The OnePlus 5T doesn't have a telephoto lens. What's going to happen to Portrait Mode?

The OnePlus 5T has now been announced, and you may have noticed that there's a slight change to its camera module. While the main camera is still the same 16 MP sensor behind an F1.7 aperture, wide-angle lens, the secondary camera no longer has a telephoto lens to it. Considering that the telephoto lens on a smartphone was made popular by the iPhone 7 Plus and its Portrait Mode, which needs that secondary camera to work, you might be wondering one thing:

Now that the OnePlus 5T doesn't have a telephoto lens, what happens to its Portrait Mode?

Well, the answer is pretty short, sweet, and simple: nothing changes — it's still there.

What? Well, the OnePlus 5 actually never used its telephoto lens for the DSLR-emulating Portrait Mode. That was a common misconception — since the iPhone 7 Plus uses its telephoto camera for Portrait, people automatically assumed that it's the same way the OnePlus 5 would function. However, it simply uses its main camera, zooms it at 2x, and uses the secondary camera to assist with depth data, so that it can apply the simulated blur effect to the background.

Therefore, the way the Portrait Mode works on the OnePlus 5T is untouched. In fact, it might be better, as OnePlus promised that it has made developments in its software algorithms to further reduce noise and improve the clarity of portrait shots. We'll be testing that when we get the phone, of course.

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  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh



1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

So no more Zooming capability now? What a waste of camera module if it's only for assisting portrait mode which could've been done with a single lens.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Zooms are not meant for smartphones. Might as well crop your output than to zoom.

4. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Telephoto lens help with the zoom without affecting the quality as much as digital zoom.

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Erhm, a telephoto lens is actually a world of difference for people who shoot pictures with their smartphone. Why? Because a 2x telephoto zoom (which is about 58mm) has the perfect focal length to display the depth of someone's face in a picture. Any other focal length differs from real life faces. I skipped out on the 5Tbecause of this.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The Mate 10 pro does a great job with a 20MP 2x crop so oneplus could do the same.

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