The OnePlus 10 Professional has lastly launched exterior China, and the digicam array is the centerpiece as an example how a lot it needs to be among the many finest you will get your arms on.
Final yr’s flagships had been each a press release and an experiment. On the one hand, the superb design and performance made it clear they belonged within the higher echelon of Android telephones. On the opposite, partnering with Hasselblad for digicam output was to serve discover that OnePlus was severe about competing with one of the best.
The ten Professional takes these two components and pushes them ahead in ways in which really feel extra perceptible, making a stronger case that OnePlus and Hasselblad are lastly determining how they complement each other. The outcomes may actually enhance, however as is, there are issues to love with what’s right here proper now.
Design and Construct
I’ve admired OnePlus for its style going again a number of years now, and the ten Professional carries on the momentum. The distinction this time is how far more actual property the ceramic-covered rear digicam array takes up. It’s arguably larger than simply about some other cellphone on the market, although that unofficial crown could also be up for grabs as we see what else is coming this yr.
My evaluate unit got here within the Volcanic Black variant, with Emerald Forest being the opposite (which seems nice), so OnePlus at the least gives one colourful choice. Regardless of the extra impartial look of the black one, it nonetheless seems elegant, even when the digicam bump is the scene-stealer at each flip. Whether or not face down or propped as much as take a photograph, it’s exhausting to not discover it. The bump even has a shiny end that may be useful as a makeshift mirror when taking selfies with the rear cameras.
The opposite design rules largely comply with the earlier 9 Professional so far as the place the buttons, ports, entrance digicam, and wi-fi charging coils are located. Whereas the show is similar 6.7-inch AMOLED QHD+, OnePlus says its refresh charge adjusts quicker between 1Hz and 120Hz, finally serving to on the battery life aspect of issues. The display was additionally calibrated at two ranges of brightness at 500 and 100 nits, with the profit being higher colour accuracy at each excessive and low brightness.
Powering the machine from the within is the brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, Qualcomm’s newest chipset constructed on 4nm structure. My unit had 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is the usual configuration OnePlus goes with, until newer variants are coming in a while.
Within the U.S., T-Cellular is the unique service promoting the cellphone, although it’ll even be accessible by way of OnePlus.com, Finest Purchase, and Amazon. The ten Professional can run on any 4G LTE community, whereas it seems to be restricted to T-Cellular’s 5G community. OnePlus additionally guarantees three main Android model updates, plus 4 years of safety updates.
Digital camera Options
The ten Professional retains the identical 48-megapixel foremost digicam (23mm equal) utilizing Sony’s IMX789 picture sensor custom-made for OnePlus. It’s the identical 1/1.43-inch measurement, peering by way of the lens with the identical f/1.8 aperture.
In some ways, OnePlus — maybe in coordination with Hasselblad — selected to harmonize the three rear cameras as a lot as potential. The 50-megapixel ultra-wide (14mm equal) will get a distinct look by going with Samsung’s JN1 sensor, partly as a solution to develop the sector of view from 110-degrees all the way in which as much as 150-degrees. The standalone 150-degree mode is the widest I’ve seen on any cellphone thus far, and it features a separate fisheye setting that jogs my memory of what 360-degree cameras had been like not too way back.
The 8-megapixel telephoto (77mm equal) can also be again with 3.3x optical zoom, optical picture stabilization, and a brand new tremendous decision algorithm that’s designed to assist sharpen and clear up pictures utilizing hybrid at as much as 30x.
Regardless of the larger bump within the again, OnePlus ditched the 2-megapixel monochrome digicam it introduced into the 9 Professional, which might be for one of the best. Its bodily presence was misplaced as a result of its software program part was buried throughout the filters accessible within the digicam app’s interface. You’d’ve solely recognized when you bothered taking pictures in black and white anyway.
All three of those rear lenses can shoot in 10-bit — very possible courtesy of Hasselblad’s enter. The cameras additionally seize pictures utilizing the DCI-P3 colour gamut, which each manufacturers declare delivers 25% extra protection than sRGB in different telephones. All advised, the ten Professional is meant to course of 64 instances extra colour than smartphones that shoot in 8-bit colour.
What OnePlus doesn’t make clear is that 10-bit is an elective choice throughout the digicam app’s settings, and you may solely shoot in it with Picture and Night time mode. Furthermore, the cellphone saves the pictures in HEIF format, and might solely show them on appropriate gadgets or apps that assist 10-bit colour.
I also needs to point out that Hasselblad’s contribution right here extends to a few new “Grasp” filters you will discover when tapping the filter icon. They’re referred to as radiance, safety, and emerald, providing a barely completely different tonality with each.
Aside from how good OxygenOS is as an Android overlay, the digicam app retains its acquainted structure. Settings and modes are the place they need to be, and you may all the time customise the mode tray by going to Extra and tapping the pencil icon so as to add or rearrange them. The aforementioned 150° mode and Lengthy Publicity are the 2 latest photograph modes, and OnePlus added two new video modes, too.
Picture High quality
Most important digicam
It’s exhausting to quantify the precise metrics OnePlus talks about relating to colour, however my eyes advised me the ensuing pictures adopted the trail laid out final yr with the 9 Professional. I thought-about it “impartial” when writing about it at the moment, and I believe that also suits with the ten Professional. One factor to recollect is that the principle huge digicam shoots at 12-megapixels by default due to pixel binning. The 48-megapixel mode is a separate choice throughout the interface.
I left AI Scene Enhancement off as I examined the digicam as a result of it will generally saturate colour or shift white steadiness to cooler or hotter tones when it wasn’t vital to take action. The photographs I usually took impressed me for the extent of element and colour accuracy, even when it wasn’t excellent on a regular basis.
HDR doesn’t get the identical consideration now as a result of it’s a staple characteristic, however its presence is necessary in a digicam like this for balancing composition. Whether or not it was OnePlus or Hasselblad who was largely behind it, HDR enhances colour output in good methods, be it in vivid daylight or darker nights. As all the time, although, the publicity slider is vitally necessary to assist the trigger for the straightforward reality the digicam app typically skews publicity somewhat brighter each time. Sliding it down just a bit normally delivered a greater shot. It appears to me the ten Professional displays higher dynamic vary, although OnePlus by no means actually mentions it in relation to this machine.
Since that is utilizing the identical sensor as final yr, software program impacts output greater than the rest. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip processes and renders pictures quicker, which serves the entire digicam array effectively.
Going with a distinct sensor for this digicam that can also be the identical measurement because the earlier one instructed that there may be at the least some distinction in output right here, and to a level, there may be. Its low-light efficiency will get a lift, solely OnePlus markets the 150-degree mode as the larger story. Certain, it’s wider than anybody else, nevertheless it’s additionally fraught with fringing on the sides, so it’s not a complete win.
The corporate’s engineers and builders addressed that with the Freeform Lens within the 9 Professional, and that also applies when taking pictures at the usual 110-degrees, so you continue to come away with a really succesful ultra-wide that method. The 150-degree mode, whereas cool by itself, isn’t but a game-changer, and taking pictures with that huge a discipline of view isn’t all the time sensible.
Whereas not “ultra-wide” unto itself, Hasselblad’s XPan mode can also be again, taking pictures at a 65:21 facet ratio with huge focal lengths of 30mm and 45mm. It’s neat to play with, however finally works the identical as when OnePlus introduced it into the 9 Professional.
Telephoto and Hybrid Zoom
I really feel like that is the place OnePlus dropped the ball somewhat. On paper and in observe, the telephoto lens seems and feels the identical as what it could actually do from the 9 Professional. Each time I have a look at the rear digicam array, I ponder why there wasn’t room beneath for a periscope lens that might go additional than 3.3x. I get that the main focus was extra on enhancing software program to make hybrid zoom photographs higher, however glass will all the time trump software program for zooming, for my part, so regardless of any visible enchancment right here, it appears like a missed alternative.
And by “enchancment,” I’m referring to a reasonably low bar set final yr with the 30x hybrid zoom. The outcomes had been horrible then, and solely somewhat higher now. I discovered significantly better output when taking pictures at 10x, which I might say is the candy spot for melding the optical and digital zooms collectively for a usable picture.
Professional mode is likely one of the jewels on this digicam structure, and the massive addition is the power to shoot with all three lenses. A earlier software program replace introduced the identical entry to the 9 Professional, so there’s no exclusivity right here, nevertheless it’s nonetheless good to get each entry and improved output. You’ll be able to nonetheless shoot in 12-bit RAW — yet one more plus for OnePlus. You simply can’t shoot in 150-degrees or fisheye in Professional.
There’s additionally RAW+, a more moderen mode that captures a 12-bit RAW picture that brings in computational software program to enhance the picture. It’s, to a level, the automated Picture mode, solely with RAW output, letting you course of the picture your self in a while in your most popular modifying instrument. You’ll be able to flip histogram and focus peaking on so as to add extra management over the way you shoot in Professional to go together with the usual controls you in any other case get (shutter, ISO, EV, focus, and white steadiness).
OnePlus and Hasselblad tried to not solely work on colour, but additionally noise discount, and that’s the place RAW pictures typically present one of the best outcomes. It’s simply not a dramatic distinction. In case you’re so inclined, you would possibly be capable of mess around with taking photographs at completely different exposures and bracket them collectively in Photoshop, however that’s not all the time sensible until you actually care in regards to the topic you’re capturing.
Nonetheless, this collaboration between the 2 manufacturers appears to be yielding some fruit, as overzealous sharpening or processing is much less apparent with the ten Professional, carrying on from what I noticed with the 9 Professional. Hopefully, future software program updates carry on enhancing that.
I gained’t go too in-depth on this mode as a result of it’s largely an incremental improve. Is it higher than the 9 Professional? Certain, although I might count on no much less from a flagship. That marginal enchancment is okay when in comparison with the identical model from a yr in the past, however I didn’t see sufficient from nighttime output to recommend OnePlus overtakes opponents when taking pictures at night time.
A part of the issue, at the least to me, is that dynamic vary isn’t delicate when it must be. Simply because a constructing is lit up, it doesn’t imply that its brightest factors have to be tremendous vivid. There must be a steadiness in how photographs like that come out for the straightforward reality it’s all however inconceivable to salvage overexposed pixels in a picture. Particularly one taken from a cellphone.
I’ve stated it earlier than, and I’ll say it once more: I’d prefer to see OnePlus place among the management in customers’ arms. Allow us to cease the publicity at any level, or at the least provide some type of adjustment past a easy publicity slider, since not all low-light and night time eventualities are equal.
Lengthy Publicity mode is completely different altogether, but follows a lot of what’s been completed on different gadgets, just like the Vivo X70 Professional+ and Xiaomi 12 Professional. OnePlus gives shifting automobiles, water and clouds, and light-weight portray as set selections, with the power to additionally set publicity time between 0.5 and 12 seconds. It’s enjoyable to experiment with, and I attempted utilizing them in several methods to gauge output.
The OnePlus 10 Professional can report video in 8K at 24 frames per second (fps), whereas 4K video can go at 30, 60, or 120fps, all however mirroring what was accessible within the 9 Professional. The place issues change is with new modes, like Movie, which is actually Professional mode for video. Twin View Video makes use of the rear and entrance cameras collectively, which might be one thing vacationers, vloggers, and TikTokers would possibly discover helpful for capturing reactions whereas taking pictures the surroundings round them.
OnePlus did clear up just a few issues with the interface. You’ll be able to not shoot video in Night time mode, as that’s now a part of the common Video mode. Identical with Portrait Blur, which is an choice inside Video that permits you to management bokeh for footage. You are able to do this stuff with all of the lenses, save for some exceptions, like how blurring gained’t work with the ultra-wide, for instance.
A Step within the Proper Path
The OnePlus 10 Professional focuses on the appropriate issues, relatively than throwing new stuff at a wall to see what sticks. The outcomes nonetheless want work, nevertheless it’s simpler to understand when sources go into the correct areas, and that’s largely how this machine feels when taking pictures with it. Smarter processing is one thing I believe we’ll see extra of throughout the trade, and maybe on this case, Hasselblad’s affect is lastly beginning to present.
Assuming OnePlus continues to enhance the digicam — or add new options — with subsequent software program updates, there may be actual potential right here. The corporate gained’t beat out all its opponents, however this digicam is hard competitors, and that bodes effectively for anybody utilizing it.
Are There Alternate options?
The OnePlus 9 Professional remains to be round as a inexpensive different that may really feel similar to this machine. A lot of the digicam array is similar, and OnePlus will proceed to assist it, so it’s not a nasty transfer to go that method if you’d like the OnePlus expertise.
The Google Pixel 6 Professional isn’t as deep in its characteristic set, however its computation software program is excellent, and a giant cause why it’s among the many finest on the market. Different options, like Magic Eraser, solely add to it. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely additionally went the incremental route, however can also be dearer, with the S Pen having some utility for its digicam. I discussed Vivo and Xiaomi already, however can’t omit the iPhone 13 and 13 Professional, which show to be strong shooters as effectively.
Ought to You Purchase It?
Sure, as a result of OnePlus put in a greater effort this time. Its collaboration with Hasselblad comes by way of extra with the ten Professional, suggesting extra is to come back. The cameras can shoot nice pictures, and it’s effectively value studying all of the options accessible to get probably the most out of it. Plus, it’s a handsome cellphone that runs easily, so can’t go incorrect with that.