How to make RAW photos with the Huawei P30 pro

Photographing in raw is something I can, as a fulltime photographer, passionately recommend. The feature to make sure you can photograph raw with the Huawei P30 (pro) is not super hidden, but it helps to have a little guide like this one!

Do all three P30 Pro lenses support RAW?

Same as with the P20, the P30 pro has 3 lenses. A standard x1, a telezoom with x5, and a wide-angle 0,6x lens.

With all three lenses, it is possible to make raw files.

  • The regular lens has 40 megapixels and generates a photo of 7280 pixels by 5456 pixels.
  • The Ultrawide angle has 20 megapixels and generates a photo of 5104 pixels by 3824 pixels.
  • The 5x telezoom lens has 8 megapixels and generates a photo of 3248 pixels by 2432 pixels.

The regular photo feature with a 10x hybrid zoom is mindblowing but is not able to create any raw files.

So how do you photograph in RAW with the P30 Pro

Step 1:

Open the camera app and look for the ‘pro’ feature in the selection area at the bottom. You know you are in the ‘pro’ modus if you see other features on the bottom of your screen like ISO, shutter speed, EV, autofocus, and white balance.

Step 2:

Click on the cogwheel at the upper right corner and go to the settings menu. Here you will see a lot of options, luckily you don’t have to look far, as the submenu we need is at the top. Tap on ‘Resolution’ to go to the submenu.

Step 3:

First of all, click the upper resolution with ‘4:3 40MP’. This is the biggest resolution possible on the phone. Giving you the very best options in resolution for every lens, as the sensors will automatically change.

Step 4:

At the bottom of the screen you see the ‘RAW format’ option, make sure this is turned on (by making the slider blue). As soon as this is done, you are photographing in RAW with your Huawei P30 pro and you are able to leave the menu.

Make sure that you are shooting in the pro mode when you need a raw-file of the photo.

Should I photograph in RAW or Jpeg?

The answer to this question is: It depends on what you are going to do with the photos.

When to shoot in jpg

If you aren’t planning on doing any major post-production, jpg is more than enough. Apps like Instagram don’t support RAW, so you will have to use jpgs anyway. Also sharing your photos via WhatsApp or other messaging apps will always be in jpg.

But don’t worry, shooting RAW on the Huawei P30 Pro also creates a jpg copy. So you can do both. Whenever the time comes to do editing or using your photo, you just choose the right filetype for the job.

When to shoot in RAW

If you are thinking about using your photos professionally, it’s best to shoot in RAW. Raw-files give room for when post-processing in Lightroom or Snapseed. You have more control over the colors, the sharpness, and the brightness. This way you have a lot of creative freedom over your photos.

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Disclaimer: I wrote this article while being a Huawei Brand Ambassador, though, I am not paid for this particular piece of content.

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3 thoughts on “How to make RAW photos with the Huawei P30 pro

  1. Hi Frederic! Since I’m at the point I have to change my Lumia 950 XL phone, which is great at taking photos, thanks to Nokia engineering and Zeiss lenses and I don’t want to spend too much for a new phone, I just have two alternatives at my price range of 450-600€: Nokia 9 PureView and Huawei P30 Pro.
    I’m looking at many photogalleries and YouTube comparisons and what I’ve learned so far is:
    Nokia 9 RAW files are excellent! Photography-wise they look amazing, if you know what you are doing, especially in daylight, since it doesn’t have any OIS. Jpgs are not that good compared to RAWs, to be honest. It’s not a point and shoot cameraphone
    The P30 Pro pics I’ve seen on Flickr they all suffer of loss of details, you zoom in 100% and what you see is paint-like details, which is not the best looking thing. Does shooting directly in RAW give you a better output file? Ok it’s still a mobile phone, but from a 1/1.7″ sensor, I was expecting something more in terms of quality. When I zoom in to the pictures taken with my Lumia (19MP camera), I don’t see that “painting effect” I’ve seen in many P30 Pro shots, but instead some more details. Thanks in advance, Frederic 🙂

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