The camera with a resolution of 48 megapixel is one of the main mobile trends of spring. This photo module was also equipped with OPPO Reno, but the key feature of the gadget is an unusual retractable front camera. We have already written what this camera phone is notable for . And now it's time for user testing: w3bsit3-dns.com readers understand how well the device shoots day and night.
Artyom – daytime photo test
Hello! I am 26, I work in the field of electronic document management. I am one of those people who love Sunday evening, yielding to a nostalgic impulse, to revise old pictures. When choosing a smartphone, the quality of the camera is an important parameter for me. We live in an amazing time, when any moments of everyday life is easy to capture in the photo. And I want the memories to be kept in a decent form. How will OPPO Reno cope with this?
Since one of the device’s chips is a 48 megapixel resolution, I decided to compare it with the standard mode during testing, where the frames are 12 megapixel. At the same time I wanted to compare these two options with HDR-images.
I started checking the camera phone in nature. I sincerely love Moscow parks for clean air and beautiful views (I speak as a person who has lived most of his life in the steppe part of the country). And also the park is a great place for a photo test. The shady area will allow you to see what the pictures will be in a dim sun, and the leaves and other vegetation will help to check the detail of the frame.
It seems to me that there is no difference between the normal mode and HDR: both images turned out to be of high quality, however, for my taste, they almost lack the saturation. Details do not cause much enthusiasm, but the photos did not turn into a “mess”, which is important for me. Against this background, the “48 Mp” mode wins – both in color reproduction and image clarity.
And if you go out into the open space? The weather did not spoil the sun, which was good for me: a good reason to experience the gadget in a cloudy sky.
It turned out a good color rendition, the white balance is built correctly. At first glance, the result in a standard format is very similar to the “48 Mp” mode. And HDR added a bit of brightness and contrast. Judging by the drawing of the sky, the dynamic range works the same everywhere.
But let's go back to the city. On that day, in addition to strong heat, the sun was shining brightly. In such conditions, I had to shoot one of the favorite buildings in Moscow. OPPO Reno perfectly manifested itself in three modes.
If you look closely, the difference is still there: somewhere a little more brightness, somewhere a little more contrast. But if you wish, these nuances are adjusted by any regular photo editor.
And what about the details? Yes, everything is cool with a crop! That's really starting to believe that soon we will not need lenses for long-distance shooting! At this time, "48 MP" did not disappoint, showing a decent result. By the way, in this respect it would be possible to test the Reno 10x Zoom, it is very interesting how its tenfold zoom will cope. By 12-megapixel photo in standard mode, too, no complaints, even though it went into some kind of "watercolor". But HDR blundered (but do not forget that my crooked hands could interfere here).
The following test is more difficult: shooting against the sun. This is a stressful situation for many gadgets. Immediately caught the eye green glow at the bottom of the image. The phenomenon is normal when you photograph in the sun. Most often this glow is even more, and here only a small band, which also gives a certain charm. Not critical, because the “48 Mp” mode was able to rid the frame of this blunder altogether.
And what about dynamic range? It is he who suffers primarily in such a scenario. But HDR did not let us down, and even showed the best result on the definition of the background. True, neural networks are a little naughty with a monument – Mayakovsky turned out to be too noisy.
Having tried the street shots, I went down to the subway – to check how the device would manifest itself in artificial lighting conditions. The Mayakovskaya metro station was perfect for the test: here is a warm and muffled light, which makes the camera a little more difficult.
Having carefully examined the pictures, I realized that there were no differences in quality. To be honest, just looking at the photos, I had the idea that I want to immediately share this with someone, even without post-processing.
Then I drove towards the Pushkinskaya station, where there was similar soft lighting. And here the difference in the shadows is already visible: having carefully studied the chandelier, I noticed that in the HDR format it turned out lighter, the other modes obscure the details a bit. Again, I close my eyes to these nuances, I understand: yes, I would gladly have published these shots and I would not be ashamed of them.
Then came the turn of the portrait mode check. OPPO Reno is curious that such photos are taken on the main module, and for high-quality blur an additional 5 Mp sensor is used. What in practice? For a start, I clicked a blooming sage bush and compared the result with HDR.
Due to the complexity of the plot, the mobile phone selectively highlighted some of the inflorescences to the foreground, and some to the back. Since there is no smooth transition from blurring from near to far inflorescences, the picture looks slightly strange. But this is typical of many camera phones, in such a scenario it is difficult to implement blur as on mirrors. But with the separation of the background, the device coped surprisingly well: the blur does not fall on the borders of the inflorescence, clearly along the contour, the bokeh effect looks natural. We continue testing the "Portrait", but with people.
At first glance, it turned out very cool. The AI allocated part of the foliage to the foreground, part to the back, which blurred. The result is not bad, but I do not have enough smoothness of the transition, because of this it does not look like the photo was taken on a DSLR. But natural colors, detailing are kept. The quality of the blur is at a height: I looked under all the borders under the crop and did not notice any significant errors, the bokeh effect is decent here. As an example, he singled out the main sections of the photograph, in which one can see how this mode coped.
The most problematic areas for the "Portrait" of any camera are hair, small objects and translucent areas. And in the picture above it can be seen that the OPPO did not blunder. Blur does not affect the hair, while on the background is not noticeable sharp border blur, as is often the case: everything is very smooth and high quality.
The same applies to the translucent areas: the second enlarged frame shows that the area between the arm and the shoulder is blurred naturally. There is a dubious zone to the right of the earring, but it is not striking. Well, small objects are not a problem for this camera. In the above pictures, portrait mode without any problems separated the earring from the background, even erasing the area inside the ring.
If you work with a simpler background, the quality is even nicer: here the bokeh goes smoothly, the result is close to the DSLRs. I am also pleased with the boundaries of the blur: there is only a small flaw in the head area, but not very critical. And you know, I'm sure that now I will often use this mode. The main thing is to find a more decent background and almost professional portrait is ready!
The last item of testing left the most important camera for me in the smartphone – front-end. How else do shared photos with friends?
The 16-megapixel selfie module OPPO Reno shoots in HDR and portrait modes. There is even a function of "Panorama" that allows you to fit in the frame as many people as possible. Frontalka works well, together with HDR images, it is not difficult to discern beautiful, tiny skin nuances.
The first photo was taken in HDR, the second – in portrait mode. Since the blur in the “Portrait” is achieved programmatically, the quality is not as steep as on the main camera. But still commendable.
It seems to me, the company OPPO has released quite a good camera phone. They did not reach the ideal a bit – I would like a wide-angle camera and optical stabilization. But in its current form, the gadget is curious. Most liked the selfie camera, which not only gives good shots, but also gives the unique design of the smartphone. As for the duet of the main modules: they are also quite good – it's nice to look at the pictures even without post-processing.
Nikolai – night testing
Hello! I work as an IT analyst, fond of travel and photography. 48-megapixel camera phones – the most fashionable chip of 2019. Therefore, it was interesting for me to participate in testing, to see what such gadgets are capable of.
I started testing the OPPO Reno features with an automatic shooting mode. What surprised me most from the first shots: the white balance is always correct, the pictures look as close to reality as possible. The "Brightness" mode is very gentle, the colors do not become unnatural. The result did not disappoint when forced activation of HDR – the final picture does not deteriorate, as it often happens.
At high ISO values, when working with hands, digital noise appears in the shadows, but the sharpness remains. The lack of rehashpas pleasantly surprised. After all, manufacturers often resort to this cheap method in order to sharpen evening photos.
Many people wonder: how good are the frames with the maximum resolution of the picture? Shooting in the 48 megapixel format works as an automatic mode without AI. The huge resolution is perfectly compensated for the lack of an optical zoom in the phone: it is easy to bring the photo area of interest without any loss of quality.
There is, of course, in the OPPO Reno and a panoramic shot. Here, too, without any complaints: the picture is good. Unless evening panoramas, unlike daytime, are given to the phone with difficulty. Probably plays a role lower resolution when you activate this mode.
Although there is no optical stabilization in the apparatus, in the dark it takes off surprisingly well. Thanks to the "Night" mode, which sticks together frames taken with multiple exposures. So I managed to get a shutter speed of 46 seconds, and without typical lights and hot pixels. Manual mode provides access to all the necessary settings, for complete happiness there is not enough opportunity to save the result in RAW.
As for the macro: in the presence of a light source, the images are obtained with good detail. For me, this is good news. And one of those cases when, due to the high luminosity, it is easier to click something interesting on the phone, and not on the DSLR. Without lighting and flash is better to use a tripod. Now not a single flower will be left unattended, even at night.
At night, the phone is hard to measure the depth of field and blur the outlines correctly, you have to click a few frames and try different approaches, or take photos in automatic mode.
During testing, I made sure that 48 megapixels in a smartphone is an excellent solution, and not just a marketing ploy. Artificial Intelligence in OPPO Reno is not a tick feature or a monster that disfigures a photo, but a really useful option. It’s not always convenient to take a DSLR with a pair of lenses for any walk or event, but you can relax with OPPO Reno. The device takes no worse than any compact camera, and in some cases can compete with the DSLR.
Full size originals of pictures taken by Artem and Nikolai can be found here.