If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the days leading up to, and following, the launch of the OnePlus 5, it’s that OnePlus is something of an expert at shooting itself in its own foot. We’ve had the phone for some time now and it’s an impressive device. Sadly, OnePlus’ own hype machine raised our expectations (and everyone else’s as well) to such a height that the device seems nothing but flawed to our eyes now.

Take the much-vaunted DxOMark tie-up. OnePlus plastered its social media feeds and website with images and news relating to its partnership with the famed camera benchmarking platform. We were curious to be sure; if you care for imaging benchmarks, DxOMark is the gold standard.

When we got our hands on the OnePlus 5, however, we discovered that the camera was quite decent. It didn’t blow our minds with next-level image quality, but it certainly wasn’t bad and is among the more decent dual-camera options around.

 Image Quality OnePlus 5 Samsung Galaxy S8 iPhone 7 Plus
Exposure and contrast 90 89 90
Colour 84 85 84
Autofocus 92 93 89
Texture 89 92 83
Noise 83 92 84
Artifacts 86 75 96
Flash 84 87 81

The score of 87 is actually good, above 2016’s Apple iPhone 7 Plus even, but it’s still behind today’s Android flagships like the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S8. Both those devices have single camera systems on the rear and managed a score of 88. The score places the OnePlus 5 on par with the Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. The HTC U11 (90) and the Google Pixel (89) are in another league altogether.

The DxOMark review bears this out to some extent, but the rating has us scratching our heads. In its rather detailed review of the device, DxOMark praises the OnePlus 5’s colour rendition, white balance and speed of operation, but also complains about the loss of detail in low light and “occasional strong loss of details in outdoor conditions.” We’re not sure if we agree with DxO’s rating, but they do claim to have tested the device thoroughly.

Disturbingly, the internet doesn’t seem very impressed with DxOmark’s review. The OnePlus subreddit was particularly harsh, pointing out that the Nexus 6P and iPhone 7 Plus offered much better image quality. Some even accused DxOMark of selling out to OnePlus. In that regard, it’s best you read the DxO’s review and make up your own mind about the issue.

Whatever the case, our own camera comparison is under way and we’ll be sure to let you know our findings.

Publish date: July 7, 2017 2:58 pm| Modified date: July 7, 2017 2:58 pm

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