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Here’s how the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is laying the foundation for the future of smartphone videography

Over the years, consumers have developed great fondness for OPPO products. That is not only because the products offer great value, but also because they deliver a top-notch smartphone experience. OPPO has kickstarted 2021 with a bang, and its recent launch, Reno5 Pro 5G has given us all the goosebumps. If you use a phone for professional and great video content, this device deserves your attention.

Priced at just Rs 35,990 and available with mainline retailers and Flipkart, the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G offers an imaging experience that not only elevates how smartphone cameras are perceived, but drastically revolutionises how smartphone videography can work.

Read on to know why.

Video performance: a stellar, class-leading effort from OPPO

The camera setup on the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G comprises 64MP quad rear cameras and 32MP front camera embedded in a punch hole. The configuration of the quad rear camera setup includes a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP mono lens.

The stellar strengths of the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G however lies in the magic of software and advanced algorithms that OPPO has offered in the smartphone. With this device OPPO has introduced its pioneering and industry leading Full Dimension Fusion (FDF) Portrait Video system. The FDF Portrait Video system consists of two engines — the Quality Enhancement Engine and the Portrait Perception Engine. The first engine is a whole suite of algorithms that are tailored to optimise the settings basis lighting conditions when shooting video. The second engine offers world class portrait scene definition capabilities. Together they offer users a stellar video content creation experience.

At the heart of the FDF Portrait Video system is the industry-leading AI Highlight Video feature, which addresses the much-needed requirement of balancing contrast and light differences in any frame. OPPO’s AI algorithms make sure that its software can readily recognise background lighting to adjust colour and contrast tones accordingly to ensure that subject faces do not get darkened, and neither do backgrounds get bleached. During the day time the AI Highlight Video uses the Live HDR Mode to do this magic and is especially useful if you’re taking photos with the sun or artificial light right behind your subject.

AI Highlight Video Ultra Night mode off

AI Highlight Video Ultra Night mode on

AI Highlight Video used the Ultra Night Mode when the illumination is less than 90 lux– which intelligently assesses shadows and poorly illuminated areas, to intelligently light up a frame. Alongside making it possible to shoot low-light videos, this mode makes sure that the depth and details of shadowy areas are well preserved. This is a coveted feature that was so far largely limited to dedicated professional cameras, but the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G makes it possible to shoot such videos on phones, too.

Now comes the fun part. The AI Highlight Video feature is available on both the front and the rear camera and can be activated by just clicking one single button, so that users don’t have to navigate through an array of settings. This makes your video creation process super fun and easy breezy.

Further adding to the prowess of the #VideographyExpert is AI Color Portrait, which uses its intelligently trained algorithms to ensure rich saturation, natural and true to source colours. The AI Color Portrait mode can judge skin tones and balance the tonality of the entire frame.

Similar colour tone advantages are provided by the Monochrome Video mode, which very accurately represents the classic monochrome film videos and their true to source grayscale reproduction. Perfect if you want to take cinematic black and white footage.

For interesting, multi-perspective shots that would otherwise require two cameras to shoot, the device comes with a ‘Dual View Video’ mode, which essentially activates both the primary rear camera and the 32-megapixel front camera, and records a single feed from both the units within one frame. Think of this as a cinematic take on picture-in-picture videos.

For any video content creator, a lot can be achieved by editing the videos, but the one of the true pain points is the shakiness in mobile videography. The next feature on the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G address that point like a pro. Ultra-Steady Video 3.0 offers electronic stabilisation to all videos shot and uses intelligent algorithms and sensor shift adjustments via software to give the best possible results of stabilisation that you can expect from a smartphone. Having used it ourselves, the results are impressive with hardly any shaky video footage despite the camera being in motion.

If slo-mo videos are your thing, the Reno5 Pro 5G’s Smart Slow Motion feature can automatically detect and record moving subjects. The rear camera can record slow motion video in 960fps, while the front camera records in up to 240fps. A great addition that helps you create dramatic footage of everyday life.

Photography: advancing to the next level

In the photography department too, the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G can do wonders. OPPO’s AI algorithms further enable Image-Clear Engine (ICE), which makes sure that the subjects you shoot when in motion are taken in a single exposure, fast shutter speed setting, therefore appearing steady and well-defined, and not blurred at all.

The AI scene enhancement modes on top of this further adjust brightness, contrast, shadows, dynamic range and noise, and all of this has a similarly emphatic impact during night photography as well. Shooting in the real world, the impact of OPPO’s AI engine is clearly visible, particularly if you have a second smartphone beside you to compare.

You might also be surprised to know that the phone can take Ultra High 108MP resolution images, letting you zoom in to view the minutest details. This mode is of great help when you want to crop photos, letting you modify the composition even after you take the shot.

Design and aesthetics: a rich, premium in-hand feel

With such features at hand, it is hardly a surprise that the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G also offers a super-premium design to go with. Keeping this philosophy alive, the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G feels incredibly sleek and light to hold, and its richly shimmering, textured back ensures a grippy in-hand feel so that you do not drop it accidentally.

The Astral Blue variant which we experienced also introduces the epitome of style engineering –“The Reno Glow”. This process of engraving the AG glass back panel makes it shine like a million diamonds. Not only that, the Reno Glow makes the device fingerprint and grease resistant. Now that’s what we call beautiful yet functional. The device is also available in an elegant Starry Black Variant for those who like to keep an undertone of simplicity to their style.

With a bleeding edge, 3D Borderless Sense Screen, and a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display you get a staggering 90Hz refresh rate and upto 180Hz touch sampling rate for that ultra smooth touch interface. The entire phone feels like one seamless piece of engineering that is both built to last, and designed to win hearts.

Performance, battery life and software: enhancing everyday usage

The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G also brings to India MediaTek’s premier SoC, the Dimensity 1000+, for the first time. This chipset offers exquisite gaming performance, AI imaging and multimedia capabilities all packed in one. The chipset also amplifies the overall battery life, and for us, one of the biggest takeaways was the presence of the 65W SuperVOOC2.0 flash charging.

Even after forgetting to charge the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G until the very last moment, simply plugging it in just minutes before stepping out can juice up the 4,350mAh battery. You get 4 hours of video play back time with just 5 minutes of charge. How handy is that!

Add to this the ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11, and you have an all-rounder 5G smartphone that promises superior performance. It ties everything together into a software interface that is not only familiar with the ergonomics of a typical Android setup, but has handy features such as a slide-out edge display, easy customisation of icons and a clean, light device right from the setup.

In conclusion

With its class leading imaging technology, premium design, India first MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset and ultra-fast 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 flash charging, the Reno5 Pro 5G is one of the most exciting phones to emerge in the new year. The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is a true #VideographyExpert and provides a holistic array of features to take mobile cinematography forward by leaps and bounds.

The device is all set to go on sale starting January 22nd, 2021 at a price tag of Rs 35,990. It will be available for purchase on Flipkart, and you can bookmark this link.

With a penchant for launching a series of innovative products, OPPO has also introduced a remarkable audio innovation – the OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling earphones. Launched at Rs 9,990 for Indian consumers, the earphones provide the best acoustic experience there is. Supported by a self-innovated DBEE 3.0 Sound System and LHDC™ wireless transmission, these earphones will bring you the most authentic, first-class audio quality. Plus, as a solid combination of OPPO’s mastery of acoustics and audio giant Dynaudio’s expertise, you can be assured of a mind-blowing experience. The OPPO Enco X are available in two colours – black and white, and are the perfect size too. Get more details on these premium earphones by clicking here.

OPPO is also giving multiple offers on the purchase of the Reno5 Pro 5G, which includes 10 percent cashback on HDFC Bank Credit Cards/ Debit Cards EMI Transactions and ICICI Bank Credit Cards/ Debit Cards EMI transactions for the first three days of sale.

The device is also available with attractive EMI options from Bajaj Finserv, Home Credit, IDFC First Bank, HDB Financial Services, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, TVS Credit and Zest money & also with IDFC First Bank along with ONE EMI Cashback offer. The brand is also offering flat Rs 2500 cashback on Bank of Baroda Credit Cards EMI Transaction, Federal Bank Debit Card EMI Transaction & Zest Money.

The brand is also offering OPPO Care+ inclusive of Complete Damage Protection 180 days, Platinum Care & Free Pickup and drop for repairs in major cities on online and offline purchases. With the Reno5 Pro 5G purchased online there is a bundling offer of Rs 1,000 for Enco X True Wireless Noise cancelling earphones as well.  Why wait, it’s time to get your hands on 2021’s most fabulous device.

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