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
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.
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.
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.
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.