Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro

It’s amazing how far digital camera technology has come in the past 25 years and the changes it has brought. I remember back in 1995 getting my hands on one of the first Logitech Fotoman Pixtura digital cameras  It was the size of a large pair of binoculars and had 4mb of memory which could hold about a dozen pictures.  It was $1600 and the pictures were awful (I’m being kind).

I’m in Paris this week to explore the next leap in digital photography. Huawei is launching their new P30 smartphone line.  They say the best camera is the one you have with you. The new P30 and P30Pro stack the deck in your favour. The incredible boost to their cameras is thanks to the Leica Camera System’s four lenses that include a wide, super ‘periscope’ zoom, ultra wide angle lens and a Time of Flight (ToF) camera that helps with focus and stabilization giving you that perfect bokeh effect. The periscope zoom system enables up to 50x digital zoom in conjunction with the 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom modes.

To give you an idea of the zoom’s capabilities, take a look at these photos taken at Juno Beach in France:

Juno Beach Ultrawide View Juno Beach 1X Wide Juno Beach 5X Wide Juno Beach 10X Wide Juno Beach 50X Wide

The camera system includes an unprecedented 409,600 ISO range which allows you to shoot photos in almost complete darkness. The night mode samples your scene multiple times giving you detail and sharpness that no other smartphone has come close to.

Louvre Courtyard at Night 2 Bruges Street Normal Bruges Street Nightmode

The camera does require a steady hand to take full advantage of that 50x zoom and it may be best if used with a tripod for a sharper, steadier image (the image above was taken handheld). It can even be used to photograph the moon! It also works great as a literal telescope to see objects you can’t see with the naked eye…even if you don’t need to capture them.

One nice thing about the P30 Pro is that you can use all the different lenses in nearly every photography mode giving you even more creative options with your photography.

No matter what cameraphone you have, here are 5 things to consider when shopping for a new one:

1. Low Light Capabilities

Whether you’re looking to shoot street scenes or just want to capture the moment at that intimate restaurant, having good low light abilities in the camera system means you don’t have to use a flash (which has a tendency to be unflattering due to the brightness and proximity to the subject) and can have a more natural photo without blinding your subjects as well

2. Storage

Many people underestimate how much storage they need when choosing a smartphone. Always get the most you can afford since you can only change this later by upgrading to a new device. If you choose an Android phone, see if it has internal storage options (typically with a microSD card slot) that allow you to add as much storage as you want. Nobody wants to have to delete precious memories to make room for the next batch of them.

3. Power

Bigger phones and higher quality screens need more power. Bigger batteries help your phone last all day (and sometimes even multiple days). Many new models of phones include wireless charging. This makes it easy to charge your device simply by placing it onto a pad to recharge. Look for quick charge options that mean you’ll be able to charge faster than conventional cables. Some phones, like the P30 offer reverse wireless charging which lets you charge a friend’s phone or even your AirPods simply by placing it on the back of your phone.

4. Water & Scratch resistance

Most new phones come with some form of water, dust and scratch resistance…but the various terms and rating specifications can be confusing. Accidents happen and make sure you’re protected by looking for a device that is water resistant or even better, waterproof – some devices can even be used for shallow swimming and snorkelling without the need for additional protection which is even more useful for those beach vacation photos while protecting you from the rain or spills. Make sure to rinse any salt water off the device as well. Get yourself a good case if you’re concerned about drops and scratches…although even the best cases aren’t immune to damage but they certainly increase your chances of minimizing the damage.

5. Connectivity

Many new Android phones use USB-C cables now so ensure you have extras to make it convenient to charge your phone (or download your photos/videos) anywhere you need to. USB-C is quickly becoming the new standard cable format and even Apple is starting to head that way

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