OnePlus One camera samples compared to Nikon D3100

The OnePlus One is one upcoming phone that has somehow managed to steal all the hype in the past few days with its grandiose promises to be a Nexus-priced high-end handset with a relatively compact body and a top-notch camera. OnePlus One has actually adopted the ambitious “Never Settle” motto, but does it really live up to all the hype? We will see in just two days, on April 23rd, when former Oppo President Pete Lau will officially unveil its first phone, but today, we get a closer look at the 13-megapixel, f/2.0 camera on the OnePlus One.

And it sure is impressive. We already saw some samples, but today, the OnePlus One gets a direct comparison against not just another camera phone - it is compared to no less than an entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D3100.

You can see images from the two devices below, and it’s shocking how well the OnePlus One holds its ground, even in low-light scenarios. We do know that the upcoming phone uses Sony’s latest IMX214 camera sensor with a 6-lens optics on top that allow it to get rid ot edge artifacts. Moreover, it sports an Image Stabilization Plus (IS+) system to make your videos less shaky. Take a look at the images below: which device has captured the better photos, the OnePlus One or the Nikon D3100, what do you think?

source: Imgur via Android Beat



1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

This is what I'm talking about! Can you do this PA? I'm impressed with the camera of OnePlus One, and yes it uses Sony's sensor. They managed to use Sony's sensor full capabilities! I hope my Z2 will get better and better with updates!

27. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I doubt this photos came from a smartphone ! No EXIF data. They´re better than Nikon sometimes. Neither my 808 comes closer. If that´s real, no need to use Wp. Bye 1020 ! And Sammy will buy Oppo.

44. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If the photos are genuine, then it does mean that Microsoft Mobile's camera advantage is essentially over. I do wish some more Android phones would have the shutter button. Some of Sony's phones have the shutter button which I find easier to use than a volume button or tapping the screen.

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Image#5 & 6... there is a alot of yellow ting in oneplusone's photo... over all it is a good camera, atleast they have utilized sony's sensor better than sony do

2. pankajgupta

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Whoaa... OnePlus looks better in low light in my opinion. Way to Go...

19. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Of course it looks better in low light, whoever made this couldn't even focus properly with the DSLR, and a good camera is only half the story.

22. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Not to mention that all the pictures are made with macro mode. Otherwise it has impressive image quality, but we should all wait for a proper comparison.

29. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

That's because the person was using auto mode on the DSLR, so as to make the comparison more even. These photos are from a OnePlus forum member that won a photo competition. He was comparing the Find 5, 1+1, and the Nikon 3100. You can see all the photos here: He didn't mention using auto focus in the OP, but he did mention it later on in the thread.

46. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

IMO too yellowish in outdoor.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Whoooaa OMG amazing! Hey PA, you should also use a DSLR in your comparisons.

25. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Wait until you see the picture you take with your new Z2 :D

31. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Can't freaking wait ! ! :D

34. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

You'll love it esp the battery life :D

36. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah, one reviewer (Btekt) said it can last 2 days on moderate use. Is that really true?

37. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Oh yes. I use it pretty heavily and still can last me entire day. When I put it on charge around 11pm It's usually around 30% and I take it off charge usually around 6am.

38. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

WOW that's great to hear! Especially after my N9. It has a weird battery. It can go down from 90% to 4% after 2 minutes of use in under 15 centigrades. Then, when I leave it in my pocket for about 30 minutes it suddently has 40% of battery lol. I guess that's not how a battery is supposed to work :)

39. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Wow. That sure is a weird battery haha

43. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

You battery's "gauge" has issues.

4. THE_Hulk

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

I just can say one word... Gorgeous!! maybe colors are over saturated and a little touch in white balance is required but in real life the photos looks absolutely stunning!! O my gosh! with google camera app macro or bokah affect is nothing to worry about... and in extreme low light the One Plus one looks better!! imho.... A 400$ phone can do this job!! my next phone for sure!! I am sooooi glad that I didn't but the nexus 5 last week :-D :-D

21. jeso86

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

well good luck getting an invite....

5. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

so I am impressed by this phone... it's performing very well in low light. s5 and z2 be ready should be fearing for their dear lives.

6. THE_Hulk

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

Z2 should be... though I am a Sony fan, I can say that. if I were Sony, I'll be really worried!! :3 the s**t5 will pass this because their intelligent marketing tricks. but Sony is inn a fix man!!

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Just if Sony could market their other products like the PS4, they wouldn't have to worry. But no :(

7. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

like i said... with plenty of light, almost all phones from 2013 and on wards, look the same. The only exciting thing about this phone for me is the price.

8. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i wonder there is a trick in nikon one there is a O focus thing(center focus) remaining side is blur its a effect .. i cannot say this as a true comparsion but one samples are good though

10. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

how about a future comparison with the Lumia 1020?..

18. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It won't be a future comparison, cus nothing else comes close to Nokia Lumia 1020.

28. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Did your hear about 808 ??? By wp ! 1020 Is just a cameraphone and One + is a true android phone. If those photos are true ..

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

OMG, that's freaking amazing! Just look at the details, and the colors are saturated as well! I would also like to see how this stacks up against the big brothers (Z1, S5, One M8, G Pro 2, Find 7a, Lumia 1020 etc.) in this aspect.

12. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

OnePlus One samples look a hell lot better than the D3100

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