Future updates will bring key features to all three OnePlus 7 Pro rear cameras

Future updates will bring key features to all three OnePlus 7 Pro rear cameras
There is plenty to like about the OnePlus 7 Pro starting with the 6.7-inch AMOLED display that carries a 1440 x 3120 resolution. Not only is it the first 1440p screen found on a OnePlus phone, but it also features a 90Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth animation and scrolling. And the triple-camera setup on back includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and a 16MP Ultra-wide camera. Thanks to the 16MP pop-up selfie camera, users get close to a full-screen display.

Speaking of the camera, GSM Arena recently spoke with the Image Product Manager at OnePlus, Zake Zhang. Interestingly, he admitted that it wasn't until the OnePlus 7 Pro was developed that the company decided to compete with the cameras on flagship phones. He noted that OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has given the imaging team the goal of creating the best smartphone camera. And Zhang said, "the OnePlus 7 Pro is the first device where we started using the best hardware on the market and then maximize its capability with the software while improving it with future updates." And OnePlus will now consider the camera to be one of the most important features-if, not the most important feature-on its phones going forward. The company will also start offering better hardware and software for its selfie cameras.

Future software update will add video capture and Nightscape to the telephoto and Ultra-wide cameras


With 80 members on his team (which he points out is just a tenth of the manpower found in larger manufacturers), the limited resources forced the OnePlus 7 Pro to be shipped without video capture on the phone's Ultra-wide and telephoto cameras. However, a future update is expected to bring this functionality to those two cameras on the OnePlus 7 Pro. And another feature that currently works only with the 48MP primary camera is also expected to be made available to the two other cameras via a software update. That is the Nightscape mode. Similar to the Night Sight feature on the Pixels, this feature allows OnePlus 7 Pro users to take viewable photographs in dark and low-light conditions. In handheld mode, Nightscape delivers these photos by combining multiple images taken with a short (2 to 3 seconds) exposure time. There also is a tripod mode that is automatically activated once the phone realizes that it is steady and stable. In tripod mode, Nightscape exposure times can be as long as 40 seconds.


Zhang pointed out that the size of his team is also responsible for the multiple updates to the OnePlus 7 Pro camera that followed the launch of the phone. He states that some features had to be held back at launch and released afterward because of the "limited resources" that he has to work with.


OnePlus has its own look for photos, and Zhang says it is "a  natural look with emotions." The company has an internally produced white paper that it calls Philosophy of Image, which it uses as a guide when building the cameras on OnePlus phones.

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7 Pro
  • Display 6.7" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh(34h talk time)

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16 Comments

1. Be_Mine

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

An overall flatter screen, at least like the Samsung Note series, would be nice for the next OnePlus phone...!

2. LawnBoy

Posts: 189; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

I'd kill for a flat screen, carbon fiber back Note series. Minimal bezels but perfectly symmetrical top/bottom and left/right. Add thickness to the phone so they can pack a larger battery. 2:1 ratio with 6-6.4 inch screen.

5. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

2:1 ratio looks BAD..., Hideous actually. Just like a TV remote control. I just wish that it never gets adopted on a mass scale. Moreover making phones so tall only introduces more and more problems for usability, carry ability etc etc

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 960; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

What about 16:9?

10. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

18:9 is 2:1 lol

3. indlvarn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

So there will be no OP 7t? Just big updates in the end of this year?

4. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Who said so? This article definitely didn't infer anything of that sorts

6. Jusdred

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 01, 2019

What they did say is that going forward, the cameras will be priority. So 7t pro may have a crazy camera setup probably with oppo 10x zoom on board. And necessary photo processing overhaul! I believe that they can do it, they respond very well to the community as we know. That's one of the reasons we like them, right?

7. rsiders

Posts: 1953; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

More expected updates for the camera. This is why I chose OnePlus. Can't wait. Love this phone.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m heavily considering returning my Pixel 3A XL and putting extra cash with it to get a OnePlus 7 Pro. Been hearing a lot of good things about it.

12. rsiders

Posts: 1953; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I really have no complaints about it and I even love the larger size of it. The two things OnePlus should've done was include a dongle in the box and wireless charging. Neither of which are a deal breaker for me. Plus I got a really cool dongle and not one of those lame ones that hang off the phone.lol

14. OneLove123

Posts: 1062; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

You can get a wireless charging adapter for like $3 on eBay. I have it on my OnePlus 7pro and it works great when I need it at night

15. rsiders

Posts: 1953; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I really do prefer warp charging though because of the speed.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

rsiders, Nice! I’ve been wanting to try out a OnePlus device for a while now. Think I may finally bite the bullet and do so.

13. Be_Mine

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Not saying the Phone was bad. But, unlike their other devices. I was left a little disappointed with the lack of support for my OnePlus X.

8. blingblingthing

Posts: 960; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

So many updates for the OnePlus 7 already. When will the XS Max get night mode?

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