Review: Photography with the OPPO RENO5 Pro 64MP quad camera system

The OPPO Reno5 series launched in Singapore last week, and the Reno5 Pro in particular, has been widely anticipated for its advanced camera system and  photo capabilities.

There are four cameras on the rear: a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide angle camera, 2MP macro camera and 2MP mono camera. As for the front, it sports an impressive 32MP selfie camera.

For the past week, I’ve been testing out this smartphone’s camera, and have to say, it exceeded expectations. The maximum picture size taken with the 64MP rear camera is 6936 x 9248 pixels, which is really quite decent; it’s larger than photos taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but smaller than those taken with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. But the size of the photo is just one thing; good pictures need to have good colour balance, minimal clipping on the highlights, and a beautiful, natural bokeh for portrait shots. Here are the best shots of the week.

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Apart from its incredible powers of photography, this high-end smartphone has every practical function you want: both facial recognition and a hidden fingerprint unlock, a large 6.5″ Super AMOLED screen, 5G support, dual sim, NFC, wireless and USB-C charging (and there’s both a charging cable and head in the box).

Other notable functions include an extremely impressive fast charge (the phone’s good-sized 4300mAh battery can be fully charged in just 35 minutes!); and  the operating system is very speedy. Applications open, switch and close quickly, while the animations are smooth.

The holographic gradient finish called Galactic Silver is beautiful as well. From different angles, you can see varying colour gradients. My kids call it the “unicorn” colour. Check out the photo above — this is the same phone but shot at different angles.

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the Oppo Reno5 pro, $899, available in galactic silver (featured here) and starry black on oppo’s SHOPEE and lazada flagship stores, as well as authorised retailers.