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OPPO Reno2 F: First Camera Samples

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OPPO recently announced the Reno2 F which replaces the F-series. How does it perform camera wise though? These our first shots with the new smartphone.
OPPO Reno2 F: First Camera Samples
OPPO Reno2 F rear cameras

Related: OPPO Reno2 F Unboxing and First Impressions

OPPO says that the Reno2 and Reno2 F were made for content creators who want to tell their own stories.

To make this possible, the Reno2 F has a quad-rear camera set-up made up of a 48MP f/1.79 main camera, 8MP f/2.2 119-degree ultrawide camera, 2MP f/2.4 monochrome camera, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth camera.  While in front is a pop-up front-facing 16MP f/2.0 camera with screen flash. 

It has up to 2x optical zoom and 5x Hybrid Zoom.
Main Camera UI
Main Camera UI

Reno2 F's main camera app has the following modes: Photo, Portrait, Video, Night, Pano, Expert, Time-lapse and Slow-Mo. The Expert mode allows for controls of shutter speed (1/8000th of a second to 16 seconds), ISO (1000-3200), White Balance and EV (+-3). 

Let's take a look at the camera samples below.

Rear Camera Samples

Daylight main camera 1x
Daylight main camera 1x 
Daylight main camera 2x
Daylight main camera 2x
Daylight main camera 5x
Daylight main camera 5x

OPPO Reno2 F's camera takes decently sharp images with good contrast but with inconsistent colors. There are times where the colors pop but there are times where it is muted. It has the ability to shoot up to 5x Hybrid Zoom that produces decent images in daylight with obvious oversharpening.
Daylight ultra-wide camera
Daylight ultra-wide camera

The ultra-wide image is noticeably darker and somewhat softer than the main camera image but with a similar level of contrast and color. It is overall it is a good image.
Close-up

Next up is the close up image with the main camera. The detail on the mug is impressive while the natural bokeh is eye-catching because of how smooth and natural it looks.
Main camera indoors 1x
Main camera indoors 1x 
Main camera indoors 2x
Main camera indoors 5x
Ultra-wide camera indoors

In indoors, the colors of the main camera in 1x, 2x and 5x look somewhat dull with strong contrast while the sharpness is decent. The ultra-wide camera produced more accurate colors but at the cost of some sharpness.
Main camera low light
Main camera low light
Main camera low light night mode
Main camera low light night mode

In low light, the main camera is able to produce decently sharp images with minimal noise while maintaining color accuracy. It does struggle with light sources and overexposes them but the Night mode is able to remedy this as long as the subject is standing still.
Ultra-wide camera low light
Ultra-wide camera low light
Ultra-wide camera low light night mode
Ultra-wide camera low light night mode

With the ultra-wide-camera, the low light images noticeably softer with more noise while the light sources are even more overexposed. Like the main cameras, the night mode significantly improves the low light ultra-wide images provided that the subjects are not moving.

Hidden inside a pop-up mechanism is the front-facing 16MP f/2.0 with AI face beauty. As it pops-up, a sound effect, as well as LEDs, light up.
Selfie Camera UI
Selfie Camera UI

The front-facing camera has the following modes: Photo, Portrait, Video, Pano, Time-Lapse and stickers.

AI Face Beauty has several beautifications like smoothen, Thinner Face, Chin, Bigger Eyes, Smaller Nose, Touch Up and 3D.

Selfie Camera Samples

Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie portrait mode
Daylight selfie portrait mode with AI Face Beauty.

Reno2 F's front-facing 16MP camera produces sharp front-facing daylight images with accurate color reproduction with good contrast. The Portrait mode with AI Face beauty allows for near-natural skin smoothening at level 2. The edge detection of the portrait mode is decent were in it struggled with Neil's fine hair strands and some areas of Neil's shoulder. Otherwise, the Bokeh looks near-natural and smooth with decent edge detection.
Indoor selfie
Indoor selfie

In Indoors, the front-facing camera still produces reasonably sharp selfies with accurate colors and good contrast.
Low light selfie
Low light selfie

In low light, the selfie camera can produce surprisingly good selfies with decently sharp images with minimal noise but at the cost of color accuracy. 

Overall the selfie camera produces consistently sharp images with good contrast. It does struggle in low light with increased noise and loss of color accuracy.

Quick thoughts

A closer look at the front-facing pop-up camera
A closer look at the front-facing pop-up camera

Overall, the rear main camera produces decently sharp images with strong contrast in daylight, indoors and low light but it can be inconsistent with color accuracy.

In low light, the main camera and the ultra-wide camera struggles with light sources and tends to overexpose them. Night mode remedies this.

When switching between the main-camera to the ultra-wide, there is a dramatic change in field-of-view. Aside from that, the ultra-wide camera's images tend to be slightly darker than the main rear camera. It is also somewhat softer in daylight and indoors but is dramatically softer in low light.

Hopefully, these concerns can be remedied with firmware updates because the front-facing 16MP camera produces images that are consistently sharp and color-accurate selfies even in daylight and indoors. The minor gripe with the front-facing camera is the slight increase in noise in low light. It is one of the better selfie cameras for 2019.

What do you guys think?
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