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Oppo R7 Plus camera samples: Can this hang with the big boys?

by Brandon Russell | October 24, 2015October 24, 2015 12:00 pm PDT

Your phone needs to have a good camera. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Luckily we’ve reached a point where most flagship devices come with excellent shooters—even the Moto X, which has typically been just OK, is one of the better cameras on the market. Now there’s another entrant on the market.

With phones like the iPhone 6s Plus, Nexus 6P, and Galaxy Note 5, can a relative unknown like the Oppo R7 Plus hang with some of today’s best? The company sent us a unit to test out, and although we haven’t had the chance to really put its through its paces, we did take it around our offices for a quick photoshoot.

As we do with our other camera posts, we’re not here to analyze the results. Instead, we’ll let you determine whether the device’s camera is a worthy contender.

The Oppo R7 Plus features a 13-megapixel Sony IMX278 sensor with a 1/3.06-inch diagonal and 1.12 micron square pixels. It also features an f/2.2 aperture, which isn’t the most wide open f-stop out there, but it still gives you’ll get plenty of light in dark situations. It’s pretty straightforward as far as technology goes, though Oppo says its “Pure Image 2.0+ engine” means you’ll get superior quality out of the gate.

In terms of software, the R7 sports your usual features, like HDR, Panorama, and there’s also an UltraHD mode, which is capable in outputting pictures in either 24-megapixels or 50-megapixels. You can shoot in RAW, too, allowing users to edit in post.

There are also some other neat modes, such as Expert mode for those who like shooting in manual, and double exposure, which lets people get creative by overlaying pictures onto each other. Basically you won’t be left wanting when it comes to options in the R7 Plus. That’s great for people who like to tinker and experiment.

Of course, none of that really matters if the camera itself doesn’t take good pictures. You can have all the features in the world, but if the pictures aren’t good, why even bother?

Check out the images down below to see what the R7 Plus is capable of. To see the full resolution versions, check them out here.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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