Camera Shootouts

OnePlus 5 vs OPPO R11 shootout: Which has better cameras?

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Aside from looking distractingly similar, the OnePlus 5 and OPPO R11 have a lot in common — this includes the same rear dual-camera setup. But, does this mean they have the same photo quality? Let’s find out which phone takes better photos.

I took to the streets to find out which of the two would be a better fit for my everyday gallivanting, an activity that entails a whole lot of picture taking.

OnePlus 5 and OPPO R11 side by side. Both phones have a dual rear camera set up

Both have 20- and 16-megapixel rear shooters. The OPPO R11 has a 20-megapixel front-facing camera (in true selfie expert fashion) while the OnePlus 5 has a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

In one corner, we have the OnePlus 5, a flagship killer that has proven to be the choice of conscientious, practical techies; in the other corner, the OPPO R11, the latest release from a company which touts itself as a selfie expert.

Admittedly, my type would better fit the latter category. It’s no secret that I like taking selfies, but less known is the fact that I enjoy taking photos of places I visit. In most of my wanderlust-fueled (mis)adventures, I usually attempt to document beautiful scenery with a smartphone — whether or not my face is in the frame.

I’d want a camera capable of taking the best-possible photo right then and there without needing to adjust whatever complicated settings there are. In the past, most OPPO phones have worked out well for my photo needs but OnePlus’ recent focus on cameras has my interest piqued.

Picturing perfect

For this shootout, a trip out of the city was in order, and I soon found myself in the mountain town of Jiufen, east of Taipei. It took us about an hour on the road to get there.

Captured below is the wonderful view from the old mining town. At around noon when this photo was taken, the sun shone brightly, overlooking the mountain. As opposed to the OnePlus 5’s photo, the OPPO R11’s output is more colorful, giving justice to the time I spent burning in the heat to take this particular shot.

Photos from the R11 seem to come out brighter, in general, though this sometimes washes out details. The photo below features each respective phone’s bokeh mode. Both look pretty accurate with the borders between the subject and background neatly delineated (I had issues with uneven background blur on an older OPPO phone).

A visit to the Taipei Zoo showcased both cameras’ quick focusing performance. This very active subject was not the easiest to photograph, especially behind those bars. But, neither smartphone flinched during the challenge. It was surprisingly easy to take photos of this big bird.

The next photo had no intentional significance — I was just being basic with an ice cream cone (Taipei summers are killer) — but then, I am again shown how the OPPO R11 has better overall color reproduction. The OnePlus 5 does have better HDR, but at the end of the day, I want to eat the ice cream cone in the R11’s photo more.

The busy streets of Taipei are always a source for colorful food adventures, and additionally, a good experiment for nighttime photography. Again, both smartphones were able to hold their ground with decent photographs.

Taipei is also home to many watering holes. A visit to one of these bars proved that despite dim lighting conditions (and a significant volume of alcohol consumed), photos come out non-hazy (unlike me). Though both photos turned out well, closer inspection would reveal that the OnePlus sample has better detail.

In the selfie arena — because front-facing cameras are my jam — both phones perform well in terms of photo quality. At the highest beauty mode setting, selfies turn out looking good without the filter becoming too overwhelming.

It’s noticeable that the OnePlus 5’s filters are more subtle even at this maximum setting. It should also be noted that there is very little difference between the two photos even when the OPPO phone boasts a higher camera resolution.

Getting the feel

If you’re an iPhone user, OPPO’s ColorOS camera interface will look very familiar. Although still Android, this heavily skinned OS looks and feels like an iPhone. The OnePlus 5, however, has a very simple interface, in true stock Android fashion.

OPPO R11 and OnePlus 5 side by side on camera mode

OPPO R11 left; OnePlus 5 right

Both smartphones have a normal photo mode with 2X zoom at a tap and portrait modes with automatic bokeh effect. Although both phones have a Pro shooting mode, only the OPPO R11’s is accessible via a swipe as you’d need to navigate through a menu to get to it on the OnePlus 5. But this rarely poses a problem for me because really, I don’t have to use this mode often.

Which is your GadgetMatch?

I had a hard time picking between the two. Both phones perform pretty well, even in difficult circumstances.

The OPPO R11’s brighter, more saturated photos make for ideal outdoor daylight photos. Overall, I just found photos shot from this phone more visually appealing. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 has great photo detail and more pronounced contrast which lead to better nighttime shots.

For selfie photos, I’d call it a tie in terms of photo quality, but I still prefer the OPPO R11’s beauty mode as it has a wider range when it comes to the filter level applied.

Girl holding the OPPO R11 and the OnePlus 5 side by side

All things considered, I’d pick the OPPO R11’s cameras over the OnePlus 5’s — but it won me over only by a small margin. Obviously, I’ve always been fascinated with these selfie smartphones which prioritize pretty, Instagrammable photo output above all, though this comparison has proven that a phone need not be labeled as such to be a strong shootout contender.

It must be pointed out, however, that even if the OPPO R11 came out on top for me, I’d still be happy shooting with a OnePlus 5 — and it’s not just because they look alike.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 5 vs OPPO R11: Side-by-side Comparison

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Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Mi 10T Pro: Camera shootout

Two 108-megapixel sensors, two different price points

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It hasn’t been that long ever since we released our Galaxy S21 Ultra vs iPhone 12 Pro Max camera shootout. This time, we’re comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra to Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro, a cheaper counterpart that rocks an older 108-megapixel sensor. Other than their main sensors, they’re also both equipped with ultra-wide and zoom lenses. Of course, the sensors are also different.

Just like any other GadgetMatch camera shootout, the photos were taken straight out of the camera with no additional software post-processing other than resizing and compiling each for a collage for faster load times. While it was in New York last time, we’re bringing the streets of Makati and BGC to you in this comparison.

Do you think it’s possible for the Mi 10T Pro to go head-to-head with S21 Ultra’s monstrous cameras? Write your picks on a piece of paper to find out which is your best bet in this ultimate blind test! Don’t worry, we’re not gonna fool you this time as the photos are completely shuffled.

Outdoor

Comparing outdoor shots is harder than it seems — especially with the breakthrough in smartphone camera technology over the years.

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Indoor

The Galaxy S21 Ultra and Mi 10T Pro have different apertures in their wide and ultra-wide sensors (f/1.7 vs f/1.8 + f/2.2 vs f/2.4 respectively), but we’re still gonna take a look if the camera hardware is enough to bring out the best of a scene in each sensor.

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HDR (High Dynamic Range)

A must-have feature for cameras under broad daylight is the inclusion of HDR. We’re talking about how these smartphones show the right amount of exposure, highlights, shadows, and contrast in a single shot.

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Color and White Balance

While preferential, a more colorful and saturated shot doesn’t mean it’s the most accurate. This is also to test which phone has a better Auto White Balance (AWB) detection.

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Macro

This was achieved using zoom lenses of both smartphones to maximize the Depth of Field (DoF), or the amount of background blur in a photograph.

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Food

Most smartphones suffer a lot in producing a detailed yet accurate food shot. This might be the boundary between these two phones.

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S21 Ultra Mi 10T Pro

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S21 Ultra Mi 10T Pro

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S21 Ultra Mi 10T Pro

Low-Light

Another subject that sets smartphone cameras apart from each other is the ability to use Night Mode in low-light shots.

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S21 Ultra Mi 10T Pro

BONUS: Selfie

Not the biggest selfie taker but I still tried considering how some people might like to see how the front cameras perform.

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S21 Ultra Mi 10T Pro

Results and Conclusion

As promised, this is a blind test where the sequence of photos were mixed. Can’t wait any longer? Well, here are the results:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: 

1A / 2B / 3A / 4B / 5A

6A / 7B / 8A / 9A / 10B

11B / 12B / 13A / 14A / 15A

16B / 17B / 18B / 19B / 20A

21B / 22A / 23A / 24B / 25B

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro:

1B / 2A / 3B / 4A / 5B

6B / 7A / 8B / 9B / 10A

11A / 12A / 13B / 14B / 15B

16A / 17A / 18A / 19A / 20B

21A / 22B / 23B / 24A / 25A

While there aren’t any immediately noticeable differences when using the 108-megapixel wide sensors of the Mi 10T Pro (Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX) and the Galaxy S21 Ultra (Samsung ISOCELL HM3), the latter has a wider FoV (Field of View) when using the ultra-wide lens. Other than that, the Mi 10T Pro was able to keep up with the S21 Ultra in most scenarios and lighting conditions.

Where the Galaxy S21 Ultra shines the most is zooming in on subjects at a farther distance. That’s thanks to the inclusion of two telephoto zoom lenses. The S21 Ultra also produces better food shots, as well as photos in low-light with Night Mode turned on. The problem with the Mi 10T Pro is its horrible radial blur when getting closer to subjects. Food shots also look blander compared to what I’ve seen in person. Its software-based Night Mode just boosts the highlights of a photo — making it look “brighter” and less closer to reality.

S21 Ultra Mi 10T Pro

Meanwhile, software issues in most Samsung smartphone cameras are still present when using the Galaxy S21 Ultra — and those are over-saturation and over-sharpening. Most shots, while they produce a better overall “look”, doesn’t mean it’s the most accurate. I still have to commend its better Auto White Balance (AWB) technique over the Mi 10T Pro.

Lastly, I love how both cameras were able to preserve details on my face with little to no smudging at all. Still, selfie quality is based on the user’s liking. While I wasn’t able to test it out because we still need social distancing, both phones have ultra-wide selfie mode for wider groufies.

Author’s Opinion

While I get the part that most of these photos will be posted mostly for social media consumption (where the original image quality is compressed), this camera comparison proves that smartphone cameras, regardless of one’s price tag, have improved over the years both in hardware and software.

In this modern age, it has come to a point where you just take the phone out of your pocket, open the camera app, just point it at a distance, press the shutter button, and let the power of AI and software processing do the magic for you — all under fifteen to thirty seconds.

As a multimedia creative, I’m keen-eyed when it comes to shooting and judging photographs. With all the great feats of smartphone photography, this test is also one among the many reasons why smartphones still won’t be enough to replace DSLRs and mirrorless cameras — no matter how expensive they are.

While most inconsistencies in highlights, shadows, contrast, saturation, and White Balance can be corrected through apps like Adobe Lightroom, VSCO, or Snapseed, there are no tools to fix camera software mishaps like over-sharpening, blown-out HDR, focusing issues, blur, and even grain.

If you’re getting serious with photography, it’s no-brainer to buy a cheaper, beginner camera over an expensive smartphone. While the ability of 100x “Space Zoom” is a great feature, it’s still not as usable as the telephoto lenses you get in bigger camera gear. But if we’re just talking about casual photography, with three different types of lenses within the reach of your pocket, smartphones nowadays can do all of that at once. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra and Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro both prove that.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: The best among the beasts? | Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review: By two different Pro users

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Galaxy S21 Ultra vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: Camera shootout

A showdown between the beast and the overhyped!

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It’s time for another shootout! Having both the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, we took the smartphones out for a camera test around New York!

So, take notes, and let’s have fun in this blind shootout. As always, no post-processing was done except for resizing and putting together the images in a collage for faster preview. Photos are labeled A and B, and the answers can be found at the end of this article.

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Results

We’re just kidding with the blind test! All photos labeled “A” were taken using the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while photos labeled “B” were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. 😝

When you observe closely, the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s main lens seems wider than the iPhone. This is evident in daylight photos. However, that resulted in overblown highlights and a bit overexposed photos.

Meanwhile, iPhone’s night and low-light shots are brighter — but in a good way. Although, the photos on the train platform produced a brighter shot for the S21 Ultra, while the iPhone had better contrast. The difference, most likely, is due to the environment and light source.

For the zoom lenses, the S21 Ultra’s telephoto lens tends to capture fuzzy yet warmer photos. The iPhone 12 Pro Max remains consistent with its previous iterations: a lesser loss in details while stabilizing the shots when zooming in — something the Galaxy series struggle with especially when you have shaky hands.

Conclusion

Is there still a point comparing both flagship smartphones when they’re already the best? The answer is yes. We’re shelling out loads of cash to get the best smartphone available in the market, and we deserve to get a phone that perfectly fits our lifestyle, preferences, and serves our needs out of a device.

If you care about detail, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a good grasp of preserving details, as shown in both day and night shots. It’s perfect for playing around with photography and learning the art of post-processing since it’s easier to get creative and modify the results with a balanced image.

If you want photos that are ready for almost everything (and not go through the hassle of padding a VSCO filter or Lightroom preset), then the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the smartphone to pick.

Nonetheless, a camera is only a part of a smartphone, there are still a lot of aspects to consider. The choice is always up to you. Whether you opt for the iPhone or the Galaxy, just know you won’t be making any wrong decisions.

SEE MORE: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: The best among the beasts? | Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Review: Overhyped?

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iPhone 12 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs Pixel 5: Camera shootout

Which flagship takes the best photo?

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By now, most smartphone brands have introduced their respective flagships. Samsung unpacked the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Google revealed the more affordable Pixel 5, and Apple unveiled the most-awaited iPhone 12 Pro.

In this shootout, we took the three flagship smartphones for a camera showdown. These photos were taken around Brooklyn, New York. And if you’ll ask… Yes, we still did our part by wearing masks and following social distancing protocols.

Anyhoo, grab your pen and paper since this is a blind shootout. It’s labeled A, B, and C to make it easier for you to take notes. As usual, no post-processing was done except for putting the images in a collage for faster loading and preview. The answers can be found at the end of this article.

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Results

Okay, we’re just messing with you. It’s not that blind test where you have to scroll up and down to find out the answers in different labels. The results are as follows:

A – iPhone 12 Pro

B – Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

C – Google Pixel 5

If you observed them closely, these flagship smartphones have their strengths and weaknesses. Notably, these smartphones differ in terms of focal length, depth-of-field, color balance, and more. Mainly because these flagships use different camera systems and are powered by different processors.

But if you’re wondering what is the point of a camera shootout between the best smartphones you can buy today, it’s about helping people decide based on their preferences, lifestyle, and usage.

Observations

The iPhone 12 Pro captured bright and sharp processed photos with a greenish tint. It produced a clean cut-out for its portrait mode, with an improved depth-of-field anyone would love. It’s the perfect camera system for average users needing a smartphone for their daily grind.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra took cooler yet vibrant photos with inconsistent exposure in varying scenarios. It produced images that are expected from a flagship phone, but it’s not as seemingly competitive compared to the iPhone and Pixel’s camera performance.

If anything, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offered the best camera experience it can provide to those in love with Samsung’s smartphones such as Samsung fans and other loyalists (like yours truly).

On the other hand, Google’s Pixel 5 offered strong contrasts and proper white balance in its photos, yet slightly underexposed during the day. However, it’s a real beast when it comes to night photography — even without its night mode.

Your conclusion?

For what it’s worth, this shootout proved that flagship smartphones aren’t made equal. They exist to serve different tastes, lifestyles, and usage that are apt for every consumer. Whatever your choice is, we’re sure you’ll be taking great photos. Just make sure you polish your skills and you’ll be ready to go.

So, which of these three took the best photo for YOU? Let us know in the comments section, and tell us if it’s your GadgetMatch!

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