OnePlus 7 Pro has 3x optical zoom — here are the first camera samples
We have just over two weeks to go until the OnePlus 7 is unveiled, and details about the device are coming in thick and fast. We already know that it will have a triple camera array at the back, and one of the lenses will offer 3x optical zoom. The folks at Wired got their hands on a "near final" pre-production model of the device, giving us an early look at what the camera is capable of.
In addition to the zoom lens, the phone will feature a 48MP primary camera that uses pixel binning to produce 12MP photos. The third lens wasn't revealed, but it was confirmed to not be a time-of-flight module, meaning we'll likely see a wide-angle shooter. Speaking to the publication, OnePlus imaging director Simon Liu said that the decision to add an optical zoom lens was motivated by user feedback:
The photos taken with the 3x optical zoom lens come out with plenty of detail, and the image quality in general is a definite step up over earlier OnePlus phones.
The OnePlus 7 Pro will retain a similar camera interface as the 6T, with Liu noting, "Our main goal is to give users a simple user interface." Wired also mentioned that the zoom lens isn't quite as good as the one on the P30 Pro, with "marginally less detail, more noise and less mid-tone contrast." To his credit, Liu admitted as much in the interview:
But where the brand seems to be making a lot of headway is low-light photography — there will be a dedicated night mode that's similar to what Huawei and Google offer, and the shot below highlights just how far the brand has come in this area:
Although the OnePlus may not challenge the likes of Google or Huawei just yet, Liu said the goal was to improve on what the brand has offered in the past:
OnePlus also made several changes to HDR to make it more natural, and it looks like portrait mode is also getting a tune-up:
Aside from the tweaks to the camera, the OnePlus 7 Pro will feature a 90Hz QHD+ display, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 4000mAh battery, stereo speakers, and the 8GB/128GB version will cost €749/$749.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
Those sample photos just convinced me to go get a S10e.
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