Huawei P30 Pro receives a “DXOMark Selfie” score of 89 … and apparently DXOMark Selfie is now a thing

DXOMark has been ranking selfie cameras, I found out today, and it’s given the Huawei P30 Pro a rating of 89, representing a combined score between 90 for photo performance and 88 for video.

The Huawei P30 Pro front-facing camera is far from the phone’s party piece; it’s a single lens 32MP camera, f/2.0 aperture lens that can shoot up to 1080p @ 30fps video.

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Probably the disappointing area of the P30 Pro front-facing camera is that it lacks autofocus, opting for a fixed focus setup instead. This is an area for improvement in a future camera, but noting that Huawei wanted to keep the front of the P30 Pro as minimal as possible, it’s hard to fault their choices here.

In their findings, DXOMark reached the following conclusions about the P30 Pro front camera:

Performance from the front cameras hasn’t been quite as impressive, but the P30 Pro offers significant improvements over the P20 Pro. Exposure across stills and video is excellent, and the P30 Pro boasts some of the best HDR capabilities currently available for selfie shooters. Color is another strength, with pleasant rendering as well as accurate white balance, and bokeh simulation is good, if not perfect.

There are opportunities for improvement—notably the fixed-focus lens and the limited depth of field. Improved detail and texture from the high-resolution 32Mp sensor should be possible as well. When all is said and done, though, the Huawei P30 Pro front camera is very capable and easy to recommend.

All in all, the DXOMark Selfie review of the P30 Pro is a good, if not lengthy read into how front-facing cameras perform, what works well and what doesn’t. If you’re a big selfie fan, it’s worth a read.

Last modified on 17 April 2019 1:53 pm

Chris Rowland :Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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  • It's early upgrade time.. unfortunately the rest of the family is iPhone (Jill is looking at deserting !!), but my question is S10+ or Huawei ?? And why (camera is a consideration.

    What do you hear about the Pixel 4 ??

    • Pixel 4 won't be around until year's end, and given how the Pixel 3 made a few critical mistakes (not enough RAM, dodgy software management of that) I'd be taking the "once bitten, twice shy" approach. As to S10+ vs P30 Pro, depends what you're looking for in a phone. P30 Pro is great for photography and as a phone also, but S10+ is more to some people's tastes even if the camera isn't quite as good (imo). They're both available now in retail so maybe check them out in JB or a carrier store?

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