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Oppo Find X2 Pro review: The price of smartphone beauty

By Liu Hongzuo - 21 May 2020
Launch SRP: S$1699

Camera & Imaging Performance

Camera performance

There's quite a bit going on in the Oppo Find X2 Pro's camera system, so we'll break it down based on what each camera promises to deliver, and how it fares as a shooter. In summary, the Oppo Find X2 Pro's Ultra Vision Camera system is a triple rear camera setup offering:

  • 48-megapixel, wide-angle lens supported by a Sony IMX689 sensor with 1/1.4-inch sensor size, f/1.7 aperture, All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF (phase-detection auto-focus), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
  • 48-megapixel, ultra-wide-angle lens supported by a Sony IMX586 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 120-degree field-of-view, with Ultra Macro mode
  • 13-megapixel Periscope Telephoto Camera, supported by an unspecified sensor with f/3.0 aperture. It offers 10x hybrid zoom and 60x digital zoom, helped along with OIS

The Sony IMX689 sensor is responsible for Oppo's All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF, which refers to the sensor's ability to use any pixel as the focusing pixel. This is unlike conventional sensors that dedicate certain pixels for focusing duty, also better known as Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). The image below illustrates the differences.

The left example features conventiona pixels dedicated for autofocusing, while the right example is one where all pixels can be used for autofocusing.

*This sensor is also found on 2019 phone models such as the Honor View 20, OnePlus 7 Pro, and the ASUS ROG Phone II, just to name a few.

Just like most multi-camera setups, the phone's programming decides which lenses to use under the circumstances it deems appropriate. By default, the Oppo Find X2 Pro tends to use the bottommost shooter (the one with Sony IMX689 sensor), and the Periscope Telephoto Camera (topmost shooter) only kicks in at 10x zoom or higher. Whenever it physically detects an object up close, it switches to the middle lens and enters Ultra Macro mode. Our lab test shot was taken from the main camera using the IMX689 sensor.

The lab chart shot, which has been corrected for perspective, hence the missing side - apologies for the angle.

Actual image size, cropped from the above photo (100%).

Based on the lab test (taken before local Circuit Breaker measures kicked in), the Oppo Find X2 Pro's main camera does an excellent job at capturing all the details. You can spot all the little things, even the faint white mould growing on the blackboard in the background. The sharpening it uses feels a little artificial, but it's mostly welcomed. It has no issues reproducing colours, even in places where it's not focused on (top-right, the image with a stack of colourful fabrics next to the darker-skinned lady). It's quite accurate at reproducing shadows too, given the differences between the shadows under each pinned photo and the shadows portrayed in some of the sample grids on the test board. Highlights are something it needs to be better at, but that's just judging from a test chart.

To further bring out the Find X2 Pro's camera performance, we took the device for a spin (while abiding by local CB measures) to get a sense of its performance in the real world. The photos were taken some time in the late afternoon with an overcast sky. It's not optimal photography time, but it makes for a suitable shooting challenge since smartphone photography is mostly about working with what you have. In a nutshell, it's a good, almost excellent camera system that shoots fast and is fuss-free.

A provision shop's outdoor display of groceries is an ideal, natural scenario for testing the colour and detail reproduction of any smartphone's photo-taking capabilities.

We experimented with how the Find X2 Pro's camera handle greatly contrasting lighting situations - the inside of the pavillion is low-light, while its surroundings are lit by the evening sun.

While the ATM and the lottery shop's signboard are red, the distinction here comes from the ATM's backlit plastic (the signboard above isn't lit). The man in the picture is a passer-by, which also indicates how quickly the Find X2 Pro can process and autofocus on subjects moving into the frame.

Detailing loses out a little, partly also because this is a very challenging shot for the camera with various lighting levels to balance. This gives us a good estimate of how well the Find X2 Pro can handle complex scenes.

A big part of colour reproduction is about the camera's ability to replicate colours that are "true-to-life", so we couldn't pass up these rows of flower wreaths to test the Find X2 Pro's flower power.

Extra photos for reference.

Extra photos for reference.

Testing of the optical zoom capabilities - this shot was done within 10x zoom (no electronic zoom).

Part 1 of trying out the zoom features - no zoom enabled.

Part 2 of trying out the zoom features - 10x zoom enabled. Possible to shoot handheld by relying on the built-in OIS.

Part 3 of trying out the zoom features - 60x zoom enabled. Decent OIS software but hardly enough for a crisp, clear shot at its maximum zoom. A tripod is a must if you shoot at 60x zoom.

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  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Premium build and finish
Beautiful display, 120Hz refresh
Impactful audio (speakers)
Fast camera, great imaging
512GB storage and 12GB of RAM
The Bad
No microSD slot
No 3.5mm headphone jack
No wireless charging
Large internal storage drives up cost
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