only rival has auto focus is Samsung Galaxy s10 Iphone Xs/max do not have any AF ,and beside those 3 rivals I do not see any other rivals for p30. so stop telling bulls**t against Huawei

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