OnePlus has been on the market for around two years now, and within this small period, the company has achieved some marvelous milestone, not in the sales, but in terms of winning the smartphone industry. When the company first launched its OnePlus One, the Android consumers were introduced to such level of commitment first time, and for some people it was overwhelming. There might be some nuisance like invite-system in between a person who wants to buy the handset but can’t, at least not right away, but every company needs a strategy to create a hype in the market, and it was OnePlus’s clever strategies that helped the company to pull off the great first year.
This year the brand launched two handsets, OnePlus 2, which was the follow-up flagship smartphone and another one is the OnePlus X. We have been using the latest OnePlus smartphone for quite a long time, and it’s about time that we let you know how good or bad the camera on the OnePlus X is. So, let’s dive into to the detailed camera review of the smallest OnePlus handset.
The shiny device from the Chinese mobile startup sports a 13-megapixel image sensor on the rear side. The company is known to add hardware parts on their handsets only after a lot of R & D while most of the companies do that, but only the approach OnePlus has taken yielded good results. We does not correctly know whether the camera module used is from which brand and what is the true model number.
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On company’s official forum, there is a discussion regarding this, but it lead us to no proper belief. But if you go on the talk happening there, the OnePlus X sports a Samsung sensor, this time, ditching the Sony or even the Omnivision sensors. The model number used might be S5K3M2 or either S5K3L2; it’s not cleared by the company yet. Since, the camera module is supposed to be ISOCELL that’s why there is a high probability that it’s an S5K3M2.
Let’s not lost in the unknown details! The LED Flash accompanies the rear camera, and it has an aperture of f/2.2, which is not quite good as per the photography aspects go. But the camera outputs say it otherwise. We have tested the camera in many conditions; natural light, artificial light, dim light, and low light. But let’s first talk about the camera interface.
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The camera interface on the device is pretty similar to what you see on the Google Camera app, which comes on the Stock Android. The Oxygen OS on the OnePlus X has its own camera app, using the similar minimal design like Google Camera, OnePlus Camera app has different modes; Time-lapse, slow motion, photo, video and panorama on the main UI. There is a button for the timer, flashlight, camera switch and modes access around the shutter button. In terms of modes, you have only three options; Clear Image, HDR and Beauty mode.
Despite the camera module being a 13-megapixel as stated by the company, the maximum output mentioned in the camera settings for photos is 12.4MP in 4:3 ratio while if you’re looking to capture 16:9 capture you have to lower down the resolution to 7.9MP. The camera outputs in natural light had some of the stunning details; I liked capturing macro shots from this tiny handset. You can easily see the true color reproduction and incredible white balance in the samples. While the outputs aren’t super high in resolution like 16MP cameras, you still see good details.
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We were amazed by the artificial light captures as well, it had the tiniest possible detail, and you can zoom in the capture and read words written on an airplane, which is quite far from where you stand. While the low light photos were also interesting as even in the darkest condition, the camera was able to capture the details. I would say it wasn’t an artistic improvement after processing but a visual of what is real. We captured many images in the low light and were pretty satisfied with the results. Don’t expect the high-end smartphone photography from this handset and you’ll be happy with outputs.
Coming to the talk of the video recording, it has the capability to record up to 1080p videos unlike the OnePlus 2, which is capable of capturing 4K resolution. Even though, there is no Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), or button to enable EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization); we did like the video in terms of the quality and audio output. You can hear the audio clear; thanks to the quality microphone company has placed on the top edge.
The front facing camera is of 8-megapixel, which is quite the step up from 5MP modules in other OnePlus handsets. This has to be one of the best selfie cameras out there in the segment. There is a beauty mode option when you switch to front facing camera. I would recommend enabling this option all the time. There is a quite a difference you notice when between normal and beauty mode. But why I’m recommending to always keeping this mode on is because the virtual makeup done by the app is almost true to reality. It is not the widest lens but you can still fit many members at the family dinner table in a selfie.
This handset is not ideally priced right when compared to the other handsets in mid-range, but it does have its advantages. One of the impressive parts of the OnePlus X is the camera capabilities. After taking tons of camera samples from this device, we conclude that it indeed is spectacular as overall camera package. You get 13MP rear camera that is a good shooter for macro and distance shots as well as a selfie camera that is almost good as it can be comparable to other 8MP rear camera. Now if you were only waiting to hear about the camera conclusion of this handset before buying it, then we give it a go.