Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. Smartphone makers are tirelessly experimenting with optics to offer customers an out-of-the-world camera experience with their phones.
Apart from offering multiple lens options, they are also developing new technologies to improve the zoom capabilities of phone cameras.
The recently launched Oppo Reno 10x Zoom comes with optical lens technology which offers 10x hybrid optical zoom without loss in quality.
At Rs 39,999, it comes in direct competition with the OnePlus 7 Pro, which offers 10x digital zoom. So, what really is the difference between digital zoom and optical zoom in smartphones?
Optical zoom uses actual lens adjustment to zoom into objects while digital zoom adjusts the image in the camera itself. Some of the most common examples of instruments that use optical zoom are telescopes, binoculars, and even microscopes.
In digital zoom, the camera zooms into the canvas and tries to expand the image pixels which also results in loss of image quality.
Most smartphones use digital zoom technology. However, the recent crop of phones coming out boast of optical zoom capabilities and that has been a game-changer for the smartphone industry.
Features in Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
The 6.65in display with 93.1% screen to body ratio is an absolute unit of a screen. Perfectly suited to media consumption. The 2340×1080 resolution AMOLED display with 387 ppi is pretty sharp and colors are vibrant. It should honestly please anyone who is not a pixel peeper.
The lack of a notch along with that large display makes media consumption really immersive making it ideal for binging TV shows while commuting.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The Reno performs as well as you would expect a device with a top of the line Qualcomm processor and 8 GB of RAM. It’s quick, it’s smooth, and during testing, we saw no signs of any lags or hiccups.
It’s as fast as all flagship phones out there with a Snapdragon 855 processor apart from the OnePlus 7 Pro, which is in a league of its own at this point.
There are some improvements and changes in the Color OS that runs on top of Android 9. The UX offers a ton of customization and a buyer could probably spend hours tweaking the interface to get it exactly the way they want it.
I personally think it’s still a bit cartoony, but has improved a whole lot since the Oppo devices I reviewed last year. But, it still fills up the notifications with nonsense news and offers that you never knowingly give permission for.
So the moment of truth. It’s time to find out if all those fancy optics and mechanisms have done what it’s supposed to do. For the most part, yes.
The 10x Hybrid Zoom works as advertised, producing really usable and for the most part, clear images. It’s a really handy mode to have and you can certainly use that option to click memorable images on vacations, but don’t expect too much from it.
The shots are clear for the most part and the colors are pretty accurate as well. But there is not much room to play around and be creative. What impressed us quite a bit was how stable hand held photography could be at 10x. Kudos to Oppo for managing that.
It should also be known that while Oppo claims to have a 48MP sensor, it’s not the most useful. All the fancy zoom modes and HDR capabilities go out of the window when used in 48 MP mode.
It would be best to keep away from the 48MP sensor as we didn’t see a major improvement that it provided over the other sensors, except the increased image size of course.
The Reno is a weird one to sum up. It’s unique, pretty and performs really well, but then it’s priced too close to some other smartphones that might be better value.
If bog-standard phones are not your thing, the Reno is a really good option. It is well built, that green gradient back feels oh so premium and then there is that shark fin pop up, and if we are not very much mistaken, it’s probably the most whacky implementation of pop up available in the Indian market today.
But then there is the matter of the competition. The same spec OnePlus 7 Pro is available at a slightly higher price, but with that, you get a superb curved display with better resolution and a brand that commands better goodwill in the smartphone market than the Oppo and the same spec OnePlus 7 is almost ₹12k cheaper.
If you stretch your budget, even more, Samsung’s S10e is one hell of a smartphone with its compact dimensions, beautiful display and Samsung’s backing behind it.