OnePlus One takes on the Oppo Find 5 and Nikon D3100 DSLR in a camera shootout

by: Robert TriggsApril 22, 2014

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We were pretty impressed by the first batch of snaps captured with the upcoming OnePlus One smartphone, but we really wanted to see a little more of just how well the OnePlus One stacked up against the competition. This time around the handset has gone up against an Oppo Find 5, which features an older Sony Exmor RS sensor, and the entry level Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera.

As far as sensors go, the OnePlus smartphone features a 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX214 f/2.0 sensor with OnePlus’s own 6 layer lens module, the Oppo Find 5 has an older Sony IMX135 sensor with f/2.2 aperture, whilst the Nikon D3100 features a 14.2 megapixel 23.1 mm × 15.4 mm Nikon DX CMOS sensor with a f/3.5-5.8 18-55 variable zoom lens. All of the images were taken using the devices’ auto modes, without the aid of a flash, HDR filters, or any post-processing effects. Each camera was tested in a variety of lighting conditions, including extreme low light, which can be found in the gallery below (the order goes OnePlus One, Nikon D3100, and then the Find 5).

Not surprisingly, the OnePlus One’s newer Sony image sensor surpasses the Oppo Find 5’s in most of the categories. The low lighting results are particularly impressive. But the really interesting result is that the OnePlus One offers up quite a comparable performance with the Nikon D3100 in nearly all of the images. Although the OnePlus One’s color balance might be a little skewed towards yellow and orange in some cases, there’s a noticeable lack of grain in the images, which is a common deficiency when comparing smartphones to larger sensor DSLR cameras. It’s quite impressive.

If this hasn’t convinced you yet, the OnePlus One can also shoot 4K video with similarly impressive lighting results and detail. Although the video below obviously doesn’t do the original 4K footage justice, you’re probably not going to be watching it on a 4K screen either, it serves as a good example of the smartphone’s video capture capabilities.

The camera quality looks like another reason to be excited about the OnePlus One. With the handset’s official unveiling just a day away, it won’t be long until we can finally see how the top of the line hardware specs that we’ve been hearing so much about all come together.

  • turboguy

    i’m sorry to say this but you guys are a bit slow
    I read this article a day ago on some other site :(

    But,still i love this website :)

  • Alfredo

    The real problem here is that you HAVE to know how to use a DSLR camera… compare cellphones to cellphones, leave the cameras out of the equation..

    • Guest123

      That and I’m sure they are cherry picking the pictures that make their device look as good as it possibly can.

      • AsakuraZero

        those DSLR pictures are bad on propose, bad focus on most of them, and its not like they are using a F2 lens with some good glass…

        • MasterMuffin

          Propose? :D

          • AsakuraZero

            typo, sometimes my primary language messes up my english :P

        • Alfredo

          Even with the stock lens, you should know how to recognize when the image is on focus before you hit the shutter button, plus, DSLRs cameras are not good at point and shot simply because they are not made for that.

    • Charles P

      The winner of photomania ( one them) said he took 3 photos and choosed the better one out of the three for each device. But remember all of them were on auto-mode!

  • MasterMuffin

    They’ve picked the worst photos from the camera and best from their smartphone. And why don’t they compare to a newer phone like S5, Find 7 or Z2? Because false marketing (well technically not false but still)

    • MaxWei

      Yeah, but it is still misleading.

      • MasterMuffin

        That’s what I was saying :)

        • gdagg

          The guy might just got those 3 devices on hand, this isn’t official.

          • MasterMuffin

            I didn’t realize that >_<

  • Iwan Haniyoto

    Compared Sony Exmor IMX214 f/2.0, Sony IMX135 sensor with f/2.2 and Nikon DX CMOS sensor with a f/3.5-5.8 18-55 ???
    Not fair! Try that with Nikon lens f/2.0 or f/2.8, i pretty sure the result will be very different.

  • lewdvig

    The f stop has nothing to do with the sensor. It is a measure of how wide the lens aperture is.

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