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OPPO Reno11 Pro hands-on: Exploring its Ultra-Clear Portrait Camera System (with photos)

By Liu Hongzuo - 18 Feb 2024

OPPO Reno11 Pro hands-on: Exploring its Ultra-Clear Portrait Camera System (with photos)

Note: This feature was first published on 17 January 2024.

OPPO Reno11 Pro valiantly trying not to get sand inside along Desaru's beaches.

OPPO Reno11 Pro photography samples and testing

In case you missed it, OPPO launched the international version of its OPPO Reno11 Pro during the height of CES 2024. It follows after the phone's China-only launch that happened late last year.

The Reno series has always been OPPO's midrange handset lineup, and it differentiates itself by being a selfie-friendly mobile with a softer, but flashier aesthetic in its early days. OPPO has since evolved the Reno series into a portraiture photography phone, starting with the Reno10 series (Reno10 Pro+ review here).

We've already covered the core specs and features of the OPPO Reno11 Pro's launch news, so our hands-on will focus a little more on the phone's headlining feature: that's everything OPPO has done to the Reno11 Pro's Ultra-Clear Portrait Camera System.

OPPO Reno11 Pro's rear cameras.

We'll take a closer look at what the imaging system offers after checking out its raw specs:

OPPO Reno11 Pro's camera system
Camera Specs
Main 50MP, Sony IMX890 sensor, 1/1.56-inch sensor size, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, All-Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF, 24mm focal length
Telephoto

32MP, Sony IMX709 sensor, 1/2.74-inch sensor size, RGBW, f/2.0 aperture, 47mm focal length

Ultra-wide 8MP, Sony IMX355 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 112° field-of-view, 16mm focal length
Front 32MP, Sony IMX709, 1/2.74-inch sensor, RGBW, f/2.4 aperture, 21mm focal length, AutoFocus

From the dry specs alone, you can already see that OPPO used the same sensor for its telephoto and front cameras, which should already hint to you that it wants to deliver above-midrange imaging quality despite its categorisation. 

A closer look at the rear cameras on the OPPO Reno11 Pro.

The main camera's choice of sensor, the Sony IMX890, can also be found on the flagship OPPO Find X6 Pro (hands-on here), and other high-end phones like the OnePlus 11, and Nothing Phone (2) (review here). The imaging samples from these other phones proved themselves well, and as such, we can expect Reno11 Pro to have comparable imaging results, if not better.

OPPO HyperTone Imaging Engine

Shot on OPPO Reno11 Pro, 2x zoom.

An important aspect of powering phone cameras is the algorithms and software optimising its performance with every shot.

OPPO calls the package OPPO HyperTone Imaging Engine, which was adopted from its Find X6 Pro and Find N3 foldable (review here). It's been slightly repackaged to fit the Reno11 Pro's photography demands. 

The imaging engine merges multiple uncompressed images in the RAW domain, applying AI-powered denoising and demosaicing. The result is a photo with colour data, sharpness, and clarity from multiple unprocessed sources in one shot.

Shot on OPPO Reno 11 Pro.

Another important piece of software is OPPO's Portrait Expert Engine. If the previous software focuses on sharpness and colour, Portrait Expert Engine is the one responsible for selfies and portrait shots.

This engine recognises a diverse set of faces and objects and adds to the retention of skin tones and colours. The software also "flattens" minor blemishes, like moles and birthmarks. 

Another extra algorithm is called Face Curve, which identifies facial structure to bring out highlights and shadows. All this is on top of the HyperTone Imaging Engine, which is already working to improve clarity, shade, and highlights.

All these perks work together with its main camera and telephoto camera, offering 35mm-equivalent optical focal lengths of 24mm (standard 1x) and 47mm (2x zoom on the camera app). 

Photo Samples

Besides the samples seen above, we also have a few additional shots below for you to ascertain whether the Reno11 Pro's portrait photography software is something you need in your pocket.

The images taken using Reno11 Pro have not been edited beyond resizing them to make them a little more web-friendly. Images were shot outdoors with no additional studio lighting for subjects.

Before we show more portraits, here's a quick test of the phone's clarity across its default zoom ranges: original (at 1x), its 2x optical zoom, 5x digital, 10x digital, and 20x digital zoom.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 1x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 2x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 5x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 10x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 20x.

The samples show that the camera system can produce clear shots between 1x and 5x zoom, with the latter seeing minor drop-offs in quality (sharpness, noise, and detail).

While it still retains great amounts of detail in some places at 10x and 20x zoom (see the green clothing), it cannot handle people photography at that distance (see the lack of details on the face).

Frankly, this is to be expected of its midrange categorisation. Also, it's nicer to shoot portraits up close, as the lenses and cameras on the Reno11 Pro have been optimised to mimic human eye perspective at 1x and 2x.

Case in point:

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 2x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 2x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 2x.

These three photos were shot from different eye levels of the same model at 2x zoom: above, at, and below eye level. Short of some minor focusing accuracy issues, the camera does not distort the faces in these shots. 

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 1x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 1x.

The phone is also just as capable at taking photos of people at 1x, which gives the user plenty of room to play with angles, framing, and scene setting. The beautification features in Portrait Expert Engine are a bit aggressive, with its default value set at 30 (out of a maximum of 100). You can turn it off if you want the shots to be even closer to the original subject.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 2x.

Like most portrait mode shooting on smartphone cameras, the OPPO Reno11 Pro also offers adjustable bokeh to elicit a more artistic (or pretentious) selfie shot, right from the camera app. The bokeh is adjusted via an f-stop meter in the camera's portrait mode. While you can shoot at any f-stop value and adjust the photo in the Gallery app afterwards, it's best to shoot at your preferred value from the start for the most ideal-looking bokeh. In this case, it was important that the foreground leaves were crystal clear, while the same plant was coated in creamy bokeh behind the subject (f/1.4).

With the right poses, lighting, and mastery over the phone, you can get decent looking photos of friends or yourself with the Reno11 Pro. Here's two more samples for good measure.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 2x.

OPPO Reno11 Pro, at 2x.

Pricing and availability

OPPO Reno11 Pro.

OPPO Reno11 Pro comes in two colourways: Rock Grey and Pearl White. It comes in only one configuration, 12GB RAM with 512GB storage, at an official pricing of S$899.

The device is available from 27 January 2024 onwards at the OPPO online store, physical OPPO concept stores, as well as ShopeeLazadaQoo10TikTokiShopChangi, and other consumer electronic retailers (Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Popular).

You can read more about the rest of the device here.

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