Oppo Find 5 Review
Oppo has graced the Find 5 with a 13 MP camera sensor from Sony, which, judging from the ability to shoot Full HD HDR video, is of the Exmor RS variety, that has HDR hardwired. The same sensor is present on the Xperia Z, and will likely be into a lot of flagships this year, so Oppo has gone with the flavor of the month here.
The camera interface is a bit plain, with just HDR (both for pictures and video) and face recognition switches, but no scene modes, exposure compensation, contrast or saturation sliders are present. The phone takes shots very quickly, and the burst mode allows up to a hundred frames in 20 seconds to be taken. There were issues with focusing at times on our cloudy day, which required us to tap on the object front and center beforehand.
There were white balance issues making the clouds seem purplish at times, but color representation is quite accurate. The level of detail and amount of noise are well balanced, and the objects in the frame come up overall well-focused and distinct. In light-dark parts of the frame the brighter section gets overexposed, as often happens, which can be fixed by shooting with the HDR mode on, and the performance is rather quick then, too.
Indoor shots are average, with a bunch of noise in the frame, but no white balance or focus issues, until we tone the lights down, and the colors become colder, with greenish overcast. The dual LED flash is not particularly strong for anything beyond 5 feet, and illuminates somewhat unevenly.
That HDR mode seems to be a godsend for video, too, especially during nighttime, when car and street lights halo is avoided, and the footage is much more distinct, whereas with normal mode the phone can't focus well. The camera focus actually always wanders a bit when panning around, but especially when shooting in insufficient lighting. The framerate also drops significantly then, down to 17fps at street lighting in the evening, while in daytime it manages 30fps without a hitch. Another downside of low-light video capture with the Oppo Find 5 is that the footage is unusually noisy when the light goes down.
Oppo Find 5 Full HD Sample Video:
Oppo Find 5 Full HD HDR Sample Video:
Oppo Find 5 Full HD Night Sample Video:
Oppo Find 5 Full HD HDR Night Sample Video:
Oppo Find 5 Indoor Sample Video:
The music player of the Oppo UI is somewhat barebones, only categorizing songs by the basics like albums, artists and playlists, but it does offer to display album art and lyrics, if available, and has a bunch of equalizer presets to choose from in the internal settings.
Oppo has licensed the Dirac HD audio technology for improving the sound reproduction from the handset, and indeed a huge difference can be noticed when you turn it on in headset mode – the sound becomes much stronger and cleaner, while for loudspeaker mode there is Dolby Mobile to make the unit perform way stronger and fuller than your typical smartphone speaker.
The video player is pretty basic in terms of interface, too, but quite functional, as it runs everything thrown at it, including MKV/DivX/Xvid files up to Full HD definitions, and with subtitles, if available.
As far as the picture gallery, it is grid-based, and you have the obligatory sharing options for the social networks. The rich editing app is integrated in the Gallery with the Oppo Find 5, letting you crop, resize, remove red eye, add color effects and annotate on the go.
6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I also would choose Sony Xperia Z instead of Oppo Find 5.
32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3008; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"I'll be happier with my Xperia Z."
...you're refering to something that has not been released as yours??
36. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Well.... I'll be getting it as soon as it gets released in March because there's no scope of getting a Find 5 here in India.
2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
With an SD card this would've EASILY be the best phone on the market.
Definitely worth more than 8!
Look at the price!
If it had a Samsung or HTC badge, I'm sure you would give it a 8. 7 at the very least, Daniel.
Piss poor criteria and review quality if you ask me
12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2159; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
First you say it's worth more than an 8, then you say if it was a Samsung or HTC phone, they would give it an 8. It does have an 8. Do you even have any idea wtf you're saying?
15. boren (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
darac@ One of the most stupid comments I read recently, go home and stop embarrassing yourself.
18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I'm the one embarrassing myself?
I'm sorry to say, but had you been able to use your brain, you'd discern that I stated 8.7 in my comment.
26. boren (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
You continue to write nonsense, but what can you expect from a 12 year old boy .
37. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
You gotta be kidding me.
Oh I dare you to start a debate with me.
Come on, make my day, kid
43. Birds (Posts: 979; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I agree with you to a certain extent...If they slap an HTC or samsung logo on it, put Nature UX or Sense 4+ on it and use HTC complicated cellphone camera algorithims to oversharpen images, slightly under expose them, and oversaturate reds, then they'd give it an 8.7 rating or higher.
Just my 2 cents...lol
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3008; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Don't know and don't care what ya'll say but I'm Impressed!!
28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I also like that the Android buttons are not taking a chuck off the 5" screen. Kinda odd that the Xperia Z has space down there yet they don't utilize it, separate droid buttons work just well, ask any Droid DNA owner. The Oppe Find 5 just looks great, so thin bezel and transparent notification area, it's one giant screen only broken by the white bottom of the holding area. A pity for the MicroSD, so the 32GB version is to get, plus there's probably no HDMI support, but otherwise it's a superb offering strangely getting less buzz now that it's out than when the rumors first came around August 2012. It's still the 2nd world-wide released fullHD phone, and one with a new-gen camera censor.
4. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Its clear now Android+big speced phone= bulls**t!!!
20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
It's clear only that Nokia fanboy + opinion = bulls**t of massive proportions
5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
With all due respect, how's free space and weight an issue for the OF5 but wasn't for say the Droid DNA, an inferior phone with superior PA score? (lower antutu, battery life, camera quality).
I'm very highly impressed with the Sony Exmor RSV2 camera module which doesn't seem to be appreciated enough, plus the IPS screen is superior to the Z's TFT, not the mention the beefier battery, all that costing some $300 less. But I may still sit out this one for an A15 fullHD monster, but right now, overall performance, battery life and affordable price - 32gig version for $569 - the OF5 is a no-brainer.
7. SonyFan (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
good phone, but the perfect 5incher is definitly the Xperia Z
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Worse viewing angles, worse battery life, unrealistic price on that beast though, I'd love to have either, but when it comes to bang for the buck... IPS & 2500mAh is the way to go.
11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...worse battery life..."
How do you know that if Sony Xperia Z is even not released yet?
As you love to talk about the facts, here is some for you:
Does Oppo Find 5 supports 4G as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has microSD Slot as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has 2.2MP Front Facing Camera as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 is dust and water resistant as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has FM radio as Sony Xperia Z? No!
Does Oppo Find 5 has any specific technologies as Mobile BRAVIA Engine in Sony Xperia Z? No!
Oppo even unable to creat good global web page, then about what customers service and responsiblity we can talk about...
I hope that you now understand why Oppo Find 5 is cheaper than Sony Xperia Z.
14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Genius", battery's capacity isn't only one aspect which determines how long battery will last. It was already proven many times before, so there is no need to spread unreasonable propositions about battery's life.
16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Early review supports this but hey, you buy one and let us know about it, chances are good however that you'll be too busy trying to figure out what does a TFT screen do on a $900 device - well good luck finding anything darker than grey haha. :).
Now back on topic, which is Oppo Find 5: sunlight performance is stellar as expected, so sharing mainly low-light, which is quite good too.
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Now this is what 441ppi looks like in real life:
Impressive sharpness, saturation and contrast.
17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
At the moment I don't pay any atention to any Sony Xperia Z comparisons with other smartphones because Sony Xperia Z is still not released and Sony Xperia Z in the comparison may be only a prototype not the final version.
Talking about pixels per inch Sony Xperia Z also has 441 density.
Many of your links just doesn't work.
21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Screen, battery capacity and camera lens won't change from pre-release to box, and they are not satisfied on those fronts, but you're right, you should wait for the final release, but why troll about "your next phone" in an unrelated thread?
24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Screen, battery capacity and camera lens won't change from pre-release to box..."
Yes, but software configurations may still change. For example displays calibration, cameras calibration, how long battery will last may also depend on software.
"but why troll about "your next phone" in an unrelated thread?"
Says person who previously used to troll about Oppo Find 5 on Sony Xperia Z articles...
Also I still not sure if Sony Xperia Z will be my next smartphone.
22. tino96 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I love it how people like you think they know so much about everything.
Oppo Find5: WiFi Display!
Does Oppo Find5 have any specific technologies (yours is just a marketing gimmick...)? Is that what you said?
Cause I couldn't hear you over the Dirac HD stereo sound system while taking slow-mo videos @ 120fps and pictures in fast burst mode with hardware powered HDR...
But on the Xperia Z it says Sony... so maybe now it is understandable that it will cost $300 more...
23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"I love it how people like you think they know so much about everything."
I don't say that I know so much about everything and you don't know what I'm thinking so it is only your interpretation. I just stated already known technical configurations.
"Oppo Find5: WiFi Display!"
Sony Xperia Z also has Wireless Display Mirroring feature!
"Does Oppo Find5 have any specific technologies (yours is just a marketing gimmick...)? Is that what you said?"
No I was talking not about marketing gimmick, again it is only your interpretation.
"Cause I couldn't hear you over the Dirac HD stereo sound system while taking slow-mo videos @ 120fps and pictures in fast burst mode with hardware powered HDR..."
Sony Xperia Z also has HDR and Fast Burst Mode.
Talking about 120Fps, I'm pretty sure that hardware is capable of doing that, but not sure if Sony will allow that, anyway even if Sony will limit it, ther should be software solution for that. Just wait for official release and we will see.
25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Firs you call Mobile BRAVIA Engine as a marketing gimmick and then you are talking about Oppo Find 5 120Fps...
31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I just watched teardown of Oppo Find 5, looks cheap and difficult to disassemble.
9. BigBoss10 (Posts: 231; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
I cant Find OPPO 5 :D
Xperia Z is the best love you Sony =P
10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Haha, I like how truth hurts some ppl. In any case, if your next device will have the Exmor RS, let it by the Xperia Z, OF5, iPhone 5S and I'm sure others, those will definitely perform as good a mid-range point&shooter except for Zoom. Now Nokia should put together the 808 lends to a modern OS phone and we'll have plenty of photography options.
27. scsa852k (Posts: 288; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
The price is tempting.
Although Paying $349 for Nexus 4 16GB would be a smarter choice.
29. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Definitely picking the Xperia Z over this.
30. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
From the looks of it...the Droid DNA looks like the best of the lot. Saw a video of the Xperia Z and while the body is gorgeous, it's stuttery according to a review by Clove.uk. So despite the better looking UI among the three, Sony needs to harmonize Timescape with the hardware some more.
45. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
nova launcher might work good with the Xperia Z or any other launcher
40. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
If this is the quality you expect to see on the experia z camera I'm going to pass.
The lumia 920 and Iphone 5 have more detailed images and better overall quality.
I am not impressed by the new Sony sensor at all!
44. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
OMG an SD card really isn't that important I store lots of movies on my Nexus through Play
movies I just stream them over data and wifi. Music is stored in a cloud and played over wifi and my pictures are stored on Google+ Instant upload. My books and magazines are the same play books and play magazines. An SD isn't that important and they are truly going out of style and if you don't use cloud based services then start using them it's only your loss to not use them
46. BitterTruth (unregistered)
Looks like PSY's OPPA was inspired by finder 5's Oppo :D
47. mrboomboom (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2013)
this isn't a fair review. i dont think it even mentioned the bi-weekly updates. I could be wrong, I only read through it once. I personally like what sony is doing in terms of hardware with the sony xperia z, but the direction oppo is taking in terms of software with the OF5 is awesome! sure on paper the xperia z might have more bells and whistles but it really all depends on personal preference. so the OF5 doesnt support LTE, thats no problem for me I have t-mobile, we dont have LTE anyway. I have no problem with no microSD slot, im using a 16gb nexus 4 right now and am having no problems with storage. fm radio? whyyyy?! the OF5 has tons of potential. don't just go by this review, do some research.. the OF5 biweekly updating is going to be awesome..