This video of the camera zoom on a purported Huawei P30 Pro has left internet users stunned – in a good way

A viral video uploaded to Facebook, claiming to be filmed on the Huawei P30 Pro, showed the camera zooming in on a Chinese chess game from a spot on top of a tall building.
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Chinese giant Huawei launched its P30 series phones last week, and among the spanking new features are its impressive cameras – a total of four of them, each made with Leica lenses.

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This time, early reviewers of the cameras – which have in the past netted the brand numerous wins in international tech awards – are swooning over one crazy feature: the zoom function.

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According to Abacus, the P30 Pro phone is capable of a 5x optical zoom and a 50x digital zoom, while the P30 has a 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom.

This means that the highest zoom achievable can show objects approximately 580 metres away.

The sheer amount of “zoomability” has left netizens stunned, after a video uploaded on Chinese video sharing site Douyin claimed to show the P30 Pro’s camera in action.

In the video – which appears to be taken from atop of a tall building – the camera first shows the view of an apartment complex from between some grilles, before panning and zooming down into a park below the building.

So far, nothing to shout about – most new phones on the market possess this zoom capability.


The P30 Pro’s real capabilites, however, are revealed as the video continues zooming in to two people playing Chinese chess in the park – and finally, down to the words on on the chess pieces.


Business Insider was unable to verify if the video was indeed filmed using a P30 Pro, which on video mode can only zoom 15x.

However, a Huawei spokesman said the video could have been a screen recording taken to show the camera’s zoom capability, and that the P30 Pro was the only phone in the industry capable of a 50x zoom.

Since being shared on Facebook on Saturday (April 6), the video has been watched 1.3 million times and shared over 30,000 times.

Amazed netizens left thousands of awed comments on the zoom function, with one commenter pointing out how handy the function would be at concerts.

Some, however, were concerned that having this kind of tech in the hands of regular people could pose serious privacy concerns.

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