OnePlus 3T 16MP front camera test: we compare it against the OnePlus 3, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and LG G5

OnePlus 3T 16MP front camera test: we compare it against the OnePlus 3, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and LG G5

The OnePlus 3T is one of the best new phones when you start looking for phones that bring great value for the money: after all, the OnePlus 3T features the same Snapdragon 821 system chip as in the Google Pixel XL, yet costs around half its price.

If you look back in time, though, you'd see that the OnePlus 3T is a direct successor to the OnePlus 3: it looks exactly like it (save for the darker, 'gunmetal' shade), but features the newer 821 system chip and a slightly larger battery.

The last major change is in the front camera: the OnePlus 3T comes with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter, up from an 8-megapixel camera on the OnePlus 3.

A 16-megapixel front camera is probably the most megapixels you can get from a front camera in any phone, but does it even make sense? More megapixels for the camera mean that every single pixel is usually smaller, and a smaller pixel can mean hindered performance in low light. And can you really tell the difference in good lighting?

We put the OnePlus 3T camera to the test to find out and here is a summary of its performance: the biggest change that we see is that this new front camera blurs much more of the background, which makes it easier to focus on the subject of those pictures, which is usually your own precious self. This is a good thing: it helps images be more focused. Interestingly, more megapixels somehow don't mean that images are larger: yes, in certain situations you get files that are up to twice larger, but often times the files are actually bigger on the 8-megapixel OnePlus 3. Are they sharper? We actually found that much more often a slight shake in our hand would make selfies blurry on the OnePlus 3T and in the general case the OnePlus 3 actually did a little bit better with sharpness. The other phones were not as sharp: the LG in particular, but the iPhone was also not able to resolve as much detail.

In comparison with the OnePlus 3 colors on the 3T front camera have been tweaked slightly: skin colors in particular often appear a bit paler, which we find is a bit too pale. Colors sometimes turn a bit purplish, but in the general case the OnePlus performs very well. The iPhone makes all selfies very yellow-ish, which is noticeable, while the LG often goes overboard with the contrast.

A nice feature that both OnePlus phones have is face detection, but on the 3T it's improved and tracks your face better. Finally, the OnePlus 3T selfie camera is not as wide as on other phones the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it's not as narrow as on the iPhone either: it's somewhere in between, which is a good thing as it works well for both selfies and group pictures.

All in all, the OnePlus 3T has one of the best front cameras around, but this does not mean that it is a big improvement over the OnePlus 3: in most cases, the two give nearly identical results, and we actually found the smaller pixels on the OnePlus 3T result in blurrier pictures in low light. Take a pictures below and see for yourselves.

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23 Comments

1. StopTalking

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

This dude takes the creepiest selfies lol

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

LOL just spit out my coffee laughing.

5. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Wow, iPhone selfies pictures are very yellow, they stood out, in a bad way.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO all looked pretty bad Especially the outdoors shots which are all overexposured The OPT3 is definitely an improvement from the OP3, but IMO the Pixel and Xperia XZ are still better

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The 16MP is unnecessary IMO...8MP and 1.4 microns was better, than 16 and 1.0.

16. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

4MP with 2um (micron) is far better for selfies in day as well as night

2. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

The selfie king, wait.... I wouldn't have thought OnePlus users were the kind to take lots of selfies.

3. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I think the 3T camera has better colors, but less brightness.

8. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It does. I was going to mention that, too. I do like the improvement in colors, as that ruined selfies for me on my Z3C. Unless Samsung offered them a deal on this front facing camera so that the cost would be nearly identical to the Sony made 8MP one, they should have kept the Sony sensor, tweaked the color balance, and upgraded the back sensor to that newer dual pixel 16MP sensor Sony now has. Likely, OnePlus didn't have the time to go through with all the testing needed to optimize the newer sensor in time for release so they went with this one instead. I personally would've liked that 4MP, 2-micron sensor from OmniVision on the front paired with OIS or really good EIS

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"A 16-megapixel front camera is probably the most megapixels you can get from a front camera in any phone"... FALSE. The Vivo V5 features a 20-megapixel front camera!

12. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

The world is flat and USA makes up most of it is what Phone arena would make you believe.

15. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

what is the definition of probably?

22. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

In any mainstream phone, let's clarify.

7. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

This idiot again. The one that can't work out that you can move an s7 camera closer to your face if you want to fill the screen

18. peace247 unregistered

lol....so true.

9. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I think the reason for the selfies' file sizes bring the same has to do with that pixel binning they were talking about.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7029; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I think it does a great job. There was one that I thought the LG did a little better. The iPhone photos look bad. Way to much yellow in them. The guys look like they have Jaundice

13. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

To Victor: This song is for you... Here I Go Again by Whitesnake I don't know where I'm going But, I sure know where I've been Hanging on the promises In songs of yesterday An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time But, here I go again Here I go again Tho' I keep searching for an answer, I never seem to find what I'm looking for Oh Lord, I pray You give me strength to carry on, 'Cause I know what it means To walk along the lonely street of dreams An' here I go again on my own Goin' down the only road I've ever known, Like a hobo I was born to walk alone An' I've made up my mind I ain't wasting no more time I'm just another heart in need of rescue, Waiting on love's sweet charity An' I'm gonna hold on For the rest of my days, 'Cause I know what it means To walk along the lonely street of dreams You are the worst selfie shot taker, next time please pour cement on your feet and put a brace on your neck before your take selfie shot ok?

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why LG5 and i7 here? why not something much better like S7 or Pixel

21. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

We've already compared these before.

19. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

"The iPhone makes all selfies very yellow-ish, which is noticeable" Yet in the last battle, it won. SMH

20. Victor.H

Posts: 1050; Member since: May 27, 2011

The last time it was compared against phones that had much bigger issues.

23. android7

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2016

This is amazingly hot phone comparing with iphone 7, 16mp front camera with blur back ground that is good picture quality and as advertise shows its powerful battery. At all its a very nice phone with marshmallow and could be upgraded in nougat.I just want grab it.

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