Oppo N3 review
A very good and handy camera
At the top, we find the highlight of the device – its motorized swivel camera module that rotates at 206 degrees and can be used either as a regular, rear-positioned shooter or as a potent front-facing snapper. It houses a 16MP camera with a Schneider Kreuznach lens that has an aperture of F/2.0. You can turn the Oppo N3’s camera either manually, via the fingerprint scanner on the back, or with a gesture inside the camera app. It rotates quickly, yet it feels a bit wobbly when resting in its default position.
Speaking of the latter, it has many different camera modes in store – apart from the usual HDR, Beautify, and partially-manual controls, the Oppo N3 also has a few intriguing ones. Take Auto panorama for example – it slowly swivels the camera and captures a panorama. The camera can also capture RAW images, which is something you don’t see every day.
The Oppo N3 is capable of recording 1080p videos at 60fps and slow-mo 720p ones at 120fps. The camera focuses relatively slowly, but at least the videos are correctly exposed and with almost no “rolling shutter” effect present. The amount of detail is acceptable; colors are pleasantly warm as well.
We have Oppo's suite of multimedia apps on board the N3 – Music, Videos, and Photos (their names pretty much speak for themselves). The video player, in particular, will play any of the more popular video formats, and if you can stomach the inaccurate display, you'll mostly enjoy watching video clips on the N3's 5.5” screen.
The audio player does not boast a surplus of features and keeps things clean, providing audiophiles with just a basic set of controls and settings. As far as audio is concerned, the Oppo N3 performs fairly well – the loudspeaker at the bottom is rather loud, though the quality of the sound is average at best. The handset has a user-adjustable sound equalizer, dubbed MaxxAudio, which is turned on by default and tends to boost volume even further, to the point where sounds become distorted. Leaving that option off generally paves the way for clearer sounds and more pleasant audio experience.