I finally got thein my hands to see how its new camera compares to its main rivals, the , and . OnePlus unveiled , but I can only use it now. It’s the company’s new flagship phone, including some of the high-end specs seen in other 2022 flagship phones, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, gorgeous 6.7-inch display, 5G , Android 12, fast charging… the list goes on.
But it is the camera that particularly fascinates me. Not just because I’m a photographer, but because OnePlus phones generally have decent, but not great, cameras. And with the 10 Pro, OnePlus hopes to up its game. You’ll find three cameras on the rear: a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 50-megapixel ultrawide, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera offering 3.3x optical zoom.
It all sounds good. However, I got this phone quite early and OnePlus has insisted I’m only using the main camera for now. The rest of the new features, such as night mode, portrait mode, panorama and using either of the other cameras, will soon have to wait for our closer review. With that in mind, I pocketed some of the top 10 Pro rivals and headed to the beautiful Scottish coastal town of St. Monans to start the test.
My first photo was this pretty scene overlooking the harbour. The OnePlus 10 Pro did a great job here, with natural colors and a pleasing level of contrast. The Pixel’s photo had similar color and contrast while the iPhone’s had a slight change in color tone and it looked a bit darker.
Adjusting my position, I found this lovely scene using one of the fishing buoys as the foreground. Again, I like the OnePlus photo here, while the iPhone one looks a bit darker and the S22 Ultra one is much more vivid and punchy which you might prefer, but it’s definitely less natural in my opinion.
Then there’s the Pixel, which is probably my favorite from this particular test thanks to its nice overall colors and even contrast.
A feature OnePlus said I can usage is Pro mode, which means I can use its new Raw Plus format, which uses computational techniques like HDR but still results in a raw DNG file for easier editing. It’s pretty much the same as 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 allowed me to take the raw version of the buoy image and produce a niftier shot that I’m really happy with, with great colors but maintaining that exposure balance between the brighter sky and the prime shaded plane.
And I did the same thing here, taking a pretty dull photo and breathing a little more life into it in Lightroom.
I then moved around the bay to photograph this incredible zigzag breakwater jutting out into the water. The OnePlus 10 Pro did a great job balancing out the difficult exposure, and I think its shot is about on par with what I got from the iPhone, the S22 Ultra’s image being a little more cool and contrasting.
And that’s the exact same thing I found on those amazing rocks that weave their way through the frame. Shots of the OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro are all well balanced with fairly similar natural colors while the S22 Ultra has become a little cooler and punchier.
And that’s the kind of look I’d love to add to the edit if I wanted to, rather than letting the camera do it by default. I actually switched to raw plus in Pro mode again here on the OnePlus and I really like this moody black and white edit I made on this scene. It’s very crisp and the amount of dynamic range captured made it easy for me to lift shadows off rocks and control that bright sky.
But the OnePlus isn’t always perfect with its colors – I found this beautiful scene crouching in the waves which brought big rocks to the fore and thought the OnePlus shot was pretty too warm here , especially seen against the still cool tones of the S22 Ultra. The iPhone shot has more balance in my eyes and I think it got a better looking picture here as a result.
I also found the close-up to be slightly problematic for the OnePlus, with this macro shot having a lot of lens blur around the edge of the shot. This lens blur is much less noticeable in the iPhone 13 Pro image.
But overall, I’m impressed with how the OnePlus performed in this first test. It’s hard to say it’s better or worse than its rivals, at least at this point, but it’s definitely up there with them from what I’ve seen so far. Of course, we’ll also have to test things like night mode, portrait mode, its various new Hasselblad color modes, and telephoto and ultra-wide lenses to see how the whole camera experience stacks up. , but for now, that will have to wait for our full review.