Camera

Decent photography with something to be desired from image quality.

On the R7 Plus' back there's a 13MP Sony IMX278 camera accompanied by a dual LED flash and laser autofocus system, while the front camera is an 8MP one. It's a competent camera setup that's able to deliver very satisfying photos despite the seemingly average megapixel count.

We took the Oppo R7 Plus out for a spin on a sunny morning, and we're pretty happy with the results that we produced. First off, we observed fast auto-focus, probably assisted by the laser focusing system. Also, the automatic white balance is very accurate in general. The color balance is natural, with the camera successfully capturing the warm tones of the morning sun. Noise is filtered moderately, and we would say fine details hold up pretty well.

When shooting dynamic scenes, you're free to enable the camera's built-in HDR mode in hopes of getting a more natural shot. Although that's not a guarantee that you'll end up with a pretty picture. You see, the mode's performance is a hit or miss. In particular, some HDR scenes appear more contrasty than non-HDR ones, which is rather odd. And it is weird how highlights that look fine in a non-HDR image could be rendered overblown by having HDR enabled. In addition, moving objects in the frame are likely to come out blurry, especially when light conditions are less than ideal.

Indoor photography produces decent results, although the less light you have at your disposal, the more smeary your photo will turn out as the resulting noise triggers heavier filtering. Still, there's nothing notable to complain or be in awe of. In low-light scenarios, though, the R7 Plus's dual-LED flash truly, and quite literally shines. The artificial light is strong and the scene is illuminated in a neutral tone. Fine details appear mostly fine, hardly anything to have any major complaints of. And if there is no strong source of natural light, one could certainly go way worse than the Oppo R7 Plus's dual-LED setup.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 2.9
3.9
672
609
Google Nexus 6 4
No data
393
303
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 2.8
2.8
353
273
LG G4 2.7
3.9
357
311

With that massive 8 megapixel front cam, the Oppo R7 takes very good selfies. Although self portraits don't appear as sharp as rear cam photos due to the absence of auto-focus, the cam does a very, very good job with selfies. Moreover, the camera app is rich with filters and modes that let you land Instagram-ready selfies like nobody's business! Taking photos in the dark is also an option, as Oppo makes the screen substitute for a LED flash and illuminate your face. The effect is quite acceptable.

Video quality


The Oppo R7 Plus can shoot 1080p video with the front and rear cameras. The rear cam video is passable, but not without apparent problems. The image lacks pop and sharpness, and the video is very shaky, even while holding the smartphone still in our hands. We also have to complain about the microphones' noise cancellation. In a noisy environment, such as the side of a busy road, the effect is incredibly harsh, turning the ambiance into unpleasant filtered mush as voices sound clear, but also very filtered. Same goes for the video we shot indoors in a very quiet environment, and while we're talking indoor video, image quality is, in short, unpleasant. Even in moderately strong lighting, the R7 Plus goes for too slow of a shutter speed, making even gentle movements appear extremely blurry.


Multimedia

Great options for multimedia users, but a very questionable choice of bundled earphones.

With its big display and decent loudspeaker and headphone output, the Oppo R7 Plus is great for multimedia consumption. The device plays 1080p DivX, H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, and possibly most modern day video formats without a hitch. For music listeners, the R7 has a special trick up its sleeve – Dirac HD Sound. This is a sound processing engine that optimizes the audio signal to sound its best on the bundled pair of stereo earphones.

The difference in music reproduction quality isn't mind-blowing, but it's there. The sound becomes somewhat fuller and more expansive with the feature turned on. But the Dirac enhancements are only available while wearing the stock earphones. You may enable it while wearing your favorite pair of buds, but whether you'll like the resulting sound is up to you.

A few words of opinion on the bundled earphones are due. They resemble the Apple earpods in style and character, which is supposed to be fine for most people. But for some reason, three of us here at PhoneArena tried and couldn't get them to stick inside their ears and actually wear them. Maybe we have a collective ear shape problem, but nevertheless, these earphones are awkward!

Reading books is another type of multimedia consumption that's been mostly overlooked by manufacturers. Oppo, however, paid attention where it's due, and added an 'Eye protection' display mode. When activated, it automatically filters out overly intense blue light to take the edge off the visuals, reducing the amount of light and color information your retinas are being blasted with. Coupled with the screen's ability to get really dim at a minimum brightness output of 4 nits, this makes the Oppo R7 Plus a pretty good choice for avid bookworms.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 0.49
Google Nexus 6 0.98
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 0.41
LG G4 0.764
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
OPPO R7 Plus 81
Google Nexus 6 75
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 85
LG G4 79


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51 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Oh boy

27. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I lost faith in PA reviews totally. That's why now I refer other tech sites to check reviews and scores. Whenever others (my office colleagues / friends) ask or check your scores then everybody laughs at you. Take a lesson PA. Don't be just a news site. Have a proper review system otherwise the results for your site review would be not good.

44. MSi_GS70 unregistered

You know it isnt iiiphponeee so it cannot have 9 points

32. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

PA This is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! And Luis D you give this phone a 5? A 5!?? Just the specs alone warranty a minimum socre of 6 or 6.5 considering current hardware available on the market. Man i didn't want to believe it but yeah PA is paid off (no names here). Over the past month PA has killed every Android phone out there especially the ones from China. Hey PA Even iPhone is Made in China! LOL!

2. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

LAMAO! I guess most of these Chinese vendors didn't sponsor PA lately. Oh I forget where I am at. :D

6. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Waiting for that iSheep namely "SamsungPhanboy" to act up again. LOL

45. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Yeah sponsoring is bribing. So where are no money there is no reward ..yeah of course The whole world is about money plitics.. everybody will do anything for the money.

3. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

damn, 99% of Android phones are getting killed in their reviews. I can't imagine what the moto x pure is going to get? Maybe a 5 or 6? the new Nexus 5x and 6p will probably get a 6.5.lol

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

let me guess.. xpure will get 7 because it doesnt use the fastest processor available, and no so amazing battery life both new nexus will get 8 because lack of wireless charging, no ois, bed design.. but in my honest opinion, if i6s get 9.3 then X pure deserve to get at least 9/10, and at least 10.3/10 for nexus 6p

23. Tizo101

Posts: 545; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Just read "[w]hile it may not have the iPhone 6's precise contours..." and immediately stopped reading because I just lost interests in what they had to say about the phone - I wonder how much my phone would get.

4. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Meanwhile iPhone 6S just got 9.3 score. Lmao joke reviewers.

16. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly. Not hating on the iPhone, but if you're gonna give it 9.3, there is no way this thing is a 5!! I ve watched bunch of other reviews, and while they all admitted there are some minor flaws here and there, it is still a great phone.

24. Tizo101

Posts: 545; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

it would seem like we hate Apple but most of us really don't have a problem with the company... they really need to stop gratifying Apple for no reason.

17. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly. Not hating on the iPhone, but if you're gonna give it 9.3, there is no way this thing is a 5!! I ve watched bunch of other reviews, and while they all admitted there are some minor flaws here and there, it is still a great phone.

5. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This review is bulls**t! Not only did this phone get quite a bit of Editor's choice awards from other sites but these cons aren't big enough to justify the low score.

7. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

I just realise when PA reviewed the iPhone 6S plus, they said 192 gram iPhone feels sturdy but when they reviewed the Oppo R7 plus who has 6" and same weight as the iPhone they suddenly feels "heavy"!!!! And they said the full HD on the iPhone seems "more than enough" but when they reviewed other phones suddenly "not as sharp as QHD"

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

LOL! Good one! Joker reviewers indeed.

15. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

If you really read the iPhone 6s Plus review, you should've seen that "heavy" came as number 1 of iPhone 6S Plus cons list.

25. Tizo101

Posts: 545; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

these reviews are a new category called "bashing".

26. Tizo101

Posts: 545; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

these reviews are a new category called "bashing".

29. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

They have different benchmark on different brand. This site is getting worst and worst! Fail!

46. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Every human is child and will be thinking and doing in the world acoording his personal likes..It is unfortunately ppls naivety and it is natural..

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Oh K that is one dishonest score.

11. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Well honestly PhoneArena, I got nothing agianst you scoring iPhone 6s 9.3, but a 5 for this R-7 Plus is just too rude. It at least deserves a 6.2-6.5 for the sole battery, and the rest of the phone design and other features could easily take it to a 7-7.5.

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Admittedly PA is not very fair lately.

12. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

seriously what's with all the harsh reviews on these chinese phones recently?

13. hafini_27

Posts: 950; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

A 5 for those cons? WTH are with these stupid reviews lately. I am starting to realize I only check phonearena for the news, not the reviews anymore. Completely disappointed with the site now. Shame on you.

18. Ghost04

Posts: 521; Member since: May 03, 2014

Please everyone check this better website :http://www.androidauthority.com/oppo-r7-plus-review-636202/

37. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That review on AA is anything but review. At best it's a walk through that reminds me an advertisement alike style praise them all going thing on AA. How this be on the par with S6 or how can it beat mcuh cheaper MotoX Pure addition but a very solid device given price tag. AA is a bag of Bulls**t in my opinion.

19. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

True that if the phone is below par on it's main function which is to perform well also with the graphics if it has such a large screen, then the main function of the phone is kinda worthless. But you have to admit that the battery life is great. Yeah I know it's also great on the Nokia 3310.

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R7 Plus
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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