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.

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 N3 2.4
LG G3 2.7
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Google Nexus 6 4
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 2.8

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.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
OPPO N3 0.63
LG G3 0.57
Google Nexus 6 0.98
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 0.41
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
OPPO N3 72
LG G3 81
Google Nexus 6 75
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 85



1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

7 is a little harsh.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

PA should add a scoring board to reviews, like Display 6 Speakers 7 Software 8 etc. And to each segment also Display 6 -Contrast 7 -Brightness 5 -Accuracy 6 etc.

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

+1 They should definitely do that, like they do with their display and camera comparisons...

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I don't think so. I feel it got a fair score. The display by far is the biggest disappointment. The display is the most important aspect of a device & that is its biggest weakness. Other than that the phone is mediocre. With an awesome display it may have been an 7.8 to an 8.0.

3. dfvt07

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

phonearena you forgot to add oppo devices dont get android version updates

6. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

They don't need any. Color OS already has pretty much everything you would ever need, and their CyanogenMOD devices get upgrades all the time.

7. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

"They don't need any" Oh, whoa O_0

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

You could say that about pretty much any Android device right now...

4. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I expect more from that price range. Oppo's current lines up are mediocre.

8. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Score should have been higher.

11. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

No mention of the fingerprint scanner?

12. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

The only thing wrong with the display was color accuracy. Plenty of devices have bad color accuracy. I guess a small color color gamut is bad, but the iPad Mini 2 also had a small gamut and iPhonearena gave it an 8.5. Otherwise it had good brightness and contrast. I don't know why Oppo skimps on hardware on the N-Series devices. The N1 had a TFT display and a S600 in a world of S800 devices W/ IPS and OLED displays. The Oppo N3 has a TFT display and S800 (The MSM8974AA is a S800 at heart) in a world of IPS and OLED phones w/ S801 and S805 phones. The Oppo Find 5 and 7 both had IPS displays and top end CPUs for their time. Also why only a 3000mAh battery when the N1 had a 3600mAh? Should've kept 3600. Ridiculous Oppo. Second time and you screwed it up again.

13. mewmew unregistered

No credit to the usefull fingerprint scanner, best in class out there... Great camera... etc...
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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