OPPO R7 Plus Review
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.
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.
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.
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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- 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