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OnePlus 8 Pro Detailed Camera Review

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OnePlus 8 Pro Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey guys its Sagar from Tecworkz, and today we are going to take a very detailed look at all the cameras on the OnePlus 8 Pro. Well the ones which work anyway. I will explain more in a few moments.

A few days back, we established the fact that cameras on the OnePlus 8, while not being mindblowingly great, are still some of the best that OnePlus has put on their smartphones. Despite of that, it seemed like OnePlus held the really good cameras back for their premium flagship the OnePlus 8 Pro.

There are 5 camera on this phone, 4 at the back and one at the front. The camera module at the back is huge and it sticks out quite a bit. Now earlier I said that we are going to take a look at the cameras that work, because OnePlus has disabled one of the rear cameras, on the phones that are being sold in India.

It is the controversial colour filter camera. This seems totally unfair, because despite of disabling a key piece of hardware on this phone, OnePlus is still asking us to pay the full price. I don’t know about you guys, but that doesn’t seem fair to me.

Anyways, moving on. The primary camera gets a 48 megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor, with F/1.78 aperture, and a 25mm lens. This camera gets 7 element lens, and Optical Image Stabilisation. Next up there’s another 48 megapixel sensor with F/2.

2 aperture and a 14mm ultra wide lens. Then there is an 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.4 aperture, and this one gets 3x Hybrid zoom and optical image stabilisation. And finally there is the 5 megapixel colour filter camera with F/2.

4 aperture. This is the camera that OnePlus has disabled in India. At the front, you get the same age old 16 megapixel Sony IMX471 with F/2.45 aperture. Interface of the camera app is same as we saw on the OnePlus 8.

So we are not going to dive too deep into it. If you want a deeper look into it, check out my camera review of the OnePlus 8. I will leave a card to it on the top right of the screen, and a link to it in the description section.

One thing that I would like to point out is the shutter lag, on this and all OnePlus smartphones. At this point, It is getting really annoying. It is even worse when you are taking 48 megapixel shots.

After you take a 48 megapixel shot with the main or the wide camera, you can’t take another shot for a good 3 seconds. For a phone having the latest processor, and claiming to lead with speed, it seems to be lagging quite a bit, as you can see.

With that out of the way, let us move on to the image and video samples. But before we do that, if you are new to this channel, please 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.

Let us start with the daytime images. It is a bit difficult to get images in bright sunlight, because the monsoon season being here. But I still managed to get some of these shots when the sun came up.

It should be no surprise that the OnePlus 8 Pro manages to take very detailed images in bright lighting conditions. Like in the images from the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro’s images also have slightly more contrast in them, but think they still look very good.

Even in these defused lighting conditions, the main camera manages to capture lot of details in its images. 8 Pro also gets IP68 rating, so you can take it out in rain and it still manages to take really cool sharp shots with good looking colours.

If you remember from my OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera review, it added a slightly green or magenta hue to some of its shots. It seems that OnePlus has manages to fix that issue with this 8 Pro. Colours from this phone look very balanced and natural.

They are not overly saturated like from some other smartphones. I would say this time OnePlus has managed to nail the colours, because in these daylighting conditions, they turned out exactly how the actual scene looked.

In this image, there are so many shades of green which are clearly differentiated, and the pink flowers are not overly saturated, making the overall image look balanced. If I zoom in, we see that white flowers are not over exposed and there are lot of details in them.

Which beings us to the next set of images which show the dynamic range. OnePlus has added a new feature called UltraShot HDR, and it helps this phone take images like this. Now while taking this image, due to the sun, that is peaking from behind the building, I could barely see half as many details in the shadows as we could see in this image.

This is another great HDR shot, 8 Pro managed to capture most of the details in the shadows of the headphones, while preserving most of the details from the highlights in the background. It works great in overcast conditions as well.

Look at this image, there was barely any light due to the cloud covering, but the phone did very well to bring up the shadows, and not adding too much noise in the shot. Some of these images look a bit over processed, but I think most of us would take images that look like this, rather than ending up with a very dard image, which barely has any details in the shadows.

Don’t you guys agree? So all the images that we saw till now, were 12 megapixel ones from the primary camera. But you can also use the complete sensor and take 48 megapixel images with it as well. The main advantage of 48 megapixel images is that it captures more details, and you can zoom in lot more on them compared to the normal 12 megapixel ones, before they start falling apart.

Normally the 48 megapixel images are not that great with the dynamic range, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the OnePlus 8 Pro. These images are are showing similar dynamic range to the 12 megapixel images, which is great.

These 48 megapixel images are sharper and they definitely have more details in them, but you will have to zoom in a lot to see this difference, and they are also 3-4times larger in file size. So unless you are trying to capture images of some architecture or of some landscape, I would suggest you to stick with the default 12 megapixel mode.

While taking an image, if this is what the main camera can see, but you want to capture even more of he scene, simply switch to the wide lens. And it will let you capture so much more of the scene. Unlike most other phones, this wide camera also gets a 48 megapixel sensor, so there are a lot of details in these wide shots.

There is also a telephoto lens which lets us take 3x hybrid zoom shots like this. Now this is not 3x optical zoom. While it is a telephoto lens, it has a 2x telephoto lens, and the last 1x zoom is just digital crop, hence it is called 3x hybrid zoom.

So you have a wide lens that lets you show the scale of the things, then there is the normal lens which lets you take a shot like you normally would. And the telephoto lens lets you zoom in and focus on some of the details.

Actually you can keep on digitally zooming in till you reach 30x. Now these images are not always usable and there is too much software processing going around, but you do have the option. I think 10x digitally zoomed images while having a lot of noise are still usable, but the 30x ones are not that great.

Here are a few more examples. I like that we have these options, but normally I would just stick to the wide, normal and telephoto lens, so that I have sharp images with lot of details in them. In some shots, there is a shift in colour temperature and white balance as we switch between these 3 lenses, while in others the colours seem pretty uniform.

I think OnePlus needs to put in work to make these cameras deliver consistent results. But at the same time, I would like to give them some points for at least trying to work on matching the colours and white balance between these lenses.

Normally the images from the wide lens are captures at 12 megapixel, but since it also has a 48 megapixel camera, you have the option to take 48 megapixel images with it as well. And this is how the 12 and 48 megapixel images from the wide camera looks.

While OnePlus managed to put a good sensor on this camera, the lens optics is not the best, so the edges of these images are not very sharp, and there is also bit of artifcating and ghosting in these images.

Here is a quick focusing speed test, before we move on to the close up and macro shots. As you can see, 8 Pro has no problem switching the focus from a far to near object, and the shift in focus is smooth and not abrupt or sudden.

Once the main camera sets the focus on a particular object, you can take amazing looking close up shots like this. The subject closest to the camera to the one that you tap on is in perfect sharp focus, and thanks to the larger sensor and wide aperture, background in these close up shots get very nice optical blur.

Now since the sensor is large, it poses a different challenge. If you get very close to your subject, the plane of focus gets very narrow, and it gets difficult to keep your subject in focus. I am not complaining, because it is great to have a large sensor on your main camera, all I am saying is, you need to be aware of this and take your shots accordingly.

If you want to get even close to your subject, the 8 Pro gets a dedicated macro mode. And this phone gets the macro mode right. Like the OnePlus 7T, it uses the wide camera to capture macros, so you get plenty of details in these shots.

They should have done this on the OnePlus 8 as well, instead of giving it the poorest macro camera I have come across yet. Anyways, because these macro shots turned out so good, I ended up taking a lot of them on this phone.

Let us move on to the portrait mode. On any smartphone, I love taking images in this mode. It is so amazing to see this mode evolve on these phones, and it has got to a point, where if you are not a professional photographer, it might be very difficult to tell which shots were taken with a DSLR camera and which ones were taken with a smartphone.

You have the option to take wide or zoomed in portraits. Normally I prefer portraits from a telephoto lens, but on this phone, I like the wide portrait shots. While the dynamic range might make the image look over processed, I still like how all these portrait shots turned out.

Other than missing on a few strands of hair, which were actually moving because of the wind, the edge detection was near perfect. Edge detection is just as good while taking portraits of objects. Look at how well, the 8 pro separated these corns, kept them in focus, and then blurred rest of the background.

In some the shots like this, when the subject is dark, the phone finds it difficult to set the focus, and takes a few attempts to get it right. BTW am I the only one who likes to take portrait shots of objects? Most of my friends never use this mode for taking images of objects, I just like to know if you guys do.

Let me know in the comments. Let us move on to the images that I took in indoor, artificial and lower lighting conditions. The OnePlus 8 pro is a flagship level smartphone and as the light gets down its camera performs like one.

Having a large sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation and wide aperture, all come together to help it take good images in lower light. As the light gets even lower, 8 pro doesn’t introduce a lot of noise in these images.

You might remember this scene. I showed its image in my iPhone SE’s camera review. Look at how incredibly the OnePlus 8 Pro managed to preserve all the colours. It is in fact a low light shot, and look at how many details the camera managed to capture in the darker parts without adding too much of noise.

There is a NightScape mode which helps the phone take better images in lower light, but even without switching to this mode, sometimes the phone keeps on capturing more light after you hit the shutter button.

Making the images look just as good as they would if clicked with the NightSight mode turned on. Now when we do use the Night mode, the images turn out much better. There is more light and much more details in these nightsight images.

In some of the shots, the difference is much more obvious, while in others it is subtle. I like the night sight mode because, you don’t have to hold the phone steady for a very long time, and even if the phone is moved a bit the shot doesn’t turn out blurry.

That brings us to the front facing camera. This is the same 16 megapixel sensor that OnePlus has been using for their selfie cameras since ages. While I did not like its performance on the OnePlus 8, for some reason selfies from this phone are looking sharper and better.

Skin tones and overall colours look pleasing, and while OnePlus still need to work on making these images better, I would say I am not too disappointed with these images. For the portrait selfies, even without a depth sensor, edge detection is on point.

Colours, skin tones and dynamic range, everything looks good in these portrait selfies. I think this might be the 1st time, I am satisfies with the selfie camera from an OnePlus smartphone. And this is the same sensor they have been using since a few years, so it tells us how big of a role image processing, plays in how the images will turn out.

Here is a video from the front facing camera of the OnePlus 8 Pro. You can see how it handles the colours of the scene, exposure and the stabilisation when I am walking around with it. For videos, it can shoot 4K videos at upto 60fps.

While these videos are very stable, there is a bit of ghosting if there is even a small jitter or if you bump the phone. If you are very careful while shooting these videos, they turn out to be very good.

There is HDR mode while you are shooting videos, and here is how the video turn out with and without HDR mode. HDR mode does bring up the shadows, but it doesn’t do too much to save the highlights or the brighter areas in the video.

That being said, it is still nice that OnePlus is trying to work on something new. For slow motion, it can shoot 240fps videos at 1080p and 480fps videos at 720p. I tried to take this amazing slow motion shot, but the phone just refused to set the focus.

I tried moving it away or near this bowl, I even tried to place my hand in water and lock the focus, so thes shots turn out better, but it just wont set the focus. Those were all the image and video samples from the OnePlus 8 Pro, that I had for you guys.

After looking at over 85 image and video samples, I can finally say that OnePlus has manages to put a very good set of cameras on one o their phones. There isn’t a lot if anything to complain about these cameras.

I have been waiting to say this ever since the OnePlus 1 came out. It took OnePlus close to 6 years to get the cameras on their phones right. Now I haven’t compared any of these images with the iPhone 11 Pro or the Mi 10, so I don’t know where it stands in the competition, but on its own, I would say OnePlus has done a great job with this one.

If I had to nitpick and point at something, I would say they need to work on making the videos a bit more smoother, and if they could tweak the software a bit to make the portrait shots look a bit less processed, that would be just wonderful.

And ofcouse they need to fix the shutter lag issue which I showed earlier in the video. Other than that, I really like the cameras on this phone, and I can’t wait to compare it with the ones on the iPhone 11 Pro and the Mi 10.

You guys saw the images too, what do you think about them? Let me know in the comments. And if you want to purchase this phone, I will really appreciate if you get it from the links in the description section.

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This has been Sagar, and I will catch you guys in the next video. Take Care.

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