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 S20+ vs OPPO Find X2 Pro: Camera shootout
Which one shoots better for you?
OPPO just came out with what arguably is their best phone to date — the Find X2 Pro. So we decided to take the phone out for a camera shootout against the Samsung Galaxy S20+ — arguably one of the best phones to come out so far in 2020.
Can the OPPO give Samsung a run for its money? Let’s find out!
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!
So, I’m just messing with you guys. It’s not actually a blind test since all photos labeled Photo A were taken using the OPPO Find X2 Pro. Meanwhile, all photos labeled Photo B were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S20+.
If you analyzed the photos, the Find X2 Pro clearly holds out on its own. In certain lighting conditions, the Find X2 Pro produced brighter and more saturated photos during the daytime. At night, it tends to illuminate the scene captured, and process it with a warmer tone.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S20+ produced balanced results, although vibrancy and contrast were strengthened in both day and night shots.
The most notable differences are how the Galaxy S20+ has subtle bokeh — making it more believable — and wider scope on its wide-angle mode, while the Find X2 Pro has a softer look whilst retaining details. Both phones were astounding and as always, everything will depend on a user’s preference and how they use their smartphone’s cameras.
How about its selfie camera?
While the Find X2 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S20+ on the rear camera department, its front camera samples look way different. The Find X2 Pro has a greener tint and warmer tone, while the Galaxy S20+ has a better white balance, but adds a pinkish tint.
Both phones upped their contrast and colors, adding an unnecessary beautification when processed despite not using beauty mode. The backlit selfies were captured properly, illuminating Michael Josh‘s face without compromising details. You just have to choose how you’ll post-process your selfies later on if you’re planning to upload it on social media.
Personally, both phones captured awesome photos. Even I had a hard time choosing between the two when putting this article together. Smartphones, particularly the best ones, capture outstanding results which makes it difficult for consumers to decide, especially when they’re concerned with the camera performance.
The key is to figure out how you’ll use the cameras. For instance, I’ll use the OPPO Find X2 Pro to capture more of my daily life — which I can readily upload to my social media platforms. The Galaxy S20+ proves handy though for frequent travelers, especially with its wide-angle lens.
Nonetheless, whatever you choose, know that you’re in good hands. Just don’t forget, there’s more to a smartphone than its cameras. Watch our YouTube videos for the Galaxy S20+ and Find X2 Pro to know more about these flagship devices.
Realme XT vs Samsung Galaxy A71: Camera shootout
64-megapixel camera battle!
Nowadays, midrange smartphones pack a punch in the camera department. Sporting 64-megapixel cameras, one can’t help but wonder which smartphone takes better photos. Here, we compared the Realme XT (PhP 16,990/ US$ 333) and Samsung Galaxy A71 (PhP 22,990/ US$ 450) with a PhP 6,000/ US$ 118 difference.
Just like all of our camera shootouts, no edits were done except resizing for faster preview and watermark to quickly identify the shot.
Which smartphone do you think will win? Let’s have a 64-megapixel camera battle!
We all know the Realme XT and Samsung Galaxy A71 produce 64-megapixel photos through pixel-binned 16-megapixel shots.
If you analyze the differences, the Realme XT has a red tint, but it produces an accurate color reproduction albeit a little bright and washed out.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A71 is a bit processed. It’s saturated yet lively, comprised of better contrasts and deeper blacks, but comes with a greener tint. Furthermore, its exposure is a hit or miss, and on most occasions, it produces bad highlights.
At the end of the day, both smartphones produce decent 64-megapixel shots, especially for the price it commands. However, it makes us wonder: Do we really need higher megapixels? Maybe we do, but maybe we also don’t.
For now, we can enjoy every smartphone’s attempt to make better images. After all, it’s us who benefit the most. So, which 64-megapixel camera phone shoots better for you? Let us know and share your thoughts with us on our social channels!
Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Y9 Prime (2019): Camera shootout
Do you really need an expensive phone for your photos?
We all know Huawei phones are recognized for their superior camera quality. In this camera shootout, we decided to test the camera prowess (and differences) between a SG$1300 flagship phone over a SG$340 midrange smartphone.
The Mate 30 Pro reigns in the smartphone camera department. Meanwhile, the Y9 Prime (2019) is one of the affordable midrangers out there. Although the Mate 30 Pro has an extra telephoto lens, we just decided to exclude the zoom mode and use only the ultra-wide and wide lenses when shooting. Other than that, the Mate 30 Pro has a 3D ToF (Time of Flight) camera while the other one has a depth sensor.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!
#2 Food (AI Mode)
#4 Wide-angle (Daylight)
#5 Ultra-wide angle (Daylight)
#6 Ultra-wide angle (Backlight)
#7 Selfie (Auto)
#8 Food (Low-light)
#9 Low-light (Auto)
#10 Low-light (Night Mode)
#11 Dawn (Night Mode)
#12 Night Mode
#13 Night Mode
#14 Fireworks (Auto Mode)
After seeing the side-by-side comparison, we can all tell that the Mate 30 Pro stands out most especially when the photos were taken in a dark environment. But in well-lit situations, the Y9 Prime (2019) was able to deliver quality shots just like the Mate.
One thing I didn’t like on either phones are the selfies, especially when Beauty Mode was turned off. But I guess that all boils down to personal preferences. Other than that, the Y9 Prime produces less saturated photos but it’s actually more accurate since it’s what I saw in real life. Except for the strawberry photo that looked too desaturated.
This further proves that cheaper smartphones can still deliver decent-looking photos. But in the case of the Mate 30 Pro, you’ll get more camera features (such as telephoto lens) because you paid more.
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