It seems that the OnePlus 5 marketing promised more than the engineering team delivered – the chipset isn’t as fast as benchmarks indicate, and the camera’s 2x optical lossless zoom actually... isn’t. No, really, it isn’t optical or lossless, and the camera isn’t 20MP either.
Co-founder Carl Pei clarified on Twitter that actually the second lens on the back offers 1.6x optical zoom then digital zoom makes up the remaining 0.4x to reach the claimed 2x. That final upscaling means that the effective resolution is less than 20MP – in reality, it’s closer to 16MP.
The company still claims “2x lossless zoom”, but that is debatable. And it could have done a better job making it clear that it’s not optical zoom. Also, the EXIF info shows that the wide-angle and tele lenses have focal lengths of 24mm and 36mm (in 35mm equiv.), which would make the zoom 1.5x. If Pei’s info is correct, the actual focal length of the tele lens is 38.4mm.
Optical zoom is at 1.6x, the remaining 0.4x is realized through SmartCapture multiframe technology.— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 21, 2017
But that’s nitpicking. At any rate, this explains why the OnePlus 5 wasn’t delivering the quality we would expect from its tele camera.
All this negative comments abt Oneplus from people who obviously never hold one in their hands. Specc is one thing but reality is something else. In my experience in past i had several Samsung's, Sony, iPhone, Xiaomi and now I'm with OP 3T (6G/...
The important qn is.... can I turn off this 0.4x software zoom?
Wasn't OnePlus 5 supposed to be smaller than 3T? Right... it is 1.5mm TALLER. OnePlus is all marketing and hype.