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Shooting Day and Night with the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom

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There’s no denying that the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom is one of the most interesting flagship smartphones in the market today.

This device provides fast and reliable performance, long battery life, great display, and attractive design — things that we go on detail in our full review. But, today, here in our OPPO Reno 10x Zoom camera review, we’re taking a deeper look at one of the device’s best features.

Also, if you don’t like reading, you can skip ahead and watch our camera review video below instead.

Before proceeding, let’s get the specifics out off the way first. The Reno 10X Zoom has a triple camera setup on the back. It starts with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor, a 13-megapixel sensor with a 5x telephoto zoom, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera.

Meanwhile, we have a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with an accompanying flash. It’s cradled in a unique shark’s fin-style pop-up camera.

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To test its camera capabilities, we went out to the busy streets of Makati. Here we shall see how it takes pictures with good lighting, at night, with moving objects, architectures, and what not.

We’re starting off with the 48-megapixel sensor. This one is coupled with a wide f/1.7 aperture, phase-detection autofocus, and optical image stabilization.

Bear in mind that the first batch of sample images you’d be seeing was taken in standard mode. No AI or any software optimizations included. Also, each photo has a 12-megapixel resolution, made possible by pixel-binning.

As you just saw, it takes unsurprisingly great photos. The colors are vibrant, contrast is top-notch, and the dynamic range is acceptable.

Now, let’s try with the AI scene detection and Dazzle Color modes on. For those who are unfamiliar, the Dazzle Color feature basically enhances the color and vibrancy of the image in a pixel level.

The pictures with these modes on look Instagram-ready. They do look more vibrant and colorful than when the software optimizations are off, but not too much so the pictures don’t look saturated and dull.

Now, let’s see how this camera performs at night. Other than its large sensor, the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom has a Night mode that takes a long-exposure shot, Multi-Frame Noise Reduction (MFNR), and Ultra Night Mode 2.0.

We first saw the Ultra Nigh Mode feature on the F11 Pro, and with the version 2.0, we expect it to take better portraits at night. With this feature, the device can distinguish the human subject from the background to ensure that the face is well lit and projected.

The samples below show that the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom can also take great images at night. You can take even more impressive shots for as long as you have the right subject.

If you really want to take full advantage of its 48-megapixel sensor, you can turn that on in the Photo Ratio tab in the settings menu.

The colors and contrast are identical to the normal mode. However, the details and sharpness are more pronounced in this on. It’s also great if you’re planning on printing your photos for a frame or poster.

Next stop, we have the 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. This sensor is handy if you want to put a lot of subjects on a single frame or do group shots. Also, it’s handy when doing architectural photography, perfect if you want to capture the tall buildings of Makati’s business district.

Now, let’s head on to the main feature of the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom, its telephoto lens. This one has an optically stabilized 13-megapixel sensor that’s sitting behind a periscope-style telephoto lens.

The glass provides a clean 5x zoom, with 10x of hybrid zoom that can go up to a ludicrous 60x of magnification.

Images from the 5x zoom look neat. Which is great for taking faraway subjects. Meanwhile going up to 60x creates images that are almost unusable. However, the fact that you can zoom in on objects this far feels really cool.

The OPPO Reno 10X Zoom can shoot videos of up to 4K resolution with a smooth frame rate of 60fps. The image quality looks relatively clean and decent enough if you want to start a YouTube channel or do basic video production.

But, the best part about it is how it records audio. It has Audio Focus sound recording, which complements its telephoto feature as it enhances the audio to the subject you zoomed in to. There’s also the 3D stereo sound recording for more immersive sound capture. You can check out the video above for the sample shots.

Lastly, we have a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. Besides its cool levitating mechanism, the sensor itself can take decent

The images look sharp, although the contrast and colors are a bit washed out. On the upside, the AI face beauty did a good job of enhancing your facial features, without making it look too artificial. Plus, there’s the soft-light flash that can light your face evenly, even at pitch-black rooms.

Well, that’s it. As what you just saw, the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom is definitely one of the best camera phones in the market today. Its great primary camera, ultra-wide-angle shooter, and crazy telephoto capabilities make it one of the most flexible camera system on a smartphone today.

The Reno 10X Zoom is available in OPPO concept stores, kiosks, and multi-brand shops nationwide for a price of Php45,990.

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