Over the past month, the Huawei P30 Pro It has taken the internet by storm with its powerful cameras, capable of effectively seeing the pitch and zooming in on images almost microscopically without any real loss of quality. But we all know that making magic with the so-called computer photography is not all at all, all users want is ordinary photos that look beautiful to their eyes.
Thinking about it, the PhoneArena made an interesting test. The site picked up three of today's top smartphones (iPhone XS Max, Galaxy S10 + and the aforementioned P30 Pro) and blindly tested their cameras, displaying pictures taken identically on each camera, all in well-lit scenes during the day, and asking readers what the best picture was. The results were amazing.
In five of the seven scenes, the Galaxy S10 + was voted best picture owner, while the iPhone XS Max won the two remaining clashes. It is even more surprising to note that in most of the photos, Samsung and Apple devices vigorously vied for victory in one case, the difference in voting was less than 2%. In all cases, the P30 Pro bittered last place with a very considerable disadvantage.
What happened then? Well, himself PhoneArena explained:
The most obvious explanation is that the photo colors (of the Huawei P30 Pro) simply don't have the vividness you see on other devices. And it's no surprise that when you have a sensor with two yellow pixels, the photos end up looking good, with a clear yellow tendency. Add that to the somewhat withered colors and you have two possible explanations.
Check out some of the photos taken in the first two comparisons, Galaxy won, while iPhone took the last:
In the end, the test reminds us that not all artificial intelligence in the world outperforms better sensors (still). Obviously, the P30 should crush the iPhone and Galaxy into night shots and zooms, but for the vast majority of the shots we take everyday, daytime scenes, that advantage isn't all that clear.