The Result of OnePlus 7 Pro Camera Blind Test

  1. Jimmy Z.
    Camera Product Manager Staff Member Jun 17, 2019

    Jimmy Z. , Jun 17, 2019 :
    Hello everyone,

    About one week ago, we released the Oxygen OS 9.5.7 OTA for OnePlus 7 Pro with several significant optimizations on the camera. We believe most of you have used it for days and hope everyone has joyful and confident shootings.

    Together with the release, we conducted a camera blind test to help us better understand users' preference for further camera optimizations. So far, we've received over 3000 responses to the blind test, which is an amazing amount. As always, we are truly inspired by your willingness to help us improve. All this data will be instrumental in showcasing the mass preference in terms of photo quality and tuning. Thanks for your feedback.

    To be transparent, we reveal the data here and uploaded all the original photos HERE for those who want to better follow up. Some of the groups show very close vote to every phone while others show great differences. More than finding a winner, the results are great first-hand material for our camera team to understand what we got right and where to seek improvements for each scene.

    Thanks again, to your online feedback. We also look forward to our Camera Open Ears Forum in Amsterdam. We will keep working hard to better meet our community's expectation to a great camera. We welcome you to report any camera issues or suggestions via the Feedback Tool on our community app.

    Never Settle.

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  2. Sandy_here
    Gingerbread Jun 17, 2019

  3. anesh007
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 17, 2019

    anesh007 , Jun 17, 2019 :
    do something for camera software,improve it

    in reality it is still far behind from pixel and galaxy

    concentrate this year for your camera software improvement

  4. akks
    KitKat Jun 17, 2019

  5. sam311
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 17, 2019

    sam311 , Jun 17, 2019 :
    If u look at these results Samsung S10+ is doing great actually..
    Hope OnePlus will give better updates for OnePlus 7 Pro

  6. DracoSura
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 17, 2019

    DracoSura , Jun 17, 2019 :
    We want results similar to pixel photos. Please take pixel photos as reference.

  7. OG_Kauie
    Eclair Jun 17, 2019

    OG_Kauie , Jun 17, 2019 :
    The last update really addressed the rear cameras. I think the front camera's processing should be taken a look at as well, the skin smoothening is too prominent even whilst having beauty mode disabled. Pictures taken on WhatsApp come out with more natural detail than the ones shot on the OnePlus Camera app.

    Yuki T, Nikhil7+, Phillyslix and 13 others like this.
  8. Dexxagon
    Honeycomb Jun 17, 2019

  9. Spawney
    Donut Jun 17, 2019

    Spawney , Jun 17, 2019 :
    There's Pixel 3 XL. If you cant even see that then can you even comment on picture quality ?!

    sourjadip, FRJerome, Daasty and 3 others like this.
  10. DracoSura
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 17, 2019

    DracoSura , Jun 17, 2019 :
    Did you understand what I suggested? S10 results are better in this survey. But in reality pixel photos are better than S10 in most scenarios. Hence my above request for taking pixel pictures as reference for improving op camera processing.

    WasD24, Zecks1973, prokai and 4 others like this.
  11. B_Wrath
    Nougat Jun 17, 2019

    B_Wrath , Jun 17, 2019 :
    That's your preference. The survey says, many prefer S10.
    So, why should they do it the needs of single person when compared to the needs of 100s?

  12. DracoSura
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 17, 2019

    DracoSura , Jun 17, 2019 :
    It isn't a single opinion. Try checking out some comparisons of S10 vs pixel and majority will agree pixel photos are better. This is a blind test and we have 4 to choose from, so results vary.

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  13. mauryapankaj
    Honeycomb Jun 17, 2019

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  14. B_Wrath
    Nougat Jun 17, 2019

    B_Wrath , Jun 17, 2019 :
    That's the point of being a blind test. People aren't biased with the name. The facts and number matters. Not random opinions.

  15. L1541956835967
    Cupcake Jun 17, 2019

  16. 3XM76
    Froyo Jun 17, 2019

    3XM76 , Jun 17, 2019 :
    I took the time answering the the blind test at the time. What I focused on was maintaining the details - not only regarding sharpness. I've taken hundreds of shots with both the OnePlus camera on 9.5.7 and comparing them with the same shots taken with a port of Google camera app. In real life it's pretty apparent that the Google camera app manages to maintain pixel level clarity where the OnePlus camera blurs minor detail.

    Also the HDR mode on the OP camera is really harsh on dark areas and shadows - often crushing them to near flat black. I know at first glance it makes the image appear more striking but when you brighten up the shadows in an editor afterwards the image seems even more striking as there still are lots of depth in the shadows but there's also detail there.

    It also feels that the multiple exposures taken in HDR on OP camera have some time between them making the final image have softer edges and even some mild haloing. Comparing this to the Google camera port the Gcam for some reason manages to produce sharp images even when taken in a hurry and of a slightly moving object.

    As for the focus the Gcam app seem supreme - not only are the images sharper but they appear to have deeper zone of depth. How that can be with the same lens I have no idea :) Maybe it's an illusion resulted by the lack of issues mentioned before.

    The harsh blacks/shadows issue is very apparent in the ultrawide shots as well while the 3x zoom photos have much flatter images where the shadows appear much more natural.

    Maybe give the users a few settings to adjust - saturation (vivid, neutral etc.), pop (HDR mode effect, shadow detail) and noise reduction?

    In case anyone at OnePlus ( @Jimmy Z. ) is interested I have a lot of example photos taken back to back with the OnePlus camera and Google camera port exhibiting the focus, shadow detail and color issues. If anything the Gcam samples prove that the HW in the OnePlus 7 pro is very capable - just the OnePlus camera needs a bit more finesse.

  17. darren190390
    Honeycomb Jun 17, 2019

    darren190390 , Jun 17, 2019 :
    The software of the camera still has to get some updates to catch up with the other giants, or to outdo

  18. sam311
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 17, 2019

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  19. Aathif_Mahir
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 17, 2019

  20. Pikole
    Froyo Jun 17, 2019

    Pikole , Jun 17, 2019 :
    yes it will