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OnePlus One Camera Photo Samples Released, Show High Details and Promise

More news regarding the One from OnePlus arrived today, this time focused on the back-facing 13MP shooter featured on the device. The photos, from what was posted, do look to be quite good. Luckily, the person who took the photos wasn’t an amateur, and actually had to win a contest in order to be able to test the device’s shooter. 

Photos were reportedly untouched, featuring massive resolutions of 8160 x 6120. The subjects of the photos look to be photographed well, with good lighting, retaining a high level of detail. Even the night shot below looks like something out of a coffee table book.

Without picking apart each thing, we will have the photos speak for themselves. Look below to see a few of the sample shots taken from the post. Let us know how you think they look in the comments section.

If you like what you see, and need to know how and when you can get your hands on this upcoming device, you might want to read this post.

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Via: OnePlus Forums
  • monkey082506


  • Geno’s I miss Philly

  • Kim Loral

    One Plus is really great but http://j.mp/R3WzZa

  • I’m getting REALLY excited for this phone!

  • wollac11

    It appears that it is actually a 50MP sensor and not 16!

  • master94

    Not the best but good

  • LOOK AT ALL THE NOISE IN THE DARK PICTURES!!! Oh wait…no noise? Damn, that’s a good camera.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0


  • Lambo_21

    Pat’s is better OnePlus!

  • frhow

    It does have Sony Optics, so its possible.

  • Kelly OBrien

    WHOA !

  • jamaall

    University of Delaware? I live right by there

    • TruEastSydeBoi

      i did too

  • RoadsterHD1

    Here’s one I took with my Droid MAXX at Ports of Call. third try

    • Arthur Dent

      Looks as good as the 1+ photos

      • RoadsterHD1

        And I had to decrease the resolution so I can post it. In reality it looks better than this.

      • Negative bro. Too much noise.

        • Arthur Dent

          Like the 1+ shots?

        • Justin W

          You mean like this one? The only difference is the pics are so small on the page that we can’t see them without actually going to the full pic. What I’m seeing is just a massive picture scaled down to make it look like there is no noise, but there is actually a significant amount in all the shots.


  • RoadsterHD1

    Nice pix. This phone has promise. Here’s one I took with my Droid MAXX at Ports of Call

  • RoadsterHD1

    Nice pix. This phone has promise. Here’s one I took with my Droid MAXX

  • NorCalGuy

    Cheese steak shuffle cheesecake cheesecake cheese steak shuffle

  • livin

    The night shot is very impressive.

    • LionStone

      It is, but I feel it could have been even better had the shooter got closer and framed it a bit differently.

  • jmscar82

    OnePlus is Philly based??? Camera pics look superb….but they should have taken a shot of Pat’s Steaks haha….LEMME GET PIZZA, WIZ WIT, a cherry pepsi, and cheese fries please.

    • OnePlus is based out of China. OnePlus held a camera contest and the three winners were each awarded a dummy test unit with just the camera module from the One to show it off in a normal user’s hands.

      • mrjayviper

        only a dummy phone? how can it take and save pics if there are no working internals?

        • The way I understand it is it’s basically a stripped down version of what the phone will be. Externals are probably different (maybe it’s in a dummy box?). There are no radios. It’s pretty much just the camera hardware and limited software. The software is supposed to be the new version of CM, including their new camera app.

  • bkosh84

    How about a photo of the actual phone itself.. Just saying…

    • They don’t have the phone, just the dummy camera unit. They can’t even show that, they’re under NDA.

      • Arthur Dent

        Dummy unit?? Details needed. Is this dummy unit using the same hardware and software that the final phone will use? Is the camera software final? Is this representative of what shots from the final product will look like?

        • No idea. Allegedly the dummy units are using the same hardware and software as the final version. That can always change though.

  • Michael

    How did they take the second one without a second camera? HTC is the only one that can do that! /s

  • David Mann

    Colors look good but I’m a little skeptical about the focusing capabilities based on the example shots. The clock is the best example since it is not a closeup, yet the clock appears to be a bit fuzzy even though it is obviously the focus point.

  • gbyuiog

    Ok – from an artistic perspective, The samples are too small to comment on noise, fine details etc.

    • Blue Sun

      Did you look at the photos on the DL page or the linked OnePlus page? The OnePlus page has the higher res photos.

    • We had to scale them down for our gallery, but please check the via link to see them in full resolution.

  • Arthur Dent

    OK. Looks about the same as other smartphone cameras to me.

    So wait, they are saying this is a 50MP camera?

    • Get your eyes checked brah!

      • Arthur Dent

        The eyes are fine, brah. Not seeing what’s so much more impressive here than N5, iPhone 5S or GS5. The night shot is really dark everywhere except the neon. Not spectacular to me. I’ve seen very impressive macro shots of flowers from other cameras, too. Like I said, it’s ok.

        • What’s impressive about the night shots is the absence of noise. The N5 (my current phone), Iphone, GS5 and M8 would have terrible noise in those shots.

          • Arthur Dent

            I looked at the forum shots, clicked for the full size shot. I saw noise and blockiness.

      • Ian

        If you’re going to play homer, at least get a different avatar so it isn’t so blatantly obvious.

  • KPunk

    Nice shots, interesting…these look to be taken in Philadelphia.

    • epps720


    • David Mann

      Everybody recognizes the Gino’s facade because that’s what you look at it when you choose Pat’s instead 😉

      • KPunk


      • Lambo_21


  • brkshr

    It would be hilarious if we found out they used a DSLR like Nokia did for their 41MP phone advertisements.

    • This isn’t an advertisement. This is real world use, from a normal person.

      • brkshr

        Are you on the 1+ team and know this for sure?

        • eee

          He has a 1+ icon, probably a social engineer to spread the 1+ propaganda.

        • I’ve been following the photomania contest pretty closely. This guy, along with two other winners were awarded dummy camera units to show off the camera leading up to the launch.

      • Ian

        He didn’t say it was an advertisement.

        Normal person? It’s obviously someone with photography skills well above that of the average person.

        • sonicyoof

          WTF is everyone complaining about. What “skills” can one have to make a smartphone camera better, unless we are talking things like composition? There’s only so much control you even have with most smartphone cameras. In my opinion, if the camera is truly capable of delivering those unedited shots that’s proof enough.

          • Arthur Dent

            Proof enough that it can deliver camera shots on par with other smartphones, yeah.

  • Fresh360

    After the BS that is the invite system, after seeing these pics all I can say is WOW! Please take my money!

  • Kentholio

    How is that resolution possible on a 13mp camera?

  • Trent Russell

    i mean, for a $400 phone…i’d put them about on par with my Note 2, on image quality alone. That night shot is better than the note 2 could do though.

    The flower picture and the clock picture seem to exhibit the classic wash out in bright light that a lot of phone sensors suffer from.

    • Cael

      It might be doing the same thing that Oppo (?) does and takes multiple pictures and stitches them together?

  • Blue Sun

    Pretty impressive night shot there.

    • Arthur Dent

      Why? It’s very dark except for the neon. It didn’t pull any detail of the surrounding cars or buildings.

      • mwi

        It could be the intended effect to focus on the subject.

        • Arthur Dent

          Well, it’s certainly not showing off spectacular low-light performance.

          • mwi

            I agree and with a good photographer the same photos can be taken by most other smartphones. I assume OnePlus got a professional photographer and not a random employee to take these photos.

          • Macalee Harlis Jr.

            Yea, the way this worked out was they held a contest where users had to submit photos taken and then, One plus decided who would win and ultimately who would be able to take shots to post on the internet for them. So, since they controlled all the variable,s its quite possible this guy is a professional photographer

          • Grayson

            He’s a random college student who won the phone in a contest. He is a good photographer, but no professional.

          • Do a little research derp.

          • Macalee Harlis Jr.

            most night shots by toays camera phones cause the areas of light to be oversaturated and the camera doesnt know how to tone down the light it gets. IMO it shows that at least the camera is capable of not doing this and allowing for a rather pleasing photpgraph

          • Arthur Dent

            I disagree. Easy to overcome the oversaturation of light areas with exposure compensation. All it looks like here is that either exposure comp was used, or the focus on the neon set a shorter exposure rendering everything else very dark. Seems like what most cameras would do. Nothing special.

          • Macalee Harlis Jr.

            to each his own.

          • Arthur Dent

            I hear ya, just my opinion on the shots.

    • mwi

      It was probably taken with a tripod by a professional photographer. Some of my photography enthusiast friends showed me some great night shots using S4’s, Moto X’s and iPhone 4’s.

      • Macalee Harlis Jr.

        original thread, the OP states no tripod was used

        • mwi

          I’m going to guess the guy is a big photography enthusiast who can get those kinds of shots with most other recent smartphones with his skills.

          • Macalee Harlis Jr.

            more than likely, seeing as he had to win the contest to be able to get the camera to take these shots.

          • Trent Russell

            You’d think…i skimmed through the thread and OP says several odd things that makes me think he knows very little about photography.

          • livin

            For instance?

          • Grayson

            Probably the fact that he doesn’t know how to spell aperture.

    • sc0rch3d
  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski


    • Fresh360

      I think you pretty much summed up my thoughts…

    • Keanu
    • The Narrator

      im calling shenanigans

    • George264

      I don’t see it. There’s a lack of detail on the flower picture and the colors look undersaturated. Keep in mind these are pictures the company chose to release. Apple releases sample shots that are insane but in reality not close to finished result. So does HTC and Samsung. I want to wait till it comes out and DL/The Verge does a test before I judge.