First camera sample from the OnePlus 6T: it is something to behold!

First camera sample from the OnePlus 6T: it is something to behold!
Ever since OnePlus launched its 3rd flagship phone — the OnePlus 3 — the company has been known to put pretty decent cameras on its devices. Before that, it was the budget-oriented “flagship killer” — the phones were cheap and corners had to be cut. The cameras were passable, but nobody really expected them to be great. With the 3 onwards, however, OnePlus showed repeatedly that the company is dedicated to actually reaching flagship-grade performance in every aspect of its phones, the camera included.

We've had a dual camera on OnePlus phones since the OnePlus 5. And, while the secondary camera back then was a telephoto lens, the OnePlus 5T quickly changed course and transformed the second camera into a specialized “night camera”. After achieving pretty good results with its cameras in well-lit environments, OnePlus was clearly now interested in improving low-light performance, making its cameras usable in all scenarios.

It seems that the OnePlus 6T will further build on this philosophy with what looks like a seriously impressive Night Mode. Company CEO Pete Lau has shared a single photo on Chinese social media Weibo, which is allegedly shot with the OnePlus 6T.

The picture is an urban scene, taken just after sunset, as we can still see the purple haze in the skies. However, it's obviously dark enough for everyone in the buildings to have their lights on. It's a very impressive shot, because we have multiple light sources that are not blown out, yet the darker parts of the scene still retain a lot of details. The sky's color looks great and check out the moon — you can clearly see a crescent shape there, not just a single blob of light.

Of course, we will be putting the OnePlus 6T's camera through some more testing as soon as we get our hands on it, and we have to say — this sample here has us itching to do so!

source: Weibo via MySmartPrice

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1. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

No doubt the camera will be very good for the price of the phone. But these pre release shots are always done by pro photography people or they are fake.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Tripod, and manual mode could do the job. 5-10s exposure time is enough to get image like above, and street traffic won't be a problem since it's nicely hidden by other building.

16. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yup, you can see the glow from the street and car lights on the buildings below. Still, very nice image.

8. hjl2345

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Yup, my thoughts exactly. If used by the right people, any decent phone camera shots can look stunning with all the right camera settings (ISO, shutter speed etc) and equipment (tripod etc.). It will really come down to real life usages. Will the camera be able to take good pictures of fast moving children or pets without any blur? Will indoor photos with unfavorable lighting conditions look good? Will taking photos in a dimly lit bar look good? And so on.

2. yesyeswe

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

I think people should buy oneplus 6t instead of pixel 3 this time. This camera coupled with fast updates and the best performance, oneplus is a flagship killer indeed. p.s. Not talking about Apple here, iPhone is the super duper maximum best fantastic phone

12. RaidR

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Don't think so much! Who says the 6t has the best performance? What is fast updates?

15. yesyeswe

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

Well looking at previous oneplus phones one can assume oneplus 6t will have one of the best performance. Fast updates? The rate at which manufacturers roll out updates for their phones. And oneplus rolls out their Android updates very fast. Oneplus 6 is already having Android pie, and that's quick!

18. RaidR

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Yeah but it's Oxygen based Android Pie, and the video recording is only 30Fps. Don't get me wrong it's a good alternative for sure, and according to a Giztop leak the OnePlus 6T will cost $569 in the US.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 563; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Looks artificial

13. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

No it looks great.

5. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

The 6T will be my next phone if it gets certified on Verizon.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1989; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wouldn't hold my breath on that. Until Verizon ditches CDMA, these unlocked phones will never work properly.

10. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

According to this report, it's a possibility. I guess we'll find out in 7 days.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1989; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Looks good, but I'll reserve my opinion until units get into the hands of reviewers. Photo could have been altered to enhance the phone's low light results.

9. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

This is actually not even really a night shot. There is so much ambient light left in the sky just after sunset, it shouldn't be an issue for almost any camera to take a decent shot. Now if it were taken in a dark alley without bright skyscrapers....

14. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Why can't we just appreciate a beautiful shot instead of finding ways to criticize it. It's a nice photo. That's it.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Very good balance of colors with good dynamic range. All cameras now will provide similar results.

17. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Very good colors and tonal range, yes. Dynamic range is hard to tell from this type of image in my opinion.

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