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OnePlus 7 Pro review: Bigger, brighter, better

By Marcus Wong - 1 Oct 2019
Launch SRP: S$1278


How’s the camera? 

An extra dedicated wide angle camera lets you really go wide.

As highlighted in our our intro, the OnePlus 7 Pro gains a massive camera system update over last year's underwhelming camera on the OnePlus 6T. This time it has a triple rear-camera system as follows:-

  • 48-megapixel camera with a maximum aperture of f/1.6 and both OIS and EIS built-in
  • 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens that allows for 3x optical zoom
  • 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle 17mm lens that has a field of view of 117o

It also features an updated Portrait mode for improved selfies. Overall, it's much more versatile compared to the 6T as you get a dedicated ultra-wide angle camera which brings more into the frame, as you can see from the two images below. 

OnePlus 7 Pro - Super-wide angle (Click for full resolution image.)

OnePlus 7 Pro - normal focal length. (Click for full resolution image)

Being able to go that bit wider certainly is useful in situations when you can’t physically move back any further. It’s good that the overall color balance and exposure doesn’t differ significantly when moving to the ultra-wide angle camera, but this does suffer the usual loss of sharpness in the corners. Notice how the quality of images differ from the center compared to the edges when shooting on the ultra-wide camera:-

OnePlus7 Pro - 100% crop at the center of ultra-wide shot.

OnePlus7 Pro - 100% crop at the edge of the frame on the ultra-wide shot.

We’d say that images captured with the main camera in good light have good sharpness and detail. Colours are generally true-to-life too, as you can see from the mural captured below. 

Click for full resolution image.

100% crop.

Night shots don’t quite have the impressive expanded dynamic range of the current top Huawei and Google phones, but the camera does manage to keep noise levels down significantly. This lets you get an image that’s quite pleasing overall, if you don’t go into the details.

OnePlus 7 Pro - 1.0x camera, Nightscape 2.0 (Click for full res image)

100% crop.

Now, let's look at the selfie camera. We tested this both indoors and out, and it seems the 7 Pro's selfie camera tries to apply a bokeh effect to images. That reduces the detail on the edges around your actual face somewhat, but if you're not too particular, the main part of the picture is resolved with good detail outdoors.  

OnePlus 7 Pro outdoor capture. (Click for full resolution image)

OnePlus 7 Pro indoor capture. (Click for full resolution image)

Move indoors with lower light levels, and the camera still does a good job with exposure. However it's obvious that a fair bit of detail is lost to noise reduction.

Overall, we’d say the camera system is a big upgrade over the one on the 6T. It doesn’t take the P30 Pro’s crown, but it’s right up there with many of the top 2019 smartphones we’ve tested so far.

  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Gorgeous full-body screen
Good sound from the speakers
Great battery life with fast charging
LDAC support included
UFS 3.0 storage for faster performance
Class-leading benchmark scores
The Bad
Low light shots don't have the dynamic range of the competition
Still no wireless charging
No IP rating
No earpiece or converter included
No expandable storage
Not as affordable as past phones