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

Camera Shootouts

OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Camera shootout

The rivalry is on!

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OPPO and Vivo’s newest midrange contenders are now in the market, and as usual we’re here to pit them against one another.

The OPPO F9 sports a bigger display and what OPPO calls the water drop notch, but with similar internals as its predecessor, the F7. The Vivo V11 also gets the smaller notch treatment, but boasts a higher-end processor and in-display fingerprint reader compared to the V9.

What we’re curious to see, now that we’ve reviewed both devices, is which one takes better photos. We took the F9 and V11 with us as we sought to find out what the city of Berlin, Germany has to offer.

Get your pen and paper ready because we’ve prepared another blind test here at GadgetMatch. All photos were taken in Auto Mode and have only been resized for faster loading times. They are labeled Photo A and Photo B randomly. Swipe left to see the photos in full and take note of your picks.

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Are you ready to see which phone took the photos you picked? Here’s the answer sheet:

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

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A: OPPO F9
B: Vivo V11

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A: Vivo V11
B: OPPO F9

In most instances I prefer Vivo V11’s photos better than those of the OPPO F9’s. They’re more detailed, vibrant, the camera’s HDR capabilities do really well in backlit scenarios — something I also experienced on the Vivo NEX — and portrait cutouts are also more precise.

The OPPO F9 also visibly struggled to take clear shots compared to the V11 in scenarios without bright sunlight. If there’s one thing I didn’t like about the V11, it’s the way it tends to oversaturate scenes that it detects as “food” or “flower.”

What do you think of this comparison? Are you upgrading to any of these devices? Let us know in the comments below.

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OPPO Find X vs Vivo NEX: Camera shootout

Battle of the pop-ups!

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When we got both the Find X and NEX in our hands at the same time, we knew what had to be done: a camera shootout!

For the uninformed, these are the pop-up camera-sporting flagship smartphones of OPPO and Vivo released this year. The former uses a pop-up mechanism to house its front and rear cameras, while the latter uses one just for the selfie shooter.

We already had a short comparison in our Find X versus NEX comparison video, but we wanted to conduct a more enjoyable blind shootout this time. And because both these phones tout their selfie capabilities and our resident social media princess took the photos you’re about to see, expect lots of self portraits.

As usual, all these photos were taken on auto settings with no post-processing other than resizing for quicker load times. For the selfies, the default AI beauty mode was turned on in all instances except one (which we’ll indicate later on).

You can find the answer sheet at the end of this article. Let’s begin:

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#1: Find X (left) vs NEX (right)

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#14: Find X (left) vs NEX (right) — no beauty mode

#15: NEX (left) vs Find X (right)

Are you surprised by the results? OPPO and Vivo clearly have different ways of handling image output, and their AI-powered beauty modes think differently, as well.

It ultimately comes down to which style you prefer. Do you like saturated photos or more muted ones? And which beauty mode fits your face better?

Despite being similar in execution, the Find X and NEX cater to different user types. Fortunately for us consumers, this means more GadgetMatches!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Note 8: Camera shootout

Is there any improvement?

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It was made clear that the brand-new Galaxy Note 9 has the same set of cameras as that of the Galaxy S9+ — they were released in the same year, after all. But there’s a more pressing concern: How much of an improvement is there over the Note 8?

Being the curious techies that we are, we took the two S Pen-equipped smartphones around New York City to see how they fare against each other. To make this shootout more interesting, we’re turning it into a blind comparison.

How blind? All rounds are in a random order, so you won’t know which phone shot Photo A and Photo B without checking the answer sheet at the end of this article.

To make things fair, all samples were shot using the default camera app on auto settings. No post-processing or editing was done, except for resizing so that they load faster.

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Now it’s time to see which phones you actually picked:

#1: Note 8 (left) vs Note 9 (right)

#2: Note 9 (left) vs Note 8 (right)

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As you can see, the differences are minor except for specific instances. The Note 9 seems to perform slightly better when it comes to portraits using either the front or rear cameras. Skin tone is more accurate and the photos look sharper up close.

Although the Note 8’s output is often too warm, it does surprisingly well, especially in low-light environments. And despite lacking the Dual Aperture feature of the Note 9, the predecessor can keep up in terms of overall exposure and dynamic range.

Do note that the Note 8 has had a year to refine its cameras, whereas the Note 9 just came out with its fresh software. These results could easily change in a few months with software updates.

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