I finally gotIn my hands and I’ll see what the camera can do.
OnePlus took the covers fromBut only now I was able to actually get it in my hands. It’s the company’s new flagship phone, including some of the latest specs seen in other 2022 flagships, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, an impressive 6.7-inch screen, 5G, Android 12, fast charging…on the spot.
But it’s the camera I’m particularly excited about. Not just because I’m a photographer, but because OnePlus phones usually have good cameras…but not great. And with the 10 Pro, OnePlus is hoping to up its game.
You’ll find three cameras on the back: a 48MP main sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens that offers a 3.3x optical zoom.
It all sounds great however, I got this phone pretty early on and has OnePlus insist on I’m only using the main camera at the moment. The rest of the new functions like night mode, portrait mode, panorama and using any of the other cameras will have to wait for our more in-depth review soon.
With that in mind, I’ve got some of the 10 Pro’s main competitors, andwith the phones being flown to the beautiful coastal town of St Monans in Scotland to begin testing.
My first shot was this beautiful scenery overlooking the harbor. The OnePlus 10 Pro did a great job here, with natural colors and an interesting contrast level. The Pixel image had similar colors and contrast while the iPhone had a slight shift in tone and looked darker.
After modifying my site, I found this beautiful scene using one of the fishing floats as an introduction. Again, I like the OnePlus shot here, while the iPhone looks a bit darker and the S22 Ultra’s shot is sharper and more vibrant, which you might prefer but is definitely less natural looking in my opinion.
Then there’s the Pixel, which is probably my favorite from this particular test thanks to its overall nice colors and even contrast.
OnePlus said one feature maybe use is Pro Mode, meaning I can use the new Raw Plus format, which uses computational techniques like HDR but still provides a raw DNG file for easier editing. It’s a lot like Apple’s ProRaw and I’m a big fan of the flexibility it gives me to adjust colors and exposure in apps like Adobe Lightroom.
This allows me to take the raw version of the image of the float and produce a more creative shot that really pleases me, with nice colors but keeping the exposure balance between the brighter sky and the dark foreground.
I did the same here, taking a rather blurry shot and bringing it more life in Lightroom.
Then I moved around the bay to photograph this amazing zigzag breakwater rushing into the water. The OnePlus 10 Pro did a great job balancing the hard exposure, and I think its shot is pretty much on par with what I got from the iPhone, with the S22 Ultra looking much nicer and more contrast.
And that’s exactly the same thing that I found on these amazing rocks curving their way into the tire. The shots from the OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, and Pixel 6 Pro are all well-balanced with perfectly similar natural colors while the S22 Ultra is cooler and more powerful.
And that’s the kind of look I’d add in editing if I wanted to, rather than having the camera do it by default. In fact, I switched to Raw plus in Pro mode back here on OnePlus and really like that black and white mood editing I made in this scene. It’s very sharp and the amount of dynamic range captured meant I could easily cast shadows on the rocks and control those bright skies.
But OnePlus doesn’t always come out with its color—I found this beautiful scene by bending in the waves that put some big rocks in front and found the OnePlus shot to be very warm here, especially when viewed against the consistently cool tones of the S22 Ultra. The iPhone shot did more balance to my eyes and I think it did a better looking photo here as a result.
I also found the zoom to be a slight problem for OnePlus, as this macro shot has a lot of lens blur around the edge of the image. This lens blur is less noticeable on the iPhone 13 Pro photo.
But overall, I’m impressed with how OnePlus fared in this early test. It’s hard to say it’s better or worse than its competitors, at least at this point, but it’s definitely up there with them based on what I’ve seen so far. Of course, we’ll have to put things like night mode, portrait mode, different new Hasselblad color modes and telephoto and ultra-wide lenses to the test as well to see how the entire camera experience stacks up, but for now that’s going to be waiting for our full review.