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OnePlus One Camera Compared to Sony Xperia Z1, More Photo Samples from Users

May 9, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Looking for a great camera in one of the upcoming flagship smartphones?  While Samsung and HTC are touting their own cameras as the best, one company has quietly been stealing their thunder, and you’ve likely already heard quite a bit about them over the past month or so.  That’s right, I’m talking about OnePlus with their first phone, the One, and the pictures we’ve been seeing taken from the lucky few to have the device have been pretty much nothing short of stunning.  If you’ve been on the OnePlus forums you might have already seen a number of threads from the people that have their hands on the OnePlus One already showing off the camera in a number of different locations, lighting conditions and styles.  We even had a great comparison between the OnePlus One, the Oppo Find 5 and a Nikon D3100 that came from OnePlus forum user Martin Mal, and now we’ve got another user named Aur©lien ZeGaby that’s giving us a quick look at the differences between the OnePlus One and the Sony Xperia Z1.

While the pictures aren’t scientific by any means, they provide a good look at the differences between the Xperia Z1 and the OnePlus One.  Why are we comparing these two anyway?  Both phones feature a Sony Exmor camera sensor, with the Xperia Z1 being 20.7 megapixels and the OnePlus One being 13 megapixels.  Do megapixels really make a better camera, or is it all down to how the software processes the image given to it?  Obviously it’s a complicated equation to get great pictures, and with the Xperia Z1 already being one of the better cameras on the market the OnePlus One has a lot to live up to.  Just going on these pictures alone, however, it seems that OnePlus has really brought something special to the table in the One, and we may have yet another top-in-class smartphone camera in our midst very soon.  Peering at the wheat shots even though they aren’t the same shot the OnePlus One is able to focus closer to the subject in the close-up shot, and in the wider shot the ribs on the edge of the wheat are more visible and detailed than the Xperia shots.  Moving to the field we see that the colors on the auto shot are more muted on the OnePlus One, but when HDR is enabled the picture becomes incredibly vibrant and full of detail.

Looking for the full resolution shots?  Check out the Google+ link below, and head on over to the OnePlus One forums for lots of camera sample threads like this one.  We can’t wait to get our hands on this phone in the coming months, and imagine there are plenty of users out there excited about the prospect of a top-end phone for $300.