Camera

The 13-megapixel camera on the Oppo Find 7a is Big League stuff.

As soon as we managed to unbox the Find 7a, we went outside straight away, with the idea of putting the 13-megapixel rear camera through its paces. The rear camera on the 7a 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) .

Looking at the software first, we definitely 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? Well, the Find 7a takes 10 normal 13-megapixel snaps, and then stitches them together and interpolates the resulting still (i.e. resizes 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 there, when compared to the usual stills mode. You would not use it for every picture, as it is slower, but it is handy.



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 Find 7a 3.3
3.8
500
445
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2.7
No data
494
353
HTC One (M8) 2.3
No data
444
363
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243

Alright, so video capture. Like any self-respecting 2014 flagship, in addition to the now baseline 1080p resolution clips, the Find 7a 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 very acceptable clips, with sufficiently high frame rates at all times, and an abundance of detail.


Multimedia

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. 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.

As for the Gallery, the same kind of deal applies here. It's also relatively basic, but no as bare as the rest. For example, you have features like a built-in collage editor, which quickly stitches together several snaps of your choosing together.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 0.54
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
HTC One (M8) 1.28
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
OPPO Find 7a 80
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76
HTC One (M8) 75.2
Samsung Galaxy S5 81


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27 Comments

1. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Just flash CyanogenMOD 11s and you have the review of One Plus One.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

seems like One+1 has coppied the design of oppo and put high end specs... so copying the design saved a lot of designing cost, I am getting cheap phone as a result... thumbs up to chinese... for my benefit, I am a copy lover

26. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Oppo is the original and is the obvious maker of Oneplus One. This explain all the similarities. Also makes me want to buy the phone more because Oppo is actually quality stuff.

19. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

You mean the Find 7a +1?

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No, oneplus1

21. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Right. That's what I said: The Find 7a +1

22. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Even the gray hulk is more intelligent than you.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks like the Find 7a is a good phone. The OnePlus One is more affordable, has 3GB RAM and I get the sense the OnePlus team is more fanatical about the details than Oppo is. I'm hoping the OnePlus One audio output voltage is higher then Find 7a as well. I know if I were the fanatic leading OnePlus it would be :) Of course the downside to OnePlus is that they will be making fewer phones than buyers want to buy, probably for the remainder of 2014.

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The only phones with decent audio output voltage are HTC and Apple, the One M8 currently seems to have the highest of them all. The OnePlus One makes this phone irrelevant because it is the same thing but for way cheaper.

3. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

First Chinese phone scored 9 on PA , I guess

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What about the HTC One from the Republic of China?

29. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

ROC, or Taiwan isn't considered China. Their products are much better than what the Chinese ever make.

4. SleepingOz unregistered

I'd pick it over the M8 or the Z2 any day! And even over the S5(hardware wise).

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Looking forward for their after sales service though.

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

For me, I dont care about after sale service bcoz I have a bad experience with apple which is way too expensive... I'll prefer to buy cheap one+1 n incase of any fault, throw it n buy a new one.. still cheaper then iphone

27. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I'm in the same bucket as you. But it depends how good the phone is though. I have no experience of Oppo and doesn't know anyone who own one either. Great score doesn't mean great overall experience through 2 years.

8. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I'm waiting for the oneplus one!:)

11. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

And the build quality of the OnePlus One should be the same as the Find7, since both are made by the same production line team.

14. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

is it really too much to ask for a high end smartphone between 4.3 and 4.7"?

18. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Too little to ask.

23. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, dude.

28. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

The M8 has a 5.0" screen with on screen buttons. Once you minus off the area used for on screen buttons your usable screen space is around 4.6-4.7", even the Z2 technically has a usable space of around 4.7-4.8"; reason I say that is because in lots of apps you can't make those nav buttons disappear. They're persistent on the desktop, in chrome, in practically all apps besides the media player and a handful of games. My Moto G has a usable/viewable screen size of 4.1-4.2" most of the time. So in the end this really isn't a 4.5" screen... You're welcome.

16. saktiana

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Oppo is excellent...

17. JayBEE

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Bring on t3h 7!

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Find 7a
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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