The Huawei P30 Pro will have a periscope zoom camera – Huawei’s VP of Global Product Marketing, Clement Wong just officially confirmed this to Android Central. That would be the square-ish camera seen in hands-on photos and renders.
Wong didn’t say if it will be a 5x or 10x zoom camera. Earlier, we saw potential 5x zoom photos from Barcelona, which went up to 10x with digital zoom. And even before that Huawei posted a photo of the Moon, which was taken handheld.
Zoom numbers are pretty arbitrary, of course, as it depends on whether the manufacturer includes the ultra-wide angle camera in the equation or not. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 3x zoom camera, which has a 5x hybrid zoom mode (these numbers are in relation to the main camera, not the ultra-wide).
Oppo’s 10x zoom camera (which was demoed at the MWC) is actually 5x if you compare it to the main camera. It has a similar periscope design, however Huawei promises “something nobody has done before”. The best case scenario is that it will offer smooth zoom rather than fixed steps.
Of course, Huawei is keeping its cards close to its vest as the March 26 announcement nears. Wong did say that Huawei is working on the next generation night mode for the P30 camera, which will be more than a software-only update.