OnePlus 5 camera samples leak, suggesting that one of the dual cameras will shoot in monochrome

OnePlus 5 camera samples leak, suggesting that one of the dual cameras will shoot in monochrome
New photographs have surfaced, claiming to be more camera samples from the upcoming OnePlus 5. We expect to see a dual camera setup on back of the phone, with a vertical placement. OnePlus is working in tandem with photography benchmark firm DxOMark to improve the cameras on the next flagship killer. In late April, a series of four photos taken in Shenzen, China, where OnePlus is headquartered, leaked. Said to have been shot with the OnePlus 5, this set of photographic samples contained a picture with a blurred background which supposedly indicated that the handset will have two rear cameras in order to produce the bokeh effect.

However, the latest group of photographic samples reveals something different. This time, one of the images includes a picture taken in black and white. That could indicate that one of the dual cameras will shoot in monochrome (black and white). There was talk that a previous tweet released by OnePlus, which asked you to guess which half of a photo was shot by the OnePlus 5, indicated that OnePlus would use a monochrome sensor due to the sharp and detailed images it produces. The Huawei P9, introduced last year, uses a monochrome sensor to help the dual camera system detect lighting conditions better, allowing it to deliver more accurate photographs. It also allows P9 users to take black and white photos.

The source who leaked the three photos in this story, suggests that the OnePlus 5 rear cameras will weigh in at 16MP and feature an aperture of f/1.8. The current OnePlus model, the OnePlus 3T, offers a single 16MP snapper on both back and front. Both have an aperture of f /2.0.

You can view the photography samples in the slideshow below.

source: via DroidHolic

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1. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Release date already pls

3. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This. All i've heared from them is talking and bragging. I really hope they deliver tbh. They'll most likely nail the ui, battery, processor, design, price, but will they nail the camera and have a unique feature that sets it apart? Btw, i heard that the oneplus 5 will charge from 0 to 100 in 30 mins. Saw it on slashleaks today. Highly doubtful though. Otherwise, that will be the biggest single innovation in years.

6. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Release it *i meant

8. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

This desperation to be "unique" often produces results that are gimmicky or only useful to a select few. I just want the phone to hit hard on the fundamentals.

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

1+3 is one of the most cheap looking devices in spite of being made with metal. They need to work on the look and feel too. Most people around me(99%) including myself don't even consider it.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Pretty funny that I always get compliments on how my OnePlus 3T looks. And many reviewers have said that it is a very nice looking phone.

14. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but only when you the bring price of the phone into picture ;)

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

None of the people complimenting it (other than reviewers), know it's not as expensive as other high-end smartphones.

19. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I don't know but at a friend of mine's place, I have seen 1+3(not 1+3T though, but both of them should have similar build quality) and I was not sold on this. It didn't feel as solid as even an HTC One A9, forget Pixel/iPhones 6/6S/7 or the HTC One M series, I usually dont consider the Meizu's, the Oppo's and the Vivo's so I can't compare this with them. I can say that it appeared good from a distance but it felt quite hollow in hand. So to conclude though, I will have to say that, as per me, the HTC One M7 is still the best looking phone ever followed the glass built Galaxies - the S and the A series. Metal designs have begun to get boring haven't they? Things like these can be subjective and it could just be me and people around me that could have felt so.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Oh but I agree, the M7 is still the best-looking phone and I absolutely love the S series (at least S6 and above)

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

In otherwords the camera might be meh. I've never seeing a monochrome sensor outdoing other cameras. Infact, i dont even see its advantages tbh. Its either you put in a feature packed dual camera like optical zoom, portrait mode, AR, wide angle lens or put in a very capable single shooter. Anyway, Its gonna be between the iphone 8, or the v30 for me.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually, having a monochrome sensor is quite useful. Here is a quote from another article explaining the benefits: "Just before the light reaches the sensor it passes through a colour filter that organises the light into red, green and blue streams. Here’s where the issue arises: in order to isolate green, red and blue light has to be discarded. Camera sensors waste light even though it’s their currency. This is where the monochrome sensor steps in. As it doesn’t need to discern colours, it can use more of the light coming its way to make each pixel of the final image. This leads to better sensitivity, meaning superior low-light photos, and better dynamic range with day-time shots."

7. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I disagree. Huawei phones take excellent stills. Have you noticed how they're left out of most camera comparisons? Maybe because no us availability. Coupled with great image processing it could boost low light performance significantly and that is where the 3t fell down. Also hope video improves.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The problem with a RGB/monochrome setup is that most of them lack OIS, and unless you're a high-end Xperia or the Pixel, that means pictures will be shaky.

20. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

actually according to juan from pocketnow huawei cameras are some of the best still cameras out there , and he is the only reviewer i trust

4. aenews

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 25, 2015

Yeah that's probably not happening. The OnePlus 3 charges from 0-80% in 40 Minutes, so I would not be surprised if the 5 can charge from 0-80% in 30 Minutes with Dash Charge 2.0 (Possibly 25 Watts). They could always surprised us and implement Super VOOC, but otherwise I doubt more. Phones will always charge more slowly from 80-100% by design, and that's unavoidable.

10. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

A secondary monochrome sensor, absolute waste in mobile photography..!!!

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I do not see monochrome sensors on mobile phones being anywhere near useless... To each his own, however.

15. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

to each his own..!

16. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Looks promising. If only it's availability was guaranteed. Where I am it's hard to get a One ➕

18. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

looking at the photos at 100% zoomed in, you can clearly see how the lens system was made of low quality materials the details are mushy and distortion at the edges of the objects are visible this is also what happened with most older sony phones

22. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Likely just from being compressed multiple times. Likely From the first time it was uploaded to now. atleast twice I'd not 3 times.

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