Oppo Find 7 Review
The 13-megapixel camera on the Oppo Find 7 is a good one, with a few extra options like stitching a 50 MP photo, and 4K video recording, thrown in for a good measure.
As soon as we managed to unbox the Find 7, we went outside straight away, with the idea of putting the 13-megapixel rear camera through its paces. The rear camera on the 7 comes with a wider-than-average, f/2.0 aperture, a dual LED flash config, and a 1/3.06'' sensor (which is about the average for today's smartphone). This 13 MP sensor is Sony's newest IMX214 BSI kit, which is a step up from the IMX155 found in current flagships and midrangers.
Looking at the software first, we appreciate the simplistic nature of the camera UI, which is ergonomically spaced out. This is not the most functional camera of all, but it has a few notable tricks up its sleeve. Namely, you get the usual shooting modes, like Panorama (which is quirky, and offers average results) and HDR, but also extras, such as Slow shutter, which is great for working out artsy-looking night shots; HD picture, which creates massive, 50MP snaps; and lastly – a RAW mode, which outputs shots in a .dng format for easy post-processing.
Now, HD picture surely caught your attention, so let's talk about it first. The way it works is very simple – you point towards your object, click the shutter button, and then wait for about 5 seconds for the snap to be processed. And just like that, you get a 50MP image with greater detail. So what's going on here? The Find 7 takes 10 normal 13-megapixel snaps, and then stitches them together and interpolates the resulting still (i.e. stretches it). The results are not always exemplary, and errors do happen (you can see the stitching in some parts of the snap). Still, the detail improvement is pretty significant, when compared to the usual stills mode. You would not use it for every picture, as it takes 4-6 seconds to complete, but it is handy for zooming into detail afterwards, for instance.
The colors are a tad oversaturated, but still pleasant-looking, and the white balance measurements are largely accurate, save for a slight tendency towards the warm side of the spectrum at times. Fine detail, even when looking at 100% crops, is discernible, without being too sharp, so we're definitely liking what we're seeing here on the whole.
In low-light scenarios, the phone struggles a bit with focusing, resulting in a tad blurry, soft photos, which, however, show acceptable amount of noise. The color representation is mostly correct, with the Find 7 keeping the true hues even when the lights dim down. The dual LED flash is about average – not very strong, but illuminates the scene evenly from about a five feet distance. The Find 7's 5-megapixel front-facing cam produces average results in terms of photo quality, but it does offer a bit more detail than your typical frontal shooter.
Like any self-respecting 2014 flagship, in addition to the now baseline 1080p resolution clips, the Find 7 can also shoot 4K video, along with 720p slow-mos. There's also an HDR video mode, though that one isn't worth your time – you trade a significant chunk of quality for a more dynamic clip. The rest, however, all produce acceptable clips, with fluid framerate, and quick exposure adjustments . The phone's continuous autofocus seems to be very slow, and you'd be better off just tapping on the closeup object, and then back on the background, if you want to refocus during capture.
A crisp, 5.5-inch display and powerful speaker. What more do you need?
In charge of your multimedia needs are proprietary Oppo apps such as music and video players, both of which are exceedingly simplistic in nature, though the music one does offer several equalizer presets. In all honesty, they remind of a better-looking version of the usual stock Android representatives, and many will probably like that. Obviously, watching clips off YouTube, or even the occasional TV show is not an exercise in futility, thanks to that large and crisp display and powerful speaker on the rear. In addition, we get rich video codec support, including DivX and MKV files at up to 2K resolutions. The loudspeaker is pretty strong, and quite clean, but lacking fullness somewhat.
As for the Gallery, the same kind of deal applies here. It's also relatively basic, but not as bare as the stock. For example, you have features like a built-in collage editor, which quickly stitches several snaps of your choosing together.