Here’s why the OPPO Reno offers better value for money than a DSLR

On: May 16, 2019

Ever since OPPO introduced its 10x hybrid zoom technology at MWC 2019, the brand has been in the spotlight as a major player in smartphone photography. OPPO’s 10x zoom technology finally manifested in the launch of the OPPO Reno series, specifically the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition.

The Reno devices were announced in China last month, and since then, the excitement surrounding these smartphones has been palpable all over the world. With the phones set to launch in India this month, there’s a ton of anticipation surrounding these devices. And no wonder – if the China launch was anything to go by, they have the potential to replace your DSLR. Here’s why:

10x hybrid zoom

The higher end Reno bears the ability to offer 10x zoom thanks to the complex technologies that have gone into it. The phone makes use of the hybrid zoom technique, wherein 5x optical zoom is delivered by the periscope lens, while the remaining 5x is delivered digitally. This hybrid zoom covers the full focal length from 16mm to 160mm. All three cameras on this handset’s rear surface work in tandem to achieve the 10x zoom, and they transition between one another so fast that it’s not noticeable at all. If you were to try and get this level of zoom on a DSLR, you’d also have to shell out a heavy price on a telephoto lens. With the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition, you get all this on a single device.

Triple camera setup for versatile shooting

Apart from the 10x zoom, the triple camera setup on the back of the Reno also serves its own purpose – that of offering three different photography scenarios to your device. This is one more manner in which the phone gives you more benefits than using a DLSR, which would require multiple lenses to achieve this feat. On the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition, the main camera uses a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor for high-resolution shots. The second camera is a 13MP unit that has been fitted with a telephoto lens for delivering its zooming abilities. As for the third one, it’s an 8MP camera equipped with an ultra wide-angle lens. The lens on the main 48MP camera grabs a wide f/1.7 aperture and large ½ inch sensor size, which helps to capture great shots in dimly lit environments. The 8MP camera features a 120-degree wide-angle lens, perfect for capturing landscapes. It also removes wide-angle distortion, for clearer, more detailed images. The standard OPPO Reno kicks in dual cameras, which consists of the same 48MP f/1.7 camera along with a 5MP depth sensor for amazing portrait images.

Dual OIS and three focussing modes for sharper photos

Anyone who has worked with DSLRs with telephoto lenses will know that it’s incredibly difficult to keep the cameras steady at high zoom levels. Most of the time, the photos turn out blurry due to the amount of shake that’s involuntarily applied. Keeping this in mind, OPPO has equipped the Reno 10x Zoom Edition with dual OIS. It exists on the 48MP main sensor as well as the 13MP telephoto camera. Coupled with prism stabilisation, this ensures that even at 10x zoom, you will get a sharp and detailed shot devoid of any blur.  Along with this, the Reno 10x Zoom Edition features three focussing modes – laser autofocus, CDAF and PDAF, which ensures the camera can focus faster in various shooting conditions.

Unique camera module design

One design element that most manufacturers aren’t being able to provide solutions to lately is the camera bump. However, OPPO’s Reno has triumphed in this department with its periscope structure that changes the lens group arrangement from vertical to horizontal using a special optical prism. The unique “d-cut” shaped cutting also helps to save space, and ensures a wide f/3.0 aperture on the telephoto lens as well. This results in the saving of 13 percent more space, with a camera module that measures only 6.76mm in thickness. With the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition, you get a powerful camera you can carry in your pocket – no bulky camera bag required.

There are quite a few other features like 4K video recording, Ultra Night Mode 2.0, Dazzle Camera mode and more. These modes, in conjunction with features like triple cameras, 10x hybrid zoom, dual OIS and a thin profile make the OPPO Reno a truly versatile camera, and one that can provide more value for money than a DSLR.