OPPO recently released three different models for their midrange selfie smartphone lineup: the OPPO F5, OPPO F5 Youth, and OPPO F5 6GB. Let’s see which matches your needs best.
Despite the saying, “the more, the merrier,” three versions of the same phone were enough to confuse yours truly. In this article, I attempt to dissect the differences between the F5 models. You know what that means — a camera shootout!
First thing’s first: How are the devices different from each other?
Well, not by looks, that’s for sure. The three have almost identical bodies. Button and port placements are all the same: volume rockers on the upper-left side, power button and SIM card tray on the right, plus micro-USB port, speaker grilles, and audio jack at the bottom.
All three phones sport a near-borderless display and they’ve done away with the capacitive buttons up front. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back. One noticeable difference, however, would be the OPPO F5 Youth’s lack of the antenna band design found on the two other phones.
Now on to the real differences:
The F5 is the middle model. It’s powered by a MediaTek MT6763T processor running on Android 7.1 with ColorOS 3.2. It’s equipped with 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage with a 3200mAh battery capacity.
Never mind those specs! As mentioned in the hands-on review, it simply means a midrange chipset powers the phone — just right for everyday social media use and standard mobile gaming.
A 16-megapixel rear cam and 20-megapixel front shooter plus artificial intelligence integration on its beauty mode make this phone a selfie powerhouse.
The handset comes in black or gold. It retails for PhP 15,990 in the Philippines and INR 18,300 in India.
OPPO F5 Youth
The Youth version is OPPO’s more affordable F5 option.
It’s powered by the same processor, as well as the same battery capacity and OS. Phone memory, however, has been reduced to 3GB. The cameras have also been downgraded: a 13-megapixel rear shooter with an aperture that’s narrower at f/2.2 (compared to the other two devices’ f/1.8), plus a 16-megapixel selfie camera.
Fret not, these cameras are still equipped with the same features including AI beauty mode (which I find most important).
The F5 Youth seems perfect for students who do less multitasking with lighter app needs. It also comes in black or gold and retails for PhP 13,990 in the Philippines and INR 16,990 in India.
OPPO F5 6GB
The top-tier model, the F5 6GB, has a beautiful red option. It’s powered by the same processor and OS as the previous two phones, but it has a larger 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage for those who demand more of their phone.
The phone’s shooters remain the same, with AI beauty mode options and camera features from two other versions all available on this device. For some reason, though, our test unit had a dimmer screen, even on full brightness, compared to the F5 and F5 Youth — a small thing considering the powerhouse specs this phone is supposed to have.
This all comes with a price — a higher price, that is. It retails for INR 24,990 in India and PhP 21,990 in the Philippines.
We took the three phones out for some real-world photo comparisons and below are the results.
Depending on lighting and scenario, each phone’s color treatment vary very slightly — although not enough to really notice any difference.
Of course, the F5 and F5 6GB versions have almost identical photos as both are equipped with similar cameras.
In ideal lighting scenarios, however, you almost can’t tell the difference between the three.
This changes for some photos. The below samples were taken with 2x zoom and the F5 Youth’s shot has a noticeably different outcome.
As for the front-facing cameras, the AI beauty mode performs well on all three phones. Photos below were taken during a hike and I still ended up looking pretty fresh. ?? Color temperature slightly varies between selfies but nothing too drastic.
Software bokeh also performs similarly on all three phones. They do pretty well with confusing backgrounds. Although not perfect, OPPO’s bokeh mode has come a long way.
Group selfies also do good in terms of bokeh cutouts and beauty mode.
The F5 Youth sample above has a warmer, more saturated outcome as opposed to the two other phones’ images. This was something we observed with most selfies we took for this shootout.
As expected, there was almost no difference between the F5 and F5 6GB samples. And even then, the color difference between these two photos compared to the F5 Youth’s shot was pretty subtle — subtle enough for me not to mind it.
So, there you have it. Three different devices designed for three different groups of people: The F5 Youth for the student type, the F5 for the midrange user, and the F5 6GB for those with heavier smartphone needs. It all boils down to your everyday phone needs.
Which OPPO F5 version is for you? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei P30 Pro: Camera shootout
2019’s early flagship Androids
Now that Samsung and Huawei have released their respective flagships for the early part of 2019, it’s time to compare them in the funnest way we know how: a blind camera shootout.
Both brands make it clear that they’re proud of what their premium phones can achieve in the imaging department. While the Galaxy S10+ is incredibly versatile with its triple-camera setup and host of software tricks ranging from Live Focus to intelligent scene detection, the P30 Pro boosts its hybrid zoom and night mode game with a total of four rear cameras.
They rightfully deserve their scores at the top of DxOMark’s rankings, but what does the general public think about their camera output? With this shootout, you have your chance to analyze each photo and pick the better of the two without bias.
As always, every photo is shot in auto mode with default settings unless a category needs specific options applied. No post-processing was done except for resizing to keep the file sizes down. You may find the answer sheet at the end of this comparison.
#1 — Architecture
#2 — Building facade
#3 — Flower macro
#4 — Low-light indoor
#5 — Food close-up
#6 — Landscape
#7 — Ultra-wide landscape
#8 — Portrait
#9 — Colors
#10 — Food
#11 — Selfie
#12 — Dynamic range
#13 — Details
#14 — Nighttime outdoor
#15 — Nighttime indoor
Galaxy S10+: 1B, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5A, 6B, 7A, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14A, 15B
P30 Pro: 1A, 2B, 3A, 4B, 5B, 6A, 7B, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14B, 15A
Like past premium shootouts, the results here can often go either way. The Galaxy S10+ seems to shoot a little wider with its ultra-wide lens and tends to raise exposure more in certain situations; the P30 Pro, meanwhile, is slightly better at retaining detail in daytime and controlling light in dark areas.
Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Camera shootout
A true budget battle!
We love pitting premium phones against one another to see which ones rule the mobile camera space, but every now and then, we need to see how well the budget options perform with their entry-level shooters.
For this installment of our long-running series, we’re comparing the Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3, which are undeniably the most popular phones in the sub-US$ 200 segment. Being affordable doesn’t mean performing cheap, however; they have surprisingly good image sensors on them as proven in our reviews.
To make this interesting, we’re presenting yet another blind shootout so you can play along with us. Everything is shot on auto mode and no post-processing was applied except for resizing to keep the file sizes bearable.
You can find the results at the end of this article. Let’s begin:
#1 — Detail
#2 — Moving animals
#3 — Macro
#4 — Portrait mode
#5 — Selfie
#6 — Food
#7 — Landscape
Redmi Note 7: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7A
Realme 3: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7B
There’s no doubt that both phones shoot well at their price points, and some of the rounds could go either way depending on individual taste.
If we were to nitpick, we’d say that the Realme 3 provides more detail and produces better dynamic range, while the Redmi Note 7 is smarter when it comes to background blur and has more realistic colors on subjects.
What do you think? Connect with us on our social media channels and let us know which phones you’d like us to compare next.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Camera shootout
Wide, regular, and zoom!
We’ve come to a point wherein three rear cameras on a smartphone are becoming the norm and all three must serve an individual purpose.
That’s the case with the Galaxy S10+ and Mate 20 Pro, which are Samsung and Huawei’s most versatile camera phones to date. They both have the ability to go wide and zoomed in, on top of their regular high-resolution shooters.
As always, we’re turning this into a blind shootout so you can play along. The order of each round is random, and everything has been shot using auto settings to give both phones a fair chance to shine. The results are found at the end of this article.
#1 — Flower
#2 — Building
#3 — Graffiti
#4 — Ultra-wide
#5 — Regular
#6 — Zoom
#7 — Background blur
#8 — Backlit
#9 — Bright sky
#10 — Moving subject
#11 — Macro
#12 — Landscape
#13 — Dynamic range
#14 — Portrait
#15 — Sunset
#16 — Artwork
#17 — Twilight
#18 — Food
#19 — Vegetation
#20 — Nighttime
#21 — Total darkness
Galaxy S10+: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4B, 5A, 6A, 7B, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11B, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18A, 19B, 20A, 21B
Mate 20 Pro: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5B, 6B, 7A, 8B, 9B, 10B, 11A, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18B, 19A, 20B, 21A
How do you feel about the results?
Truth be told, it’s as close as you’d expect from the two top mobile camera performers on DxOMark (for now, of course). Each round could go either way, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference — like if you prefer warmer tones or greater contrast in your photos.
Let us know which smartphone you think won in the comments section below.
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