TonyTechBytes, Jun 3, 2019 : Hey OnePlus community! My name is Tony, and I’m one of the U.S. Brand Ambassadors for OnePlus who had the chance to introduce the OnePlus 7 Pro to fans who lined up during the pop-up event at the T-Mobile Signature Store in downtown San Francisco. Jason B. @USBA JasonB also collaborated with me on this project to showcase to you all user reactions to the exciting new pop-up camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro! The new pop-up front facing camera features a Sony IMX471 sensor, electronic image stabilization, 16 megapixels, and an aperture of f/2.0. The front facing camera also allows for 1080p video recording at 30fps, HDR photos, Face Unlock, and Face Retouching. Additionally, the mechanism includes a rubberized gasket to protect it from moisture as well as dust. OnePlus proudly estimates that the pop-up camera can “withstand sliding out up to 300,000 times” which equates to “over 150 selfies every day for 5.5 years.” Based on our testing, the pop-up camera takes around 0.54 seconds to pop out of its recess and slightly faster to slide back in. The motor proved very consistent with no noticeable outliers in our sample. OnePlus even stressed the camera (with videos on the official OnePlus YouTube channel) by popping the camera up and down for 12 hours straight and hanging a whopping 49.2 pound (22.3 kg) cement block on the front camera which is impressive to say the least. But now that we got the detailed specifications out of the way, here’s what some people had to say about the pop-up front facing camera: We’ve spoken to a multitude of people over the past few weeks and the main reaction when seeing the camera pop up appeared to be sheer awe. While many these days are accustomed to notches, cutouts, and hole-punches in their phone displays, OnePlus decided to take the leap into a new front camera mechanism. Initially, participants were confused as to where the front camera was located, but after the mere second of the camera popping up, they were in shock at how cool it looked. Some participants were also curious about the build quality and durability of the pop-up camera, but we reassured them that they had almost nothing to worry about. The emphasis on safety features and durability implemented into the front camera construction prove to be very reliable in real-world situations. When asked about sharpness and overall camera quality, many replied by saying the front camera looks "plenty sharp," and the "dynamic range looks really good." Adding on to safety features, the biggest one is actually an auto-recess system. When the device detects freefall using the accelerometer and gyroscope, it will automatically retract the camera. We’ve tested this numerous times and it's a really cool system. It even warns you when freefall is detected and asks if you want to reopen the camera—although we don’t recommend testing this on your own. One thing to keep in mind is that the pop-up camera will not be completely safe from drops at or below hip height due to its limited time to slide back into its recess. However, having the pop-up camera partially retract is better than not at all. And if you’re worried about bumping the camera while it’s open, it will retract if sufficient pressure is applied—as to not strip the screw. If you’re new to Oneplus or the incredible feature of face unlock, you’ll learn rather quickly how useful it is. Unlike iPhones’ Face ID that is more of a hassle (as it requires 3 steps and is slower than a simple fingerprint or even a pattern at times); Oneplus’ face unlock seems to be the fastest way to unlock your device in just one simple step. The new OnePlus 7 Pro front facing camera works almost the same as previous models, with one difference: the pop-up camera. When you press the power button to wake the screen, the camera will automatically pop up then immediately down as it simultaneously uses the facial recognition data to unlock your device. There are also a slew of settings that can be adjusted for the face unlock, depending if you want the camera to automatically pop up, or if you prefer to slide up on the screen rather than using your pin or pattern. However, Android still requires fingerprint scans to be used for bank apps and Google Pay. With numerous new features: a 90Hz refresh rate, triple-camera setup, a gorgeous 6.67" Fluid AMOLED curved display, and of course, the new pop-up front facing camera, the OnePlus 7 Pro offers a vast portfolio of justifiable reasons to purchase one. The pop-up camera is a fresh take on front facing cameras, which certainly looks more appealing than display cutouts. This allows those who don't use the front facing camera often, an option to conceal an unsightly protrusion that one would otherwise have to see all the time. While the OnePlus 7 Pro succeeds in many ways, it ultimately depends on the community to thrive in today's competitive smartphone market. Therefore, my question I'd like to ask you all is: What do you think of the pop-up camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro?