Huawei reclaims DxOMark top spot with its Mate 30 Pro camera

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We know Huawei has consistently dominated DxOMark ratings for a long time. In these last few months though, it was the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G that held the DxOMark throne with a score of 117. But now, it seems like the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro has significantly raised the bar.

Primary camera score: 121

Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro has the highest primary camera score given by DxOMark at 121. DxOMark claims this record was because of the smartphone’s individual photo score, which was 131. You can have a look at the more detailed breakdown of how DxOMark rates the overall camera performance here.

DxOMark’s Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera review

According to it, the Mate 30 Pro is excellent for almost all still image categories. But where it shines the most is with textures and noise. It also performs very well when it comes to exposure and color. Images have a good level of exposure and wide dynamic range. Colors are an improvement from Huawei’s P30 Pro, with a more stable white balance.

Selfie camera score: 93

Results from the front camera of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are not quite the same level as the very best devices. But Huawei’s latest flagship does make the top five. Compared to its P30 Pro, photos have significantly improved despite a similar specification sheet. This is most likely due to the new image processing technologies the Kirin 990 chipset brings. Colors from the fixed-focus lens are good, with only some minor green and yellow casts in outdoor conditions.

Front facing video footage from the Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera

When it comes to front facing video, the smartphone can record at 1080p 30fps resolution, which is not up with the very best. Stabilisation is not one of its strong points either with visible camera shake and face deformations in all lighting conditions. Frame shifts are visible too with some tone compression when recording HDR scenes.