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OnePlus 7 Pro Smartphone Review - Performance

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OnePlus 7 Pro Performance 

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Overall, images captured with the OnePlus 7 Pro are good but when you start comparing them with images captured on other smartphones, you realise it's nothing special. There's nothing really that makes us go 'wow, that's impressive' in terms of image quality, which is a shame. 

In good light levels, the OnePlus 7 Pro captures images which are exposed well and don't have any issues but on occasion, the camera did underexpose images. Although, the 48mp "standard" wide-angle camera lets you take 12mp photos, combining pixels for better detail, and better low-light performance - something that definitely helps at night when you want to capture images hand-held. 

Before we talk about the Night Mode, let's discuss selfies which are, again, good but not great. It can be tricky to get the camera the right distance for the fixed focus and you do seem further away in shots than you do in selfies captured with other smartphones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S10+). You don't have Auto Focus built in either which can improve selfies dramatically. Depth focus allows portraits/selfies to have bokeh backgrounds and there's no major issue with clipping occurring which is good to see. However, use the beauty mode with caution as you can end up looking a little too smoothed out. Care needs to be taken to avoid sunshine and other bright lights in the frame (or near) as flare can be an issue with the selfie camera. 

The Night Mode built into the OnePlus 7 Pro is a clever bit of technology and images captured at night look fine if you don't look too closely. Zoom in, however, and detail looks a bit like an oil painting. Still, to be able to capture a hand-held shot at night is a pretty cool thing.  

Overall, there's nothing majorly wrong with the OnePlus 7 Pro's images, it's just that they're nothing special and in a market so full of excellent camera phones, you really do need to stand out to grab our attention. 


OnePlus 7 Pro Lens test images

Lens Performance -  The above shots show the ultra-wide-angle, standard wide-angle and telephoto cameras in action. The ultra-wide-angle camera photos don't quite match the colour reproduction of the standard and telephoto cameras but the overall dynamic range is good. 

In the Pro / Manual mode you can select 48mp JPEG images, or shoot in Raw and like most smartphones with a telephoto camera, you can select the 3x telephoto camera, but if the lighting is too dark, then the camera will use digital zoom on the main camera, resulting in a drop in quality. You can also use digital zoom to give you 10x the reach but we're not massive fans of digital zoom as quality tends to be poor. 

It's great that you can access three lenses and if you don't compare the image quality with other smartphones, you'll be happy with the results. However, sit them side-by-side with competitors and you do see some flaws such as dynamic range not being as good. 


OnePlus 7 Pro ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The ISO range starts at ISO100 and reaches ISO3200 in manual mode where you can also select 48mp JPEG shooting or RAW shooting. The RAW mode saves a 12mp JPEG image, and the RAW file, when opening in something like Photoshop, is also a 12mp image. There doesn't appear to be much benefit in using the 48mp mode, however, as there is little extra detail to be found. The phone also over-exposed these shots slightly, unless we specifically selected an area in the image to set/lock the exposure. Overall, noise is well controlled, with even the shots taken at ISO3200 which is good.


OnePlus 7 Pro White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs very well regardless of the lighting conditions, however you do end up with some very colourful images, as these shots show. In manual mode, there aren't white balance presets, instead you can manually set the K (Kelvin) colour temperature.

We've also included a photo taken at 48mp, as well as12mp so you can compare them side-by-side but, as you'll see, there's not actually that much difference. This is due to the Quad Bayer arrangement used in the 48mp sensor. 


1/14 sec | f/2.4 | 7.0 mm | ISO 1250

Digital Filters - Digital Filters can be applied after capture and they include various vintage-inspired looks as well as black & white options. 



Video - Our video was captured handheld using the 4K 30fps options and the standard camera. You can also record using a 3x option, however, using this gives a blocky, pixellated look to the video, and simply looks like a crop from the centre of the frame, so is best avoided. You can watch additional videos on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel


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