OnePlus 8 Pro camera review by DXOMARK

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Launched in April 2020, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the latest top-end smartphone from OnePlus. Its large 6.7-inch “fluid” AMOLED QHD display, aluminum frame and gorilla glass build, and super-fast Snapdragon 865 chipset place it squarely among top-tier devices for 2020. Challenging Samsung, Apple, and Huawei for flagship market share, OnePlus hasn’t compromised on cameras, either, with standard wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses, as well as the addition of an unusual near-infrared sensor that OnePlus refers to as a “color filter camera.”

The configuration of the primary and tele-cameras is broadly similar to last year’s OnePlus 7 Pro, but OnePlus has overhauled the ultra-wide camera on the 8 Pro. Featuring a new 48MP Quad-Bayer sensor (12MP output), its new ultra-wide shooter also comes equipped with a slightly wider 14mm f/2.2-aperture lens with upgraded PDAF autofocus.

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Testing the rear camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro

The primary camera remains a 48MP sensor with pixel-binning down to 12MP. The OnePlus 8 Pro’s primary sensor is physically larger at 1/1.43-inch compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro, however. The 25mm-equivalent f/1.8-aperture lens comes with omnidirectional PDAF and laser autofocus as well as optical image stabilization (OIS).

On paper, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s tele-camera looks identical to its predecessor, with an 8MP-resolution sensor and 3x optical zoom lens, and boasting a f/2.4-aperture lens, PDAF autofocus, and OIS. Finally, the new color filter camera offers a 5MP resolution and f/2.4-aperture lens for simulated infrared or color filter effects. Our testing protocol doesn’t address image quality from this type of camera, however, so its performance doesn’t have any impact on the OnePlus 8 Pro’s DXOMARK Camera score.

For video, the OnePlus 8 Pro shoots 4K footage at either 60 or 30 frames per second, with an additional 240fps mode for super slow-mo capture when you drop the resolution to 1080p. Video features also include Auto HDR for improved dynamic range in high-contrast lighting, and gyroscope-enabled electronic image stabilization (gyro-EIS) to correct unwanted motion effects in your video files.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 48MP 1/1.43-inch Quad-Bayer sensor (12MP output), 25mm-equivalent f/1.8-aperture lens with omnidirectional PDAF/Laser AF and OIS
  • Telephoto: 8MP sensor with 1.0µm pixels, f/2.4 3x optical zoom lens with PDAF and OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 48MP 1/2.0-inch sensor with 0.8µm pixels, 14mm-equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens with PDAF
  • Color filter camera: 5MP sensor with f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Dual-LED flash
  • Video: 4K 2160p/60fps (2160p/30fps tested)
Test summary

Achieving an overall DXOMARK Camera score of 119 points, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a solid choice for smartphone photography enthusiasts and pinches the number 10 spot in our rankings from the Samsung Galaxy S20+. While the 8 Pro represents only a modest improvement over its predecessor (the OnePlus 7 Pro at 114 points), the Chinese manufacturer’s latest flagship continues to nail the basics, with no serious weaknesses.

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Oneplus 8 Pro Result (Image: DXOMARK)

With a very good Photo score of 126 points, its primary camera delivers very close to the best results for exposure and color. Detail is also good in static scenes, noise is low in most conditions, and autofocus is generally accurate. There are a few obvious artifacts, with ghosting on moving subjects and strong flare in some images, but the main camera is a solid and reliable performer overall.

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The main camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro is capable of excellent images, with close to the best exposure, color, and detail we’ve seen.

While the OnePlus 8 Pro’s ultra-wide and zoom cameras are more than competent for shooting at various focal lengths, they don’t quite deliver the top-class performance of devices at the summit of our rankings. The field of view from its ultra-wide camera isn’t quite as wide as such alternatives as the Samsung S20+, and slight exposure inconsistencies make the results a little hit and miss. Good color and texture are the ultra-wide camera’s main strengths, but noise is often visible and some over-correction for geometric distortion produces an unusual effect on subjects positioned towards the edges of the frame.

Similarly, its zoom capabilities are more than acceptable, without ever hitting the heights of the very best tele-cam devices. Exposure and color are generally very good, and at medium range detail is good, if not outstanding. Noise is often evident at medium range, however, and when the magnification is pushed further, softer detail, as well as increased artifacts and noise, start to become slightly problematic.

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Ultra-wide shots offer a good field of view, nice color, and high detail, but slight exposure inconsistencies are evident.

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Long-range zoom shots are well exposed with good color, but detail is lower and noise is higher compared to the best performers.

The same middling performance bears out in our analysis of both bokeh and night shots from the OnePlus 8 Pro. Its Portrait mode produces a strong depth-of-field effect with a natural blur gradient, and outdoor bokeh shots are generally very nice, with pleasant exposure and color. Unfortunately, slight depth estimation errors are often visible and some exposure inconsistencies both indoors and in low light affected its final bokeh score.

The OnePlus 8 Pro’s flash produced reasonably well-exposed portraits with nice skin tones and good detail in our series of night photography tests. Dynamic range is slightly limited, though, so backgrounds are often very dark in flash-lit portraits. Without flash, exposure in cityscapes is also quite low, especially in very dark scenes; and although detail can be good and noise is reasonably well controlled, slight focus failures and ghosting on moving subjects means that night shots often lack definition.

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Bokeh shots are very pleasant overall, but slight depth estimation errors are commonly visible.

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Low detail and limited dynamic range in cityscapes are evident at close inspection.

Tested and scored at its 4K/30fps setting (which offers the best results), the OnePlus 8 Pro achieves an excellent overall Video score of 103 points, which puts it in the top 5 devices we’ve tested for moving images. With no real weaknesses it’s a stable and reliable device for smartphone videographers; and with its new top scores for video exposure and color, you can be assured of bright and punchy videos in most conditions. Exposure and color adaptation are quick and smooth, stabilization is very effective on handheld videos, and excellent autofocus avoids any serious hunting or overshoots to keep subjects sharp while tracking. Broadly speaking, detail and noise are among the best we’ve seen in videos, too, and there are no unsightly artifacts that negatively affect video quality.

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