OnePlus unveils OnePlus 10 Pro camera specs

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After announcing the OnePlus 10 Pro earlier this week, OnePlus is slowly trickling out more details about its upcoming flagship phone. Now we know what the OP10 Pro’s rear cameras have to offer, and we’re a little disappointed.

After the unveiling of the design of the OnePlus 10 Pro on MondayOnePlus then announced the phone’s specs, including a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display, 80 watts wired charging, 50 watts wireless charging, a new haptic motor and dual stereo speakers. Pretty standard so far.

We already knew that the OP10 Pro would have a 50MP main camera, but today OnePlus is teasing some of the phone’s new camera modes and features. Some look promising, but also somewhat disappointing given the competition.

As part of OnePlus’ ongoing partnership with camera maker Hasselblad, the company is adding a feature to the OnePlus 10 Pro that it calls a Billion Color Solution, which works with Hasselblad’s Natural Color Calibration, allowing the phone to take full 10-bit photos. colour. OnePlus claims that this increase in color processing allows the OP10 Pro to capture 64 times more colors than last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro, while also eliminating distracting elements such as color stripes of photos.

Here’s a sample photo courtesy of OnePlus, taken with the new Billion Color processing Image: OnePlus

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With Hasselblad’s second-generation Pro mode, the OP10 Pro can also shoot RAW photos in 12-bit color. A new RAW+ setting gives photographers more control over their digital negatives, including data used for computational photography. This gives users the freedom to adjust and edit photos, which has become increasingly difficult with modern computational photography effects sometimes applied to RAW files with the user’s knowledge.

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s third major camera upgrade is a new 150-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, which OnePlus says is four times wider than the wide-angle lens of the typical smartphone. The 10 Pro also adds a new fish-eye shooting mode and a more traditional 110-degree wide-angle setting for times when you just need a slightly larger field of view compared to the phone’s main camera.

And here’s another photo sample of the OP10 Pro. Photo: OnePlus

Finally, a new movie mode gives users more control over ISO, shutter speed and other manual settings during capture, along with support for a LOG format for improved post-editing.

All these upgrades seem pretty good, right? But for a company that has to compete with the cameras on phones from Apple, Google and Samsung, I’m not sure it’s enough. Google is already way ahead when it comes to computational photography – check out the Pixel 6’s advanced features like automatic Face Unblur, a Magic Eraser tool and a long exposure mode, not to mention existing features like Super Res Zoom and Lake.

And maybe the cameras will absolutely blow us away. But there’s little context about the rest of the phone, details of which have been dragged out over the course of a week, and the OnePlus 10 Pro won’t officially launch until January 10 – and only in China. There is still no official launch schedule in the US or other regions.

And here’s an example taken using the OP10 Pro’s 150-degree ultra-wide camera. Image: OnePlus

Then there are some confusing elements, such as the OnePlus P2D 50T label stamped on the OP10 Pro’s camera module. The “2D” stands for the second-generation Hasselblad camera, while the “50T” stands for the phone’s 50MP main sensor and triple camera array. Actually? That’s a pretty silly branding for relatively mundane specs, making it feel like OnePlus’ other camera features might be a lot less cool than the company makes them sound.

OnePlus wants – and must – make a phone that can compete with the latest Pixel, Galaxy or iPhone, but the endless hype and unnecessarily dragged reveal of the OnePlus 10 Pro feels extremely extra. Sure, the preview images OnePlus has provided look good, but the real proof is how the camera performs in the wild – and for OnePlus’s sake, we’ll have to take a closer look sooner rather than later.

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