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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iPhone 12 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs Pixel 5: Camera shootout
Which flagship takes the best photo?
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.
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.
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.
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!
POCO X3 NFC vs realme 7i: Camera shootout
A battle of affordable phones!
The POCO X3 NFC and realme 7i retails for PhP 12,990 and PhP 11,990 respectively. With just a PhP 1,000 price difference, will the phones have a wide gap in camera performance? Let’s find out in this shootout.
Excited to see the results? Here they are:
POCO X3 NFC: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7B, 8B, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12B, 13B
realme 7i: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12A, 13A
If you analyze the photos well, the POCO X3 NFC captures photos that are warmer — with a greenish tint — and somewhat underexposed, while processing a creamier bokeh and softer blur. On the other hand, the realme 7i produced brighter photos with an extra boost on its vibrance and contrast, as if it’s ready to go on your social media posts.
Having a PhP 1,000 difference didn’t make much of a difference. After all, both phones cater to different consumers with varying preferences.
Which affordable smartphone is the one for you?
Most users picking the POCO X3 NFC are captivated by its performance, apt for their gaming. But even though you’re after power and performance doesn’t mean the camera should be lackluster — which is the case for this smartphone. It’s not as camera-centric as the realme 7i, but its photos are enough to accompany gamer and performance-oriented individuals.
On the other hand, the realme 7i makes the perfect companion for those looking for a smartphone for their daily grind, and mostly spends their time browsing and using social media platforms. Its camera system produces carefully processed photos so that it’s ready for posting — you barely need to edit it.
At the end of the day, these affordable offerings — despite the price differences — can offer decent camera performance. You just have to choose which one suits your budget and lifestyle.
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Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout
Battle of the small phones
Now that we have the Pixel 4a in our hands, it’s time for another smackdown! Priced at US$ 349, we tested it against Apple’s US$ 399 iPhone SE that packs the powerful A13 Bionic Chip. With two compact phones sporting single rear cameras, which one will shoot better?
Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!
Pixel 4a: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18B
iPhone SE: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18A
If you observe closely, the iPhone SE produced warmer yet vibrant photos and well-lit, wider portraits. During daylight, it provides more details while it gets pretty noisy in lowlight.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 4a captured cooler photos. Portrait-wise, it has better focus compared to the iPhone SE despite the cropping. But this affordable phone shines better with its HDR and Night Sight, doing a great job in lowlight!
At the end of the day, both phones took photos that are rich in colors and manageable highlights. They also have decent backlit shots and creamy depth-of-field which might appease smartphone photography enthusiasts. For US$ 399, we already have an impressive camera performance. There are no losers here.
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