OnePlus One camera samples beat their own contest winners to the snap

by: Jonathan FeistApril 12, 2014

OnePlus One Camera Sample

Sticking true to their “Never Settle” mantra, OnePlus has some real world photo samples popping up over on Weibo from their soon to be released OnePlus One smartphone. Although there is no EXIF data to prove source, and the photos have been compressed into 1600×1200 or smaller jpegs, the images still show another reason to be excited about the OnePlus One smartphone.

OnePlus is calling their One a flagship killer. Early reports had us questioning that a little bit, but we now know the phone will come with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, 3100+mAh battery and a 13MP camera sensor. The camera sensor could provide quality similar to that of the Sony Xperia Z2, as the OnePlus One uses a 13MP Sony Exmor, f/2.0 aperture camera sensor with their own 6 lens configuration.

Last week, OnePlus held a contest, the winners of which were announced yesterday and will be receiving OnePlus One camera test units soon. The winners are to put the phones through their paces, taking and posting all sorts of real world pictures through social media. Keep tabs on Martinrm, ThirdEye and ZeGaby on Google+ next week, with hashtags #Photomania and #OnePlusCamera, to see more.

Ahead of the contest winners receiving their test camera units, the Chinese website is reporting that another camera test unit has been handed out. Kang Yi, who became an overnight sensation for being the face on the front of Renmin University of China’s website, is allegedly already firing out images from the phone on her Weibo profile. Check out the following gallery containing the photos posted by Kang Yi.

Self proclaimed display calibration specialist, and overall perfectionist of colors, François Simond had some great things to say about the supposed images by Kang Li. “What I see here is a conservative approach in the color calibration. Unlike almost every other smartphone camera” notes François Simond in his lengthy Google+ post on the topic. We agree that the photos look good, but you know what we want to see, some comparisons with those other smartphone cameras he mentions.

Over on the OnePlus forums, we’ve found some comparison photos that portray image quality dominance of the OnePlus One over the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2. As the flagship killer, we can’t wait for the next round where we would expect to see the OnePlus One pitted against current flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), LG G Pro 2 and especially the Sony Xperia Z2. For now, at least we get to see another image sample from what is promising to be an excellent smartphone.

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Now that we’ve strung you along looking at unconfirmed OnePlus One photos, we have a little treat for you, straight from OnePlus staff member Carl Pei on Google+. Below you will find a true official OnePlus One image sample. The blue plush Android robot comes in at a proper 4160×3120 resolution and has all the EXIF attached from the OnePlus device.

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With only a few images provided thus far, we can’t wait to see what Kang Li and the contest winners do with the OnePlus One camera. We look forward to more great samples from real world situations, until we can get our hands on the device to do our own testing.

Now that you’ve seen through a handful of images from the OnePlus One, are you eager to get your hands on One when it gets officially announced April 23rd?

  • najiy91

    maybe scared to compare with xperia z1 and z2.

    • Jonathan Feist

      That could be, or they just don’t have the phones to work with. It is a 13MP Sony camera sensor though, so it should stand up to the Z1 at least.

      • najiy91 a fan of sony and samsung.really hope sony will have ir blaster and aluminium openable back cover.

        • Dave Weinstein

          not likely that sony will build phones that open, they’re focused on waterproofing their devices!

          • spade

            But, GS5 is also water resistant certified, it doesn’t have any problem though

          • Jonathan Feist

            We’ll have to wait to see the drop tests on these devices spade. I don’t know about you, but when I accidentally drop a phone in the creek or a puddle on the streets, it usually hits a rock/concrete – if that back cover blows off the S5, the phone is toast.

  • Kacho_ON

    If you want to prove what your camera is worth you need to pit it against the iPhone 5S. There are many reasons why i don’t like iPhones but the camera isn’t one of them.

    • Dave Weinstein

      Plenty of time to compare the actual released phone to others when it launches in 11 days…

  • Dave Weinstein

    Is it going on sale on April 23rd? All they’ve promised is that they’re announcing it on April 23rd.

    Can you confirm that they’ll be selling them this month?

    • Jonathan Feist

      So sorry Dave. I was having Disqus login issues, else I would have responded sooner. Just got back in now. I am sad to say that I do not know any more than you the sales date for the device. But you made it clear that the liberties I took with the wording were misleading, so I had to change that. Thank you, and I promise to be more precise in the future.

      As for the photos, I must say that I am impressed. I am really looking forward to having this phone in hand… Whenever that may be possible…

  • MasterMuffin

    But it will have the CM camera software, which isn’t good (unless they’ve made it better for this phone)

    • Jayfeather787

      I thought the Focal camera was pretty good. Then it disappeared.

      • MasterMuffin

        Because the dev (xplod) didn’t like what CM was doing with his work

        • Jayfeather787

          I know why it disappeared. I was just saying that I thought it was pretty good.

    • Anonymousfella

      They must have some special software optimizations reserved for this. Everybody knows its Cyanogen so they’ll be putting extra effort in to make sure it competes with the best

    • Dave Weinstein

      Hmmm… The quality of the camera app is self evident. Look at the photos. Kang Li is just a college student snapping away, she’s not an expert photographer.

      This is CM’s first “top to bottom” commercial release. I’m sure they went overboard to fix the perception that they were critically wounded by the loss of Focal.

      In this case, since the sensor is a Sony EXMOR, they have the sample code from Sony to work with as a starting point to use the hardware’s advanced features. From the look of the samples, it appears that they took advantage of that.

      • MasterMuffin

        But it’s still the AOSP camera pretty much. May take quality photos, but it’s really not that good software

    • VersedNJ

      Can’t you just snag other camera software off of Play? Been reading Moto and others are putting their software up for download.

      • MasterMuffin

        Not for others. Motorola and other make their software only available to their phones. The reason they put their stuff in Play Store is so that they can update fast. And Play Stores apps just aren’t as good as let’s say Samsung’s, HTC’ or Sony’s

  • Luka Mlinar

    Manufacturer test result’s need to be take with a grain of salt. But so far things are looking good from OnePlus. Here’s hoping they can deliver.

  • marco

    very, very good!! We’ll see the official version with tested OS.

  • T.J.

    To bad the phone is so big.

  • Ivan Budiutama

    that awkward moment when you take picture of Android mascot with apple logo above its head.

    • Mike Reid

      And left antenna gone limp too. ;)

  • Brandon Miranda

    Still waiting for the article on how Samsung lied about shipment numbers and such. Oops dropped a link to an article calling it out as it is…

  • Brandon Miranda

    By the way… Look at that beautiful Mac in the background…

  • Fred Chiang

    :/ should i hold off on htc one m8 for this?

    • guest

      It’s 9 days before you see what it looks like, may as well.

  • eliHd

    I will buy this phone if all these rumours are true + expandable memory. This phone is either going to be a big hit or it will flop. All these teasers and “looking down comments” on other mobile phone companies willl either work or it will be the biggest BS on mobiles advertisement in history.

  • Tommy

    The external design of the phone is just as nice. In fact, the One is built by CEO Pete Lau’s former company, Oppo, so you’ll spot some similarities in terms of build quality, appearance (the back reminds us of the Find 5) and ergonomics. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.