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OnePlus 6T Detailed Camera Review

OnePlus 6T Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey Guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and in this video, let’s talk about the cameras on the new OnePlus 6T. OnePlus smartphone have always had pretty average cameras in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, they take good picture on their own, but they fall way behind when compared to the real flagships.

It always gets a pass from me or from other reviewers, coz its priced lower than the other flagships. But since OnePlus is aggressively increasing the prices every 6 months, it’s time we treat their smartphones just like any other flagship.

OnePlus 6T now starts at 37,999Rs, and even with the increased price, it doesn’t brings any changes to the camera hardware. There are some changes in the camera software or the way that this phone processes the images.

But does that really bring any improvements, let’s find out. The main camera is still a 16 Megapixel sensor with F/1.7 Aperture, a pixel size of 1.22micron, and has 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 again, it is only used for sensing depth information for portrait shots. You can shoot 4k videos at 30 and 60fps, 1080p videos at upto 240fps and 720p videos at 480fps.

Just like on the OnePlus 6, OIS on the primary camera is only active while taking images or shooting 60fps videos in 1080p or 4k resolution. 30fps videos are electronically stabilised. At the front, we still have a 16 megapixel camera with F/2.

0 Aperture and electronic stabilisation. Interface of the camera app is pretty similar to previous OnePlus smartphone, where you can swipe left or right to switch between camera modes. There is a new Night mode, for taking images in extreme low light.

You can even pull up, or tap on the small arrow above the shutter button to revel some more modes, which includes a full on manual mode, for taking images. Now get ready for a lot of image and video samples from this camera.

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Colours seem a bit saturated and vibrant compared to the actual scene. And just like with the OnePlus 6, I still think these images fall a bit behind in terms of contrast, so there is not enough depth in these shots.

There is a bit of over sharpening applied in processing, which give an illusion of the images being more detailed. Colour are accurate for the most part, specially while taking images in controlled lighting situations.

While shooting outside, with HDR turned on, some images show a bit saturated colours, while the colours are muted in other images. HDR mode brings up lot of details in the shadows, and makes the overall image much more attractive.

These cameras are not good showing dynamic range on their own, so I keep HDR mode on, for most of my shots. You can take 2x digitally zoomed images. There are not as detailed as optically zoomed images from some of the other smartphones, but in bright daylight, they have plenty of information.

Here is a focusing speed test shot at 4k 30fps. It is pretty fast at switching the focus from a far to near object, and then back again. I did the same test at 4k 60fps, and at this frame rate, the camera takes a few extra milliseconds, to switch the focus from far to near objects.

Once the focus is locked, you can take some really good close up and macro shots. Thanks to a wide F/1.7 aperture, background is blurred out very nicely. There is a bit of aliasing, in certain parts of some images, but for the most part, these close up shots look really good.

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 it’s best to differentiate the subject, and blur the background.

Just like any other phone, It’s not perfect at detecting edges, but it tries its best and does a really good job. It doesn’t show good dynamic range while capturing these portrait shots, and in many shots, the background is blown out.

I hope OnePlus works on fixing it, in one of their future software updates. Unlike the iPhone XR, whose camera review I posted a couple of days back, OnePlus 6T can take portrait images of objects with the native camera app.

And just like with human subjects, it is good at accurately detecting the edges, and blurring rest of the background. Now as we move to artificial or lower lighting conditions, you still end up with usable images.

I haven’t compared these images with any flagship devices like the Pixel 3 or iPhone XS Max yet. So right now, I cant really say how it compares to those cameras. There is however some luminance noise in its low light images, even while shooting in night mode.

Plus with the night mode you have to hold the camera very stable for a few seconds, so the chances of ending up with a blurred image are increased. Here are couple of examples with and without the Night mode turned on.

This mode really makes a difference, but it is not as impressive as the Night Sight mode on the Pixel 3. I think that 6T’s camera deliberately underexposes a low light image, so when you take the same image in night mode, the difference is very dramatic.

Here is an image without the night mode on the OnePlus 6T, and the same image without the smart HDR, or any other assistance on the iPhone XR. XR’s image shows the actual light available at the time of shooting this image.

So I would say, trust the night mode on the OnePlus 6T, with a grain of salt. While trying to take portrait images in lower light, you can get good results with the background nicely blurred out, but the subject that you are trying to capture is not perfectly sharp, and for some reason there is lot of noise in certain parts of these images.

Even with optical image stabilisation and wide F/1.7 aperture, 6T just like the 6 and 5T before that, tends to increase the ISO to make the images brighter, which results in more noise, and sometimes blurry images.

The 16 megapixel front facing camera, delivers sharp selfies. There is a bit of noise reduction, but I don’t mind it in my selfies. Images are detailed and show good dynamic range overall. While capturing portrait selfies, 6T It is better than the OnePlus 6 at isolating the subject from the background.

It is still not perfect, and struggles a bit around the hair or if the background is too busy. But I am sure, OnePlus is working on this issue and will be improving this mode with future software updates.

Here is a video from the front facing camera of the OnePlus 6T. I am standing in shade right now, and to show you guys, how it handles the change in exposure and colours, I am going to walk into bright sunlight.

And while I walk, you can also check how it handles the overall stabilisation of the video. You can shoot videos in upto 4k resolution at 60fps. And as I mentioned 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. 4K videos show much more saturated and artificial looking colours, while the colours are very natural while capturing 1080p footage.

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.

To conclude, in daylight, it takes really good images, shows accurate colours, images appear sharper than I would like them to be, and for the most part, I am happy with the dynamic range it offers with the HDR mode.

Portrait images are good and improved, but like with every other smartphone, there is scope for improvement with future software updates. Low light images might not be the sharpest or the best, in comparison to a few of the other flagship smartphones.

Night mode while being is good addition is not up to the mark, when compared to similar features offered by Huawei or Google. Video capture and stabilisation is good, but I will like to see, OIS and EIS works together, to stabilise the videos in all frame rates.

You can shoot 4K 60fps, and 720p 480fps videos, which even Pixel 3 does not offer, so thats a plus point for the 6T. If you are using the OnePlus 5 or an older device, then you can upgrade to the OnePlus 6T, for its camera performance alone.

And you also get other things like bigger display, smaller notch, in display fingerprint sensor, more RAM, faster internals and so on. But if you are using a 5T or the 6, I would suggest you to wait for the next OnePlus smartphone, since the 6T barely brings any changes, specially in the camera department.

I would even say that if you are looking to get a OnePlus smartphone, get a OnePlus 6, if its still available in your country. You will get the same camera performance, a much faster fingerprint sensor and same internals at a lower price point.

I am already working on comparing this camera 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.

By the way, if you don’t agree with my analysis or my views about these image and video samples, you can always go back, mute the video, watch it in the highest resolution that your device supports, and draw your own conclusions that way.

What are your thoughts about the cameras on this OnePlus 6T? 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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