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

Comparison snaps between the OnePlus One, OPPO Find 5, and a Nikon D3100 camera show that the OnePlus One can take on entry level DSLR cameras.
April 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.