Security Patch: July 2019 (excellent)
UI: ColorOS 6
My son is an OPPO fan using its phones since 2014. He has seen ColourOS grow up. “ColorOS, when I fist started using it, was very Apple-like and that was OK as I had come from Apple. But OS5 and now OS6 are more Android-like, and that is a good thing. OS6 (based on Android 9) has so many more smarts, and I can see why it needs its camera app (for AI and added features). I really like it – it adds much value to pure Android, and you sill have all the Google services and apps.”
It is now a minimal learning curve, but for the most part, Android users will love the added functionality of ColorOS6 – more here. BTW – you can set the home key layout to Android 9, Apple or Android 8 styles.
|Colours||Jet Black and Aurora Purple|
|Build|| 2nd-generation ink-ribbon printing technology, which uses a seven-layer ribbon over polycarbonate. Alloy frame |
Slippery – use the bumper case
|Dimensions||157.3 x 74.9 x 9.1 mm x 186g|
|IP Rating||Not rated (rain resistant)|
The last thing you expect is Gorilla Glass (any version) over an alloy frame. OPPOs build quality is excellent.
IP ratings are always nice but not expected for $499.
I must take a point off for no Micro-SD, but with 128GB I have to add it back on in a $499 phone.
|Rear Camera 1|
|48MP (pixel bins to 12MP)|
Sensor brand/model: Sony IMX586
Pixel Size: .8um (pixel bins to 1.6um)
Stabilisation: Gyro EIS for 1K video
Focus type: PDAF
Zoom: 10X digital
Flash type: dual,
Saved images: Bayer RAW or JPEG
Video:[email protected] with stereo recording
|Rear Camera 2||5MP Depth sensor|
|Camera features||AI Low-light Shot, Ultra Night Mode 2.0, Backlit Selfie|
AI scene recognition, Photo, Portrait, Video, Night, Pano, Expert, Time-lapse, and Slo-mo
|Selfie 1||32MP (bins to 8MP)|
.8um (1.6um equivalent when binned)
No screen fill flash
Why the detail?
While 48MP sounds impressive and it is the same primary sensor as the Reno 5G, and 4G 10x zoom. The reality is that it defaults to a pixel binning 12MP camera in all but the brightest light. There is nothing wrong with that – most high MP cameras do that including Google’s Pixel series.
In terms of luminosity, HDR and colour reproduction of the OPPO Reno Z camera is much better than its competitors for the price. But I think it needs a firmware update to its post-processing algorithms to make images a little sharper (compared to the Qualcomm powered Reno 4 and 5G)
There are small differences between the Sony 48MP IMX586 sensor and the Samsung 48MP SK5GM1 used in the Motorola One Vision.
Sony has gyro-EIS and can shoot at 48MP or 12MP. Samsung has OIS and only shoots at 12MP.
From what I read, the Sony Sensor has the edge
The Samsung has Tetracel Plus (really Quad-Bayer), but its 12MP output means digital zoom is not as crisp as it extrapolates to 48MP.
Suffice to say OPPO is a leader in AI for photography and has almost every conceivable feature. Now they have added night mode.
Tests – all auto
Indoors Office Light (400 lumens)
Low light (room with less than 100 lumens)
32MP (bins to 8MP) detail is excellent, but contrast is not quite there. Still it is a sharp and colourful shot.
See toy dog shot above. The rear bokeh works flawlessly. It is OK for the single-lens front camera as long as you are not wearing things that break your silhouette.