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Oppo Find X3 Lite Camera review: Nice results indoors and out

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The Find X3 Lite is the more affordable, lower-specification model in Oppo’s Find X3 smartphone line.

Phone specifications include a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 765G processor with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, as well as a 4300 mAh battery with 65W fast charging. The device also boasts a quad rear camera setup, including a 64 MP main sensor, 8 MP ultra-wide module, 2 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP mono sensor.

For video, the Find X3 Lite supports resolution up to 2160p/30fps, with slow-motion 1080p/120fps and 720p/240fps, as well as EIS video stabilization.

Let’s find out how the Oppo Find X3 Lite ranks in our database of smartphone image quality.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 64 MP sensor, 80° FOV, f/1.7-aperture lens with closed-loop focus motor
  • Ultra-wide: 8 MP sensor, 119° FOV, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Macro: 2 MP sensor, 89° FOV, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Monochrome: 2 MP sensor, 89° FOV, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • 2160p/30 fps, 1080p/120 fps, 720p/240 fps video (1080p tested)
  • EIS video stabilization

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 Find X3 Lite
105
camera
108
photo
53
zoom
95
video

Pros

  • Accurate target exposure in indoor photos and videos
  • Pleasant color rendering in outdoor and indoor photos
  • Neutral white balance in outdoor and indoor videos
  • Generally accurate autofocus in photos
  • Acceptable noise in outdoor videos

Cons

  • Low target exposure and limited dynamic range in low-light photos
  • Visible noise in all photos
  • Low detail in most photos and videos
  • Color quantization artifacts often visible in photos
  • Exposure instabilities in some videos
  • Video autofocus failures sometimes visible in all tested conditions

With a DXOMARK Camera score of 105, the Oppo Find X3 Lite lands in the second tier of our smartphone rankings overall. However, the Find X3 is in joint fifth place in the high-end category of devices priced between $400-599.

The Oppo Find X3 Lite captures generally accurate target exposures with vivid and pleasant color in outdoor images.

The Find X3 Lite has a global score comparable to the Oppo Find X2 Neo’s. The X3 Lite performed slightly better against the X2 Neo in the Photo category, but the X2 Neo was better for Zoom (thanks to its tele module) as well as for video. The Find X3 Lite is 10 points lower than the newer and slightly more expensive Find X3 Neo.

Compared to the Samsung A52 5G, the Find X3 Lite scores 3 points higher overall because of better performances for the main camera and for video. It has a lower Zoom score, however.

Compared to the similarly priced Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, the Find X3 Lite scores 6 points lower overall. The Xiaomi is 10 points ahead in the Photo category and 6 points ahead for Video. The Find X3 Lite does fare slightly better for Zoom, however, thanks to marginally better quality tele-lens shots.

Below you can find a detailed analysis and image samples for all Photo, Zoom, and Video sub-attributes, as well as comparisons with such alternative devices as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, the Oppo Find X2 Neo, the Oppo Find X3 Neo, and the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.

Photo

The Oppo Find X3 Lite achieves a Photo score of 108. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Oppo Find X3 Lite

80

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.

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s target exposure performance under different lighting conditions in the lab.

Target exposure is accurate in outdoor and indoor conditions, but a little underexposed in low light, where the competitors are better. The Samsung A52 5G has  very similar behavior indoors and outdoors, but the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G overexposes a little outdoors.

Color

Oppo Find X3 Lite

95

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 Find X3 Lite’s color performance in an indoor scene.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, vivid and pleasant color indoors
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, slightly lower color saturation
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, skin tones aren’t quite as natural

Autofocus

Oppo Find X3 Lite

95

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.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s autofocus performance and depth of field in an indoor group portrait.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, depth of field
Oppo Find X3 Lite, crop: good sharpness on faces at front and back
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, depth of field
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: good sharpness on face at front, slight softness on the face at back
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, depth of field
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: front face slightly out of focus, good sharpness on face at back

Texture

Oppo Find X3 Lite

89

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.

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s texture performance under different lighting conditions in the lab.

The Oppo Find X3 Lite displays fairly low levels of texture in low light. but performs better than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G using a tripod in bright light.

Noise

Oppo Find X3 Lite

61

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.

These samples compare the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s photo noise performance under 1000 lux D65 lighting in the lab.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, DXOMARK Camera test chart
Oppo Find X3 Lite, crop: visible noise
Oppo Find X3 Neo, DXOMARK Camera test chart
Oppo Find X3 Neo, crop: slightly lower noise
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, DXOMARK Camera test chart
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, crop: well-managed noise

Bokeh

Oppo Find X3 Lite

55

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 Find X3 Lite’s bokeh simulation in an indoor scene.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, bokeh mode
Oppo Find X3 Lite, crop: depth estimation errors
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, bokeh mode
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: depth estimation errors
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, bokeh mode
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: depth estimation errors

Night

Oppo Find X3 Lite

26

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.

This sample shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s night performance for portraits in flash-off mode.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, flash-off
Oppo Find X3 Lite, crop: low target exposure, limited dynamic range with heavily clipped highlights

Artifacts

Oppo Find X3 Lite

59

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 color quantization in a low-light scene.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, artifacts
Oppo Find X3 Lite, crop: color quantization

Preview

Oppo Find X3 Lite

48

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 videos samples show the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s image smoothness in preview when users perform a pinch-zoom operation compared to a competitor.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, preview: unstable image when switching between the ultra-wide and main cameras

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, preview: improved stability between the ultra-wide and main cameras

Zoom

The Oppo Find X3 Lite achieves a Zoom score of 53. 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 Find X3 Lite

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.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s ultra-wide camera under indoor lighting conditions compared to the competition.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, ultra-wide
Oppo Find X3 Lite, crop: low detail and visible noise
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, ultra-wide
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: improved detail with slightly visible noise
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, ultra-wide
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, improved detail with slightly visible noise

Tele

Oppo Find X3 Lite

68

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 Find X3 Lite’s tele performance at a medium-range zoom setting under lighting conditions in the lab compared to the competition.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, medium-range zoom
Oppo Find X3 Lite, crop: low detail with slight noise
Oppo Find X2 Neo, medium-range zoom
Oppo Find X2 Neo, crop: improved detail rendering
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, medium-range zoom
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, crop: improved detail with slightly visible noise

Video

The Oppo Find X3 Lite achieves a Video score of 95. 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, 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 Find X3 Lite

80

118

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

This video shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s video exposure performance outdoors.

Target exposure is generally accurate in outdoor conditions, but exposure instabilities are sometimes visible.

Color

Oppo Find X3 Lite

87

105

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

These video stills show the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s video color indoors compared to the competition.

Oppo Find X3 Lite, video still: pinkish color cast
Oppo Find X3 Neo, video still: slight orange color cast
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, video still: very slight orange color cast

Autofocus

Oppo Find X3 Lite

87

109

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

This sample clip shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s video autofocus performance in the lab under 1000 lux D65 lighting.

Autofocus is generally smooth and stable in outdoor conditions, with only mild jerkiness occasionally visible during autofocus convergence.

Texture

Oppo Find X3 Lite

63

97

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

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s video texture performance under different light levels in the lab compared to the competition.

Fine details are often lost in most tested conditions on the Oppo Find X3 Lite, which displays similar behavior to the Samsung A52 5G. The Oppo Find X3 Neo and the Xiaomi Mi11 Lite 5G perform better in all lighting conditions.

Noise

Oppo Find X3 Lite

78

105

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

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s spatial noise performance under different lighting conditions in the lab in handheld (dotted line) and tripod (solid line) tests compared to the competition.

Spatial noise is visible in most tested conditions, with significantly higher levels compared to its competitors in most videos shot using a tripod.

Artifacts

Oppo Find X3 Lite

77

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).

This video shows the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s hue shift artifacts in a low-light video.

Hue shift artifacts are visible in the background around the lamp where highlight clipping occurs.

Stabilization

Oppo Find X3 Lite

84

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).

These sample clips show the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s video stabilization in outdoor conditions compared to the competition.

Oppo Find X3 Lite video, stabilization does not always activate by default in most tested conditions

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 5G video, some residual motion is visible

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro video, some residual motion is visible

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