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OnePlus 7T Detailed Camera Review

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OnePlus 7T Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and in this video, let’s look at the new triple cameras on the OnePlus 7T. I don’t like that OnePlus is launching new phones so close to each other, because it is making their current users seriously angry.

But at the same time, it is good for new customers, who get to experience the new tech as soon as it is available. As much as OnePlus wants you to believe that cameras on their phones are amazing. The reality is, cameras on their phones have never been a selling point for them.

Quite frankly cameras on OnePlus smartphones have just been average at best, and I really hope that is not the case with the OnePlus 7T, because rest of the phone is really amazing. Before we get to the specs of these cameras, and the image and video samples, if you are new to this channel, please make sure to hit the 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 this channel. OnePlus 7 had just 2 cameras at the back, and at the time, many of the competing smartphones were packing in a triple camera setup.

So OnePlus changes things, and brought in 3 cameras at the back of the OnePlus 7T. These 3 cameras are now placed in a circular camera module, like we had on Moto G phones. And out of the 3, Primary camera get a 48 megapixel sensor with F/1.

6 aperture, 26mm lens and optical image stabilisation. 2nd camera gets a 16 megapixel sensor with F/2.2 aperture, and a 17mm ultra wide lens. 3rd and the final camera gets a 12 megapixel sensor again with F/2.

2 aperture, but this one has a 51mm telephoto lens which gives us a 2x optical zoo. With the primary camera, you can take 4K videos in upto 60fps, 1080p videos in upto 240fps, and 720p slow motion videos at 960fps.

Wide camera can shoot 1080p and 4K videos but only at 30fps. Telephoto camera can shoot 1080p and 4K videos at 30 and 60fps. At the front we still get a 16 megapixel camera with F/2.0 aperture and a 25mm lens.

Interface of the camera app is similar to what we had on the OnePlus 7 Pro. You get a lens selection button above the shutter button, and there is a new macro mode option at the top. You can enable it if you want to take extreme close up shots of a particular object.

You get the Pro mode, and from here 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.

There is also an option to shoot 12 megapixel RAW images. 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. Let us start with the daytime shots.

Even without pixel peeping, you can straight away tell, that there are lot of details in these images. This is the same 48 megapixel Sony sensor that we saw on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro and countless other smartphones, that came out early this year, so we know it is capable of taking some amazing shots.

All these images are pleasing to look at. I think there is slightly more contrast making the images appear a bit darker, but rest of the colours look good and natural. There is no weird green or magenta tint in these images, like we saw in some of the shots from the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro.

In terms of the dynamic range, I think OnePlus should have done slightly better. It does well to bring up the shadows and it also preserves the details in the highlights in some shots, but it doesn’t do this consistently, even if the HDR mode is kept on.

Like you can see in this case, HDR mode did no make any change in one image, I had to take the shot 3-4 times to see the HDR mode do its work properly. This is a minor software issue, and I am sure it can be addressed with a quick software update, so I won’t worry too much about it.

Unlike the OnePlus 7, we get 3 different focal lengths on the 7T. Wide lens lets us get more of the scene in the shot, then we could with the normal lens. And the 2x telephoto lens lets us get closer to the subject, all by standing at the same exact spot.

ultra wide and the telephoto lenses and the sensors behind them, are not as good as the primary camera, so the images from those lenses appear a bit softer. And there is some amount of distortion towards the edges in the images captured with the telephoto lens.

But having 3 different focal lengths is still nice, because it lets you capture the same scene in very different ways, and each one depicts a different story. Last time if you remember, OnePlus 7 Pro faced major focusing issues while trying to capture close up shots.

That is not a problem on the Oneplus 7T. It is fast and accurate at setting the focus on a nearby object, making it much easier to capture these close up shots. Subject that you try to capture is in extreme sharp focus, and thanks to the very wide F/1.

6 aperture, background in these close up shots, gets a very nice optical blur. OnePlus also enabled a macro mode on this phone, which allows us to get even closer to the subject, giving the images a very different perspective.

With this macro mode, you can capture some of the details, which are even harder to make out with our eyes. I used to enjoy close up photography, but since I got to try macro photography on the Huawei P30 Pro, I have actually been looking forward to phones which do offer this feature.

As much as I love taking close up shots, I love taking portrait shots even more. And OnePlus 7T does a good job with portrait images. It also offers us options to take portrait shots with the normal wide or the 2x telephoto lens.

So you get to choose the kind of portrait shots you take, and that is great. When it comes to the quality of these portraits, I feel the edge detection is really good from both the cameras. But the main subjects are much sharper in the wide portrait shot, while they are softer if you take portraits via the telephoto lens.

I like the portraits from the wide lens, and since that also happens to be the primary camera, the subject is sharper compared to the telephoto lens and the overall look of the portrait shot is very good.

I would have preferred even sharper subjects, and no skin smoothing even with the beauty mode turned off. But that is just my personal preference, and I feel most people will like these portraits. Like with most other phones, you can take portrait mode images of objects as well.

And again, you can choose to take wide or tight portraits. Edge detection is still good, and in some ways even better. But I observed a major shift in white balance when you try to take portrait images of objects with different lenses.

Which is surprising, since we did not see a big change in colour temperature or white balance as we switched lenses for taking normal ultra wide, normal and telephoto shots. And I also didn’t see this big shift while taking portraits of people, so I hope its a small bug, and will be fixed pretty soon.

Let us now move to the images shot in indoor, artificial and lower lighting situations. On the primary camera, the wide F/1.6 aperture lets more light reach the sensor, and this sensor is also optically stabilised, so it can gather that extra light for slightly longer time.

All of this means that the 7T is equipped with pretty good hardware for taking low light images. And the results are in front of you. These images look good on their own, considering the available light at the scene.

But how do they look when compared to some of the competing smartphones? Well, that is a question for another video. So for now lets move on to night scape images. As you might already know, there is a night scape mode to help you take better images in lower light.

It adds in much more light and details to otherwise dull looking images. I know, someone is going to comment that you can use Pro mode and get better results with even longer exposure, and you are right.

But that might require a tripod or something to keep the phone steady, and some knowledge of things like shutter speed, ISO, Exposure and so on. And most people don’t want to mess with these settings, every time they want to take a decent image, so the NightScape mode works best for them.

In some cases where there are too many shadows, this mode does add a lot of noise in the image, but in other cases like this one, NightScape mode actually reduced a lot of noise that could be seen in the overall image.

NightScape mode on the 7T is not as good as the night mode on the Pixel or the Huawei smartphones, but it trying to get there. So overall, I think the OnePlus 7T is doing a good job in these lower lighting situations.

That brings us to the front facing camera. We have been looking at this same front facing sensor for quite a few generations on these OnePlus smartphones, and its performance is nothing out of the ordinary.

I mean it is a decent shooter, But the sharpness and detail levels don’t really match up other front facing cameras in the market. I am not talking about a bump in the megapixel count, I just feel that the image processing needs to get a bit better on this one.

There are so many better front facing cameras even on budget smartphones, that it makes me wonder when will OnePlus start giving us better, sharper and more detailed looking selfies. The edge detection for portrait selfies is really good.

Your face, hair, ears everything is in focus, and there are no hard edges between the subject and the background. It does really well even when you have multiple faces in the shot. So for portrait selfies, I think it is doing a really good job, but I would still like the faces to be a bit more detailed and sharper.

Here is a video from the front facing camera of the OnePlus 7T. You can see how it handles the overall colours of the scene, exposure and stabilisation when I am walking around with it. Coming to video.

Just like previous OnePlus phones, 7T lets us shoot 4k videos in upto 60fps and these videos are stabilised via OIS, and 30fps videos are stabilised via EIS. I feel these videos are bit more warmer than what the actual scenes were, but other than that, they turned out pretty well.

You can take 240fps slow motion videos in 1080p resolution and 480fps slow motion videos in 720p resolution. I think OnePlus has finally managed to put a decent set of cameras on one of their smartphones.

Now I haven’t compared images from the 7T with any other smartphones yet, so I don’t know how will it stand against the competition. But on its own, I think the 7T has got a good set of cameras, and for once OnePlus seems to have got the image post processing right.

7T definitely costs more than the OnePlus 7, but if you are serious about smartphone photography, I think you should go for the 7T. I am working on comparing these cameras with the ones on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and also with the budget devices like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, so make sure you are subscribed to the channel and have the notifications turned on.

What are your thoughts about the cameras on this OnePlus 7T? Let me know in the comments. If this video helped you, and you are planning to get this phone, I will really appreciate if you get it from the affiliate link in the description.

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