OnePlus 8 Detailed Camera Review

we are going to take a very detailed look at the triple cameras on the OnePlus8. OnePlus is known for making amazing smartphonesat an affordable price. And while they moved away from the affordableprice point, it is true that they still make amazing smartphones. But the cameras on their phone have alwaysbeen their achilles heel. As amazing as the design, hardware and softwareon their phone is, OnePlus has never managed to get the cameras right. And performance of the cameras on their phoneshas been average at best. Does that change with the OnePlus 8, let’sfind out. Before we go ahead, if you are new to thischannel, please make sure to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon next to it. That way, you won’t miss out on any of theexciting videos coming up on this channel. After trying out the circular camera moduleon the 7T, OnePlus has gone back to a simple triple camera module on the OnePlus 8. I really liked the camera module on the 7T,and I wish they kept it the same on this phone as well. Design of camera module is not the only thingthat has changed, OnePlus has shuffled around the cameras as well. For starters, on the OnePlus 8, you won’tget a 2x telephoto lens, instead, we get a 2 megapixel sensor with F/2.4 aperture anda macro lens. 7T used the ultra wide camera for taking macroshots, which is not the case anymore. Speaking of the Ultra-wide camera, thankfullyit is still present on this new phone. This camera gets a 16 megapixel sensor withF/2.2 aperture, and a 14mm lens. This field of view is wider than the 17mmultra wide lens on the OnePlus 7T. And finally the main camera, retains the same48 Megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor as the OnePlus 7T. But the Aperture is now narrower at F/1.75against F/1.6 on the 7T. Lens optics also shift down from 7P on the7T, to 6P on the Oneplus 8. It still gets optical image stabilisation,but it is only put to work while shooting images, and all videos are stabilised justwith the help of electronic stabilisation. With the primary camera, you can shoot 4Kvideos at 30 or 60fps, 1080p videos at 30, 60 and 240fps, and 720p videos at 480fps. With the wide camera, you can shoot 4K and1080p videos in 30fps. At the front, we again get the same 16 megapixelSony IMX471 sensor, like the OnePlus 7T, but the aperture is now much narrower at F/2.45. This has got to be the narrowest apertureon any selfie camera that I have used in the last couple of years. Interface of the cameras has also changeda bit. You get the lens selection button above theshutter button, like on most phones, and you can swipe to the left or right to switch modes. Now the option to change the resolution isnot just available in the pro mode, you can just tap on this icon at the top to switchbetween 12 and 48 megapixel mode. Right next to it is the option to switch tothe macro camera. Settings has been moved to the top right corner,and to change or even check the video resolution, you have to go deep into this settings menu. Pro mode is pretty much same as before. You can change all settings like ISO, whitebalance, shutter speed, focus and exposure, according to the scene, or according to yourliking. It lets you shoot RAW images and you can evenhave a histogram, right on the viewfinder. Range for ISO in the Pro mode is from 100-3200. And the range for shutter speed is from 1/8000thof a second, all the way up to 30 seconds. While the camera specs don’t sound likean upgrade of the OnePlus 7T, maybe Image signal Processor on the Snapdragon 865 willhelp this phone deliver better results. My OnePlus 8 is running on the latest versionof Oxygen OS, which is available at the time of uploading this video. Let us start with daytime images. We have been looking at the images from thissensor since the OnePlus 7, and as you can see, it is getting better and better withthe details, thanks to image signal processing capabilities of the newer snapdragon processors. There are plenty of details in these images,but I think the contrast is a bit on the heavier side, making some of the images appear a bitdarker than they should. Most of the images look good from the primarycamera, and if you are getting this phone, I think you will be happy with the primarycamera’s daylight performance. Indoor daytime images also turned out to bepretty good from the primary camera. OnePlus seems to have worked a lot on gettingthe colours right, because in almost all of these shots, colours turned out to be exactlyas the actual scene looked. There is just a bit more contrast in theseimages, as I mentioned before, but they look good for the most part. And we don’t see the weird green or magentatint that we saw in some of the images from the OnePlus 7 series phones, so thumbs upto OnePlus, for getting it right this time. In terms of dynamic range, I think OnePlusneed to work a bit on getting it even better. In some of the shots like this, it does wellto bring up the details from the shadows, but it fails to preserve the details fromthe highlights. You can see something similar in this image. It did bring up many details from the darkerparts, but if we zoom in, we see that it did not preserve any of the details in the brighterarea, and this is with the UltraShot HDR mode turned on. Now in this shot, it did well to bring upthe details in the building and preserve the details in the leaves, despite of the sunbehind them. But the overall image still need some work,here is how it could look if the image processing did a slightly better job. In this image, it did well with the sun, butbarely brought back any details in the building. I think there is potential in this sensorand the ISP to do better, but OnePlus just needs to tweak the software a bit, so it cantake better advantage of all the RAW data that this sensor captures. Before we move on to the close up shots, hereis a quick focusing speed of the primary camera. There is a 4K 30fps video, and as you cansee, it is pretty quick at switching the focus from a near to far object, and then back again. If you remember, on previous OnePlus phone,there was a pretty big dip in the focusing capability when I switched from 30fps to 60fpsvideos. I think that was because they were using OISfor stabilising the 60fps videos. Now they have switched to using EIS for keepingall these videos stable, so even while shooting at 4K 60fps, focusing is just as quick forthe primary camera. Faster and accurate focusing, means we getto take amazing close up shots like this one. The subject is in perfect sharp focus, andsince it is a large sensor and it has F/1.75 aperture, the background as you see gets avery nice optical blur. Now since a 48 megapixel sensor is large fora smartphone, as you get closer to the subject, plane of focus starts getting narrower, makingit harder to keep things in focus. You also see some artifacting in the thingsthat are just slightly out of focus. If you want to get even close to the subject,there is a dedicated macro camera on this phone. Normally I am defending the lower resolutionmacro cameras on most smartphones, because given right conditions, you can take reallygood macro shots even with most 2 megapixel macro cameras. But the one on the OnePlus 8 has to be oneof the worst out there. First of all, you can’t get too close tothe object, and even when the focus is set, there just aren’t too many details in thesubject, no matter how well lit the subject is. I have found a workaround for this, you canuse the digital zoom on the primary camera to get even better macro shots than the macrolens. Since it is a bigger sensor, and it has wideraperture than the macro lens, these digitally zoomed images look much better than the onesfrom the macro camera, and there is also a lot less noise in these digitally zoomed shots. The ultra wide lens on this OnePlus 8 is evenwider than the one on the OnePlus 7T, and it lets you capture so much more of the scenewhen compared to the normal lens. Unlike the 7T, we don’t have a telephotolens on this phone, but you can still take 2x digitally zoomed images. These ones are not as sharp as the ones froma telephoto lens would have been, but in ample of light they get the job done. The colours and while balance are a bit inconsistentwhen you switch from the normal to wide lens. Overall colour tones from the primary cameraare natural warm, but the wide lens tends to lean on capturing cooler colour tones. OnePlus needs to work on the software a bit,to match these 2 lenses as closely as possible in terms of white balance and colour temperature. We all know this by now, that the wide lensis not as sharp or as detailed as the primary camera, and most of its images are softer,specially towards the edges. You might notice this while taking close upor indoor shots with these lenses, but for outdoor or far away shots, you won’t noticethe lower image quality, unless you zoom way in. All the images from the primary camera wesaw till now were 12 megapixel pixel binned ones. But if you wish to take higher resolutionimages, you can switch to the 48 megapixel mode. When you switch to 48mp, it says this modeoffers higher resolution and captures details in a well lit scene. And that 12 megapixel mode offers better dynamicrange, and that this is the recommended mode for most of your shots. When you take 48mp images in ample light,it does capture more details than the 12megapixel ones, but you will have to zoom in 5-6timesto notice the difference. 48mp images are also much bigger in termsof file size, so it is best to stick to the default 12 megapixel mode for most of yourshots. Now portrait mode on smartphones is the bestway to make your images look like they were taken with DSLR camera and an expensive primelens. OnePlus 8 does a very good job with theseportrait shots. I think edge detection needs a bit of refinement,but the shots look good for the most part. Faces are in perfect sharp focus, and thebackground gets a very good natural looking blur. The dynamic range seems to be amazing whiletaking these shots. It might be a bit aggressive at times, butit does a good job for most of these shots. I just hope we get better results more consistently. Edge detection and dynamic range is just asgood while taking portraits of objects. Edge detection is definitely not perfect whiletaking these portraits, but I am sure OnePlus can fix this with software update, as theydid on some of their previous smartphones. There is again a bit more contrast in theseimages, but I like that the subjects are sharp and detailed in all these shots. Let us move to images shot in indoors, artificialand lower lighting conditions. F/1.75 aperture and optical image stabilisationlets it keep on capturing pleasing images even as the light goes down. This phone makes the indoor lighting imageslook really good. There is some noise in the darker parts onthese images, but that is to be expect out of any phone when the light is low. Nightscape mode helps in reducing that noiseand capturing much sharper images. As we zoom in, look at how much more detailsthe image with night mode managed to get in the shot. OIS on the main camera, helps the shutterremain open longer, and capture more light which when combined with the nightscape mode,gives us such good images. I took this image when there was barely anylight around, and look at the difference that night scape mode makes. You can use Pro mode and get better resultswith even longer exposure. But that might require a tripod or somethingto keep the phone steady, and some knowledge of things like shutter speed, ISO, Exposureand so on. And most people don’t want to mess withthese settings, every time they want to take a decent image, so the NightScape mode worksbest for them. These images look good on their own, consideringthe available light at the scene. But how do they look when compared to someof the competing smartphones? Well, that is a question for another video. If you want to see me compare cameras on thisphone with the likes of OnePlus 7T, iPhone 11 and the Mi 10 make sure you are subscribedto the channel and have the notification turned on. That brings us to the front facing camera. OnePlus has been using the same sensor forthe selfie camera since quite a few generations, even tough its performance gas not been anythingout of ordinary. It is a decent shooter, But the sharpnessand detail levels don’t really match up to the level of other front facing camerasin the market. I have said this about previous OnePlus phonesas well, that I am not talking about an increase in the megapixel count, but OnePlus reallyneeds to take a hold of the image processing for this camera. Edge detection is good for the portrait selfies,and since the background is blurred out, subjects appear a bit more sharper in these portraitselfies. It does really well even when you have multiplefaces in the shot. Dynamic range takes big hit while taking portraitselfies. While I think that Oneplus has got a lot rightwith the rear facing cameras on this phone, I think they really need to put in more effortsinto the front facing camera. Here is a video from the front facing cameraof the OnePlus 8. You can see how it handles overall coloursof the scene, exposure and stabilisation when I am walking around with it. Coming to video. Just like previous OnePlus phones, OnePlus8 lets us shoot 4k videos in upto 60fps and these videos are amazingly smooth becausethey are stabilised via EIS. While stability and dynamic range is excellentin these videos, the overall quality of the videos is a bit underwhelming. There aren’t too many details in the 1080pvideos. 4K videos do look great, and if you are lookingto get this phone for shooting vlogs, you can get some amazingly smooth 4K footage outof the primary camera. There is not a lot to complain about thesevideos, but they are not as smooth or good looking as videos from some other flagships. You can take 240fps slow motion videos in1080p resolution and 480fps slow motion videos in 720p resolution. If you shoot these slow motion videos in plentyof light, they can look pretty good. OnePlus has finally managed to give us a decentset of cameras on this OnePlus 8. While these images are not mind blowinglygreat, but other than the disappointing macro camera, there is really not a lot to complainabout. I have not compared its images with any othersmartphone yet, so we don’t know where does it stand against the competition. But on its own, I think the OnePlus 8 hasgot a set of decent cameras on its back. Now all OnePlus needs to do is tweak it abit with software updates, to make it even better, specially the selfie camera. I am really exited to test these cameras againstthe ones on the OnePlus 7T and see if we really get enough of an upgrade in terms of cameras. What are your thoughts about the cameras onthis OnePlus 8? And based on its cameras, would you chooseit over the 7T?

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