OnePlus 10 Pro photo test: we see what the main camera lens can do

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OnePlus 10 Pro.

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in the end I have OnePlus 10 Pro in my hands and see what his camera is capable of.

OnePlus took off the scarves 10 Pro much earlier this year but only now did I manage to take it into my own hands. This is the company’s new flagship phone, including some of the latest specs known from other 2022 flagship phones such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, gorgeous 6.7in display, 5G, Android 12, fast charging … the list is long on.


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But it’s a camera that I’m especially excited about. Not only because I’m a photographer, but because OnePlus phones tend to have cameras that are decent … but not great. And with the 10 Pro, OnePlus hopes to improve its game.

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From left to right, Pixel 6 Pro, OnePlus 10 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro.

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There are three cameras on the back: a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 50-megapixel ultrawide and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens offering 3.3x optical zoom.

It all sounds great. However, I have this phone quite early and OnePlus does he insisted that for now I only use the main camera. Other new features like Night Mode, Portrait Mode, Panorama and using one of the other cameras will have to wait for our more in-depth review soon.

With that in mind, I have tucked away some of the 10 Pro’s main rivals, iPhone 13 Pro, Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultrataking phones to the beautiful coastal town of St Monans, Scotland to begin the test.

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Photo from OnePlus 10 Pro.

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Photo from Pixel 6 Pro.

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Photo from iPhone 13 Pro.

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My first photo was this lovely scene overlooking the harbor. The OnePlus 10 Pro has done a great job here, with natural colors and a nice level of contrast. The Pixel photo had similar colors and contrast, while the iPhone had a slight tint change and looks a little darker.

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Photo from OnePlus 10 Pro.

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From the iPhone 13 Pro.

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With the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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Adjusting the position, I found this cute scene using one of the fishing buoys as the foreground. Again, I like the OnePlus photo here, while the iPhone looks a bit darker and the S22 Ultra photo is much more vivid and punchy, which you might prefer, but definitely less natural in my opinion.

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Pixel 6 Pro

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There’s also the Pixel, which is arguably my favorite from this particular test thanks to the overall beautiful colors and even the contrast.

OnePlus feature said that they can use is in Pro mode, which means I can use its new Raw Plus format which uses computational techniques like HDR but still provides a RAW DNG file for easier editing. It’s almost the same as Apple’s ProRaw, and I’m a big fan of the flexibility it gives me to adjust colors and exposures in applications like Adobe Lightroom.

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Raw image of OnePlus 10 Pro, edited in Lightroom.

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This allowed me to take a rough version of the buoy image and create a more imaginative shot that I’m really happy with, with beautiful colors but keeping the exposure balance between the brighter sky and the shaded foreground.

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Raw image of OnePlus 10 Pro, edited in Lightroom.

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And I did the same thing here, taking a rather gloomy shot and injecting it with a little more Lightroom life.

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OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, Galaxy S22 Ultra comparison.

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Then, I moved around the bay to photograph this amazing zig-zag breakwater as it crashes into the water. The OnePlus 10 Pro has done a great job of balancing the tough exposure and I think its shot is pretty much on par with what I got from the iPhone, and the S22 Ultra’s image looks a bit cooler and more contrasting.

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OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, Galaxy S22 Ultra comparison.

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And that’s exactly what I found on these amazing rocks that are in the frame. The shots from the OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, and Pixel 6 Pro are well-balanced with fairly similar natural colors, while the S22 Ultra is slightly cooler and more powerful.

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OnePlus 10 Pro raw image and Lightroom edition.

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And that’s the kind of look I’d like to add to editing if I want, rather than having to do it by default in the camera. In fact, I switched back to Raw Plus in Pro Mode here on OnePlus, and I really like that moody black and white edition I did in this scene. It’s razor-sharp, and the amount of dynamic range captured meant I could easily float shadows on the rocks and control the bright skies.

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OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, Galaxy S22 Ultra comparison.

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But OnePlus isn’t always in place with its colors – I found this cute scene lurking in the waves that put a few large stones in the foreground, and found the OnePlus shot to be quite too warm here, especially when looking at the S22 Ultra’s consistently cool tones. The photo of the iPhone has stuck in my eye more balanced and I think it has resulted in a better image.

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With OnePlus 10 Pro.

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From the iPhone 13 Pro.

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I’ve also found that zooming in is a bit problematic for OnePlus as this macro has a lot of lens blur around the edges of the photo. This lens blur is much less noticeable in the iPhone 13 Pro image.

But overall I’m impressed with how OnePlus did in this early test. It’s hard to say he’s better or worse than his rivals, at least at the moment, but he’s definitely there with them based on what I’ve seen so far. Of course, we’ll have to test things like Night Mode, Portrait Mode, various new Hasselblad color modes, and telephoto and ultrawide lenses to see how the entire camera stacks up, but for now it will be waiting for our full review.

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