Finally, after 4 months I decided to put the OnePlus camera and in-phone editing software Snapseed through its paces.
The verdict…..just amazing. There are rave reviews of the OnePlus camera but I wanted to find out about it myself. The camera is fast in auto mode in combination with bright light. There are lot’s of ‘modes’ but I have extensively used slow motion and HDR. HDR mode is definitely slow but with 3 GB ram and Snapdragon™ 801 Processor, it is the software which needs to be fine tuned. The shutter does lag a bit in low light situations with lot of artifacts. Overall the photos are brilliant in ideal or bright light and are better than one expects from a 500€ phone (Not comparing with the iPhone 6). And this one is just 299€!
For post processing, Snapseed has a long history, also with my usage. I have used it on my LG 4X HD and always liked the control and things I could do with my photos. But the biggest downside was the photo quality after processing.
In the mean time, Google bought the company which created Snapseed, and has since reworked the application. It has been a long wait but the result is stunning. Right from the UI to the final processed photos is brilliant.
I like the way a photo can be seen full screen while it is being edited. Basically all the controls slide out-of-the-way once you start working on a photo. Tuning and effects are impressive and the best feature by far is ‘Transform’.
Picture tuning is precise with brightness, saturation, warmth, shadows and highlight adjustments.
Saturation, highlights and shadows can be adjusted to get a HDR effect without using the provided filter.
Here is a good example of the phone capturing enough data to work on the image to bring forth shadows and highlights. There are a bit of artifacts in the shadow region though.
This one is using the Noir filter along with some manual edits. The end version is quiet impressive. Notice some artifacts on the left?
General photos from the streets of Munich taken on my way home from work.
For me, OnePlus can replace a point and shoot camera. Basically, I no longer feel extremely disappointed if I forget my main camera because I always have a backup camera in my pocket. It will at-least capture important details.
What do you think of the pictures? Do you have a OnePlus One? What is your experience with its camera?