Camera shootout: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ vs Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 07 2019 01:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 07 2019 02:08 PM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are shown in this photo taken on Okunoshima Island, Japan. ABS-CBN News

HIROSHIMA -- The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro are two of the most expensive and most powerful released so far this year and are obvious contenders for 2019's Android crown.

The world's top two smartphone vendors both promise fast and fluid performance, all-day battery life and eye-catching design. They deliver on all fronts, save for the lack of Google apps out of the box on the Mate 30 Pro.

For this comparison, we focus on the cameras, taking both phones on a trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima island in Japan. Camera review website ranks the Mate 30 Pro as the world's best smartphone camera with a 121 score, followed by the Note 10+ with 117 points.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ camera specifications:

  • 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel phase-detect auto focus (PDAF), optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • 12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm, Super Steady video
  • (Time of flight) 3D VGA camera

Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera specifications:

  • 40 MP, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF, OIS
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
  • 40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54", PDAF
  • 3D TOF camera

The Galaxy Note 10+ has super steady video and a "zoom in mic" that literally amplifies the sound from far-away sources.

The Mate 30 Pro, on the other hand, can zoom up to 30X with the Leica-engineered lenses and shoot slow-motion up to 7680 fps.

Generally, the Note 10+ shoots warmer images, especially at night. Both phones produced excellent images in natural light, sometimes indistinguishable when placed side by side. Images taken with the Mate 30 Pro had higher contrast.

We will be coming out with a full comparison soon, after the Mate 30 Pro goes on sale. Here are some test shots from review units provided by Samsung and Huawei:

A photo of the Hirsohima Castle in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of the Hirsohima Castle in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of the atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima, Japan, taken during the day with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of the atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima, Japan, taken during the day with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of the atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using night mode with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of the atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using night mode with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a flower garden at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a flower garden at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a life-size Goku statue in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a life-size Goku statue in Hiroshima, Japan, taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Japan, taken using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Japan, taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a plant Miyajima Island, Japan, taken using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a plant on Miyajima Island, Japan, taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a pagoda Miyajima Island, Japan, taken using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a pagoda on Miyajima Island, Japan, taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a beef rice bowl set taken in Hiroshima, Japan using the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News
A photo of a beef rice bowl set taken in Hiroshima, Japan using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News