It won’t be unfair to say that Google has reigned supreme when it comes to camera performance of smartphones with its Pixel range of devices. Yes, there’s Apple, Samsung and – more recently – Huawei who give excellent results with their smartphones’ cameras but Pixel is like Gandalf of smartphone, it has almost every wise answer. However, there’s a new challenger on the block – the Huawei P30 Pro – that aims to dethrone Google Pixel as the numero uno. We put both Google Pixel 3 XL and the Huawei P30 Pro to test and see which comes on top. Here are the results:
Note: Do keep in mind that we have tested the cameras in their absolute ‘raw’ form. In other words, without tweaking the settings and just simply using the good old ‘point-and-shoot’ method.
Night Mode: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Huawei P30 Pro Night Shot:
The Pixel 3 XL actually captures the more brighter of the two images. Also, compared to the Huawei P30 Pro, the Pixel 3 XL manages to get the correct lighting. Both cameras click detailed images but there’s a sense of more naturalness to the image clicked by Google Pixel 3 XL.
Night Mode: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Huawei P30 Pro
The second image in the Night Mode gave us a different insight into the two cameras. Here it’s the Google Pixel 3 XL which manages to oversaturate the image and brightens up far too much than expected. The Huawei P30 Pro, on the other hand, gives a far more realistic image. The detailing in both the images again is captured really well.
10X Zoom: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30 Pro boasts of another unique feature – 50X zoom. When comparing it with the Pixel 3 XL, however, we kept it to 10X zoom to make it a fair comparison. In the zoom aspect, Huawei P30 Pro is a clear winner as the image is more ‘clearer’ compared to the Google Pixel 3 XL.
Regular low-light: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Huawei P30 Pro
While the P30 Pro has a feature that manages to click far better images than anyone in pitch dark, its performance in natural low-light conditions isn’t quite ‘there’. Look at this image of a fountain, the Google Pixel 3 image you can see (after zooming in) the water trickling down. Whereas with the P30 Pro, the image isn’t fully stabilized and despite repeated attempts this was the final result.
Regular low-light: Google Pixel 3XL vs Huawei P30 Pro
Here again, you’ll notice that there’s very little to choose between the two images. Both the cameras clicked identical images with good amount of detailing and clarity.
Daylight: Google Pixel 3XL vs Huawei P30 Pro
Both cameras did a fine job in capturing this image of a skyscraper and the street. The images are crisp and detailing is absolutely fine.
Indoor shot: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Huawei P30 Pro
Both Google and Huawei rely a lot on machine learning and AI to deliver high-quality images. If you look at this clicked by the P30 Pro, you’ll notice that it dulls the colour of the wall. While the Pixel 3 XL manages to retain the natural colours in the images.
Indoor Portrait (object): Google Pixel 3XL vs Huawei P30 Pro
The Huawei P30 Pro managed to get the depth-of-field effect far better than the Pixel 3 XL did. The Pixel 3 XL camera somehow did a botched up of job of getting the object into the focus. On the other hand, P30 Pro did an excellent job of capturing all the details.
Huawei with the P30 Pro has certainly brought its A-game and it shows in these images. It has given other brands a lot to think about. Up against the Pixel 3, it perhaps falls slightly short but matches it in almost every aspect. People who like oversaturated images – and there’s a legion of them – will in all likelihood sway towards the Huawei P30 Pro. For those who like more ‘natural’ looking images, the Google Pixel 3 XL still ranks ahead of competition.