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OnePlus 6 Detailed Camera Review

OnePlus 6 Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey Guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz. It seems, the OnePlus 6 is all about the big display with a notch at the front, and the improved dual cameras at the back. This video is all about the dual cameras on this new phone.

I wanted to get this video out sooner, But I was waiting for OnePlus, to add the portrait mode to the front facing camera. They released this update a few days back, so I am finally able to make this video.

The main camera is still a 16 Megapixel sensor with F/1.7 Aperture, like on the 5T. But it now has a larger pixel size of 1.22micron and it now gets Optical image stabilisation. The secondary camera has 20 megapixel sensor, wide F/1.

7 Aperture, and a smaller pixel size of 1 micron, this one does not have OIS. And it is only used for sensing depth information for portrait shots. Ever since including a secondary camera on the OnePlus 5, they have been experimenting with it, and are yet to the perfect way, to make the most use of it.

This time both the cameras have similar focal length of 27mm, just as with the 5T. But now its only used for assisting with portrait shots, and not for enhancing the low light shots like before. You can still take 2x images, but they are no longer optically zoomed, and are just digitally zoomed, by cropping the images.

Primary camera is used for capturing both images and videos, so the secondary camera has very limited functionality. But yes, I have tried taking these images, by covering either one lenses at a time, and the interface tells us that the lens is covered.

So you can rest assured, that both the cameras are working like they should. You can shoot 4k videos at upto 60fps, 1080p videos at upto 240fps and 720p videos at 480fps. You can shoot a minuet long video in 480fps and choose the parts that you want to slow down, later on.

Now the Primary camera has OIS and EIS, but it is not used in the way you might think. OIS works when you are in photos mode. It helps to negate and compensate for the camera movement, while ur taking pictures.

This is specially helpful in lower light, so the shutter remains open for for a longer time to capture more light. When you switch to the video mode, in some conditions it uses OIS to stabilise the video, and EIS in others.

I was surprised to find out that OIS and EIS never work together to stabilise the video. When you are shooting 4K and 1080p videos at 30fps, it only uses EIS. And OIS is at work while you capture 4K and 1080p videos at 60fps.

Anyone might think that OIS and EIS works together to stabilise the footage, but thats not the case. I have asked and confirmed this from OnePlus. The resulting videos are interesting, and we will take a look at them later on in this video.

At the front, we still have a 16 megapixel camera with F/2.0 Aperture and electronic stabilisation. After the software update released last week, you can now take portrait mode images with the front facing camera as well.

Interface of the camera app is pretty simple. You get a zoom button right above the shutter button, and swiping to left gets you to the portrait mode, just as on the OnePlus 5T. You can also swipe up and get to all these other camera modes.

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Now the camera performance is better than the OnePlus 5T in almost all conditions. Daylight images have ample amount of details, but I think these images fall a bit behind in terms of contrast. The Sharpness is on point, and you will find the overall images to be pleasing.

I’ve used and tested every OnePlus smartphone that came out, but I was always a bit reluctant to use any of them, as my main camera for taking images and videos. This seems to be changing with the OnePlus 6.

There is obviously some scope for improvement. But I am liking the way it captures colours and handles the dynamic range. Here are a few images, captured with and with the HDR mode turned on. You can see, the difference that HDR mode makes.

It brings up a lot of details from the shadows, while keeping the highlights in check. It also manages to maintain natural looking colours even while capturing HDR shots. Now the secondary camera does not have a telephoto lens, but you can still take 2x digitally zoomed images like these.

This option was available on the 5T as well, but the overall quality of the zoomed images has improved quite a lot. Before we move on to the close up shots, hers’s a quick test of the focusing speed of this camera.

It changes the focus from far to near objects very quickly while shooting 4k or 1080p videos at 30fps. But when you switch to shooting 60fps videos, its takes long time to switch focus, and you can also see it hunting to find that perfect focus.

This might have to do something with the OIS motors being active while shooting 60fps footage. Despite of this small issue, once the camera sets its focus, the close up and macro shots turn out really good.

The subject that you are trying to capture is in sharp focus, And thanks to the wide F/1.7 aperture, the background is blurred out very nicely, as you can see in all of these images. Coming to the portrait shots.

This is when the secondary lens is put to use. Both the cameras combine the information they’ve gathered, and then the software algorithm tried its best to accurately differentiate the subject, and blur the remaining background.

Just like any other phone, It’s not perfect at detecting edges, while shooting portrait shots, but it tries its best and does a really good job. If you have been following the channel for a while, you might know that I love taking portrait shots of objects.

And the OnePlus 6 has really impressed me with its abilities. I liked this particular image very much. You can see that the main subject are these flowers, and they have very complex edges. Background is also very busy.

But the OnePlus 6 manages to keep all of the flowers in focus and blurred everything around it, very accurately. Here’s another good portrait mode image. The bike is at an angle, so it did very well to just keep the engine in focus, coz I tapped on it.

And all the other things that are not on the plain of focus are gradually blurred out. Thanks to the wide aperture on both the lenses, you can take good portrait shots in lower light. Now as we move to artificial or lower lighting conditions, you still end up with good looking images.

I haven’t compared these images with any flagship devices like the S9 Plus, iPhone 10 or the Pixel 2 yet. So right now, I cant really say how it compares to those cameras. But it is definitely a step ahead of the the dual cameras on the OnePlus 5T, specially in lower light and in conditions that demand high dynamic range.

It captures accurate colours, and low noise, as you can see in these shots. Optical image stabilisation on the primary lens is very helpful in lower light. It lets the phone keep the shutter open for a longer time, so it captures more light, and you will rarely see any blurred images.

These images are sharp, so If we zoom in on the text on this board, you can easily read, without any issues. The 16 megapixel front facing camera, delivers slightly better results, than the previous OnePlus phones.

Images are detailed and show slightly better dynamic range, compared to the OnePlus 5T. It manages to capture sharp images in low lighting conditions. Thanks to one of the latest software updates, you can now take portrait images with the front facing camera.

It is not very good at isolating the subject from the background, and struggles a lot with hair in most of the portrait shots. But I am sure, OnePlus is working on this issue and will be fixing it in one of the future software updates.

Here is a quick video test from the front facing camera of the OnePlus 6. It has electronic stabilisation, so the video is a bit cropped in. You can shoot videos in upto 4k resolution at 60fps. And as I explained earlier in the video, the primary camera uses OIS only while shooting videos at 60fps.

When recording at 30fps, videos are stabilised via electronic stabilisation. Here are 2 clips showing OIS and EIS side by side. This is one of those rare times, when I prefer electronically stabilised video over the Optically stabilised one.

Videos are of good quality, but the colours and white balance are not always accurately represented. You can capture a minute long 720p video in 480fps, and choose the part that you want to slow down later on.

Its good to have a higher frame rate videos, but I prefer better quality videos, so I like 1080p videos that you can shoot in 240fps, and the 60fps 4k videos. There’s also an option to record 1080p time-lapses, and these are electronically stabilised.

To conclude, in daylight, it takes really good images, shows accurate colours, images are sharp and there are plenty of details in almost every shot, and I am happy with the dynamic range it offers. Portrait images are good, but like with every other smartphone, there is scope for improvement with future software updates, specially for the front facing camera.

Low light images might not be the sharpest or the best, in comparison to a few of the other flagship smartphones, but they are a definite improvement over the OnePlus 5 and 5T. And if you add in the 480p slow motion, and the 60fps 4k video capability, these dual cameras on the OnePlus 6 are well above average, and in many ways, the best that you can get in under 35,000Rs.

If you are use the OnePlus 5 or an older device, then you can upgrade to the OnePlus 6, for its camera performance alone and you also get other things like bigger display, water resistance, more RAM and faster internals.

But if you are using a 5T, I would suggest you to wait for the 6T, since that might be a better upgrade option for you. I am already working on comparing these cameras with the some of the flagship devices, but if you want to see it compared with a specific smartphone, you can let me know, and I’ll try to make that video for you guys.

What are your thoughts about the cameras on this OnePlus 6? Has it impressed you? Or is there something that you want them to improve. Let me know in the comments. That is it for this video guys. Please hit the like button if you enjoyed this video, and subscribe to the channel for more quality tech videos like this.

You can also check out some of the other videos on this channel. This has been Sagar, and I’ll catch you guys in the next video. Take care.


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