[The Lab] Oneplus 9 Pro - Pine Green - Unboxing & Camera Review

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    Hello Everyone!

    This week I am going to share some colorful portrait pictures shot on the OnePlus 9 Pro.

    We have already discussed a lot about the OnePlus collaboration with Hasselblad. So it's time to enjoy some true colors from the OnePlus 9 Pro’s lens.

    Portraits & Natural Colour Calibration

    A portrait is about capturing the person's character, identity, and attitude that evokes feelings in the viewers. Most people think the portrait is a just photograph of a person's face. But in my opinion, a portrait could be something about the person you are photographing.

    Below pictures are taken with Ultra-wide mode of OnePlus 9 Pro and edited on Snapseed. As we have discussed in my last thread, there is no distortion from Ultra-wide pictures. Color processing looks so perfect, which is the result of the OnePlus-Hasselblad collaboration. Kudos to Hasselblad – OnePlus collaboration.

    Portrait with Ultra-wide camera



    As you can see in the above pictures, the girl is expressing her love for flowers. Her dress, pose making a perfect composition that represents her personality here.




    I Choose this background and dress color on purpose, as I wanted to see the color processing of primary colors. The good thing is Ultra-wide has performed very well with colors same as a primary lens of the OnePlus 9 Pro.

    Portrait with dedicated Portrait Mode

    The OnPlus 9 Pro uses a primary lens to shoot portrait images. When we open a portrait mode, by default it goes to a 2X zoom. You can switch it to full view if there is more than one person or you want to shoot a portrait with more field.

    Captured with full view or group Portrait mode

    As you can see in the above picture, the OnePlus 9 Pro does an amazing job here with isolating the main object with a bokeh effect. Details, color processing looks perfect (especially a skin tone.)

    Captured with 2X Portrait mode

    I liked the details at the edge of hairs and hands, as subject isolation from blurred background done perfectly by portrait mode. But, sadly there is no option to adjust the depth/blur effect.

    Captured with 2X Portrait mode

    So as you can see above images, portrait mode gives good details, natural colors, and the best subject isolation from a blurred background. Except, there is no option for adjusting blur strength, portrait mode performs very well in this segment.

    Light and shadow: Portraits with the Main Camera

    The 48MP main camera has a custom-built IMX-789 sensor which is co-engineered with Sony. The main camera manages to click amazing shots with the perfect balance of exposure and natural colors.


    This picture is taken with the main camera of the OnePlus 9 Pro. The picture is clicked at the time of sunrise, so low light performance is very good. As you can see, the picture is noise-free in low light. Also, using HDR helped to recover shadows and highlights to produce detailed images.




    I used natural light to shoot all these portraits. Shooting in morning or evening natural light allows you to play with composition without expensive set-up. And of course, natural lights are totally free. Right?

    Captured on the Main Camera

    Observation and conclusion

    While shooting in daylight, I didn't face the overheating issue this time.

    The camera switching time from Ultra-wide to main to telephoto feels laggy and slow.

    Also, while shooting with the low-resolution mode you will observe little noise in images. But if you are shooting in Pro mode at the same resolution, you can fix this by lowering the ISO value.

    I am satisfied with the performance of the camera while shooting these portraits with different modes. By slightly playing with Pro mode settings, you can shoot Pro-level portraits. Also, portrait mode is capable to click some detailed portraits with blurry background.

    Tips to shoot good portraits
    1. Shoot in good lighting condition (I prefer natural light in the morning) .
    2. Look for a good background as per your theme or subject.
    3. Always focus on your object.
    4. Make unique composition with light and shadows or model cloths and background.
    5. Shoot with an HDR mode to get detailed pictures.
    6. Direct / Guide person for posing.
    7. Good post-processing.
    Hope these portraits will help you more to understand the Camera of the OnePlus 9 pro. I will come back with few more amazing pictures of another genre of photography. Till then, be safe and take care of yourself and your family.

    If any queries, feel free to ask and comment your views on these portrait pictures.

    Thank You.
    Last edited: May 8, 2021

  3. rasta_firasta
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    blueskywhale , via OnePlus 9 Pro , May 7, 2021 :
    Awesome those colors are really matching in every frame ✨✨

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  5. dom_k
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    rasta_firasta , May 8, 2021 :
    Thanks a lot, mate! :)

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    rasta_firasta , May 8, 2021 :
    Thanks, Dom :):) Glad you liked it!

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    rasta_firasta , May 10, 2021 :
    Are you facing any issues with these apps?

  11. Zain Ali
    The Lab - OnePlus 9 Pro Reviewer May 12, 2021

    Zain Ali , May 12, 2021 :
    Very nice portraits and tips! Bravo

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    rasta_firasta , May 12, 2021 :
    Hey thanks Zain! Glad you liked it 😀🙏

  13. rasta_firasta
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    rasta_firasta , May 16, 2021 :

    Hello Everyone!

    So this week, I am going to share a few Silhouette photos, Nature colors, and Street portraits from the ultra-wide-angle, and the main camera. Still, I haven't shared any pictures from the Monochrome lens and video samples from the OnePlus 9 Pro. I am working on these both and will share some surprising results in the upcoming two weeks.

    Silhouette Photography with Pro Mode

    Silhouette Photography is a creative genre of photography. In Silhouette Photography, your main subject is always dark/black against the bright background.

    You can shoot the Silhouette images with direct photo mode, but Pro mode is a great option to take the best silhouette pictures. OnePlus 9 Pro has a Hasselblad Pro Mode, which helped me to manually control and fine-tune the photos as per my requirement.

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    Edited in Lightroom with B&W Selenium tones

    While shooting silhouette pictures, control over ISO, exposure, and white balance is very important to maintain the right tones and contrast in the object and background. Usually, I prefer to shoot the Silhouette images at sunset time. While shooting in low light at sunset time, the OnePlus 9 Pro has performed very well.


    Hasselblad Pro Mode delivers images with accurate and natural colors, which is very important for post-processing. I always experiment with the Pro mode settings for both Night and daylight photography. OnePlus 9 Pro never disappointed me in Pro Mode. Honestly, I am loving the Pro mode on the OnePlus 9 Pro except there's no support for an Ultra-wide angle lens.


    As we know, most users use the Photo mode only. For the users who never use the Pro mode, I believe my review will help you to understand the Pro mode. Once you start using it, you are going to love it. Because by using the Hasselblad Pro mode, you can capture some professional-level photos just from your smartphone.

    Basic tips and tricks for Silhouette Photography

    For the tips and tricks, check out the below link of my thread on Silhouette Photography


    Natural Color Calibration?

    Colors of Nature

    The below picture is captured on the main camera in normal photo mode. Each time the camera surprising me with the color calibration technology of the Hasselblad. This picture is slightly edited in the lightroom for recovering highlights only.


    Evening Scenes

    We have already discussed a lot about the Ultra-wide angle camera. I am using this more than any other camera mode on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Capturing distortion-free landscapes, portraits, and perspective street shots with an Ultra-wide angle lens is the real fun.


    Not only distortion-free images, but color processing is as good as the main camera. This wide sensor delivers the best-enhanced images with lower noise.

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    Let's have a look at few colorful wide-angle pictures shot with an Ultra-wide angle camera.

    Street Photography: The Fishermen's story

    While coming from the office, I saw this fisherman and his son fishing in the river. As it's pre-monsoon time in India, the weather is good here. Blue sky, greenery, ripples in water, etc. perfect composition.

    Now, Enjoy this set of pictures.





    As you can see in the above images, the Ultrawide angle camera has delivered some of the best images with natural colors (Esp. RGB), detailing on the water surface, in short, the best foundation for post-processing.

    Street Portraits

    While exploring the Western ghats of Maharashtra, this shepherd saw me shooting pictures with the OnePlus 9 Pro. He was curious about the phone. His smile and face were the perfect combinations for the portrait.

    That was the first time I used the portrait mode on the OnePlus 9 Pro. As you can see, the details and color look pretty impressive.

    You can check more about my Portrait mode review in the last thread - Part 3 Camera review

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    Shepherd from the Western ghats of Maharashtra, India

    The below picture is the same as the above with the addition of Red Gamucha. Gamucha is a traditional cotton towel that people use in various Indian regions.

    These both pictures are some of my favorite shots on the OnePlus 9 Pro.

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    Smile! it's free therapy.

    Observations & Conclusion

    • Both Main & Ultra-wide cameras deliver the images with 100% true colors.
    • Low light performance is at its best.
    • Detailed and noise-free images on Ultra-wide angle lens.
    • Captured over 500 images with an Ultra-wide angle lens, and I am 100% sure that there is no distortion at the edges. Kudos to the free-form lens.
    • No wide-angle support in pro Mode.

    I hope these photos and my experiences with the OnePlus 9 Pro will help you understand more about the Camera.

    It's been a month I am using the OnePlus 9 Pro. Now, I can confidently say that this is the best smartphone I have ever used with the best Camera, great battery performance, and buttery smooth UI experience.

    Next week I'll be back with more photos and my review on Super-Macro mode. Till then, take care of your family and yourself. Be safe!

    Thank You!

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  14. dom_k
    The Lab - OnePlus 9 Pro Reviewer May 17, 2021

    dom_k , via OnePlus 9 Pro Pine Green , May 17, 2021 :
    Nice continue! 😊 Keep going I like your work

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  18. Zain Ali
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    Zain Ali , May 19, 2021 :
    Great post! I really liked the Fisherman Story series! Well done!

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    rasta_firasta , May 22, 2021 :
    Thanks a lot, Zain! :)

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    Landscape Photography with the OnePlus 9 Pro

    What is Landscape Photography?

    Capturing the essence of nature or view of man-made creations like buildings, highways or bridges, etc. A good Landscape picture could be a delight for the viewer. In short, a viewer can feel the place/view while seeing the picture.

    Monsoon Scenes in India and the magic of Telephoto lens.

    The much-awaited season, monsoon is finally here. The most beautiful season in India, as this is the perfect time for exploring India. Especially western ghats are a delight for the eyes.


    As the monsoon is here, drylands started turning into green lush. The perfect season to watch and capture beautiful landscapes. I am glad that I have a OnePlus 9 Pro to shoot these beautiful lands of the western ghats. Capturing the true colors of nature is a different level experience for me. Thanks to the OnePlus-Hasselblad collaboration.


    The above pictures captured with a Telephoto lens on the OnePlus 9 Pro. The Telephoto camera has an 8MP sensor with an f2.4 aperture and 3.3x Optical zoom maxing out at 30x digital zoom.

    As you can see in the above picture, the telephoto lens delivers images with good details and colors. Both pictures edited in Lightroom and a bit smoothened to enhance the green. If you are shooting in good lighting conditions, digital zoom is sufficient to produce good quality images.

    Speaking about noise, at low light little noise observed at 3.3x zoom. Overall, the Telephoto lens is capable to shoot beautiful pictures with good details and colors.

    Landscape with Ultra-wide Angle Camera.

    Day at Windmill site

    As I said, Monsoon has changed the whole scene of nature. Capturing these thousand shades of nature with the OnePlus 9 Pro is the best mobile photography experience.

    Look at these beautiful scenes, it reminds the Microsoft Windows wallpapers.



    We had already discussed a lot about the main camera performance. Now, it's time to enjoy the stunning pictures from the main Camera of the Oneplus 9 Pro.





    Shot on OnePlus 9 Pro with Ultra-wide Angle lens.

    All pictures are taken at different lighting conditions to capture the different shades of blue.

    Drone Shots..?? Nope! shot on OnePlus 9 Pro :D

    While exploring my hometown, I saw this heavy water flow at the rocky area in the river. Because of heavy water flow & waves, white foam formed on the water surface.

    I clicked these pictures with a different perspective to create the view like a drone/ariel shot. Sometimes, different perspectives can make the normal picture more creative.


    While clicking the pictures, I was standing on a bridge on the river. I shot these images by using the selfie stick and holding it flat on water flow.

    Both images are taken with the main camera of the OnePlus 9 Pro.

    I hope you guys liked all the Landscape pictures. Please drop your comments about the pictures.

    Also, one more thing, I have worked on the Slomo video, which I am planning to share in the upcoming thread. After the upcoming thread, I will share the Super macro mode images.

    I will come back with Slomo video and burst mode pictures in the next thread. Till then, take care of yourself and your family.

    If any queries related to the camera or the device, please feel free to ask.

    Last edited: May 24, 2021