OPPO Reno 8 Pro is, perhaps, one of the most interesting devices in its price range among those recently released on the market: the manufacturer has always managed to pull something innovative and unique out of the cylinder, and it has already done so in some previous models that brought with them Marisilicon's technology, the NPU (Neural Processing Unit) which allows you to significantly improve the photographic performance of your smartphone by exploiting artificial intelligence.
I took the opportunity of having received the Reno 8 Pro in the last few weeks to try it out a bit, and I am not referring to a review since it has already been online for a few weeks, edited in detail by Dario, especially as regards the photographic field.
Focus on the camera of OPPO Reno 8 PRO
The technical specifications
Before talking to you about how the OPPO Reno 8 Pro and its cameras behave in the practical field, I want to give you two important technical data regarding the photographic training deployed in the field by the Chinese manufacturer. First of all, I start from the primary lens which is the famous Sony IMX766 50MP f / 1.8, a 1/1,56″ sensor equipped with PDAF focusing which, despite not being the most recent launched on the market, thanks to the algorithms of OPPO I can say that I have seen it "rejuvenated" in this configuration.
The secondary sensor is always manufactured by Sony, Is l '355MP f/8 IMX2.2 large 1/4″ that takes care of ultra-wide angle shots; last, a little muted, is the 02MP f/1 GalaxyCore GC2M2.4 lens for Macro shots.
What OPPO has invested a lot on is certainly the front part where a sensor has been inserted Sony IMX709 32MP f / 2.4: he too is not a new acquaintance in the OPPO house, but since it is a Quad-Bayer RGBW sensor with autofocus, it is always nice to see it.
Let's see in detail, however, what the performance of the super mid-range is OPPO; first of all despite the presence of Marisilicon the camera application of the Reno 8 Pro it brings nothing different from any other smartphone of the company already analyzed. All the standard features are included in the main screen while you will need to go to "other" to be able to take advantage of moving videos, the Macro camera, UltraHD shots and much more.
I want to start from alche photos taken during the day with close subjects, but obviously taking advantage of the 50MP main lens; this capture, in reality, shots from 12.5MP in the default settings, but it is very easy to appreciate how these photos are rich in detail, with well-balanced colors and good sharpness. In brighter shades such as green, for example, I noticed better performance in color management. In any case, the main feature is the immediacy of shooting: whether they are simple or more complicated conditions, the common factor is the shutter speed and focus of the smartphone.
Reno 8 PRO, moreover, it has a mode, as I anticipated before, UltraHD: This takes shots up to 108MP, but to be honest I haven't noticed any concrete differences except in the weight of the files, clearly increased but without any concrete benefit.
Lo digital zoom that characterizes these cameras can reach 20x, but frankly I would not recommend it even to my worst enemy; the tolerance threshold for zoomed photos is certainly 10x, especially if you really want to use the shot you just captured. Perhaps shooting on a tripod could slightly improve the results with the digital zoom at its best, but its use remains quite niche.
The thing that is a bit out of place in a context which, all in all, has very few defects is undoubtedly the wide-angle camera: it is true that we are now used (even if, honestly, it would take the various players to change the game) to only sufficient ultrawide cameras, but on the Reno 8 PRO this lack is felt.
- Scatti they are all characterized by a management of the lights that is very different from the main lens, as well as always having a background noise that ruins, sometimes inevitably, the shots produced. It follows the same trail of the ultra-wide lens as well as the macro one, which I consider cumbersome, so to speak: I would have much preferred a telephoto, more than a macro lens.
Le photos at night are amazing; the level of detail is very high and the sharpness is excellent. I wasn't convinced in all contexts by the color management which, in some cases, tends to go a little into crisis and turn excessively green, but these are very rare scenarios because it generally behaves quite well in night mode.
In this regard, I can tell you that the night mode, here, is automatic: you notice independently when it is activated, as it increases the shutter and exposure times, with the consequent need to remain still to get a quality shot. With the ultrawide at night the results are not exceptional, they are perhaps a little too "soft" and lacking in detail.
Among the best parts of this photographic sector I must certainly mention the selfie lens: as anticipated, it is a 32MP sensor and even if the final shots are "only" 12MP, the color quality, definition and dynamic range are the masters in these photos taken by OPPO Reno 8 Pro. What makes the difference is the 21mm focal length which allows for wider shots in the event of more people in the shot, but using a special toggle you can also "restrict" the field, but the result is a cropped photo that loses all the (good) characteristics that I exalted before.
Ultimately the performance of OPPO Reno 8 PRO they are convincing, and they are beyond what its competitors in the same price range are capable of. The work that the company has managed to do in terms of software optimization is surprising thanks also to the NPU Marisilicon: in fact, the differences with the model are evident Reno 8 which, while mounting the same lenses, does not obtain even remotely comparable results.
And to you? What do the shots of this Reno 8 PRO look like?