Monday , July 26 2021

The camera and the Oppo Reno 10x increase against the Huawei P30 Pro

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GIF: Carlos Zahumenski (Gizmodo in Spanish)

Oppo just introduced the Reno 10X Zoom. This is the second phone to integrate a 10-fold hybrid magnification into a periscope format after the Huawei P30 Pro, if we could compare both phones in a nutshell. These are our first impressions.

Structure of the three Oppo Reno 10X Zoom cameras
Image: Oppo

Oppo 10x Zoom Vs Huawei P30 Pro: Technical Specifications

When we say that both phones have a hybrid increase, it means that only half is optical. The other one is digital. In other words, the first five increases are a product of lens movement, and the next five are product of algorithms and therefore suggest a certain loss of quality.

Although both use a periscope style system, they are not the same. This table summarizes the characteristics of the two terminals with a special focus on their cameras.

As you can see, both zons have stabilization in the optical group itself, but the Oppo sensor has more resolution. What the company does not specify is the size of this sensor (Huawei's telecamera has a 1.22 micron sensor). Given the optics in front of you, the Oppo sensor can not be much larger.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Oppo's footsteps are 1x, 6x, and 10x. This strange choice implies that steps 6x and 10x are a hybrid increase. The Huawei P30 only 10x is a hybrid. 5x is optical. The main cameras of the two terminals have a Sony sensor. In the Oppo case, this is the Sony IMX586 Quad Bayer. P30 is a sensor set up by Sony for this particular terminal. Both deliver images in 12 megapixels. Lastly, keep in mind that scaling and night mode are in separate cameras. In other words, do not expect to enjoy the same quality when you approach the night.

Image Comparison

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Wide Angle (All pictures cut at 16: 9) t


Huawei P30 Pro

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Photo: Carlos Zahumenski (Gizmodo in Spanish)

Huawei P30 Pro

Photo: Carlos Zahumenski (Gizmodo in Spanish)

It is a little unfair to compare the scale of the Huawei P30 Pro with that of Oppo. At the end of the day, the first one reaches 50x and the other only 20x, but it is also true that these 50x are reached through a brutal incision that leaves the photos virtually useless. In this sense, Huawei's 50x are more like a toy for teaching and gossiping in a window of the house than a really useful photographic tool. This letter by Ricardo Aguilar summarizes it perfectly.

If we stick to 10x, which is a more or less reasonable ceiling to get a photo that does not look like the first, we made a black hole, both phones offer similar quality. The biggest difference is in the different color balances applied by camera applications and AI algorithms. Interestingly, Oppo's approach has more grain but also avoids blurred motion effects better than Huawei's (picture below). Or this or we have a very bad heartbeat.

Photos taken with a 10-fold zoom. Up, Op. Down, Huawei
Photo: Carlos Zahumenski (Gizmodo in Spanish)

Night mode

Both terminals have night mode and in case there is a corner with a lot of contrasting lighting in which to play. Both modes are good, but the P30 wins because the image processing does not burn so many lighted areas (the light balloon surface is noticeable in the P30, in the Oppo 10x Zoom not).

Oppo 10x Zoom

The color is not only saturated. That is, the contrast is so high in the clouds that it burns the details in the balloons on the roof.
Photo: Juan Castromil (Clipset)

Huawei P30 Pro

The picture with the Huawei P30 is much better balanced, has more detail and the colors are closer to reality.
Photo: Juan Castromil (Clipset)

Camera for sophistication

The retractable front camera has two modes: one for panoramic shots, ideal for groups, and the other for a specific bokee effect. Both will delight the crazy peasants, but probably the Huawei P30 will lead with its higher resolution.

Portrait mode, with simulated bokee a little odd.


In short

It is too early to choose a winner in the field of photography with so little time to play with both phones. Overall, I feel that the Oppo zoom is better (although shorter in the digital part), but the P30 Pro cameras offer more balanced results.

But it's not all cameras. The new Oppo Reno has a surprisingly solid design, a Qualcomm processor, a lighter screen and a more affordable price (799 euros Oppo Reno 10x Zoom vs. 949 euros from Huawei P30 Pro). From all of these features and from the famous retractable camera, we will be talking very soon in the post of first impressions.

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