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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Whose Camera Wins the Crown?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Whose Camera Wins the Crown?

The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is your main event for the evening. Introducing the challenger, from Shenzhen, China, representing Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, the Mate 30 Pro. 

And in the other corner, the champion, from Cupertino California, representing Apple Incorporated, the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

I agree that may have sounded a bit cheesy, but it was worth a try. The smartphone market is always at war, and now is a time as any to check out the top contenders vying for the top slot. 

Although Apple has always been a staple in the smartphone market with its critically acclaimed iPhone series, it has often been suggested that Apple has gotten lax over the years and let plenty of other competitors grab huge bits of its market share. 

As of 2019, Apple has only about 10% of the market share in smartphones, which is baffling, considering it was once a titan of the industry. It holds the third-highest market share in smartphones. The first and second place are going to Samsung and Huawei.

Apple unveiled its iPhone 11 line up this September and has had decent reviews. The direct competitors to Apple iPhone 11 are Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (which was released a month prior in August) and Huawei P30 Pro (which was released back in March).

Other competitors are the OnePlus 7 Pro (which was released back in May in India), Honor 20 Pro (which is set to release in early December this year), Google Pixel 4 (which released just recently this month) and Xiaomi Mi 9 (which is set to release later this year in late November).

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera comparison

Camera specs & performances

When comparing these two behemoths, an ideal category would be cameras. The iPhone 11 Pro Max boasts three separate cameras. Each camera is of 12MP but has something different and unique about it. 

The first camera is a 12MP standard wide-angle camera. The second one is a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. The third one is a 12MP telephoto camera. On the front, it has a 12MP camera with Face ID.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro, on the other hand, has four separate cameras placed on its back. The first is the primary camera of 40MP. Second, comes the Ultra-wide 40MP Camera. Then comes the 8MP Telephoto Camera. 

And last but not the least comes the three-dimensional depth-sensing camera with ToF (Time of Flight) sensor and autofocus. Also, did I forget to mention the front camera, which shows off an impressive 32MP? Quite the mouthful, am I right…?

DXOMARK mobile camera scores

DXOMARK has a reputation for highly detailed and extensive reviews, and they have done a great job here, as well. They have thoroughly analyzed the iPhone 11 Pro Camera, the front and back camera of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

A cool feature that both phones have but iPhone utilizes better is the smooth and seamless transition between its cameras when zooming.

The iPhone has updated its camera interface and allows you to use both of its standard cameras and wide interface camera simultaneously to enhance you’re your photo experience.

Although the Huawei Mate 30 Pro takes the cake in exposure and contrast, it does not need to enable HDR in most cases and achieves better results in low light and Nighttime.

The Mate 30 Pro also surpasses iPhone 11 in the color aspect. It shows slightly better saturation than its previous versions, which is an upgrade.

The autofocus got a full score from the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The autofocus for the camera was always reliable in almost all situations and managed to focus even in darkness.

The Mate 30 Pro also scored higher than the iPhone in Texture and Noise. 

However, iPhone 11 Pro Max does bounce back with better results when captured in open atmospheres and artifacts involved.

A big drawback in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is its minimum focal length, which is 18mm. This means that although it shows excellent results within that distance if one strays farther from it, the competitors achieve better results.


The price of the iPhone is dependent on what type of specifications you want with it. The standard iPhone 11 Pro Max with the built-in 64GB of memory storage costs around $1,100. However, there is an upside as it can be acquired at a nifty price of 500 $ if traded for an old iPhone XS Max.

Now, if you’re into using a lot more memory storage and need more, then Apple has you covered there as well. The iPhone 11 Pro Max with an extra 256GB of internal memory storage has a price tag of $1,250. It also comes with an even more internal memory storage version of 512GB, which costs around $1,500.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro also has a somewhat similar price range. It is still unclear whether the phone will be available outside of China. As of now, it has a price tag of €1,099. That is equivalent to $1,200. This price is for the 4G version of the phone, which has 256GB of internal memory storage and 8GB of RAM. Huawei also has put out a 5G variant of the phone with a heavier price. The 5G version costs around €1,199. That is approximately equivalent to $1,300.

Conclusion: which one should you buy?

Well, to put it in a nutshell, the choice of buying which phone is at the end in your own hands. 

However, based on the data gathered, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has achieved far better results with its impressive exposure and autofocus. If you prefer using a camera a lot for Instagram and as such, then the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is for you. 

However, if you don’t necessarily have those boxes ticked, the iPhone delivers slightly better results in natural environments and landscapes and thus is suitable for that audience.

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 4G Phablet 6.53 inch EMUI10.0 Kirin 990 Octa Core 8GB RAM 256GB ROM 4 Rear Camera 4500mAh Battery



HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G 5G Phablet 6.53 inch EMUI10.0 Kirin 990 Octa Core 8GB RAM 256GB ROM 4 Rear Camera 4500mAh Battery



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