Oppo R819 Review
The 8 MP camera on the Oppo R819 comes with LED flash that has a dedicated Torch mode button. There is also a 2 MP front-facing camera with wide 88 degrees viewing angle, so you can fit everyone around you in the video chat session, like on HTC's handsets lately. The front cam is also used for other features like an always-on screen while you look at it, and swiping your hand in front of the phone to accept a call.
Oppo uses an Exmor R sensor from Sony for the rear cam, with wide f/2.0 aperture, and backside illumination, plus 5-elements lens with UV and blue glass coatings – all the makings of a good mobile phone camera these days. The lens is very close to the top edge of the phone, though, so you have to be careful not to get your fingers in the way of a pretty shot.
The camera app opens with sufficient speed and the phone focuses quickly, plus shot-to-shot times are very fast - Oppo claims 0.6 seconds, and we can attest that seems to be the case - perhaps thanks to the dedicated image signal processor (ISP) that the company uses, instead of counting on the one embedded into the sluggish MediaTek SoC. The ISP allows a Burst Shot mode that takes 5 frames per second for a maximum of 20 seconds.
Oppo provides large, touch-friendly buttons in the camera interface, and easy to select shooting modes like HDR, Panorama, Night, Sports and Sunset, as well as Beauty Plus that enhances skin tones and removes blemishes. The Rewind mode takes several photos in rapid succession and lets you choose the best. We also get the pictures and video shutter buttons on one screen, saving us the switch from one mode to the other.
The outdoor pictures came out very nice, with vivid, yet not oversaturated colors. The photos sport plenty of detail and correct white balance measurements. The exposure algorithms are also balanced, with only slightly overexposed bright areas here and there.
Video is captured with 1080p resolution and smooth 30fps without visible artifacts, and the phone is quick to adjust the exposure while panning it around.
The stock gallery is a pretty standard affair, with grid thumbnail arrangement by default, and editing options built right into the Photos app interface.
Music playback is done either via the dedicated homescreen with the turntable we mentioned, or the default Music app, which is pretty basic, with no equalizer presets and a minimalistic UI with transparencies. The player controls stay always-on during listening, while in the middle of the display you can swipe back and forth between the album art of the current song, and the tunes catalog present on the handset. Turn the phone in landscape, and a nice album art carousel appears to swipe through.
Oppo has licensed the Dirac HD Sound tech, which promises deeper bass and more intelligible voices, as they all do. It does make a difference when you turn it on in headset mode, especially with the bass range, though it's hard to tell if it is better than similar sound enhancement modes that manufacturers load on their handsets. Here we ought to mention that the supplied stereo headphones don't fit well in your ears and it's very easy for them to fall off, so we'd recommend to stay away from headbanging or jogging activities while listening through them. The loudspeaker is of average quality – strong enough, but with rather thin sound.
The video player has a similar carousel in landscape mode to the music one, but with screenshots of the video files, along with their titles, so you can swipe and preview before playback. The handset plays everything you throw at it, including DivX/Xvid/MKV files, and up to 1080p resolutions at that, without any hiccups. Subtitles support, loop playback functionality and screen brightness adjustment right from the interface round up an excellent video player that comes standard with the Oppo R819.