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OPPO F5 vs OPPO F5 6GB vs OPPO F5 Youth: Which one is for you?

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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.

R-L: OPPO F5 6GB, OPPO F5, OPPO F5 Youth

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:

OPPO F5

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.

OPPO F5

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.

READ MORE: OPPO F5 Hands-on Video

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).

OPPO F5 Youth

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.

READ MORE: National Selfie Day with the OPPO F5 Youth

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.

OPPO F5 6GB

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.

READ MORE: OPPO F5 6GB now with price and availability

Photo Comparisons

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.

OPPO F5 Youth photo sample

OPPO F5 Youth photo sample

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.

OPPO F5 photo sample

OPPO F5 photo sample

OPPO F5 6GB photo sample

OPPO F5 6GB photo sample

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.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F5 hands-on: A nearly borderless selfie phone

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs OPPO Find X3 Pro: Camera shootout

Camera smackdown between the ‘Pro’ and the ‘Ultra’

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As new smartphones slowly dominate the 2021 tech scene one by one, we get more chances to compare their camera capabilities side by side.

The new OPPO Find X3 Pro promises improvements in camera performance — but is this ‘Pro’ flagship enough to compete with Samsung’s ‘Ultra’ behemoth?

In GadgetMatch’s standards, our camera samples were taken straight out of the phone’s camera app. The only post-processing techniques applied are collaging, putting simple texts in each photo, and resizing. Just like the previous camera shootouts, photos are completely shuffled so you have to remember your picks.

Can’t wait further? Let’s start the camera smackdown!

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Outdoor shots with natural light are easy to achieve — unless they show blown-out highlights and darker shadows in a scene.

#1 (Wide)

#2 (Zoom)

Saturation

Most of the time, color accuracy is one factor that differentiates one smartphone from other models.

#3

#4

#5

AWB (Auto White Balance)

While color temperature can be adjusted right after taking the photo, it’s still a nice feature for a smartphone camera to detect the right type of White Balance in a shot.

#6 (Outdoors)

#7 (Indoors)

#8 (Shade)

Zoom

There’s totally a big difference between two telephoto lenses versus one.

#9 (3x Zoom)

#10 (5x Zoom)

#11 (30x Zoom)

Food

For those appetizing and scrumptious, IG-worthy food shots

#12 (Wide)

#13 (Zoom)

#14 (Low-light Zoom)

Faces

A dedicated section for people who love taking portraits, body shots, and selfies — whether day or night.

#15 (Zoom)

#16 (Selfie)

#17 (Portrait Mode)

#18 (Low-light)

Night Mode

While we’re on the topic of low-light samples, it’s time to reveal the ultimate test that makes or breaks a smartphone camera.

#19 (Ultra-wide)

#20 (Wide)

#21 (Zoom)

#22 BONUS (Wide)

Results

Do you remember your picks? Check them out below to see which smartphone is your best bet!

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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

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

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

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

21B / 22B

OPPO Find X3 Pro

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

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

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

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

21A / 22A

Conclusion

In most shots taken with natural light, both the Find X3 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra produced great-looking images. But if you’ve been reading our camera shootouts for a while now, you’d clearly know which shots were taken with the Galaxy S21 Ultra — and those are the wider ones.

While a larger Field of View (FoV) contributes to wider photos, sometimes, Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera software processing goes over the limit by boosting saturation or doing too much sharpening in one scene. Those techniques heavily affect a natural-looking subject or scenario.

Also, having two telephoto lenses is a great feature in a sea of smartphones that only acquire one fixed telephoto lens (the 30x zoom shot of the S21 Ultra for example produced a clearer shot vs the one taken with the Find X3 Pro). But because of Samsung’s AI enhancements, the Galaxy S21 Ultra over-sharpened most photos — particularly shots of the coffee on a bench and the shoes inside a store.

Meanwhile, the Find X3 Pro’s image quality is actually closer to reality. The details were there, and OPPO’s software magic gave the photos the right amount of detail and contrast, as well as better AWB (Auto White Balance) detection.

During that day, my eyes only saw warm-looking subjects. Also, portraits and selfies are more natural-looking on this phone. Let the background depth segmentation in Portrait Mode speak for itself. I didn’t change the aperture value on the S21 Ultra just to stick with the default settings of the camera feature. The Find X3 Pro has cleaner cutouts — even with tiny hair strands.

I also think Night Mode shots are better on the Find X3 Pro. It’s not too bright and shabby with tolerable levels of highlights, shadows, and colors.

I’d say this was a tight camera competition.

SEE ALSO: Find X3 Pro vs Mi 11: Camera shootout | Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Mi 11: Camera shootout

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OPPO Find X3 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 11: Camera shootout

Which 2021 Chinese smartphone takes better images?

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Find X3 Pro Mi 11

Other than Xiaomi’s latest flagship Mi 11, OPPO has also launched the Find X3 Pro, their best smartphone yet with several improvements in the camera department.

Just like any other camera shootout in this site, photo samples were captured using Auto Mode in each phone’s respective camera app. Only three post-processing techniques were done which are putting them in a simple collage, applying basic texts, and resizing. Photos are completely shuffled so you have to write down your picks on a piece of paper or some sort.

Without further ado, let’s start the camera duel between two of the latest Chinese smartphones!

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Outdoor shots with natural light are easy to achieve — unless they show blown-out highlights and darker shadows in a scene.

#1 (Wide)

#2 (Zoom)

Saturation

Most of the time, color accuracy is one factor that differentiates one smartphone from other models.

#3

#4

#5

AWB (Auto White Balance)

While color temperature can be adjusted right after taking the photo, it’s still a nice feature for a smartphone camera to detect the right type of White Balance in a shot.

#6 (Outdoors)

#7 (Indoors)

#8 (Shade)

Zoom

You have to be keen-eyed in order to see the differences between each zoomed shot.

#9 (3x Zoom)

#10 (5x Zoom)

#11 (30x Zoom)

Food

For those appetizing and scrumptious, IG-worthy food shots

#12 (Wide)

#13 (Zoom)

#14 (Low-light Zoom)

Faces

A dedicated section for people who love taking portraits, body shots, and selfies — whether day or night.

#15 (Zoom)

#16 (Selfie)

#17 (Portrait Mode)

#18 (Low-light)

Night Mode

While we’re on the topic of low-light samples, it’s time to reveal the ultimate test that makes or breaks a smartphone camera.

#19 (Ultra-wide)

#20 (Wide)

#21 (Zoom)

BONUS #22 (Wide)

Results

Check out your picks below to see which smartphone, for you, has a better camera performance and overall image quality.

OPPO Find X3 Pro

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

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

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

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

21B / 22A

Xiaomi Mi 11

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

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

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

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

21A / 22B

Conclusion

The camera competition is quite close but if you’ll all look closely, OPPO’s Find X3 Pro is a tad better in producing shots that are more color accurate with the right amount of detail, contrast, and dynamic range.

Find X3 Pro Mi 11

You’ll barely see the differences among daylight shots but the Find X3 Pro truly outdid the Mi 11 in night shots and portraits. OPPO’s processing technique produced brighter, warmer, and more detailed portraits and selfies regardless if it’s against the light or taken during low-light scenarios. Speaking of low-light, OPPO’s camera magic worked wonders at night — not too bright (unlike most Android smartphones nowadays) yet has less motion blur while taking night shots for several seconds.

The Mi 11, on the other hand, isn’t that horrible. It’s just that most results were a little bit underexposed, less color accurate (more on the cooler side), and worse, blurry, especially when using Night Mode. But again, it’s just me being nit-picky. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is still a decent camera smartphone overall — it’s just that the Find X3 Pro performed better in most (if not all) scenarios.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Find X3 Pro: Camera shootout | Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Mi 11: Camera shootout

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Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Mi 11: Camera Shootout

Camera duel between 2021’s newest smartphones

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Just recently, Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 outside China. We quickly tested it against Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra — which is one of the newest smartphone flagships around.

Again, this is a blind camera shootout with photos completely randomized. Someone in the comments section pointed it out and yes, it’s as clear as the sunny skies that this is like an examination where you have to jot don your picks on a piece of a paper (or through your notes app) and find out the answer at the latter part of the article.

As usual, no additional post-processing was done aside from compiling and resizing the photos. Let’s dive right into this camera battle!

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Comparing shots taken with natural light may look easy, but it’s harder than it seems — especially if we compare each phone’s HDR capabilities.

#1 (Ultra-Wide)

#2 (Ultra-Wide)

#3 (Wide)

Auto White Balance (AWB)

Some sensors might be created equal but when it comes to AWB, there are phones that accurately depict the scene you see in real life — and some that take it too far.

#4 (Daylight)

#5 (Sunset)

Saturation

AI and computational photography either make or break a photo’s saturation level.

#6 (Wide)

#7 (Wide)

#8 (Zoom)

Zoom

This is to test the limits of Mi 11’s zoom capabilities with one telephoto lens against the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s telephoto pair.

#9 (3x Zoom)

#10 (10x Zoom)

Macro

Although there are no dedicated macro lenses for both smartphones, taking macro shots was possible thanks to zoom.

#11

#12

Food

There’s always a better food shot between two different phones — and it clearly shows.

#13 (Wide)

#14 (Zoom)

Night Mode

To test both phone’s camera prowess, these were taken in a scene without sufficient lighting other than the night city line.

#15 (Ultra-Wide)

#16 (Wide)

#17 (Zoom)

Faces

A comparison for people who shoot a lot of selfies and portraits.

#18 (Selfie Portrait Mode)

#19 (Portrait Mode)

#20 (Night Portrait Mode)

Results

Have you made your final photo picks? Check out the results below:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra:

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

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

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

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

Xiaomi Mi 11:

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

Even if we all have our preferences in choosing the best photo, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has proven its advantage in the smartphone camera department.

Other than the accurate White Balance detection, it’s also able to preserve the right amount of details, contrast, saturation, and even performs well under harsh daylight (HDR) or low-light scenarios. Not to mention, all lenses have wider Field of View (FoV) versus its competitor.

Its better AI processing and camera software algorithms also make better foreground and background segmentation. Producing creamier bokeh while being able to keep the details (even fine hair strands) intact.

Mi 11’s camera quality isn’t horrendous. Although it has AWB and autofocus inconsistencies, it was still able to keep up especially with shots taken by its main (wide) 108-megapixel sensor. While these two smartphones rock different sets of cameras including the 108-megapixel sensors (Galaxy S21 Ultra with ISOCELL HN3 / Mi 11 with ISOCELL Bright HMX), Xiaomi still delivered great and promising photos. For someone who wants to get a smartphone with great set of cameras at the fraction of the cost of the S21 Ultra, this is still a solid option.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Mi 10T Pro: Camera shootout | Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Mi 10T Pro: Camera shootout

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