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OnePlus 10 Pro Camera test

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Released in January 2022, the 10 Pro is OnePlus’s latest flagship phone, featuring a Snapdragon 8  Gen 1 chipset and a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 3216 pixel resolution.

The rear camera combines a 48MP primary camera with a 50MP ultra-wide and an 8MP tele module. Video can be recorded at 8K resolution and 24 frames per second, or in 4K at up to 120fps. Like on recent Oppo devices, the Swedish camera maker Hasselblad was involved in the camera development, contributing its “Master Style” color profiles.

Let’s see how the OnePlus 10 Pro does in the DXOMARK Camera tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 48MP Sony IMX789 1/1.43″ sensor, , 23mm equivalent focal length, f/1.8-aperture lens, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 50MP 1/2.76″ sensor, 150° field of view
  • Tele: 8MP sensor, 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.4-aperture lens, OIS
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 8K at 24fps, 4K at 30/60/120fps, 1080p at 30/60fps (tested at 4K/30fps)

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.


OnePlus 10 Pro
122
camera
124
photo
104

116

98

117

91

115

109

114

91

115

71

81

65
bokeh
65

80

68
preview
68

81

105
zoom
81

116

76

115

119
video
88

115

89

115

97

115

97

115

110

116

80

86

106

115

Use cases

Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.

Outdoor

Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)

Indoor

Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)

Lowlight

Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)

Please be aware that beyond this point, we have not modified the initial test results. While data and products remain fully comparable, you might encounter mentions and references to the previous scores.

Pros

  • Good exposure and wide dynamic range in bright light and indoors
  • Good detail
  • Low noise
  • Accurate subject isolation in bokeh mode
  • Good flash exposure and detail on night portraits
  • Good exposure preview, smooth zooming in preview
  • Good detail in bright light and indoor medium and long range tele shots
  • Good texture in low light video
  • Fast, accurate and smooth video autofocus
  • Effective video stabilization

Cons

  • Color artifacts, pink cast, especially in low light
  • Unnatural detail rendering on faces
  • Ghosting and fusion artifacts
  • Strong chroma and luminance noise in flash-off night shots
  • Less dynamic range in preview than in capture
  • Noise and lack of detail on ultra-wide camera
  • Lack of detail in bright light video
  • Unstable video white balance in low light
  • Frame shift in video

With a DXOMARK Camera score of 127, the OnePlus 10 Pro cannot keep up with the best devices in the Ultra-Premium segment. It performs on a similar level as slightly older devices, such as the Apple iPhone 12 Pro and the Oppo Find X2 Pro.

Overall, the device delivers a well-balanced performance and does well in all conditions except low light, where we observed some color and exposure issues. The 10 Pro has been slightly improved over its predecessor, the  9 Pro, in most areas, but image quality on the ultra-wide camera has made a step backward.

In photo mode, the 10 Pro does perform well overall, but we would have expected more from a flagship device. While image quality is generally pretty high in outdoor and indoor conditions — images show a very good texture/noise trade-off and exposure is usually accurate, with wide dynamic range — there are issues in low light. Color in general could be better, too, and the autofocus is comparatively slow.

When shooting indoors, the OnePlus 10 Pro delivers good exposure and a wide dynamic range.

When zooming out, using the ultra-wide camera, the 10 Pro is actually worse than its predecessor, capturing less detail and more noise. There are also ringing artifacts, and the camera has a tendency to overexpose in low light, often resulting in highlight clipping. White balance is mostly accurate except in low light where warm casts are visible. Outdoors, green tones, and therefore vegetation, can look unnatural. On the positive side, anamorphosis is very well corrected, but we did observe some instabilities.

The tele camera sacrifices some dynamic range for better rendering of mid-tone and shadow areas. This results in better skin tones than on the 9 Pro but also in highlight clipping. Detail is improved and noise is less intrusive than on the 9 Pro. On the downside, colors are usually desaturated and exposure is slightly dark in low light.

In video mode, the 10 Pro does a good job in bright light and indoors. Exposure is good but dynamic range is limited, especially in the highlight region. Skin tones, color rendering, and white balance are all pleasant, but our testers observed some instabilities in low light. The autofocus is smooth and quick, providing good face tracking. On occasion, focus can be slightly lost, though. The video stabilization system works well when walking while recording, but frame drift is often noticeable when panning quickly or running with the camera. We also saw some sharpness differences between frames when walking in low light.

Photo

The OnePlus 10 Pro achieves a Photo score of 132. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

OnePlus 10 Pro

96

111

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (111)

In these tests, we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, including repeatability across a series of images. Tests are undertaken in a wide range of light conditions, including backlit scenes and low light down to 1 lux. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

In this difficult backlit scene, the OnePlus 10 Pro does well. Exposure on the faces is good while a wide dynamic range avoids highlight clipping in the brighter background.

OnePlus 10 Pro, good target exposure on faces
OnePlus 9 Pro, slight underexposure on faces
Oppo Find X3 Pro, highlight clipping in background

In low light, the camera’s performance is not quite as good. Target exposure is often darker than rivals and dynamic range is more limited.

OnePlus 10 Pro, highlight clipping on face and display, underexposure of shadow areas
OnePlus 9 Pro, only slight clipping, better exposure of shadow areas
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, no clipping but slight underexposure of shadow areas

Color

OnePlus 10 Pro

93

107

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (107)

In these tests, we analyze color rendering, skin tones, white balance, and color shading, including repeatability across a series of images. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

In bright light and indoors, skin tones are usually nice, but color artifacts can be noticeable. In this scene, we can see an area with a pinkish cast on the model’s leg. This is not visible on the comparison devices.

OnePlus 10 Pro, nice skin tones and greens, but pinkish white balance, color artifact on leg
OnePlus 9 Pro, slight underexposure on face results in inferior skin tones, neutral white balance
Oppo Find X3 Pro, nice colors and neutral white balance

In this low light portrait scene, the OnePlus 10 Pro produces a strong pinkish cast that looks very unnatural.

OnePlus 10 Pro, strong pink cast
OnePlus 9 Pro, close to neutral white balance
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, slight orange cast

Autofocus

OnePlus 10 Pro

92

109

Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders
Best: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (109)

In these tests, we analyze autofocus accuracy and shooting time, including repeatability, in the lab. We test focus failures, depth of field, and tracking of moving subjects using perceptual analysis of real-life images.

The 10 Pro’s autofocus is slower than the competition in most conditions, and sometimes also not very consistent. The predecessor OnePlus 9 Pro performs similarly, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Oppo Find X3 Pro are generally faster and more repeatable. In this graph, we can see that 10 Pro varies more than the other devices in terms of accuracy, and its autofocus also fails for a few shots.

This graph plots edge acutance against shooting time measured on the AFHDR set up on a series of pictures. All pictures are taken at 20 lux with tungsten illuminant and high dynamic range (7EV),  with the device mounted on a tripod, 500ms after the target is defocused. Edge acutance is measured on the four edges of the deadleaves, shooting time is measured on an LED Universal Timer.

The camera’s depth of field is generally acceptable but in difficult scenes, like the one below, it can cause some elements of the scene to be out of focus. Here the camera decided to focus on the background face, even though it is smaller in the frame than in the model in the front, which as a result is rendered very soft. The 9 Pro uses a similar approach, while the iPhone puts the focus on the nearest face in the scene.

OnePlus 10 Pro, depth of field
OnePlus 10 Pro, crop: near model out of focus
OnePlus 9 Pro, depth of field
OnePlus 9 Pro, crop: near model slightly out of focus
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, depth of field
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: near model in focus

Texture

OnePlus 10 Pro

104

111

Xiaomi Mi 11
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 (111)

In these tests we analyze texture on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

The OnePlus 10 Pro captures good detail but, as expected, a slight loss of texture is noticeable in low light. Overall texture performance is close to the competition. In this graph, we can see the 10 Pro does well and is quite close to the iPhone 13 Pro Max in all conditions. The Oppo is slightly better in low light, but the 10 Pro shows an improvement over its predecessor in dim conditions.

This graph shows texture acutance against the light level (in lux) for handheld shooting.

Detail is nicely preserved on the 10 Pro but can sometimes look a little unnatural under close inspection. This lab sample shows good detail but also strong sharpening. We also noticed the appearance of an unpleasant dot pattern, particularly on the face.

OnePlus 10 Pro, 100 lux
OnePlus 10 Pro, crop: good detail but noticeable sharpening
OnePlus 9 Pro, 100 lux
OnePlus 9 Pro, crop: slightly less detail but more natural
Oppo Find X3 Pro, 100 lux
Oppo Find X3 Pro, crop: good detail, more natural

Noise

OnePlus 10 Pro

80

102

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (102)

In these tests, we analyze noise on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

Noise is generally well controlled in all conditions. Noise levels are very low in bright light, and noise is slightly visible indoors and in low light. Overall the 10 Pro is close to the Oppo Find X3 Pro and better than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, especially in low light.

OnePlus 10 Pro, 5 lux
OnePlus 10 Pro, crop: slight noise
Oppo Find X3 Pro, 5 lux
Oppo Find X3 Pro, crop: slightly lower noise
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, 5 lux
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: higher noise level

In this indoor scene with motion, noise is low on both subject and background, which is a big improvement over the 9 Pro, which shows noticeably more noise. Noise is also slightly higher on the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

OnePlus 10 Pro, indoor noise
OnePlus 10 Pro, crop: very low noise on subject and background
OnePlus 9 Pro, indoor noise
OnePlus 9 Pro, crop: more noise
Oppo Find X3 Pro, indoor noise
Oppo Find X3 Pro, crop: slightly more noise

Bokeh

OnePlus 10 Pro

65

80

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (80)

For these tests, we switch to the camera’s bokeh or portrait mode and analyze depth estimation, bokeh shape, blur gradient, and repeatability, as well as all other general image quality attributes mentioned above. The score is derived from perceptual analysis of real-life images.

When shooting in bokeh mode subject isolation is accurate and repeatable. In this sample the blur around the subject is nice but the blur gradient looks a little unnatural. This is especially noticeable on the ground.

OnePlus 10 Pro, bokeh mode: accurate subject isolation, good blur around subject but blur gradient not smooth

Night

OnePlus 10 Pro

59

82

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (82)

In these tests, we shoot a selection of images in pitch-black darkness as well as with city lights in the background providing some illumination. We shoot sample images with the camera at default settings in both flash-auto and flash-off modes. We analyze all image quality attributes but we pay particular attention to exposure, autofocus, and color. We do not test night modes that have to be activated manually.

When shooting in flash-off mode, target exposure is accurate and images show good detail. On the downside, there is a very visible chromatic noise. Shadow clipping and white balance issues, for example a pink hue, are often noticeable as well. In flash-auto mode we also observed white balance instabilities.

OnePlus 10 Pro, flash-auto: good exposure and detail but chroma noise
and pink hue
OnePlus 9 Pro, flash-auto: loss of detail, green hue
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, flash-auto: good exposure, slight loss of detail, acceptable white balance

Artifacts

OnePlus 10 Pro

67

77

Google Pixel 6
Best: Google Pixel 6 (77)

In these tests, we check images for optical artifacts such as vignetting, flare, lens softness in the corners, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

The OnePlus 10 Pro produces a range of image artifacts, including corner softness, ringing, color quantization or color fringing. Fusion artifact and ghosting are often noticeable as well. In this HDR scene, we can see fusion artifacts, halo, and ringing in the background.

Artifacts in high-contrast scene
Crop: fusion artifacts, halo, ringing

Preview

OnePlus 10 Pro

69

80

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (80)

In these tests, we analyze the image quality of the preview image and the differences between preview images and captured images, particularly in terms of exposure, dynamic range, and bokeh effect. We also check the smoothness of the field-of-view changes in the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

When looking at the preview image on the phone’s display, target exposure is similar to the final image. However, dynamic range is more limited, so areas that are clipped in preview might show more detail in the final capture.

Preview: similar target exposure to capture but more limited dynamic range results in highlight clipping in the background
Capture, no highlight clipping

Zoom

The OnePlus 10 Pro achieves a Zoom score of 72. The Zoom score includes the tele and wide sub-scores. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were achieved and compare zoom image quality against the competitors.

Wide

OnePlus 10 Pro

38

58

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (58)

In these tests, we analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 to 20 mm. We look at all image quality attributes, but we pay particular attention to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion.

Even though white balance is usually fairly neutral in bright light, green tones can be rendered inaccurately, like in the grass in the sample below. Dynamic range is very similar to the 9 Pro and better than on the iPhone but tone compression is visible on highlights. More fine detail is lost than on the predecessor 9 Pro, and noise is slightly visible in the shadows. Color fringing is more visible than on the comparison devices references (visible on the edges of the trunk of the tree on the right).

OnePlus 10 Pro, ultra-wide 16mm, slight clipping, inaccurate green tones, color fringing
OnePlus 10 Pro, crop: loss of fine detail
OnePlus 9 Pro, ultra-wide 16mm, slight clipping,
OnePlus 9 Pro, crop: good detail
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, ultra-wide 16mm, clipping
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: loss of detail

Tele

OnePlus 10 Pro

95

140

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (140)

In these tests, we analyze all image quality attributes at focal lengths from approximately 40 to 300 mm, paying particular attention to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

When shooting at tele settings, the camera produces good exposures in bright light and indoors. However, dynamic range is more limited than on the rivals, often resulting in highlight clipping. Colors are often desaturated but in the sample below, skin tones are better than on the competitors. Texture rendering is pretty good, while noise is kept at acceptable levels and fairly finely grained.

OnePlus 10 Pro, medium range tele
OnePlus 10 Pro, crop: limited dynamic range, good detail, desatured color, acceptable skin tones
OnePlus 9 Pro, medium range tele
OnePlus 9 Pro, crop: slight clipping, strong noise on subject, loss of detail, acceptable skin tones
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, close range tele
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: loss of fine detail, unnatural skin tones

Video

In our Video tests, we analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture or noise, but we also include such temporal aspects as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at 4K resolution. 

The OnePlus 10 Pro achieves a Video score of 110. A device’s overall Video score is derived from its performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score. In this section, we take a closer look at these sub-scores and compare video image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

OnePlus 10 Pro

97

118

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (118)

In video clips, the OnePlus 10 Pro produces good exposure in bright light and indoors but limited dynamic range can result in clipping of bright areas. This lack of dynamic range is where the 10 Pro falls short compared to the best in class. In this sample exposure is adapted quickly when the lighting changes.

OnePlus 10 Pro, good exposure

In these video stills from a 300 lux lab scene we can see that the OnePlus clips the bright elements in the scene. The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a wider dynamic range in all conditions, maintaining better highlight detail. The OnePlus also often shows slight exposure instabilities or stepping when adapting to changing light levels. The iPhone is smoother in this respect.

OnePlus 10 Pro, 300 lux, highlight clipping
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, 300 lux, slight shadow clipping

Color

OnePlus 10 Pro

94

107

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (107)

Videos show white balance instabilities in all conditions.

OnePlus 10 Pro, unstable white balance

In this indoor portrait scene the OnePlus 10 Pro produces nice skin tones, a warm white balance and overall realistic colors.

OnePlus 10 Pro, nice skin tones, warm white balance, natural colors

OnePlus 9 Pro, nice skin tones, warm white balance, natural colors

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, nice skin tones, warm white balance, natural colors

Autofocus

OnePlus 10 Pro

97

109

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (109)

Autofocus is well managed by the OnePlus 10 Pro in indoor and low-light conditions. In this scene, the camera does well at tracking the face and reacts just as swiftly as the iPhone.

OnePlus 10 Pro, good focus and face tracking

OnePlus 9 Pro, some instabilities

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, stable autofocus

In indoor conditions some autofocus instabilities are noticeable.

OnePlus 10 Pro, autofocus instabilities

Texture

OnePlus 10 Pro

79

99

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
Best: Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) (99)

OnePlus 10 Pro video footage shows good detail preservation in low light, but detail is lost under indoor conditions and in bright light. In the graph, we can see that 10 Pro’s texture acutance is higher than for the comparison devices in low light (5lux) but lower in bright outdoor light.

Video texture comparison

Noise

OnePlus 10 Pro

102

105

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (105)

Noise is visible in video clips in all conditions, but the 10 Pro has improved over its predecessor. It’s not quite as good as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, though.

OnePlus 10 Pro, noise in areas of plain color

OnePlus 9 Pro, more noise

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, lower noise

Artifacts

OnePlus 10 Pro

80

85

Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Best: Xiaomi 12S Ultra (85)

For video artifacts, we check for the same kinds of artifacts mentioned in the Photo section, along with such video-specific artifacts as frame rate variation in different light conditions, judder effect, and moving artifacts (artifacts such as aliasing, color quantization, and flare can often be more intrusive when moving than in a still image).

Video artifacts, such as aliasing or ghosting, are more visible on the OnePlus 10 Pro than on the comparison devices. In this sample clip, we can see a judder effect when panning.

OnePlus 10 Pro, judder

OnePlus 9 Pro, judder

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, judder less noticeable

Stabilization

OnePlus 10 Pro

98

103

Vivo X70 Pro+
Best: Vivo X70 Pro+ (103)

In these tests, we analyze residual motion when handholding the camera during recording, as well as when walking and running with the camera. We also look for stabilization artifacts such as jello effect, sharpness differences between frames, and frame shift (abrupt changes of framing).

The video stabilization system works very effectively while handholding the camera without moving. When walking or running while recording, or when panning the camera, a drift effect is noticeable. In this clip, we can see a slight frame shift around the 20-second mark.

OnePlus 10 Pro, slight drift

OnePlus 9 Pro, better stabilization, smoother panning

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, better stabilization, smoother panning

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