OnePlus 7 Pro Camera Review

We took the all-new 48 Megapixel OnePlus 7 Pro to Mexico, Colorado, and NYC to review its camera for photo and video shooting.

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OnePlus has quietly made a tradition of bringing innovative features and mind-boggling specs to market well before the larger manufacturers, and the new OnePlus 7 Pro is no exception. Before we dive into that staggering 48 Megapixel(!) camera or the three lenses on the back, let’s talk about a few of the features that you’ll notice when you first pick up the phone.

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No Notch, Better Selfies

The screen is as good as any we’ve seen on a premium smartphone, and on the 7 Pro, you get as much real estate as the largest iPhone XS Max—without the notch. OnePlus was able to utilize every bit of the 6.7 inch screen by pulling another hugely innovative trick. The selfie cam pops up from the top of the phone, eliminating the need to fit a camera into the screen area and allowing OnePlus to provide one of the sharpest and highest resolution front-facing cameras we’ve ever seen.

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Crystal Clear and Crazy Fast

The OnePlus 7 Pro is among the first phones to offer a 90Hz display for faster scrolling and refresh rates than all but the most specialized gaming phones and it provides full HDR10+ support, which means that shooting and editing video and photos is a breeze on this large and ultra-crisp display. Viewing everything from photos shot on the device to content-rich websites provides a crisp, colorful experience that rivals pro-grade laptop screens. With virtually no bezel, no notch, and a slim body that fits perfectly into the latest Moment photo case, the OnePlus 7 Pro offers all of the features that a photographer and videographer could ask for on the screen side of the phone. With the latest Snapdragon processor and OnePlus’ history at optimizing software and hardware as well as anyone in the game, the phone runs remarkably fast and doesn’t seem to get bogged down by even the heaviest video editing tasks. Now it’s time to flip it over…

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Highest Megapixel Camera of Any Smartphone

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the first smartphone we’ve tested with the new 48 Megapixel Sony sensor that promises to see wider release across the high-end phone market in the coming months. The sensor makes the most of every optical and software trick in the book, allowing the phone to capture images that are so detail-rich that even its ultra-high-definition screen cannot fully do the pictures justice. While it’s rare that people print their smartphone photos at sizes that max out the current resolutions, one of the nicest things about the surplus of megapixels is that even a 100% crop retains an impressive amount of sharpness and data. Milder crops retain enough detail to print or post online with no discernable loss of quality. 48 Megapixels is a staggering amount, more than my current DSLR offers and quite frankly more than most cameras on the market today. Is it necessary? Debatable. Is it awesome? Oh yeah.

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Shooting Experience

The native camera app offers features that are now familiar across smartphones, including the tap-to-switch between the three onboard cameras: the default (1x), the zoom (3x), and the wide (.6x). For speed and convenience, it’s hard to beat zooming in and out from the native field-of-view. As with all smartphones, though, the default camera at its standard 1x zoom provides the highest resolution and most natural colors, which makes it a perfect pairing with the full range of Moment lenses.

In the Moment Pro Camera App, the phone’s powerful image sensor and onboard processing mean that manual controls are sweeter than ever. With a native aperture of f/1.7 and 48 Megapixels of imaging goodness, the OnePlus 7 Pro is just begging to be pushed. From cranking the shutter speed and keeping the ISO down low to experimenting with a tripod and low-light situations, the sensor and glass on the 7 Pro are willing to put up with your experimental shenanigans and pursuit of the perfect shot.

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Portrait Mode

Portrait mode provides the most natural light ball bokeh we have seen from a smartphone depth-of-field simulation, though it can still be fooled into creating depth-of-field situations that are not totally sharp or authentic. Once you learn its situational strengths and weaknesses, it is a powerful tool for creating artistic bokeh on a smartphone. We might be a touch biased, but the most consistent results still come from sticking with the 1x camera and attaching the Moment Tele lens to use glass to create camera effects ranging from a closer subject to subject-background separation to simply doubling the camera’s reach while maintaining full use of the 48 Megapixel sensor.

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Nighttime Shooting

As one of the latest smartphones in the race for best low-light shooting, the 7 Pro offers seemingly magic nighttime shooting with its dedicate Night Mode and retains crisp contrast and low grain even under challenging settings on the Moment Pro Camera App.

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Wide Mode

Being able to zoom out from the native 1x camera is surreal. While the field of view isn't quite as wide as the Moment Wide lens, it is an impressive feature that pushes the envelope of what's possible with onboard phone cameras. The image slider below compares the same field of view with the standard and wide cameras. 

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Video

Shooting video with the Moment Anamorphic lens creates stunning results. The massive sensor, speedy screen, and Moment glass all combine to create buttery smooth 4K video with such vivid colors and crisp contrast that many of our videos looked edited straight out of camera! For the shooter who prefers to focus on capturing footage instead of processing it, the imaging engine in the OnePlus 7 Pro is a helpful companion that will happily crank out well-exposed and vivid footage in a wide variety of settings. We had a blast putting the video capabilities of this camera through its test on the Moment Offsite in Tulum, Mexico, where the vibrant colors of the streetscapes and the ocean really showed off what the 7 Pro is capable of. With a full video rig, the cinematic footage we produced was dialed and came with virtually no learning curve. Attach a lens, filter, and gimbal, open the Moment Pro Camera App, and go. We’re always testing new hardware and software, so having a phone that plays nicely with all of our favorite gear and produces excellent results right out of the box is a real treat.

Output

The hardware on the OnePlus 7 Pro is no joke. Three camera lenses, 48 Megapixels in the main camera, and ultra-fast processing mean that you can’t really blame the specs for the images and videos the phone captures. We found this to be true across a wide variety of settings, from sun-drenched days in Mexico to crisp mornings in Colorado to the bustling streets of New York.

Straight out of camera, the images and videos look like they have had slight adjustments in Lightroom or Premiere Rush. As with many spec-heavy phones, the images have such high resolution and dynamic range that everything feels like its clarity has been turned up. Many people appreciate pictures that pop right out of the phone; for the rest of us, there is a lot of latitude in the OnePlus 7 Pro files for editing them to fit the desired vibe. It’s a lot easier to turn down saturation and fade things a little bit than it is to accurately capture a challenging, contrasty situation with tons of dynamic range! Every photo in this article (except the photos of the phone) was shot on the 7 Pro and none of them were edited in any way. 

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The Bottom Line

There’s no question that OnePlus has delivered the loftiest overall spec list of any smartphone camera on the market today. As the first phone to feature the buzzy new 48 Megapixel sensor from Sony, it has a significant head start on the competition. And the team at OnePlus has made the most of the hardware by providing consistent glass and an imaging engine that favors colorful, high-contrast output with remarkable highlight preservation in even the most challenging situations. Mid-day sun in Mexico was no match for the 7 Pro, nor was a spastic dog while the phone was in Portrait Mode. Its autofocus, image processing, and hardware are all benchmarks on paper and in the real world.

For the Android user who enjoys tech specs and camera-centric devices, the OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the most compelling new phone launches this year. And we already have Moment Cases for it

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