Android Authority was in Valencia Spain, for the launch of the Asus Zenfone 6. We took the Zenfone 6, with its smart flip camera system, for a step to shoot photos. We have the same shots with the Huawei P30 Pro – A phone that costs twice as much – to see how well it's stacked against the (current) best in the business.
In the following photo, we have deactivated Huawei's Master AI because it tends to bump saturation and contrast too much to get an easily comparable result. Of course, the phone that costs twice as much, usually performs better, but in some situations the Zenfone 6 is close at hand. Those situations tend to be well-lit scenes, the type in which most modern smartphone cameras perform well. In difficult circumstances, the P30 Pro rising forward.
Let's look at a few sample shots with a slider to see just how much difference you can see, and whether you think it's worth paying twice as much. We will be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Is the added versatility of the P30 Pro worth paying an extra $ 500? Or is it Zenfone 6 more than satisfying your photographic needs?
The most important thing to mention in the first few, which excludes the obvious difference in detail when carefully examined, is the main difference in color temperature. In the second pair, both taken with night mode activated, the most obvious difference is that the Zenfone produces a much darker shot than the P30 Pro.
If the Asus Zenfone 6 has any chance to beat the Huawei P30 Pro anyway, it's in selfie mode. Because the Zenfone 6 uses the 48MP IMX586 for the selfie camera as well as the main camera, it can be expected to compete aggressively on detail against the P30 Pro. The P30 Pro tends to add a little more contrast and does not produce too pink skin tones such as the Zenfone 6.
Color reproduction in these shots is good on both phones. In fact, we have a difficult time deciding what is best. It will pretty much come down to your personal preference about what you want more.
Both of these shots show just how much you can fit in the frame with a wide angle. Both phones do an admirable job of correcting distortion and both in the first shot balance the bright sunlight and darker areas. The Huawei P30 Pro looks clear through the dark gate in shining sunlight, but clearly stands out with the way it is exposed under the bridge and outside. The difference in dynamic range is very clear.
In this pair, the Zenfone's tendency to slightly overhaul, it actually helps to shade the shadows to lift the bikes in the bottom of the frame, although it makes for more washed out colors elsewhere. The same effect is visible in the lap of the orange tree; Although the P30 Pro did not focus properly on this shot, the same darker exposure is evident. (I took this shot three times and all three were slightly out of focus)
To see the differences in detail here, just link to the full resolution original. On the surface both, shots look beautiful. The big question here is: is the Huawei P30 Pro worth the double price than the Asus Zenfone 6? After all, we know technique drives easy hardware. Let us know your thoughts below.