Huawei P30 Lite Review

Introduction

You might assume that to purchase a good smartphone you will need to invest a large amount of money.

There is an affordable range of phones in the mid-range that offer great quality on board cameras.

The paper version of the Huawei P30 LiteThis model sounds very similar. This is the pared down sibling to the P30Pro: It includes a high-quality camera, particularly for its price.

On the back of the vehicle is a triple camera P30 Lite, giving you a 48 megapixel wide angle f/1.8 lens, an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle lens and a 2 megapixel “bokeh lens”. The front features a 24-megapixel f/2.0 selfie cam.

To keep the phone’s price down, there are some differences between the more expensive models. These include a limited video record to 4K resolution, an LCD screen and the inability to shoot raw files using the native camera app. There is also no option to increase storage with an optional memory card.

There’s also no telephoto lens present, with any zooming achieved digitally.

Still, if you need a new phone and don’t want to spend a huge sum – at its current retail price of £329 – the Huawei P30 LiteIt could seem like an appealing offer.

Let’s find out how it shapes up…

It’s easy to use

The despite the Huawei P30 Lite coming very much under the “budget” umbrella, it still has an attractive outward appearance. We’ve been using the “Peacock Blue” colour, which has an ombre type effect between blue and purple and is very distinctive. Midnight Black is also available in Pearl White.

The P30 LiteIt is slightly smaller than that P30With a display size of 6.15 inches, Pro. It does sacrifice some screen space but it is easier to operate and less cumbersome.

 
Front of Huawei P30 Lite

You have many options to unlock your potential P30 Lite’s screen. Face recognition, PIN, and pattern codes are all options. You also have the option to use the fingerprint scanner located on the back. The fingerprint scanner is not compatible with the P30The Pro P30 Lite uses a cheaper LCD screen, so it’s not possible to have a scanner built in to the screen itself.

If you need only to view the camera you can drag it up from the lower right-hand corner of the screen. If you do this, you’ll only be able to view images you’ve taken during that shooting session – you’ll need to unlock the device properly to access any images taken prior to that.

If you’ve used any of Huawei’s (or Honor’s) phones before, you’ll be familiar with the native camera app. If you haven’t, it’s one of the best camera apps on the market, giving you a huge degree of control and options – even with the more basic model like the P30 Lite.

 
Rear Huawei P30 Lite

By default, the app will launch in standard “Photo” mode. You can jump straight into taking photos with the “1x” or ordinary camera. If you tap a circle with “1x” written in it, you will immediately jump to “2x” (digital zoom), or if you tap again the “Wide” camera will be activated. You can also access the wide angle camera by pinching inwards. By pinching inwards you can zoom all the the way beyond the default 2x, up to 6x.

If you are holding the mouse, place it on the right side of the screen. Huawei P30 Lite in landscape orientation), you’ll see a number of options. There’s a flash icon for switching on or off the inbuilt flash, an option to turn on and off “moving picture” – whereby a short video clip is recorded with every image, the option to switch AI on or off, and a cog icon which takes you through to additional settings.

The AI icon is located right at the camera screen. If the AI is left turned on, it will work. P30 LiteIt can recognize a variety of subjects including flowers, pets and overcast skies. It will automatically apply the settings it thinks are best for the situation. However, sometimes it may go too far and create images that look unnatural. Being able to switch off quickly can make such situations much easier.

 
Front of Huawei P30 Lite

In the expanded settings, you’ll find a range of different options – including resolution, GPS tagging, the option to add a watermark and so on. The options vary slightly depending on the shooting mode that you’re in. For example, if you switch to Pro mode, you’ll find additional options in the settings menu, such as the option to switch on a Horizontal level – but note that raw format shooting is not available as it is with other phones like the P30 Pro.

If you are holding the camera, place it along the bottom. Huawei P30 Lite in landscape mode, you’ll see a variety of different shooting modes. There’s the default Photo mode, but you can select others by tapping to the left or right. To the left, there’s AR Lens, Night and Portrait. AR Lens allows for you to take photos of yourself in different settings or using different effects.

Night mode is something we’ve seen on previous Huaweismartphones – This creates an illusion of a slow shutter speed using several quick exposures. Portrait is used for taking people pictures, and again is something we’ve seen in previous Huawei phones. You can choose from different lighting effects as well as different shapes of bokeh for areas that are not in focus.

 
The Huawei P30 Lite In-hand

You will find Video mode to the left of Photo mode. This model is less expensive and can record only Full HD rather than 4K. There is also a More tab that reveals many other options, including Panorama mode and HDR shooting as well as Pro mode, HDR time-lapse, Aperture, and Time-lapse. The Pro mode allows you to adjust a number of parameters. While the Aperture mode can be used to alter any subject, human or not, the Aperture mode functions in the same way as Portrait mode. With aperture mode, you can also adjust the aperture after you’ve taken the shot in playback.

A virtual button can be used to take a picture, as well as one of two physical volume buttons located at the sides of the display. Huawei P30 Lite. Your phone will automatically choose an autofocus spot for you. However, if you wish to pick another subject, you can simply tap on the screen to the appropriate place. When you tap, you’ll also see you’ll be able to adjust brightness by swiping your finger up and down on the screen – which can be useful when shooting in very high contrast areas.

On the whole, focusing is pretty quick and generally accurate – it’s worth keeping an eye on which focus point the Huawei P30 LiteYou can select when it is close up.

Image quality

The sample images included in this review were all taken with the 12-megapixel JPEG setting. This gives an image size around 4Mb.

Although image quality may not be as good as the P30The Pro Huawei P30 LiteStill, a great performance.

Directly from the camera colours appear bright and vibrant with good saturation. This helps to keep the image realistic. Artificial intelligence does a good job of applying the correct settings without seeming to go as overboard as it might have done once upon a time – for example, skies don’t appear quite so overly saturated as earlier iterations of Huawei phones did at one time.

Having the wide-angle lens available is great news for flexibility, and it’s great to see some of the technology appearing from other HuaweiPhones at this price point. The super-wide angle lens can be used for many reasons. Images from the super wide angle camera don’t display quite as much detail as from the main camera, but for social sharing and small printing it’s still adequate.

It’s a shame not to have an optical zoom lens, but digital zooming puts in a decent performance, and again is fine for social sharing and the like.

Huawei’s famed “Night mode” makes an appearance on the P30 Lite. This combination combines a series of brief exposures in order to get the best of light. You can find the P30 LiteThe final results may not be as spectacular as what we saw on the website. P30The results can be shared on social media, even if they are older models such as the P20 Pro. You can see a significant loss of detail if you zoom in very close to images – so if you’re somebody who is particularly drawn towards night -time shooting, there are better options available on the market. Interestingly, you can’t shoot in Night Mode with the super wide-angle lens.

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