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OnePlus 7 Detailed Camera Review

OnePlus 7 Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and in this video, let’s look at the dual cameras On the OnePlus 7. OnePlus 7 Pro, the bigger brother got a lot of attention for its triple camera setup, and the regular OnePlus 7 which is much more affordable and better suited for most power users, went under the radar and didn’t get the attention it deserved.

Let’s change that. Unlike the 7 Pro, the regular OnePlus 7 comes with a dual camera setup at the back. But the primary camera on this one uses the same 48 Megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor like the Pro. This sensor is couple with a regular lens, F/1.

7 aperture, Phase detection autofocus system and OIS. With this main camera, you can take 4K videos in upto 60fps, 1080p videos in upto 240fps, and 720p slow motion videos at 480fps. Secondary camera gets a 5 megapixel depth sensor with F/2.

4 aperture. This camera is only used for capturing depth information while taking portrait shots. At the front you get the same 16 megapixel selfie camera with F/2.0 aperture and 25mm lens as we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The only difference is, this one does not hide under the phones chases when you are not using it. I’ve got 1 software update on this phone, and right now, it is running on Oxygen OS 9.5.5 which is most up to date version of Oxygen OS at the time of uploading this video.

Interface of the camera app is pretty similar to other OnePlus smartphones. Here you get a 1x-2x zoom button, but this will just give you a digitally zoomed image from the main sensor. You cannot switch between the main and the secondary lens, while shooting images or videos.

But don’t worry, the secondary camera will work as it should, when you switch to the portrait mode. Just like on the 7 Pro, you can customise the modes and their order as they appear in your view finder.

So you can have the mode that you use often, next to each other. You get the Pro mode, and in this mode you can change the resolution of the images that you capture. Normally the camera captures 12 megapixel images, but if you want to capture an image at its native resolution, you can switch to the 48 megapixel mode from here.

Range of ISO in the Pro mode is from 100 to 3200, and the range for shutter speed is from 1/8000th of a second, all the way up to 30 seconds. Now before getting to the image and video samples, if you are new to this channel, why don’t you take a few moments and hit that subscribe button and the bell icon next to it.

That way, you won’t miss out on any of the amazing videos coming up on your channel. Starting off with the daylight images. As you would expect there are plenty of details in these images. We have seen this Sony IMX586 sensor in many phones by now, and as far as I can tell, the sensor delivers great sharpness and detail levels.

So it is difficult for any manufacturer to mess these things up. These are 12 megapixel images, which use pixel binning to combine information from 4 pixels into 1 pixel, so you get a much more detailed in these shots, than you would from a native 12 megapixel sensor.

If you want to capture a higher resolution image, you can swipe over to the pro mode, and select the 48 megapixel JPG mode. These 48 megapixel images are huge in size, and to be honest, they barely offer any distinguishable details than the 12 megapixel images.

So my suggestion is, you should stick to the default 12 megapixel mode for all of your shots. Unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro, you don’t get a telephoto lens on this regular 7, but it still gives you an option to take 2x digitally zoomed images.

As good as these images look, they are just digitally cropped in, so you might see less details and more noise in certain situations. Colours in most situations are good from this OnePlus 7. There is still that slight magenta tint that we saw in the images of the 7 Pro, but most people won’t even notice it, unless they compare these images side by side with some other smartphone.

Other than that, colours are pleasing to look at. Now on the OnePlus 7 Pro, I faced some major focusing issues since it uses 3 types of focusing methods. But there is no such issue on the regular OnePlus 7, as it just relies on phase detection autofocusing.

Since there is no laser autofocus, it takes a few extra moments to set the right focus in lower light. Once the focus is set, close up and macro shots from the primary camera turn out amazing. Subject is in perfect sharp focus, and thanks to the wide F/1.

7 aperture, background is blurred out nice and evenly. I like the way OnePlus 7 captures portrait shots. It uses the secondary lens which has similar focal length as the primary camera, so you don’t have to stand too far away from your subject, like on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Background in these portrait shots is nicely blurred out and the subject is much sharper compared to the portraits from the 7 Pro, which is nice. But the edge detection can definitely use some help via software updates.

It does well to separate the main subject from background, but it misses certain parts of shoulders, or some strands of hair. It’s not a huge deal breaker, and I am sure this can improve with time and software updates.

I think for some reason, the edge detection somehow gets better when you are trying to capture portrait shots of objects. It understands the edged of objects much better and does very well to separate the subject from background.

Now coming to indoor, artificial and lower lighting situations. Main camera has a wide F/1.7 aperture and it also has OIS, so it can take good images in these lower lighting conditions. There is some noise creeping in these images, but the image processor is doing well to keep it to a minimum.

As I zoom in on this image, You can read the text in the frames hanging on the wall, so the detail levels are pretty good. But if you feel you want even better images in lower light, head over to the night scape mode.

This mode doesn’t take too long to capture an image, so you done have to hold the phone steady for a long time. Resulting images have much more light and sharpness in them. There is also a lot of noise, but the overall images captured in night scape mode look better than the ones captured in auto mode.

This mode is not as good as the night mode on the Pixel 3 or the Huawei P30 Pro, but it still gets the job done. There’s also a dual LED flash to help you in very low lighting situations like these.

That brings us to the front facing camera. This 16 megapixel selfie camera is the same one as we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro. It gives you good looking selfies with lot of details. And it handles the colours and dynamic range really well.

Again while taking portrait selfies, edge detection could have been a bit better. Other than that, these portrait selfies turned out really well. Here is a video from the front facing camera of the OnePlus 7.

You can see how it handles the colours of the scene, exposure and and overall stabilisation as I am walking with with it. Coming to the video side of this camera. You can shoot 4k videos in upto 60fps and these videos are stabilised via OIS.

30fps videos are stabilised via EIS. But for some reason EIS doesn’t seem to work very well or at all while shooting 1080p or 4K 30fps footage. I’ve tried taking multiple videos but EIS doesn’t seem to be working at this frame rate and resolution.

Hopefully it’s a software bug and will be ironed out in the next software update. You can take 240fps slow motion videos in 1080p resolution and 480fps slow motion videos in 720p resolution. If you saw my camera review of the OnePlus 7 Pro, you might feel that I was criticising it a lot, while I did not do the same for this OnePlus 7.

Well, there are a a few good reasons for that. If you remember, the 2 extra lenses on the 7 Pro gave very soft images, and there was a very apparent shift in colour and white balance when you switch between those lenses.

It also has lot of issues while focusing, and its portrait shots also turned out very soft. We don’t have any of these issues with this OnePlus 7, so in some ways, I think that these dual cameras are better than the triple cameras of the OnePlus 7 Pro.

And the OnePlus 7 costs 16K Rs. less than the Pro, so for the price, I would say we are getting a good set of cameras. I just hope that the lack of EIS while shooting 30fps videos is a software bug, and OnePlus will fix it with the next update.

All in all, if you have close to 32K to spend on a new phone, you can go with the OnePlus 7. It gets you a very good set of cameras, with all the same internals of the 7 Pro, at a much lower price point.

I am working on comparing these cameras with the ones on the OnePlus 7 Pro, iPhone XR and also with the budget devices like the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 pro, so make sure you are subscribed to the channel and have the notifications turned on.

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.

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