Updated: Jun 9, 2018
It has got 'the speed you need', but has it got the good camera too ?
Optical Image stabilisation
Shame there’s no optical zoom
Portrait mode could be improved
The OnePlus 6 isn’t the first smartphone from the upstart Chinese brand to feature a dual-lens camera. Last year’s OnePlus 5T also sported a dual 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel camera set-up. And it’s fair to say that we are very impressed indeed with its performance, innovative optical zoom, improved HDR Technology and excellent interface.
So what’s different this time around? Well, for starters, This time OnePlus let you record in super slow motion and comes with a built-in video editor. It’s also the first device that allows you to take selfies with a bokeh-style depth effect. To help you get better results in challenging conditions, OnePlus has come up with the bigger sensor and introduced optical image stabilisation. Which should mean the end of blurrycam. Does all that add up to a camera that justifies splashing out if you’ve got a 5T, though? How easy it is to get good results? And how does the OnePlus 6 camera stack up against rival smartphones’ cameras? We took it for a spin to find out.
Ease of use
Just like any other smartphone, we can fire up the OnePlus 6’s camera by double-clicking on the power button. This works reliably and is a lot faster than starting the camera by pressing on the icon on the home screen. The shutter can then be controlled by clicking on the volume rocker. This can be found on the opposite side of the phone and is a location that some may find a bit inconvenient and potentially confusing.
That said, I don’t consider it a big problem. Especially given that most people will be more than happy to use the on-screen shutter button. I remember raving about the camera interface on the OnePlus 5T and I’m glad to see that OnePlus has stuck with its winning formula. I’d go so far as to say that they’re by far the best on any phone. The OnePlus 6’s interface is clean, fast, intuitive and everything is where it should be.
Even the Pro-Mode, something that I would normally steer people away from, is as accessible as it can be. And it even comes with an “exposure histogram” (a visual representation of the distribution of light vs darker areas) and a “horizontal reference line” (a spirit level).
So, go ahead swipe up, hit “Pro” and give the dials a try.