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OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: First Camera Samples

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OPPO announced its 10x lossless zoom 'Periscope' technology last MWC 2019 and has now materialized in the new Reno 10x. Does the camera deliver or not?
OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: First Camera Samples
Triple-cam with periscope type lens

At the back is a triple camera set-up of a 48MP f/1.7 main sensor with PDAF, Laser AF, CAF, and Dual OIS, a 13MP f/3.0 Periscope 10x lossless telephoto, and an 8MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle lens with an LED flash.

In front is 16MP f/2.0 shooter with an LED flash that pops-up when switching to the selfie camera. It is hidden in a shark fin-shaped pop-up mechanism.

In the camera app are the following modes: Photo, Video, Portrait, Night, Pano, Expert, Time-lapse, Slo-Mo, and Google Lens.
Shark fin-like pop-up camera system
Shark fin-like pop-up camera system

Below are some of our shots with the OPPO Reno 10x's versatile camera set-up.

Rear Camera Samples

Daylight ultra-wide
Daylight ultra-wide
Daylight 1x
Daylight 1x
Daylight 2x
Daylight 2x
Daylight 6x
Daylight 6x
Daylight 10x
Daylight 10x
Daylight 60x
Daylight 60x

Daylight shots from ultra-wide to 10x is impressive with sharp details and vibrant colors. There is some distortion in the ultra-wide but it is expected. At 60x zoom, the image is disappointingly soft.
Indoor ultra-wide
Indoor ultra-wide
Indoor 1x
Indoor 1x
Indoor 2x
Indoor 2x
Indoor 6x
Indoor 10x
Indoor 10x
Indoor 60x
Indoor 60x

In indoors, the images maintain the vibrant color and sharpness up to 10x zoom. The ultra-wide-angle though doesn't have the same maximum aperture so the images are noticeably darker than from the main and periscope cameras. The 60x zoom image is still soft.
Low light ultra-wide
Low light ultra-wide
Low light 1x
Low light 2x
Low light 2x
Low light 6x
Low light 6x
Low light 10x
Low light 10x
Low light 60x

Low light images using the ultra-wide up to the 10x lossless zoom are consistent in producing sharp and accurate colors but struggle with light sources that become overexposed areas. Like the rest of the 60x images, it is too soft to use.

Selfie Camera Samples

Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie
Indoor selfie
Indoor selfie
Indoor selfie with bokeh
Indoor selfie with bokeh
Low light selfie
Low light selfie

Quick thoughts

OPPO has innovated again with its 10x Zoom Periscope technology that can zoom up to 60x. In daylight, images from the ultra-wide up to the 10x periscope produce beautiful, sharp and vibrant images. Though there is some distortion with the wide-angle, the images are still considered as good. 

There is some loss of brightness when using the ultra-wide in indoors and in low light where the exposure is never the same with the main cameras and then switching with the ultra-wide-angle because of its lower maximum aperture.

In low light, images retain their sharpness and color very well which results in minimal color cast and softness. The noise reduction is also not that aggressive. It is with balancing the exposure of light sources where the low light images struggle in.

In all situations, the 60x zoom remains to be soft. When compared to the competition like Huawei's 50x zoom, it is noticeably softer and the difference from 50 to 60x isn't that far. 

Hopefully, a firmware update will improve these 60x results.

What do you guys think?
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