Camera comparison: OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Camera comparison: OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus definitely has one of the best smartphone cameras around. The OnePlus 5 faces a gargantuan task in this comparison, being only half as expensive at $479 compared to iPhone 7’s $769. Before we dive into the test photos, let’s take a look at the technical specs:

The iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5 camera module

Smartphone Focal length Resolution Aperture
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 28 mm 12 MP f / 1.8
  56 mm 12 MP f / 2.8
OnePlus 5 24 mm 16 MP f / 1.7
  32 mm 20 MP f / 2.6

On the iPhone 7 Plus, the focal length between both lenses differs by a factor of two – and pressing the “2x” button on the app switches the user from one camera to another, while the resolution remains the same; only the brightness is reduced in the telephoto lens due to its nature. You can also seamlessly zoom using pinch-to-zoom, and the iPhone 7 Plus then jumps back and forth between the cameras depending on the zoom level.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 has a somewhat more complex setting. According to the EXIF data from the photo files, the focal length of both lenses is 24 and 32 mm, which is equal to a factor of 1.33. The OnePlus’ camera app also has the “2x” button and pressing it will take you to a zoom area where the smartphone already enlarges the image, making it interpolated.

According to Carl Pei himself, the optical zoom is 1.6x – the remaining 0.4x is implemented using “SmartCapture Multiframe Technology”; it’s supposedly “lossless” but not exactly “optical” like in Apple’s case. The…

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