OnePlus 7 Professional digital camera assessment: Common at greatest

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At $ 669, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most expensive device the Chinese startup has released. It's a lot for what we think is a 2019 high-end device, and you can read more about it in our full OnePlus 7 Pro review. Today we are here to look at something for which OnePlus has unfortunately not been praised in the past: camera quality.

The good news is that OnePlus is entering another league with this device. The OnePlus 7 Pro has advanced features like a triple camera configuration, pixel binning and an aspiring selfie shooter.

We did not expect this smartphone to compete with camera masters in this test, but we hoped the nicer data sheet for the camera would lead to an experience that is at least slightly better than the average. Let's take a look at this OnePlus 7 Pro camera review and find out that OnePlus really improved the game.

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Update December 20: OnePlus has released Android 10 for OnePlus 7 Pro. The update contains new functions especially for the camera.

OnePlus also launched OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. The 7T is available from T-Mobile in the United States, while the 7T Pro is reserved for markets outside of the United States.

Most recently OnePlus released the Maclaren Edition variant of the OnePlus 7T Pro with 5G on board.

OnePlus 7 Pro Camera Specifications

Rear View Cameras:

  • Standard: Sony IMX586 48MP Camera
    • f / 1.6 aperture
    • 0.8 µm / 48 M; 1.6 µm (4 in 1) / 12 M pixel size
    • OIS / EIS stabilization
  • Tele: 8 MP camera
    • f / 2.4 f-stop
    • 1.0 µm pixel size
    • 3x optical zoom
    • OIS stabilization
  • Ultra wide angle: 16MP camera
    • f / 2.2 aperture
    • 117-degree field of view
  • Dual-LED flash
  • Multi -Autofocus (PDAF + LAF + CAF)
  • Video: 4K at 30 / 60fps, 1080p at 30/60 / 240fps, 720p at 480fps
  • Functions: Time Lapse, Video Editor, Ultrasound, Night shot, studio lighting, portrait, pro mode, panorama, HDR, AI scene recognition, RAW image support

Front camera:

  • Sony IMX471 16MP Camera
    • f / 2.0 aperture
    • 1.0 µm pixel size
  • Video: 1080p at 30fps
  • Functions: Time Lapse, Face Unlock, HDR, screen flash , Face retouching, portrait

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OnePlus 7 Pro camera app

OnePlus remains very faithful to the design language developed by Google for the average consumer. Google's camera app is so simple that it is lacking for advanced users. There is no manual mode in the Pixel 3 series, which is a must in modern smartphone cameras. I wondered why Google not only hides advanced features that don't stand in the way of the minimalist experience, but can also be found by us who want more control. The OnePlus 7 Pro did just that.

The OnePlus 7 Pro camera app offers the perfect balance between usability and extended availability of functions.

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The OnePlus 7 Pro camera app convinces the perfect balance between user-friendliness and extended availability of functions. Start the application and below you will find the usual buttons for camera rotation, shutter release and preview. Four simple camera modes are located directly above: video, photo, portrait and night vision. Above are other options that alternate when you switch modes.

Where are the settings and advanced modes? You can find everything by swiping up at the bottom of the user interface. Pro, Time Lapse, Panorama, Slow Motion and other modes are shown along with the settings. My only complaint is that I looked around a bit before I found these advanced settings, but that's also what I like about the app. It serves the camera geeks while staying away from Joe's path.

  • Ease of use: 9.5 / 10
  • Intuitivity: 9.5 / 10
  • Functions: 8.5 / 10
  • Extended settings: 8/10

Score: 8.9 / 10

Daylight

In smartphone photography, it's a good equation to keep ISO low and keep the shutter speed short. For this reason, daylight shots from any modern smartphone should be great.

OnePlus 7 Pro delivers images that are well exposed and have many details. Colors pop without looking artificial, and the phone has done a good job with the sky blue.

A special camera is required to get all the details out and to properly balance the exposure. The OnePlus 7 Pro is not.

Edgar Cervantes

The quality drops when we look at the dynamic range. Sharp shadows occur in bright light, and a special camera is required to get all the details out and properly balance the exposure. The shadows in these images are very strong, almost to the point where we cannot really say what is in the shaded areas.

Score: 7/10

Color

The OnePlus 7 Pro is very balanced in color. Color tones are slightly saturated, which makes them very natural and yet lively. You can see images appear in vivid scenes like the first two, in which high-contrast, bright colors abound.

Score: 8.5 / 10

Detail

We saw mobile phones are better than the OnePlus 7 Pro, but we also saw that price devices are worse.

Edgar Cervantes

I mentioned in the daylight section that details were good and I stand by this statement. The details in these pictures are pretty good for what you pay for. There are signs of softness when you zoom in, but they are minimal.

In the photo of the yarn ball we clearly see threads. Check out the meat, cheese, and avocado in Tlayuda (Mexican dish that resembles pizza) and see a great texture. The same applies to the salted peanuts and plants in the last two pictures.

We saw phones do better, but we also saw that more expensive devices did worse.

Score: 8.5 / 10

Landschaft

The OnePlus 7 Pro has difficulty calculating the light in larger scenes. The first and third pictures are underexposed, the colors appear duller on all photos except the second. The dynamic range is also missing.

Score: 6.5 / 10

Portrait mode / aperture mode

Portrait mode simulates the bokeh effect (blurred background). On smartphones, this is usually achieved by using multiple cameras that can calculate the depth to separate the subject from the background. The phone can then determine what to disarm and what to keep in focus.

It's a very cool effect, but a trained eye can spot problems in a second. The main reason is that a phone can have problems outlining a subject and separating it from the background / foreground. This is usually visible on my hair, but I have to say that the OnePlus 7 Pro didn't make mistakes so obvious.

You need to zoom in and take a closer look to spot any irregularities. OnePlus 7 Pro portrait mode is pretty good, but not yet 9! I don't like how it deals with color and adds a strange haze effect to two of the shots.

Score: 8.5 / 10

HDR

The OnePlus 7 Pro does not stand out in many mobile phones with high HDR.

Edgar Cervantes

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is used to expose an image evenly with multiple light intensities. Traditionally, several photos were mixed, which were taken with different exposure levels. The end result was an image with reduced highlights, increased shadows and even exposure.

The OnePlus 7 Pro does not stand out in a variety of phones with excellent HDR functions. The beautiful sea view from the window in the first picture was completely blown out. It was a cloudy afternoon, so we can't blame it on the harsh sunlight.

In the third picture we can also see that the shadows completely lose the details. The second and fourth settings were better, but the light differences were not as extreme in these cases either.

Score: 7/10

Low-light / Nightscape

With the OnePlus 7 Pro you can take pictures in two low light conditions: You can easily use the camera in automatic mode leave or use nightscape. In this mode, multiple shots with different exposure levels are taken and merged to get a single, better picture. Let's take a look at some examples and show what Nightscape can do.

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The OnePlus 7 Pro really suffers from poor lighting when you are in automatic mode take up. Noise is not very obvious, but it is softening. In addition, the dynamic range suffers and there are obvious signs of motion blur (see first picture for a clear example).

Turn on Nightscape and things will really improve. Exposure, dynamic range, colors and details are significantly improved. I thought the fact that the camera merged images would show blurring or ghosting, but the software did a good job of keeping it sharp.

The OnePlus 7 Pro would have received a very low score in low light conditions. Performance without Nightscape.

Edgar Cervantes

Without Nightscape, the OnePlus 7 Pro would have achieved very low performance in low light conditions. We cannot say that OnePlus is the best, but in this area it at least competes with the best rivals in night mode. Unfortunately, you cannot always take pictures in Nightscape mode, so the score is easy to hit.

Score: 7/10

Selfie

So far I haven't found a selfie camera that really convinces me.

Edgar Cervantes

So far I have not found a selfie camera that really convinces me. They are all average and the OnePlus 7 Pro is no exception. The exposure is usually selective, but colors can be washed out (third image) and highlights can be faded out. We can also see skin softening, which I am not a fan of.

Score: 7/10

Video

] I could have walked around the beach to test the video … but I didn't done. Instead, I swung my leg over a rumbling engine and asked my wife to make a video in the crowded streets of Tijuana. That put the phone's video capabilities to the test.

Exposure and color are very good. The autofocus is fast and smooth, which can be expected as the phone uses many of the best techniques in the industry, including phase detection, laser and continuous autofocus.

While some camera shake is felt, the camera has achieved amazing results considering its situation. I was on a moving motorcycle and drove over potholes and uneven sidewalks. It gets even better with a walking cameraman.

I was happy to have a 4K resolution of 60 fps. We are often stuck at 30 fps with higher definitions. This has certainly contributed to the fact that the video remains smooth when recording from a fast-moving vehicle.

Score: 8.5 / 10

Conclusion

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