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Oppo A94 5G Camera review: Reliable autofocus and nice bokeh shots

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The Oppo A94 5G is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest offering in its more affordable A-series range of smartphones. Basic device specs include a 6.43-inch, FHD+ AMOLED display with a 60 Hz refresh rate and a hole-punch selfie camera. Running the latest Android 11 OS, the A94 5G is powered by the mid-range MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G  processor with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, and there’s a 4310 mAh battery with fast 30 W charging.

Impressively at this price point, the Oppo A94 5G also features a quad camera on the rear. The main 48 MP camera utilizes a 25 mm-equivalent, f/1.7-aperture lens with a 79° field of view, and an open-loop focus motor for autofocus. The ultra-wide is equipped with a 16 mm-equivalent, f/2.2-aperture lens, and the macro and monochrome modules both use a f/2.4-aperture optic with a 89° field of view.

For video, the A94 5G will shoot high-resolution 4K 2160p/30 fps footage, as well as slow-motion footage at 1080p/120 fps and 720p/240 fps. Electronic video stabilization (EIS) is available only at 1080p/30 fps, though.

Let’s see how the Oppo A94 5G gets on in our challenging series of image quality tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 25 mm-equivalent, 79° FOV, 6P, f/1.75-aperture lens with open-loop focus motor, auto focus
  • Ultra-wide: 16 mm-equivalent, 119° FOV, 5P, f/2.2-aperture, fixed-focus lens
  • Macro: 89° FOV, 3P, f/2.4-aperture, fixed-focus lens
  • Monochrome: 89° FOV, 3P, f/2.4-aperture, fixed-focus lens
  • 2160p/30 fps, 1080p/120 fps, 720p/240 fps video (1080p/30 fps tested)
  • EIS video stabilization at 1080p/30 fps

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


Oppo A94 5G
108
camera
116
photo
51
zoom
94
video

Pros

  • Accurate target exposure in most photos and videos
  • Generally well-controlled noise in photos
  • Stable and accurate autofocus for photos and videos
  • Pleasant bokeh photos
  • Reliable preview image
  • Pleasant video color with neutral white balance
  • Low noise in outdoor videos

Cons

  • Washed out color in photos
  • Hue shift artifacts in photos
  • HDR activation errors
  • Low detail and unnatural rendering in ultra-wide photos
  • Low detail in medium- and long-range tele shots
  • Underexposed night photos
  • Very low detail in all videos
  • Ineffective video stabilization

With a score of 108, the Oppo A94 5G ranks in the bottom half of our database overall, but is in joint second place in our Advanced segment alongside the $399 OnePlus Nord, with both just a few points behind our leading Advanced device, the Google Pixel 4a at 111; and while Google’s device shows some nice strengths for still photos, the Oppo has the advantage of an ultra-wide.

The Oppo A94 5G is capable of nicely exposed images with good color saturation in favorable outdoor conditions. Here the  white balance is slightly pinkish, but the device has captured a pleasant landscape shot overall.

The Oppo A94 5G delivers very acceptable image quality for its price segment and has similar or better photo performance compared to such competitors as the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. Achieving a Photo score of 116, the A94 5G boasts reliable autofocus (from the main camera), generally accurate target exposures, and lower levels of noise compared to similarly priced models. Notable weaknesses to look out for are slightly washed out color and HDR activation errors that result in heavily clipped highlights.

The Oppo A94 5G achieves a Zoom score of 51, thanks in large part to an acceptable performance for tele shots. Lacking a dedicated tele-lens, detail is low in medium- and long-range zoom shots in particular, but results are better at close range, and the A94 5G puts in a stronger showing for tele shots overall compared to its Samsung and Xiaomi competitors. Ultra-wide shots aren’t very impressive, however, with low overall detail and unnatural-looking texture rendering the main reasons for its low score in this category.

With a Video score of 94, the device doesn’t fare quite as well for moving image quality and ranks 5th in our Advanced category. Video strengths include reliable autofocus, accurate target exposure, and pleasant color when shooting in good to fair lighting, as well as well-controlled noise in outdoor videos. Low detail and contrast make movies a little underwhelming generally, however, and users would do well to avoid low light, as the A94 5G noticeably underexposes videos and strong spatial noise becomes problematic. Overall, the A94 5G nicely handles video artifacts, aside from some slight color quantization here and there, but stabilization could be improved, with residual motion and a difference in sharpness between frames often visible.

Below you can find detailed analyses and image samples for all Photo, Zoom, and Video sub-attributes, as well as comparisons with competitive devices such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.

Photo

The Oppo A94 5G achieves a Photo score of 116. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Oppo A94 5G

85

111

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (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.

These samples show the Oppo A94 5G’s exposure performance in a backlit indoor scene.

Oppo A94 5G, fairly wide dynamic range when HDR activates
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, limited dynamic range with visible highlight clipping
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, significant highlight clipping visible

Color

Oppo A94 5G

87

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.

These samples show the Oppo A94 5G’s color performance in an outdoor scene.

Oppo A94 5G, slightly undersaturated color rendering
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, very vivid and nicely saturated color
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, natural color rendering with just a slight pinkish cast

Autofocus

Oppo A94 5G

97

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.

This chart compares the Oppo A94 5G’s autofocus performance in the lab at 20 lux with simulated 4 EV lighting.

In challenging low-light HDR conditions, the A94 5G’s autofocus is a little slow to trigger compared to the Redmi Note 10 Pro, but is more reliable than the Samsung A52 5G in achieving sharp focus.

Texture

Oppo A94 5G

83

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.

These samples show the Oppo A94 5G’s texture performance in a low-light HDR scene.

Oppo A94 5G, low-light texture
Oppo A94 5G, crop: loss of detail
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, low-light texture
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: more detail captured
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, low-light texture
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: loss of detail

Noise

Oppo A94 5G

73

99

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (99)

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.

This graph shows the Oppo A94 5G’s photo noise performance under different light levels in the lab.

The Oppo A94 5G displays fairly low levels of noise in most tested conditions, with noticeably better results than the Samsung A52 5G in very low light.

Bokeh

Oppo A94 5G

60

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.

These samples show the Oppo A94 5G’s bokeh simulation in an outdoor scene.

Oppo A94 5G, bokeh mode
Oppo A94 5G, crop: abrupt blur transition
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, bokeh mode
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: abrupt blur transition
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, bokeh mode
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: smooth blur transition

Night

Oppo A94 5G

29

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.

These samples show the Oppo A94 5G’s night performance in flash-off mode.

Oppo A94 5G, flash-off: very low target exposure
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, flash-off: acceptable target exposure
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, flash-off: acceptable target exposure

Artifacts

Oppo A94 5G

70

75

Google Pixel 4
Best: Google Pixel 4 (75)

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

This sample shows ghosting artifacts in a HDR scene.

Oppo A94 5G, artifacts
Oppo A94 5G, crop: ghosting is visible

Preview

Oppo A94 5G

58

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 on the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

These samples show the Oppo A94 5G’s preview performance in an indoor scene using photo mode.

Oppo A94 5G, preview in photo mode
Oppo A94 5G, capture: target exposure and HDR rendering consistent with preview

Zoom

The Oppo A94 5G achieves a Zoom score of 51. 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.

Wide

Oppo A94 5G

28

57

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (57)

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.

This sample shows the performance of the Oppo A94 5G’s ultra-wide camera performance at a 16 mm-equivalent focal length in daylight conditions compared to the competition.

Oppo A94 5G, ultra-wide
Oppo A94 5G, crop: unnatural detail rendering
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, ultra-wide
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: good detail with more natural rendering
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, ultra-wide
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: good detail with more natural rendering

Tele

Oppo A94 5G

66

140

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (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.

These samples show the Oppo A94 5G’s tele performance at a long-range zoom setting compared to the competition.

Oppo A94 5G, long-range zoom
Oppo A94 5G, crop: fine details are lost
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, long-range zoom
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: poor detail at all zoom ranges
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, long-range zoom
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: poor detail at all zoom ranges

Video

The Oppo A94 5G achieves a Video score of 94. 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.

In our Video tests we analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, and 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 1080p resolution. 

Exposure and Contrast

Oppo A94 5G

81

118

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

These video stills show the Oppo A94 5G’s video exposure outdoors compared to the competition.

Oppo A94 5G, video still: accurate target exposure with low contrast
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, video still: low target exposure with better contrast
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, video still: accurate target exposure with good contrast

Color

Oppo A94 5G

88

105

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (105)

These video stills show the Oppo A94 5G’s video color indoors compared to the competition.

Oppo A94 5G, video still: accurate white balance and pleasant color rendering
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, video still: accurate white balance and pleasant color rendering
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, video still: accurate white balance and pleasant color rendering

Autofocus

Oppo A94 5G

88

109

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

These sample clips show the Oppo A94 5G’s video autofocus performance outdoors compared to the competition.

Oppo A94 5G video: accurate and stable autofocus

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G video: slight autofocus instabilities

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro video: slight autofocus instabilities

Texture

Oppo A94 5G

47

97

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (97)

These video stills shows the Oppo A94 5G’s texture performance in low light.

Oppo A94 5G, video texture
Oppo A94 5G, crop: visible loss of detail
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, video texture
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: visible loss of detail
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, video texture
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: acceptable level of detail

Noise

Oppo A94 5G

86

105

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

These video stills shows the Oppo A94 5G’s spatial noise performance in a low-light video compared to the competition.

Oppo A94 5G, low-light video still
Oppo A94 5G, crop: strong spatial noise
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, low-light video still
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: better with slight visible noise
Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro+, low-light video still
Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro+, crop: better with slight visible noise

Artifacts

Oppo A94 5G

82

94

Oppo Find X2 Pro
Best: Oppo Find X2 Pro (94)

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).

These video stills show the Oppo A94 5G’s aliasing artifacts in bright light.

Oppo A94 5G, video artifacts
Oppo A94 5G, crop: some Moiré effects can be visible

Stabilization

Oppo A94 5G

87

102

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (102)

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).

This sample clip shows the Oppo A94 5G’s video stabilization in outdoor conditions compared to the competition.

Oppo A94 5G video, some residual motion and differences in frame sharpness are

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 5G video, some residual motion and differences in frame sharpness are visible

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro video, some residual motion and and differences in frame sharpness are visible

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