The OnePlus 5T can’t catch a break, it seems. Ahead of its official unveiling on November 16, the OnePlus 5T has been leaked one more time, and this time its camera credentials have been put up on display. An early camera review of the OnePlus 5T suggests the phone will likely drop the optical zoom lens found on the OnePlus 5 in favour of a lens better equipped for handling low light scenarios. This corroborates a previous leak that said the OnePlus 5T’s secondary lens will offer the same focal length as the primary lens, as well as a similar wider aperture to boost low-light photography.
The OnePlus 5 is supposedly OnePlus’ best camera phone to date. The dual camera system in the OnePlus 5 features “a tailor-made 16-megapixel camera, supported by a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. Together, they’re the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today, letting you take extremely clear photos,” according to OnePlus.
While the 16-megapixel camera features a large f/1.7 aperture, the secondary 20-megapixel camera features an f/2.6 aperture. The primary lens in the case of the OnePlus 5 “can capture 34 per cent more light than the OnePlus 3T camera.” At the same time, it can “autofocus up to 40 per cent faster and more accurately than the OnePlus 3T.” The dual camera system on-board the OnePlus 5 is capable of shooting photos with shallow depth of field, or bokeh effect through a specialized portrait mode akin to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. The system is also capable of recording 4K videos and shooting in RAW file format. Sadly, the OnePlus 5’s rear camera system isn’t assisted with Optical Image Stabilisation.
But is it any good in real life? Yes and no. On the one hand it is OnePlus’ best camera phone to date and on the other, it’s just about average in front of premier competition. The 16MP primary shooter on-board the phone takes good photos in good light, but, tricky and low light photos often leave you asking for more. As for the 20MP telephotos lens, well, it’s disappointing to say the least, even at zoom shots that it’s being highly marketed for. Moreover, the dual system’s USP feature – aka the Portrait Mode – is also a mixed bag and mostly a hit or miss affair.
The primary lens, in the case of the OnePlus 5, was decent, but, the secondary telephoto lens didn’t add much of a value proposition. This is probably why OnePlus may have decided to replace it with a standard lens, but, with a wider aperture to offer better shots in low light.
To sum it up:
Just like the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T, will also come with a dual camera system on the rear. It will be more or less the same setup. The only difference will be the fact that OnePlus has tweaked the aperture of the second lens so as to allow for better low-light photography in the case of the OnePlus 5T. Also, the secondary lens comes with the same focal length as the primary one, meaning it’s not specifically a telephoto or zoom lens. The secondary lens, it seems, would come into effect only during low-light conditions or while shooting in portrait mode.
The OnePlus 5T, it seems, will also miss out on OIS but will ship with EIS for videos.