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Oppo Reno2 review: An excellent update over the original Reno

By Marcus Wong - 2 Feb 2020
Launch SRP: S$899



At the launch event, Oppo really talked up the capabilities of the camera system on the Reno2, and now that we’ve had a chance to properly test this out for ourselves, we have to say we agree with their claims.

To recap the details shared earlier, the Reno2 has a quad-camera system on its back, with a 48-megapixel f/1.7 main wide-angle lens, a 13-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide lens and a 2-megapixel f/2.4, depth-sensing lens.

Note that the telephoto lens only offers 2x optical zoom, as it’s a standard telephoto lens and not the periscope-style design found on the Reno 10x Zoom. On the whole, colours captured are true to life, without much colour bias to them. While you don’t get the 10x optical zoom of the Reno 10x Zoom, you get a pretty decent 5x Hybrid Zoom that should cover most of your everyday photography needs.


Zoom performance

Here's an example of how the zoom levels compare. (Click to view the full-resolution images)

First, the Reno2.

Reno2, 1x zoom, f/1.7, 1/,2800s, ISO 117

Reno2, 5x zoom, f/2.4, 1/640, ISO 100

Reno2, 10x zoom, f/2.4, 1/1,250s, ISO 100.

Now, the captures from the Reno 10x Zoom is as follows:-

Reno 10x Zoom, 1x zoom, f/1.7, 1/1800s, ISO 115

Reno 10x Zoom, 5x zoom, f/3.0, 1/800s, ISO100

Reno 10x Zoom, 10x zoom, f/3.0, 1/950s, ISO99

You'll probably already notice that the Reno 10x Zoom captures a bit more detail than the Reno2, especially at full telephoto, but we do think the Reno2 performs admirably given it doesn't have the advantage of the periscope-style telephoto lens.


Colour Rendition

Here's a look at the colours captured by the Reno2. 

Reno2, 1x zoom, f/1.7mm, 1/200s, ISO112 (Click for full resolution image)

Reno2, 100% crop.


Low light performance

What most impressed us was actually the new impressive Ultra Dark Mode, as this seemed to turn in the best results of the Reno family so far. Ultra Dark Mode kicks in when the light levels are below 5 lux, and as you can see from the image below, even at ISO 3,103, there isn’t a significant amount of noise in the frame. The vehicles in the picture are much better defined than the ones in the capture from the Reno 10x Zoom, and there’s a wider dynamic range overall.

Reno2, 1x zoom,  f/1.7, 1/17s, ISO 3,103 (Click for full resolution image)

Reno2 100% crop.

Reno 10x Zoom, 1x zoom, f/1.7, 1/17s, ISO3,103 (Click for full resolution image)

Reno 10x Zoom, 100% crop.

How this is achieved is likely through a heavy amount of pixel binning, as the final file is only about 3MB large. That’s just about enough if you’re only going to view the image on screen or if you don’t intend to crop the picture further, so we’d suggest to adjust your shot planning appropriately.

Oppo Reno2, 1x zoom, f/2.4, 1/35s, ISO500 (Click for full resolution image)

100% crop.

Looking at this capture gives you an idea of how the Reno2 handles skin tones at lower light conditions. The capture was taken at ISO500, which is relatively low, but as you can see from the crop, there's hardly any detail left in her skin as everything is washed out due to what seems like aggressive noise reduction.


Front camera

Oppo Reno2 Front camera. (Click for full resolution image)

Now let's take a look at the front camera. The camera seems to do a pretty good job of balancing the tricky lighting condition overall, but it seems like there's some digital retouching applied even at the lowest setting. This makes it seem as though there's some smudging on your skin.


Video capture

From this video clip, the first thing that becomes obvious is how long it takes the Reno2 to adjust exposure for the lighting conditions, leaving the singer overexposed for a good eight seconds or so. That aside, we'd say the colours captured are pretty accurate, and there's no obvious noise, banding or artefacts in the capture. Audio capture is also quite good, as there's good clarity in her voice overall.

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  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 8
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Great well-rounded camera system
Good scores on benchmark tests
Interesting selfie camera design
Good image quality all the way up to 5.0x zoom
Expandable storage via microSD
The Bad
Price is a little high
Speakers are imbalanced
Poor quality from bundled in-ear headphones
No water and dust resistance
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