- DxOMark report notes that the OnePlus 7 Pro scores 111 points in its tests.
- It uses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, assisted by both OIS as well as EIS.
- OnePlus 7 Pro was used to click cover photos for several well-known magazines.
In March this year when India Today Tech team met OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, we asked him one question: Will the company's upcoming phone do something about the camera performance? Lau said that it would. He didn't name the phone at that time but he promised that the camera performance of the upcoming OnePlus would be in a different league compared to previous OnePlus phones. And now that the OnePlus 7 Pro has been officially launched, we can see what Pete Lau meant by his promise. The 3-camera system of the OnePlus 7 Pro is indeed a huge improvement over the OnePlus 6T, so much so that it can be surely said that the OnePlus finally has a phone that can match the likes of the iPhone XS, Galaxy S10, and even the Huawei P30 Pro in camera performance in most cases.
Here is what Lau told us in March: "Definitely we are going to offer much better photography experience this year... our new devices are going to be new benchmarks for camera photography. I have specifically asked the R&D teams to work on camera performance of the device and so far I have been happy with what they have achieved."
The DxOMark score that the OnePlus 7 Pro gets shows that finally, OnePlus has joined the league of the big boys. Published after the launch -- and factoring in the camera software that will be available to consumers in the coming weeks -- the DxOMark report notes that the OnePlus 7 Pro scores 111 points in its tests. This puts the OnePlus 7 Pro ahead of Galaxy S10 Plus, iPhone XS and even the Huawei P20 Pro. This score is the composite of 118 points that OnePlus 7 Pro gets in the still photography performance and 98 points in video recording performance.
In other words, as far as DxOMark is concerned, the OnePlus 7 Pro is an absolute "pro" at camera performance. Now, before we talk beyond the DxOMark, let's first take a quick look at the improved camera hardware in the OnePlus 7 Pro. The new camera system in this phone is quite versatile. There is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, assisted by both OIS as well as EIS. Along with that, you also get a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with a lens that offers 3X optical zoom. Not only does this setup make the OnePlus 7 Pro fun to use, but also makes it the kind of phone that is ready for all sorts shooting conditions.
Over here, at India Today Tech, we are still putting various cameras of the OnePlus 7 Pro through our rigorous tests -- don't read too much into the word 'rigorous' because it's more about shooting some hundreds of photos like regular users do and then finding if the images look good or not -- but one bit is clear that in terms of details as well colours, the OnePlus 7 Pro cameras perform admirably well.
In daylight, the OnePlus 7 Pro cameras take fabulous photos and get the exposure right even when the lighting conditions are tricky. What do we mean by that? We mean that in scenes where shadowy areas dominate, the OnePlus 7 Pro lifts shadows and brings out the details. Similarly in areas where the light is too strong, it automatically corrects exposure and ensures that images don't look washed out.
In tricky light too, the main camera of the phone works very well, even if the zoom lens and wide-angle lens -- because they have different images sensors -- may miss out on details when you are shooting at a dimly lit restaurant or on an empty street in the night. But these are the kind of issues that affect all smartphone cameras.
In other words, it is safe to say that, if in the past you worried about the camera performance of a OnePlus phone, you need not have the same worries about the OnePlus 7 Pro. It is right up there with the other top flagship phones, almost all of which cost much more than the OnePlus phone. The only exception -- and we say that despite the DxOMark score -- is the Pixel 3. But then Pixel 3 remains a freaky phone which is more of a brilliant camera that can also make calls.
The camera in the OnePlus 7 Pro is so good that the company is highlighting it through the cover photos that it clicked for several well-known magazines. If the OnePlus 7 Pro camera is good enough for international photographers shooting the cover photos for National Geographic Magazine, GQ and Harper's Bazaar India, it is likely good enough for users who love snapping food, cats, vacations and sceneries. That should be reassuring, no?