In low light, the Find X2 Pro will try and sort of do some Night mode magic even when you're in Photo mode, as indicated by a 'Keep the camera steady' pop-up, and the processing in progress indicator that the shutter button turns into. It's not a full-on Night mode as we'll show you in a bit but it does offer some benefits.
For one, low-light images have an excellent dynamic range with nicely retained highlights and well-developed shadows, a balance typically unattainable by phones in regular Photo mode. To go along with that, however, there are some excessive processing penalties like an overall plasticky look with wiped out fine textures - characteristic of Night modes. Colors are decently well preserved but the Find tends to take away some of the warmth of light sources making images look duller in comparison to competitors.
Night mode is available, it does take longer to shoot and it does produce different results. It further lifts up the shadows while keeping highlights mostly in check, and makes for overall brighter shots. There isn't a significant drop in detail but the Find doesn't have much of these in Photo mode to begin with.
The ultra wide-angle cam of the Find X2 Pro behaves in a very similar way, only here you'll find even less of a difference between Photo mode and Night mode shots. The wide dynamic range and overall good tonal development we like, the prevailing softness and coolness of colors - we're not so fond of.
Start zooming in and things quickly go bad. 2x shots barely look good when viewed at fit to screen, but those are digitally zoomed in from the main cam so you wouldn't have expected too much anyway. For practical purposes that's what you're getting - an upscaled crop from the main cam with the exposure adjusted for the tighter framing.
Shooting at 5x, there's about one in three chance you'd end up above the light threshold for the Find X2 Pro to use its actual telephoto camera. If it doesn't, you'll end up with digitally zoomed-in shots from the main cam which look predictably bad, even without looking up close.
If the Find does end up shooting with its periscope (samples 2 and 3 below), you stand a better chance of getting a usable shot.
Night mode does do the usual brightening and it appears to work on the real telephoto cam as well. Only, for whatever reason, the second scene below is coming from the main cam while the Photo mode shot was taken on the periscope.
Once you're done with the real world samples, head over to our Photo compare tool to see how the Oppo Find X2 Pro stacks up against the competition.
A low-light comparison of the Find X2 Pro against the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Huawei P30 Pro was due as well. We had already established the Ultra's dominance over the Huawei on a previous instance, and we wanted to see where the Find falls in relation to the two. Once again starting with the three scenes at 1x magnification.
It's just a tiny bit more complicated in low light, as we also need to compare the scenes as rendered by the phones' respective Night modes.
And now slightly zoomed in at 2x.
Followed by the same 2x magnification but in Night mode.
And now at each phone's native telephoto zoom level.
Lastly, the telephoto cameras at their native zoom level in Night mode.