The OnePlus 5 is finally here. And while its ultra slim design and snazzy software are undoubtedly up there with the very best on any smartphone, it’s the device’s camera that truly helps it stand apart from the crowd.
Whether it’s reeling off ultra-sharp portraits, zooming in for perfect detail or utilising the clever Pro mode to take your pics to the next level, the OnePlus 5’s camera has got it all.
Read on and we’ll give you the inside line.
So the camera's good. But what else has the OnePlus 5 got to recommend it? Here's five key things you need to know.
1) Superlative dual lens camera
Dual lens cameras are nothing new on smartphones. But the OnePlus 5’s effort takes things way beyond the one found on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.
The main lens clocks in at 16 megapixels, while the secondary telephoto lens has a 20-megapixel sensor. That makes this the highest resolution dual–camera system available on any smartphone today.
But it’s not just about megapixels. The main lens has a wide f1.7 aperture, capturing 36% more light than the camera on the OnePlus 3T, meaning images in low light look crisp and clear.
Autofocus is 40% faster than on the OnePlus 3T, while the beefed-up aperture means the camera can boost shutter speed to offer improved image stabilisation.
2) Portrait Mode
Professional ‘bokeh’ effects, allowing users to create portrait images with perfectly blurred backgrounds, have become a central battleground in the bid for smartphone camera supremacy in the past year.
The OnePlus 5 does this with aplomb, with custom software tweaking the definition and lighting of subjects, while the dual lens setup ensures everything behind is blurred out and doesn’t detract from the central part of the image.
3) Closer than close zoom
Zooming on smartphone cameras has long been a no-no, guaranteed to deliver grainy shots every time.
Dual lens cameras have changed that and OnePlus has run with this feature in its new smartphone.
Utilising optical zoom and the 20-megapixel telephoto lens, as well as multi–frame capturing tech, it trains in on subjects without degrading the quality of the image.
Tap once for immediate 2x zoom and use the on–screen slide for ultra-close 8x images, Ideal for gigs and sporting events.
4) Pro Mode
Smartphone cameras have been great as point-and-shoot snappers for years.
But they’ve long lagged behind fancier cameras when it comes to manual controls and tweaking images so that they’re just so.
The OnePlus 5’s stunning Pro Mode goes a long way to fixing that. As well as offering the ability to modify shutter speed, ISO, focus, exposure and white balance, it also has a histogram in the top right-hand corner of the screen to gauge the correct brightness of each and every shot.
The handset’s gyroscope allows you to align landscape shots perfectly, a green line showing when everything is perfectly straight.
There’s support for RAW images too, so you can properly edit images on a PC or tablet.
And you can even create two of your own Pro Mode settings profiles, ideal for when you’re shooting in the same conditions and want true control of your handiwork.
5) Smart Capture
Analysing the conditions, whether you’re in bright sunlight or a darkly lit room, the OnePlus 5’s Smart Capture software will select the best feature to use to ensure you get the perfect shot.
Noise and graininess is automatically cleared by comparing different frames of the same image and getting rid of inconsistencies, while the improved HDR mode back lights mean no nasty shadows.