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OnePlus 10 Pro Smartphone Review

The OnePlus 10 Pro is the culmination of eight years' work so let's find out if all of the effort has been worth it when it comes to how good it is at capturing photos.

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OnePlus 10 Pro Smartphone Review: OnePlus 10 Pro


Quick Verdict

Well, OnePlus, you've properly impressed us with your latest smartphone release by, once again, producing one of the best cameras we've seen on a smartphone at this price point. In fact, it's hard to find fault with the images we captured while testing the OnePlus 10 Pro but photos captured with digital zoom could still be better. It's not a budget smartphone by any means but it's more reasonably priced than other premium smartphones currently available and it looks just as good as any more expensive smartphone you can purchase. Overall, the OnePlus 10 Pro is easy to 'Highly Recommend'. 

+ Pros

  • Impressive image quality 
  • Decent zoom up to around 5X
  • Good battery with fast charging
  • Decent screen
  • Looks great

- Cons

  • Zoom above 10X isn't great


The OnePlus 10 Pro is OnePlus' latest flagship smartphone that challenges the premium smartphone market with a price that will suit more pockets. New features include a second-generation Hasselblad camera for mobile which we've been putting through its paces to find out if the OnePlus 10 Pro is a smartphone photographers should be paying attention to. 



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OnePlus 10 Pro Features

A name photographers will be familiar with is 'Hasselblad' and OnePlus is continuing to work with the camera manufacturer, bringing the colour science and features such as the Hasselblad leaf shutter sound to the OnePlus 10 Pro. OnePlus is calling the camera a 'second-generation Hasselblad camera for mobile' as camera performance has been improved since the OnePlus 9 Pro was introduced with the Hasselblad partnership and there's also a new 150-degree ultra-wide camera that will capture images that are 4x wider than those captured with a 120-degree ultra-wide camera so you'll get more in the frame. The main, telephoto and ultra-wide cameras can shoot in 10-bit colour, too, which, according to OnePlus, means that the OnePlus 10 Pro can process 64 times more colour than smartphones that capture photos in 8-bit colour. Getting to a more technical level, the OnePlus 10 Pro captures photos using the DCI-P3 colour gamut, which offers 25% more colour coverage than the sRGB colour gamut used by other smartphones. To us normal folk, this just means that images will just look better. 

The OnePlus 10 Pro's main camera still features a Sony sensor (48MP IMX789) but it's had some weeks to improve the camera's low light performance, noise reduction and dynamic range which, again, should improve the quality of images produced. OIS is also available, as it was on the OnePlus 9 Pro, and this is available on the main shooter. 


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Optical zoom still remains around the 3x mark on the telephoto lens with digital zoom available up to 30x which OnePlus says has been improved with the introduction of a 'super-resolution algorithm' to improve the clarity of images captured with digital zoom but we'll find out how true this is in the performance section of the review. 

Another camera adjustment comes in how the Pro mode can be used as this is accessible when using all three rear cameras now, increasing the manual creative opportunities of the smartphone.

Those who shoot video will be happy to see a Movie Mode where ISO, shutter speed etc. can be adjusted before/during filming and video can be captured in 8K at 24fps as well as in 4K up to 120fps. 

Selfie fans can use the 32MP front-facing camera which offers a 27% wider field of view than the selfie camera found on the OnePlus 9 series and Nightscape mode is now available. 

Other camera modes include a long exposure option, panorama, portrait mode with optional bokeh selection, filters/retouching and lens choice, tilt-shift and more. 

Away from the cameras, you get a 6.7" Fluid AMOLED display, up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, a 5000mAh battery with fast charging and a fingerprint scanner/face recognition.  


Key Features

  • Main Camera: 48MP, f/1.8 with OIS and EIS with a 23mm equivalent focal length 
  • Ultra-Wide Camera: 50MP with a 150-degree field of view
  • Telephoto Camera: 8MP, f/2.4 with OIS 
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.4 with EIS
  • Video: 4K @ 20/60/120 fps, 8K @ 24fps, FullHD @ 30/60fps
  • Multiple camera modes including a Pro mode
  • Display: 6.7-inch, 3216x1440 resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 5000mAh battery
  • USB Type-C
  • 8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB Storage 
  • Colour options: Volcanic Black or Emerald Forest 
  • Weight: 201g
  • Dimensions: 163x73.9x8.55mm


OnePlus 10 Pro Handling

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The OnePlus 10 Pro is a stylish looking smartphone with a glass back which, on the Volcanic Black version, has a matte frosted finish that has a bit of a shimmer to it and is more resistant to fingerprints. It also makes the smartphone feel more grippy so it won't slide off surfaces. Contrasting with the glass matte back is the camera module which is covered in ceramic and features a subtle Hasselblad logo. OnePlus says it's also 30% more resistant to scratches but it does show fingerprints if you catch it accidentally. The camera module is square, sits to left and fills quite a bit of the back of the smartphone but doesn't look obtrusive in any way. We also like how it merges with the smartphone's aluminium frame which is nicely rounded making the OnePlus 10 Pro comfortable to hold. Adding the supplied case, which you can see in our photos, also increases the smartphone's grippiness and gives it more protection, too. 

It's a large smartphone but buttons do fall under fingers easily and you can, just about, operate it with one hand if you wish to. OnePlus says that the device's weight distribution has been aligned to its centre and you notice this when you pick the smartphone up as the weight does feel evenly distributed. It does feel weighty but in a well-constructed, made from premium materials way which is reassuring. 


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The display measures 6.7-inch and is the first OnePlus smartphone to feature Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The display is sharp, colours are good and brightness levels are fine no matter if you're outside or indoors. Top left of the screen is the 8MP, f/2.4 with EIS cut out camera that doesn't distract as it's tucked right out of the way into the corner. There are no distracting bezels or a chin on the smartphone either but these tend to only appear on less expensive smartphones nowadays. 

Across the bottom of the frame are the USB-C port, speakers and Sim Card tray. There's no headphone jack which some won't like but you can use a USB-C headphone adaptor should you still use wired headphones. 


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When you open the camera app, it'll feel very familiar as it has a generic layout which means you can pick it up and start taking photos without needing to familiarise yourself with how it works. Various modes are built-in which include a Pro mode, Night mode, Portrait mode and even a Long Exposure option. Across the top are HDR options, AI mode and an option for switching to 48MP images. When in Video mode, the HDR button turns into an option for using the Ultra Steady mode but this is only available when shooting Ultra HD and not 4K or 8K. 

The OnPlus 10 Pro cameras are as follows: 

  • Main Camera: 48MP, f/1.8 with OIS and EIS with a 23mm equivalent focal length 
  • Ultra-Wide Camera: 50MP with a 150-degree field of view
  • Telephoto Camera: 8MP, f/2.4 with OIS 
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.4 with EIS

Most smartphones capture ultra-wide images that are 110-degrees wide but with the OnePlus 10 Pro, you can capture 150-degree wide images as well as Fisheye shots. By default, the OnePlus 10 Pro's ultra-wide camera captures photos with a 110-degree field of view but the 150-degree and Fisheye modes are easily accessed via a dedicated tab. 

Another first is that the Pro Mode is accessible from all three cameras where you get greater control over how your images are captured and this includes shooting in RAW or RAW Plus. There's also a new dedicated Pro Movie Mode for those who regularly capture video with their smartphones. 

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a monochrome lens and this has been omitted from the OnePlus 10 Pro but we can't say we really missed it.  

Battery life - The 5000mAh battery is decent and actually lasted days when we weren't using it constantly. You definitely won't have any trouble with power when taking photos all day that's for sure. It also supports fast charging and if you blink you'll miss it gaining power.  


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