Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Low-Light Photography With the Huawei P30 Pro

Vlad Savov, the Verge:

I know what date it is, but let me assure you that this is no April Fools’ gag: Huawei’s P30 Pro has the best low-light camera, better even than Google’s Pixel Night Sight, and it sets a new benchmark for night photography. It’s so good that it will make iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone owners question their fealty. Huawei has taken the most challenging situation for any photographer and made it as easy and casual as snapping a shot in broad daylight.

I don’t much like how bright these photos are — I feel that night should look like, well, night — but the P30 Pro demonstrates a remarkable advancement in low-light capabilities, particularly in its ability to remove noise while preserving detail. Better low-light performance remains my wish for pretty much any digital camera. The exposure can be set so that it still looks dark, but this level of improvement to noise reduction is something I’d like to see the rest of the industry copy.