OnePlus 3 has just been launched in India, and at Rs 27,999, offers a whole lot of bang for your buck. While specifications like an all-metal unibody design, 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery with Dash Charge tech are enough to woo many potential customers, there's one area which deserves special mention. Of course, we're talking about the cameras. The OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 offered some of the better cameras in their price range, but the OnePlus 3 ups the ante here. The primary camera is a 16-megapixel unit that uses a Sony IMX 298 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, OIS, EIS and 4K video recording. The front 8MP camera features f/2.0 aperture and can record video in 1080p.
Captured on a cloudy afternoon in Bangalore, this long shot has turned out pretty well considering the lighting conditions weren't ideal. The clarity is really good for a smartphone camera, with even the buildings in the background in sharp focus. The image also looks evenly exposed, with colours captured accurately.
Macros are our favourite type of photo to test, and in this case, the OnePlus 3 has done a stellar job. Not only has it captured the fly and the flower in sharp focus, but it's also blurred out the background beautifully for a nice depth of field effect. The colours in this image are spot on too, from the mauve of the flowers to the pale green of the leaves.
If you needed any further indication of the OnePlus 3's macro capabilities, this close crop of the image above should convince you. We were quite stunned at the level of detail visible in this image, from the furry edges of the flower to the fine hairs on the fly's body. But that doesn't compare to the way the camera has captured the fly's eyes – you can actually make out individual facets of the compound eye, and that's not an easy task for a smartphone camera.
Captured on a bright sunny day, we don't have much to complain about this image, but there are some areas of shadow. Let's see if the HDR mode can spruce things up.
Turning on the HDR mode is like giving the image a fresh lick of paint. The overall sharpness has improved, and you can see more detail in the lush tree cover.
Taken with the front camera, this sample shows the subject in clear focus. Skin tones appear natural, and the various colours in the subject are easily distinguishable too. There is a fair bit of noise though, even though the image was captured in ample daylight.
Night shots are usually problematic for smartphone cameras, but the OnePlus 3 has done a commendable job in this case. There's not much light in this image (because, powercuts), but there's still a lot of detail visible. You can make out the various fruit in the fruit shop, and see the wall art in the yoga centre at the top. There is visible noise, but we're happy with the overall sharpness of the image.
Like night shots, low light images are also tricky for smartphones. In this case, there's a lot of grain, but you can still see the subject and the colours clearly.
Turning on the flash has improved the sharpness and visibility, but the flash isn't evenly distributed, or as powerful as we'd have liked.
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