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OnePlus One, Oppo Find 5 and Nikon D3100 Camera Compare Reveals Surprises

April 21, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Smartphone photography has been reaching new heights with nearly every major phone release in the past couple of years.  Nearly every major manufacturer now touts their camera as one of the biggest selling features of any new phone, and these cameras keep getting better with every release.  Now there’s a new name on the market that’s been pushing itself out there as a serious competitor not only in the spec race but also in the camera arena.  OnePlus, a company formed by former Oppo employees, is readying their first flagship phone, the OnePlus One, and it’s been doing nothing but telling everyone how much better their 13 megapixel camera is than any of the competition’s.  Smack talk is a good game, but can OnePlus really compete with the best of the best out there, being such a small company?  One user on the OnePlus forum was able to get ahold of the One before launch and has provided some rather tantilizing camera samples and compare the OnePlus One to the Oppo Find 5 as well as his Nokia D3100 DSLR camera.

Looking at all the pictures together, it’s plain to see how poorly the Oppo Find 5 performs in low lighting conditions.  This has been the issue with the way Samsung has built their cameras for some time now, but it seems to not affect the OnePlus One’s camera even though they share the same resolution.  What’s also noticeable is how little noise there actually is in the OnePlus One’s photos, especially the low light shots.  Not only that but the general lighting conditions seem to be more in the favor of the OnePlus One than even the Nikon D3100, where things tend to get overblown on automatic shooting modes.  All these pictures were taken on automatic mode with auto focus enabled, and no flash used, so lighting conditions and focusing were all done by the software itself.  Final judgement still needs to be reserved for more every day lighting shots, but overall the OnePlus One’s camera is incredibly impressive, and it’ll be great to see more comparisons done with other devices in the future.  Check out the comparison shots below and head to the source link for the full resolution shots if you really want to inspect the quality.