OnePlus 7T Shooting Experience
The cameras on the 7T are very, very good. The main camera provides 48 Megapixels of resolution which is double the resolution offered by my personal mirrorless big camera. As on the 7 Pro, the resolution isn’t just big, it’s high quality. The colors are vibrant, contrast is crisp, and detail preservation is stunning. Shooting 48 MP RAW files leads to malleable files that stand up to professional editing workflow on a laptop, while the tele and ultra wide cameras provide more resolution than most smartphones’ main cameras (not naming names here), which provides noteworthy image quality across the zoom range. We’re still waiting for the day all three lenses on a smartphone feature the same aperture, which will provide more optical consistency in differing lighting conditions.
Still, as with the 7 Pro, the native camera app’s UI is intuitive and slick, with the zoom in (2x) and zoom out (.6x) buttons easy to access and various features like file format and Pro modes simple to change while capturing the action in front of you. For the smartphone photographer who’s obsessed with resolution and options, OnePlus has put together a highly compelling package. The built-in lenses and imaging chip make this phone one of the most capable smartphone cameras we’ve seen. And the software under the hood keeps the colors, horizon lines, and overall UX remarkably smooth across the different built-in lenses. I can’t help but wonder if the tic-tac-toe, three-in-a-row cameras on the back were aligned that way to provide for the most seamless lens switching experience.