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OnePlus 6T Camera Review: Climbing Up the Ladder

OxygenOS Camera low light samples taken by Mishaal

The OnePlus 6 represented a dramatic enchancment in digital camera efficiency for OnePlus telephones, which had been a sore level for the corporate up till then. With the discharge of the gadget, OnePlus went from having uninspiring picture high quality to a good displaying throughout the board, even in low mild. The OnePlus 6T, launched in November as a mid-cycle refresh of the OnePlus 6, shipped with the identical digital camera hardware, however with software program enhancements within the type of improved picture processing algorithms in addition to the brand new Nightscape mode for higher photographs in low mild. On the face of it, OnePlus appears to take pleasure in a cushty place on the prime of the reasonably priced flagship phase.

OnePlus 6T Boards

The smartphone market doesn’t keep nonetheless, nevertheless. Because the launch of the OnePlus 6T, rivals have been steadily growing the digital camera efficiency of their telephones by way of software program updates as properly. The Xiaomi POCO F1, for instance, has acquired Xiaomi’s personal Tremendous Night time Scene mode for a lift to its picture high quality. Extra just lately, the Honor View 20 goals to provide OnePlus a critical run for its cash with a 48MP rear digital camera, which comes loaded with Four-in-1 pixel binning, AI Extremely Readability and Night time Shot modes.

OnePlus, subsequently, can’t afford to relaxation on its laurels. Beforehand, we took a take a look at the OnePlus 6’s digital camera efficiency as part of our in-depth smartphone comparability (half 1 and half 2). We have now additionally beforehand reviewed the OnePlus 6T’s design and software program, in addition to its efficiency and battery life. Now, let’s look at the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera efficiency intimately.

Observe that this text will mix a standard digital camera evaluate with a comparability between pictures taken by the inventory OxygenOS Digital camera app of the OnePlus 6T with pictures taken by an unofficial Google Digital camera port developed by XDA Senior Member Arnova8G2. This can allow us to deal with two subjects directly: Can the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera measure as much as expectations when it comes to picture high quality and digital camera consumer expertise? Will utilizing an unofficial Google Digital camera port enhance the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera high quality?

OnePlus 6T Specs – Click on to broaden

Class Specification Class Specification
Dimensions & Weight 157.5 x 74.eight x eight.2mm


Design & Colours Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6)

Midnight Black, Mirror Black

Storage 128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 Twin-Lane
Show 6.41-inch 2340 x 1080 (19.5:9) Optic AMOLED show. 402 pixels per inch. Helps sRGB and DCI-P3. 86% screen-to-body ratio.

In-display fingerprint scanner.

Battery Three,700 mAh (non-removable)
Digital camera (Picture) Entrance: Sony IMX 371 (16MP, f/2.zero, 1.0μm) with EIS.

Rear (Main): Sony IMX 519 (16MP, f/1.7, 1.22μm) with OIS and EIS.

Rear (Secondary): Sony IMX 376Okay (20MP, f/1.7, 1.0μm).

Twin LED Flash

Charging Quick Cost (5V 4A)
Digital camera (Video) Entrance: [email protected][email protected]

Rear: [email protected]/60, [email protected]/60, [email protected]

Rear (sluggish movement): [email protected][email protected]

Ports USB 2.zero, Sort-C

Twin nano-SIM slots (worldwide mannequin)

Single nano-SIM slot (T-Cellular mannequin)

Software program Android 9 Pie-based OxygenOS 9 Audio Backside-facing speaker. Audio tuned by Dirac HD Sound. Dirac Energy Sound.
System-on-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU (4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 385) with Adreno 630 GPU Multimedia Codec Help Audio Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY

Audio Recording: WAV, AAC, AMR

Video Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265 (HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM

Video Recording: MP4

Picture Viewing: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF

Picture Output: JPEG

About this evaluate: I’ve the Indian 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant of the OnePlus 6T. The unit was offered by OnePlus India for reviewing functions.

OnePlus 6T Digital camera Specs

The OnePlus 6T has a twin rear digital camera setup. When it comes to hardware, the telephone ships with precisely the identical digital camera association as its predecessor, the OnePlus 6. It has a 16MP main rear digital camera with the Sony IMX519 sensor, 1/2.6” sensor measurement, 1.22μm pixels, f/1.7 aperture, Four.25mm focal size (25mm equal), and part detection autofocus. The primary digital camera has optical picture stabilization (OIS).

The 16MP digital camera is complemented by a 20MP secondary digital camera with the Sony IMX376Okay sensor, 1.0μm pixels, and f/1.7 aperture. The OnePlus 5T used its 20MP secondary digital camera to supposedly take higher pictures in low mild with Clever Pixel. As we examined final yr, nevertheless, that specific system didn’t work properly. For this reason OnePlus scrapped that use of the secondary digital camera within the OnePlus 6.

The OnePlus 6T (and by extension, the OnePlus 6) makes use of its secondary digital camera just for depth detection in portrait mode. The telephone can take video at as much as 4K decision in 60fps and there’s EIS help for [email protected] and [email protected] video decision modes. It’s value noting that OnePlus doesn’t present an choice to document video within the HEVC codec, which signifies that [email protected] movies, particularly, have monumental file sizes (we could have extra to say on this within the video high quality analysis part).

On paper, the OnePlus 6T has an atypical digital camera system. During the last two years, rivals have largely chosen to forego 16MP cameras in favor of 12MP cameras for a greater stability of daylight and low mild images. The OnePlus 6T’s 16MP main digital camera nonetheless has a shiny f/1.7 aperture and a 1.22μm pixel measurement, nevertheless it’s apparent that it’ll have an inherent drawback in low mild. Conversely, daylight pictures may be anticipated to have extra element, however this isn’t all the time the case as spatial decision isn’t equal to the variety of megapixels. In truth, we’ve seen it’s performed out many occasions that a digital camera with a decrease megapixel rely will resolve extra element than a digital camera with a better megapixel rely. Noise discount (NR), sharpening, and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are all massive elements which assist to find out the quantity of element being reserved by a digital camera system.

The character of the telephone’s twin digital camera association signifies that it additionally doesn’t have a telephoto lens or an ultra-wide angle digital camera. OnePlus hasn’t chosen to have a 2x telephoto lens in its telephones because the OnePlus 5 in 2017. Though almost each telephone on this worth bracket doesn’t have a telephoto lens or a wide-angle digital camera, it’s a disgrace to see OnePlus’ secondary digital camera having such restricted use.

OnePlus 6T Digital camera app and consumer expertise

Digital camera app

The OnePlus 6T’s OxygenOS Digital camera app appears the identical because the OnePlus 6’s digital camera app. The choices are specified by an intuitive method, and 4 buttons are seen on the prime: Timer, Facet ratio (Four:Three/16:9/1:1), Flash, and HDR (Off/Auto/On) (if guide HDR management is enabled in settings). The app follows the favored consumer interface paradigm of swipeable modes on the backside: Video, Photograph, Portrait, and Night time. Customers can faucet on the arrow above a mode to entry different modes, that are Professional Mode, Time-lapse, Panorama, and Sluggish movement, in addition to head to the Settings.

The Professional Mode has all of the options customers will anticipate, together with shutter velocity management, ISO, white stability, focus distance, and publicity compensation. Customers can take pictures in RAW instantly from the digital camera app, and a histogram is enabled by default.

The Sluggish-motion mode allows customers to document slow-motion video in [email protected] or [email protected] [email protected] slow-motion video could be recorded for a most of 1 minute.

Within the Settings app, customers can allow guide HDR management, auto night time scene detection (which is disabled by default), a “Shot on OnePlus” watermark, smile seize for self-portraits, and select whether or not to allow a histogram in professional mode.

The OnePlus 6T takes photographs in 15.9MP (4608×3456) decision at Four:Three facet ratio. Lastly, customers can entry Google Lens immediately from the digital camera preview.

Digital camera consumer expertise

When it comes to the consumer expertise of the OxygenOS digital camera app, the OnePlus 6T represents a big regression from older OnePlus telephones such because the OnePlus 3T. It’s because regularly, every time the consumer opens the digital camera app and takes a photograph, the onscreen shutter button is unresponsive. Customers should press the button at the least two or 3 times for it to reply. This can be a bug that has been persistent throughout a number of OTA updates acquired over the course of reviewing the gadget, and it results in a degradation in consumer expertise.

When it really works, the OnePlus 6T makes use of its part detection autofocus (PDAF) to focus shortly, and take photographs with out obvious shutter lag in daylight. In low mild, the digital camera does have a slight quantity of shutter lag, which might be inconsistent at occasions. It’s additionally value noting right here that the telephone doesn’t have twin pixel autofocus. Prime-tier flagship telephones will usually do a greater job than the OnePlus 6T on the subject of the velocity of focusing and taking pictures, particularly in low mild.

The digital camera app maintains a excessive body price in all instances, which is a plus. Nevertheless, a minor destructive right here is that the decision of the digital camera preview isn’t as excessive because it could possibly be. One other factor which I discovered deceptive is that in low mild, the digital camera preview will virtually all the time present a darkish, underexposed photograph, whereas the ultimate photograph might be correctly uncovered. Lesson discovered: Customers ought to ignore the lighting of the digital camera preview in low mild.

Finally, the digital camera app’s consumer expertise isn’t as nice because it might have been. The fast difficulty which wants fixing is the unresponsive nature of the shutter button for the primary picture taken after opening the digital camera app.

OnePlus 6T Picture High quality Evaluation (OxygenOS Digital camera app)

Methodology: All photographs have been taken handheld in Photograph mode, with HDR set to Auto.

OnePlus has made spectacular strides in picture high quality during the last yr, and the outcomes are clear to see. The OxygenOS Digital camera app pictures present nice publicity, correct colours, well-balanced element, minimal luminance noise at full decision, and wonderful dynamic vary. On first look, the photographs are indistinguishable from a photograph taken by a top-tier flagship smartphone digital camera.

Listed here are the samples that have been taken by XDA’s Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman in Beijing and Paris. Viewing the samples at 100% decision, no obvious errors are noticed. White stability and colour accuracy are on level. There’s very minimal synthetic sharpening, which is a plus. The OnePlus 6T’s digital camera, subsequently, is a dependable, constant performer in daylight.

The samples do present that digital zoom just isn’t beneficial for use even in daylight, because it has a detrimental influence on element. The shortage of a telephoto lens with true optical zoom makes itself felt right here.

At 100% decision, the photographs nonetheless present inferior element in comparison with pictures taken by “best-of-the-best” smartphone cameras such because the Pixel Three XL. Which means regardless of having extra megapixels, the OnePlus 6T has no benefit in precise spatial decision. Nevertheless, high quality texture and pure element in timber, leaves, branches, grass, and so on, continues to be well-maintained, and noise is stored in verify for probably the most half. Some samples do present processing artifacts on the edges, however nook softness isn’t a problem. Because of HDR auto, dynamic vary is a serious plus level, and it really works nicely in daylight. As a result of improved processing, the digital camera may even take good photographs when pointing it immediately on the solar.

A minor critique relevant right here is the overblown “HDR impact.” OnePlus has gone a bit overboard on this respect as a result of, in some samples, the impact is clear to the purpose the place it seems to be barely synthetic.

The picture high quality of the OxygenOS Digital camera app predictably deteriorates in indoor circumstances. Sadly, the lower in picture high quality is bigger than what one would anticipate. As quickly as the sunshine ranges go down, the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera begins battling publicity, element, and dynamic vary. Furthermore, indoor pictures taken in poor lighting include a worryingly excessive quantity of artifacts, that are seen at full decision. OnePlus makes use of a particularly aggressive noise discount algorithm in low mild, to spice up mild seize in any respect prices. Such an strategy often comes with pitfalls, and the identical is true on this case. Because of the f/1.7 aperture, indoor photographs often are uncovered correctly, however the digital camera could be inconsistent right here. Shadow element falls off a cliff in far too many indoor conditions, resulting in underexposed elements of the body.

The constructive facet of the OxygenOS Digital camera indoors is that it may well seize ok element typically (particularly when there’s sufficient synthetic mild). Sadly, OnePlus is just preventing towards physics right here. Using a 16MP digital camera with a 1.22μm pixel measurement proves to be a detriment in indoor picture high quality. (This additionally signifies that it’s a lose-lose state of affairs, as having 16MP decision doesn’t truly end in extra detailed pictures in daylight.) Luminance noise additionally turns into a problem, and when mixed with processing artifacts, the ensuing photographs don’t stand as much as scrutiny, even compared towards older flagships. Fortunately, chromatic noise is usually not a problem in indoor picture samples.

The aforementioned comparisons with flagship smartphone cameras don’t inform an amazing story for the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera (OxygenOS) with respect to indoor pictures. The Google Pixel Three XL, Huawei P20 Professional, Huawei Mate 20 Professional, Samsung Galaxy Notice 9, and the LG V40 ThinQ are all capable of take considerably higher indoor photographs. The Vivo NEX S additionally manages to beat the OnePlus 6T right here.

On the decrease finish of the worth spectrum, the OnePlus 6T is ready to outperform the Xiaomi POCO F1’s digital camera in a inventory versus inventory state of affairs. The POCO F1’s Tremendous Night time Scene mode, nevertheless, is best than OnePlus’ Nightscape mode, which allows it to take larger high quality indoor pictures as nicely. As the sunshine ranges lower, the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera begins fighting movement blur, luminance noise, decreased ranges of sunshine seize, and considerably decreased element. Utilizing OnePlus’ Nightscape mode doesn’t assist indoors as we get the oil portray impact, exemplified. There’s a unfavourable influence on picture high quality when it comes to element, and even publicity doesn’t get considerably boosted.

General, OnePlus nonetheless has some method to go earlier than the corporate can match flagship smartphone cameras with respect to indoor images. The corporate’s price of enchancment on this area has been disappointingly sluggish during the last two years, and we hope to see the tempo decide up within the close to future.

The picture high quality of the OxygenOS Digital camera app indoors is uninspiring, so the state of affairs naturally appears troublesome for the OnePlus 6T in low mild. Over the previous yr, we have now seen a number of smartphone distributors undertake using computational images in particular Night time Modes, with Huawei being the pioneer on this subject. As of writing, Huawei, Honor, Google, and Xiaomi all have particular Night time Modes utilizing a number of exposures for picture stacking, and Samsung is reported to launch its personal Brilliant Night time mode as a part of the Samsung Galaxy S10. OnePlus entered the rising record of distributors by releasing Nightscape mode with the OnePlus 6T.

Nevertheless, Nightscape mode is a pedestrian try to duplicate what Google and Huawei have been doing so efficiently with Night time Sight and Night time Mode respectively. In Nightscape mode, the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera takes a number of exposures and stacks them collectively. The digital camera takes solely 1-2 seconds to take pictures, nevertheless, signifying that it might solely be taking 2-Three exposures. The processing workflow additionally consists of publicity compensation and heavy use of the noise blur/discount algorithm.

The outcomes don’t show their value, sadly. Nightscape photographs have usually proved to be worse than their regular counterparts. Some Nightscape photographs may even end up darker than their regular counterparts, which was shocking to see. The heavy-handed use of noise discount manages to blur most element, which considerably deteriorates picture high quality. I feel it’s truthful to say that Nightscape mode has an extended option to go earlier than it catches up with the extra profitable computational images night time modes we now have seen up to now.

OxygenOS Camera low light samples taken by Mishaal

Once we transfer again to the evaluation of pictures taken in the usual Photograph mode, the state of affairs improves. Low-light images continues to be not a power of the OnePlus 6T’s OxygenOS digital camera, although. Excessive quantities of luminance noise are seen in picture samples, even at downscaled resolutions, though chromatic noise is usually absent. Picture artifacts proceed to make themselves felt. Shutter lag represents elevated probabilities of digital camera shake and movement blur. Element and lightweight seize is an enchancment over previous OnePlus telephones, however as rivals proceed to make speedy enhancements on this area, OnePlus is beginning to wrestle right here.

When it comes to mild seize, for instance, the OnePlus 6T falls behind most well-known 2018 flagships due to its inherent pixel measurement drawback. Using an f/1.7 aperture does assist right here, and so does OIS. Nevertheless, the heavy-handed processing mixed with the pixel measurement bottleneck leads to the lower in picture high quality.

As the sunshine seize immediately determines points resembling dynamic vary and shadow element, OnePlus might want to transfer to a brand new digital camera sensor with a much bigger pixel measurement for the subsequent era to be able to enhance mild sensitivity. A sensor with higher DTI (deep trench isolation) would additionally assist right here, each when it comes to focusing and picture high quality.

Compared with reasonably priced flagships, the OnePlus 6T once more manages to narrowly beat the Xiaomi POCO F1. Nevertheless, the tables are turned when evaluating the telephones’ devoted night time modes. The POCO F1’s tremendous night time scene mode helps it sneak previous the OnePlus 6T, regardless of not having OIS. Nightscape is of extraordinarily restricted use as of its present iteration.

General, I proceed to stay disillusioned by OnePlus’ efforts in low mild imaging. Whereas rivals are rushing ahead right here, OnePlus is shifting steadily up at its personal sluggish tempo. The issue is that such a sluggish tempo of enchancment might lead the corporate to fall even additional behind the likes of Honor and Xiaomi, which have telephones on each side of the worth spectrum. For the subsequent era, OnePlus must considerably enhance its low mild picture processing algorithms and utterly revamp the Nightscape mode. Extra laid again noise discount to protect element and higher processing of picture artifacts can be main steps ahead.

OnePlus 6T – OxygenOS Digital camera vs. Google Digital camera Picture High quality Comparability

Methodology (Google Digital camera picture samples): All photographs have been taken handheld in both “HDR+ Enhanced” or “Night time Sight” modes. “HDR+ on” mode with zero shutter lag doesn’t work on the OnePlus 6T, at the least as of writing. The Google Digital camera port used on this evaluate could be downloaded from right here, and it was developed by XDA Senior Member Arnova8G2.

On the OnePlus 6T, this port can take pictures with a most decision of solely 12.0MP (4000×3000). OnePlus telephones have confronted a number of well-documented points with Google Digital camera ports prior to now because of issues with OnePlus’ implementation of the Camera2 API. The OnePlus 6T, sadly, isn’t free from such points. With model 1.Three of Arnova8G2’s GCam Pixel3Mod port, I used to be unable to get HDR+ on mode to work, which meant that Zero Shutter Lag was not working. This naturally signifies that photographs of shifting objects have been out of the query.

Additionally, the consumer expertise of the unofficial Google Digital camera port nonetheless sadly stays poor. The decision of the preview is far decrease than what it must be. The app nonetheless stays susceptible to crashes. For instance, the digital camera will incessantly fail to save lots of a photograph within the Night time Sight mode as it’s going to cease in the midst of taking exposures. This final situation is extremely prevalent, to the purpose the place I don’t believe taking such photographs with the Google Digital camera port.

OxygenOS Camera daylight morning samples

OxygenOS Camera evening daylight samples

The Google Digital camera pictures taken in daylight aren’t anyplace close to as spectacular because the OxygenOS Digital camera samples (which could be seen above). Most samples are underexposed, which naturally has an hostile impact on element. It must be famous that the noise discount algorithm of the Google Digital camera port is definitely good, as element is retained as an alternative of being blurred as part of the noise discount course of. Because of the substantial deficit within the quantity of sunshine being captured, nevertheless, shadow element shouldn’t be retained. (See daylight night picture samples taken with Google Digital camera HDR+ enhanced under.)

Google Camera evening daylight samples

Google Digital camera’s HDR+ workflow historically has a bonus in dynamic vary, although such an strategy results in its personal shortcomings. Nevertheless, not one of the benefits appear to be relevant within the port for the OnePlus 6T. The samples present an inferior dynamic vary in comparison with the OxygenOS Digital camera samples, which is shocking, to say the least.

Finally, it’s onerous to favor the Google Digital camera daylight samples over the OxygenOS Digital camera daylight samples. The Google Digital camera samples might have a greater noise discount algorithm, however the large drawback in publicity erases all different advantages. There’s additionally the truth that because of the absence of zero shutter lag, any photograph taken of a shifting object with the Google Digital camera port gained’t end up nice.

The positives of the Google Digital camera port embrace the shortage of aggressive noise discount, which may result in extra element in greatest case situations (regardless of the 12MP most decision limitation). Nevertheless, the dynamic vary deficit is just too huge a loss to swallow.

General, with regards to picture high quality in daylight, I feel it’s a simple win for the OxygenOS Digital camera app. OnePlus might nonetheless stand to enhance picture high quality through the use of a much less aggressive noise discount algorithm and decreasing processing artifacts, which generally tend to seem in some spots on the edges of the body. Nevertheless, the corporate is already in a superb place. The basics of nice photographs are in place right here, and the OnePlus 6T’s digital camera could be legitimately in contrast with higher-priced smartphone cameras on this space.

For instance, the Pixel Three will take extra detailed photographs, however at the price of underexposure (because of the inherent nature of Google Digital camera’s workflow, which takes a collection of underexposed exposures after which stacks them to scale back noise). Telephones just like the Huawei P20 Professional/Huawei Mate 20 Professional and the Samsung Galaxy S9/Samsung Galaxy Observe 9 may have a simple benefit when it comes to publicity and dynamic vary, however when it comes to element, the OnePlus 6T is surprisingly capable of strongly compete with each telephones in daylight. Typically the telephone even goes forward of those established rivals, whereas different occasions it might fail to maintain up. On common, it may well tie with the most effective of the most effective in daylight, and that’s no small achievement.

The Google Digital camera port, then again, doesn’t appear to work nicely in daylight. Its strengths are few and much between, and the port is hamstrung by a hard-hitting record of negatives. Most customers are higher off utilizing solely the OxygenOS Digital camera app in daylight. The state of affairs modifications as we head indoors, nevertheless. (See OxygenOS Digital camera indoor samples under.)

OxygenOS Camera indoor food samples

The Google Digital camera port proves its value indoors. Picture high quality is considerably higher than the OxygenOS Digital camera app indoors. The variations are seen in all elementary elements: publicity, element, colour element, noise discount, and dynamic vary. Utilizing Google Digital camera’s Night time Sight supplies a good suggestion of what the digital camera is admittedly able to. To place it merely: Night time Sight leads to nice indoor pictures, however the picture has to truly be saved first, and with the present unstable state of the unofficial Google Digital camera port, that’s not all the time a given. (See Google Digital camera Night time Sight picture samples under.)

Google Camera Night Sight samples

We have now seen that utilizing OxygenOS Digital camera in low mild doesn’t end in class-leading pictures. Customers of the OnePlus 6T have an alternative choice for low mild images, although. Enter Night time Sight courtesy of the Google Digital camera port. To say that Night time Sight makes the OnePlus 6T a unique digital camera can be to make an understatement. In low mild, Night time Sight helps the OnePlus 6T seize photographs far above the extent of the OxygenOS Digital camera. The development in picture high quality is stark sufficient to the purpose the place photographs could be legitimately in contrast with the Pixel Three XL’s official Night time Sight mode, though the Pixel predictably nonetheless retains a tangible high quality benefit because of its digital camera hardware. When it comes to element retention, Night time Sight allows the digital camera to realize an equal footing with the well-renowned Huawei/Honor cameras. (See Google Digital camera HDR+ enhanced low mild picture samples under.)

Google Camera HDR+ Enhanced samples

The draw back to Night time Sight is that it takes Three-6 seconds to seize a photograph because it captures a number of lengthy publicity frames after which stacks them. The outcomes are well worth the effort, although. Zero shutter lag, in any case, doesn’t presently work within the Google Digital camera port. To take quicker pictures on the expense of lowered picture high quality, customers can use the “HDR+ Enhanced” mode in low mild.

As it’s, the unofficial Google Digital camera port scores a well-deserved win right here. Customers can reap the benefits of the port to take larger high quality pictures in low mild. Night time Sight could also be unstable and vulnerable to crashing as of now, however the enchancment in picture high quality is one thing that can’t be denied.

OnePlus 6T Video Recording Analysis

The OnePlus 6T has a powerful record of video recording capabilities. It could possibly report video in [email protected]a function which even the Google Pixel Three XL doesn’t have. It has OIS in addition to digital picture stabilization (EIS) for video recording, though EIS is disabled on 60fps video modes. Let’s see how the video high quality measures up.

The star of the present is the [email protected] video recording mode. The telephone limits the size of [email protected] video recording to a most of 5 minutes. EIS is disabled on this mode. Sadly, OnePlus doesn’t present an choice to document movies within the HEVC encoder, and all movies are encoded in H264. OnePlus can also be utilizing a crazily excessive 120Mbps bitrate for [email protected] movies, which suggests file sizes of such movies have a few of the highest file sizes of movies recorded by a smartphone digital camera (for instance, a [email protected] video having a recording size of 1:00 has a file measurement of 868MB).

Even making an allowance for the plentiful 128GB/256GB inner storage choices of the OnePlus 6T, I really feel OnePlus missed a chance right here to both report [email protected] movies in HEVC, which might result in dramatically decrease file sizes, or use a decrease high quality bitrate in H264 (for instance, 60Mbps) to have a greater stability of file sizes and video high quality.

The [email protected] movies have big file sizes, however the video high quality lives as much as its value in daylight. There isn’t a EIS on this mode, which predictably results in the shortage of high quality stabilization. Then again, the field-of-view is unchanged. There’s a particular “wow-effect” with [email protected] movies as they’ve wonderful element, publicity, colour accuracy, and dynamic vary in daylight. It will be nice if OnePlus might work out a strategy to allow EIS in [email protected] movies within the subsequent era.

Because of the 60fps body fee, this mode just isn’t fitted to recording movies in low mild. Movies come out drastically underexposed and the [email protected] choice is to be most popular.

[email protected] movies have less-extreme file sizes and a bit price of 41Mbps. They are often recorded for a most of 10 minutes. EIS is lively on this mode, and aside from the body price, the video high quality has the identical nice traits as [email protected] movies. OnePlus has additionally improved EIS to the purpose the place it really works very properly throughout strolling. It’s much less efficient throughout panning whereas recording, however general, there’s not a lot to complain about. In low mild, element ranges do fall off, as anticipated. Luminance noise and underexposure additionally begin turning into points, however it must be famous that such movies are nonetheless usable.

[email protected] movies and [email protected] movies, recorded with bitrates of 40Mbps and 20Mbps respectively, share a lot of the traits of the 4K video recording modes. EIS nonetheless doesn’t look like enabled on [email protected] movies, which is a disgrace. The shortage of stabilization leads to shaky movies, however conversely, it helps to resolve extra element. Finally, customers should make a compromise between the extent of element and the standard of stabilization.

General, OnePlus does deserve plaudits for offering selection with regards to resolutions in video recording. There are some inexplicable selections resembling the shortage of an choice to encode movies within the HEVC encoder, and low mild movies are affected by the identical points that mar the digital camera’s picture high quality in low mild. Finally, video recording is a power of the OnePlus 6T.

OnePlus 6T Entrance Digital camera

OxygenOS Camera front camera samples by MishaalThe OnePlus 6T has a 16MP front-facing digital camera. The specs for this entrance digital camera have been the identical for a number of generations now, and I’m nonetheless not impressed by its output. Element is smudged away by heavy-handed noise discount and samples are affected by haze and underexposure. OnePlus not has a bonus right here in its worth vary, because the Xiaomi POCO F1’s 20MP front-facing digital camera takes extra detailed and better-exposed pictures. (Even the Xiaomi Mi A2 proves itself higher on this respect.)

The  Pixel Three XL stays the front-facing digital camera picture high quality champion with its pair of twin 8MP (normal + wide-angle) front-facing cameras. The OnePlus 6T’s front-facing digital camera continues to be hampered by the identical points that hampered the front-facing cameras of the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5T.

Portrait mode for the front-facing digital camera works, however it may be irritating. The trouble itself is delicate, to the purpose the place it has restricted use. This isn’t only a critique of the OnePlus 6T’s portrait mode, nevertheless. Basically, I feel portrait mode in telephones has fairly a solution to go earlier than it reaches DSLR-level bokeh. Edge detection, for instance, continues to be a serious problem with the Google Pixel’s portrait mode. The OnePlus 6T is not any totally different on this respect.

Customers do have an choice to take higher high quality pictures with the front-facing digital camera through the use of the Google Digital camera port. Sadly, Google Digital camera can take photographs with a most decision of solely 4MP utilizing the OnePlus 6T’s entrance digital camera. Because of HDR+ Enhanced and Night time Sight, nevertheless, these pictures are nonetheless holistically higher pictures than their 16MP OxygenOS Digital camera counterparts, as they’ve a lot better element. The Google Digital camera port additionally handles pores and skin tones higher.

Front camera comparison: OxygenOS Camera vs. Google CameraGeneral, the OnePlus 6T’s front-facing digital camera is not more than satisfactory when utilizing the inventory OxygenOS Digital camera app. Night time Sight could be a good various so long as customers are prepared to swallow the loss in decision. It also needs to be talked about right here that taking photographs with the entrance digital camera within the Google Digital camera port is an much more buggy and unstable expertise. Frequent crashes hamper the consumer expertise and mitigate the picture high quality benefit of the port.


Cameras are one of many hardest elements to get proper in smartphones. New improvements within the subject of cameras will proceed to happen in the remainder of 2019, and even famend digital camera leaders corresponding to Google, Huawei, and Samsung can nonetheless enhance their smartphone cameras in numerous features.

For OnePlus, the state of affairs is totally different.

Since its inception, the corporate has been recognized for offering wonderful efficiency, clear software program, and high-value propositions. It has been capable of dominate the reasonably priced flagship market, however it hasn’t achieved so on the idea of its digital camera efficiency. Quite the opposite, digital camera efficiency has, up till now, often been a weak spot for the corporate’s telephones.

The OnePlus 6T doesn’t single-handedly change the notion of OnePlus smartphone cameras not with the ability to compete with top-tier smartphone cameras. As an alternative, it represents one other step being climbed. In some areas, akin to daylight picture high quality, OnePlus has almost arrived on the prime as pictures may be in contrast head-to-head with telephones that value two occasions the worth of the OnePlus 6T. In different areas, there are nonetheless fairly a couple of steps left on the ladder to climb.

The issue, in fact, just isn’t the existence of flagship smartphones. It’s the existence of telephones such because the POCO F1 and the Honor View 20, that are threatening to beat OnePlus at its personal recreation, and succeeding in some areas. The problem, subsequently, has been set right down to OnePlus. We will’t wait to see what the corporate comes up with subsequent.

OnePlus 6T Boards

OnePlus 6T Product Pages

For those who’re occupied with buying the OnePlus 6T, we advocate you go to the official product pages for pricing and availability info.

(U.S.) OnePlus 6T Product Web page(India) OnePlus 6T Product Web page(United Kingdom) OnePlus 6T Product Web page(France) OnePlus 6T Product Web page(Germany) OnePlus 6T Product Web page(Spain) OnePlus 6T Product Web page

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