SPOT.ph Roadtest: A Day-to-Night Trial Run of the OPPO Reno7 5G's Camera
We took photos with the device so you know what to expect.
(SPOT.ph) New smartphone releases typically come with a long list of upgraded features—a more powerful processor, improved battery life, lighter construction, you get the gist—but perhaps one of the most talked-about specs of any mobile device is its camera quality. In a world exceedingly occupied by visual mediums—where taking and posting photographs and videos online is its very own career path—a topnotch camera can take you far. That’s why when we got our hands on the new OPPO Reno7 5G—a mid-range smartphone touted as an ideal companion for content creation—we were immediately curious. We decided to give the device’s camera a try and see how it would fare in the hands of a run-of-the-mill millennial with no professional photography experience, but a general enthusiasm for taking pictures (a.k.a. this writer). Keep reading to get our thoughts and to check out some photos taken with the smartphone.
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Note that the photos you'll see below are not cropped, enhanced, or doctored in anyway. They were, however, watermarked and sized down to fit this webpage.
SPOT.ph Roadtest: A Review of the OPPO Reno7 Camera
The Reno7 5G features a dual-camera setup on the back, which includes a 64-megapixel lens with 118-degree ultra-wide angle and a 2-megapixel macro camera. You also get a 32-megapixel front camera, which you’ll notice is located on the upper left hand side of the screen. Some notable features include Portrait Mode, which allows you to capture high-definition photos with bokeh effects, a Pro Mode that lets you adjust more advanced settings like aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, AI-powered portrait retouching, Ultra Night mode, and Live HDR. For the purposes of this review, we limited our test to just picture-taking, so while the device is also designed for high-quality video-recording, you won’t see much about that feature here.
We began by taking photos with the Reno7 5G during the daytime with plenty of sunlight around—typically the best time for capturing pics, especially if you’re an amateur. We were pleased with the results for both direct and indirect sunlight. The photos came out clear, sharp, and vibrant in terms of both color and texture. Quality was also pretty reliable in artificial light—less flattering to the subject of the photos, but that’s generally to be expected, especially if you use fluorescent bulbs.
Users also get a lot of settings to play around with—HDR can be enabled or disabled, filters and real-time retouching are available, the aspect ratio can be changed from the standard 3:4 to 16:9 or 1:1, a self-timer can be set, and the lens has a zoom capability of up to 20X. In Pro Mode, you can also opt to adjust the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture.
Since the device has a pretty impressive zoom limit, we played around with the setting. Though you get fairly decent quality when zooming into a subject about 2X, the image does tend to lose clarity above that, though most users probably won’t need an intense zoom for everyday use. We also tested out the wide lens feature, which can zoom outwards to about 0.6X. Though not the widest lens out there, you do get a few meters of extra space in the frame. Plus, the quality remains more or less the same even at a wide angle.
The OPPO Reno7 5G’s Portrait Mode is, in our book, one of its most impressive features and easily the star of the show. The bokeh effects on subjects are visible without looking awkward or creating an unnatural disconnect between background and foreground. Portrait Mode gives each shot a noticeable depth and drama, making even mundane images look breathtaking. Portrait Mode is also available on the front camera—though not as stunning as it is on the rear, you still get a pretty decent bokeh effect that doesn’t sacrifice quality.
In dark rooms, you don’t get too much out of Ultra Night mode, though that’s not exactly surprising and we doubt you’ll find yourself wanting to take photos in pitch-black rooms all that often. The flash, however, proved very powerful even in total darkness and the lens maintained its sharp quality when using it.
Where Ultra Night mode really shines is in more ambient settings—think quiet roads lit only by street lamps or a view of the city skyline in the evening. We were pretty impressed at the finished quality of the images taken in low-light with Ultra Night mode enabled. The photographs had a distinct clarity with little to no grain even in darker parts of the image, while still maintaining the calming look of nighttime.
Night mode and flash are also available on the front camera, though the selfie lens’ flash is a lot less powerful compared to the rear’s. The brightness of the front-cam flash itself was fairly impressive, providing illumination that’s enough to brighten the entire face without stinging the eyes. However, the finished result of night-time selfies wasn’t quite as pleasant on the eyes as that of back-cam photos—the front flash can tend to wash out the skin and won’t provide quite as sharp of an image. However, if your main goal is just to get a decent selfie while out to dinner or drinks—decent in the sense that everyone in the group is visible—the front lens should be pretty reliable.
Conclusion: Should you buy the OPPO Reno7 5G?
The OPPO Reno7 5G is a great option for those with a mid-range budget looking for a good-quality, easy-to-use smartphone camera that's reliable in most settings. Even the tech-averse would be able to take great shots with the device—both on the front and back lenses, but especially with the help of the seriously impressive Portrait Mode. Whether you're taking bright snapshots in the day time or more moody pics late at night, you'll find that the Reno7 5G is a smartphone you can depend on. Plus, with a wide variety of settings available on a user-friendly interface, you may even pick up some new photography skills.
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