Oppo Reno 10x Zoom camera review

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Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been known for launching smartphones with innovative camera technologies in the past, and its latest flagship, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, definitely follows in this tradition. With its periscope-design 5x optical tele-lens, the Reno 10x Zoom is currently one of only two smartphones to offer such a long focal length (the other one being the Huawei P30 Pro). The tele is the Reno’s standout feature, but the rest of the specs are fully worthy of a 2019 high-end smartphone, too. The primary camera uses a 48MP Quad-Bayer sensor in combination with a fast f/1.7-aperture lens, and a 16mm-equivalent ultra-wide camera is on board as well. In video mode, the Oppo is capable of recording 4K-resolution video at up to 60 frames per second.

Users can frame and review photos and video clips on a 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED display; selfie shooters can make use of a motorized pop-up front camera; and Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset powers the Android 9 operating system.

Key camera specifications:

  • Triple-camera setup
  • Primary: 48MP 1/2″ sensor with 26mm-equivalent f/1.7-aperture lens, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 8MP sensor with 16mm-equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Tele: 13MP sensor with 130mm-equivalent f/3.0-aperture lens, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video, 2160p/60fps

Please note: the firmware version we have tested the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom with is not publicly available yet. It will be released early January 2020.

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 1600 test images and more than 2 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

116
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125
photo
100
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With a DXOMARK Camera overall score of 116, the Oppo Reno 10x easily secures a spot in the top ten of our current smartphone camera ranking, making it a very viable alternative to flagship models from other brands. It also earns itself a Photo score of 125, thanks to good still image performance in most situations.

Oppo Reno 10x images show good exposure and accurate white balance.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom images show good exposure in most conditions down to low light. Colors can look a little less saturated in comparison to the competition, but white balance tends to be accurate, making for neutral results. Images captured with the primary camera also show good detail in bright light and when shooting indoors, but some noise can be visible in all light conditions, especially in the shadow areas of the frame. Our testers also found ghosting and ringing artifacts in some images.

The zoom range is one of the Oppo’s headline features, and while the optical tele- and the ultra-wide lenses are capable of good results in most situations, there’s still some room for improvement. The zoom captures decent detail at all settings, but is not quite on the same level as the very best in class. Image fusion artifacts can be quite intrusive, with a very visible drop-off in detail towards the edges in medium-range shots. The same effect can be seen in ultra-wide shots, which in addition display a lack of detail and some noise.

Colors are neutral, but can be slightly less saturated than for some competitors.

In video mode, the Oppo Reno 10x captures footage at 4K resolution that shows good detail in bright light and when shooting indoors, while keeping noise levels low in most conditions. Video color is outstanding, with accurate white balance and vivid color rendering, and the autofocus is fast and reliable in most situations, with only some instabilities, mostly in low light.

Stabilization is fairly effective at counteracting walking motion and camera shake when holding the device still while recording. However, a jello effect and some motion blur are visible in some of our sample clips. Our testers also observed several image artifacts, but even so, the Oppo’s overall moving image performance earns it an impressive 100 points for Video.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, outdoor video

Photo scores explained

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom achieves a Photo score of 125 points, putting it into the top ten of the DXOMARK Photo ranking. The Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of a device’s performance for still images under different lighting conditions. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were determined and compare image quality against some key competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

94

98

Huawei P40 Pro

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom does well in this category, with good target exposure from bright scenes down to low light. In very dim conditions, exposure tends to be a little darker than for some competitors, but is still acceptable. Dynamic range is good, too, but not quite as wide as on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. In the samples below, you can see that the devices do quite well at preserving the highlights in the sky, but the Apple image reveals a touch more detail in the shaded face of the person in the scene; the Xiaomi image shows the most highlight clipping in the clouds.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, outdoor exposure
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, crop, low target exposure on face
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, outdoor exposure
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, crop, slightly brighter face
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, outdoor exposure
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, crop, low target exposure on face

In the comparison below with the Huawei P30 Pro, both cameras handle the difficult high-contrast scene well, but some highlight clipping occurs in both images. Looking more closely, you can see that the P30 Pro shows more detail in the shadow areas under the bridge.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, outdoor exposure, some highlight clipping, loss of detail in the shadows
Huawei P30 Pro, outdoor exposure, some highlight clipping, better shadow detail

Color

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

88

91

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Color in the Reno 10x Zoom images is generally pleasant, with accurate white balance, but  tends to be slightly less saturated compared to the competition, as you can see in the outdoor sample below.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, outdoor color, low saturation
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, outdoor color, vibrant colors
Huawei P30 Pro, outdoor color, slightly low saturation

The same slight desaturation is also noticeable in this indoor shot, which in addition shows a slight orange color cast. In comparison, the yellow and blue tones are more vibrant in the Xiaomi and Huawei images.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, indoor color, low saturation
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, indoor color, good saturation
Huawei P30 Pro, indoor color, good saturation

Autofocus

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

100

Highest Score

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom autofocus performed very well in our tests. It is very quick, accurate, and repeatable in all light conditions. In the comparison graph below, you can see that the Oppo consistently delivers good focus with both short and long delays after defocusing the camera, even at a low 20 lux light level.

Autofocus comparison, 20 lux

Texture

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

71

85

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Noise

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

73

82

Honor V30 Pro

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom camera is capable of capturing good detail in outdoor shots, but is not quite on the same level as the very best in this category. As you can see in the outdoor sample below, the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition squeezes some noticeable extra detail out of the scene. The P30 Pro applies a touch more sharpening, but its detail is on a very similar level overall to the Oppo’s.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, outdoor detail
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, crop (scaled for comparison), decent detail
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, outdoor detail
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, crop, class-leading detail
Huawei P30 Pro, outdoor detail
Huawei P30 Pro, crop (scaled for comparison), good detail

Fine luminance noise is visible in the shadow areas of images that were taken in bright light. Noise becomes a little more visible in indoor conditions, such as in the sample scene below. In this comparison, noise levels are the highest in the Oppo image; the Apple is cleaner but not as clean as the Xiaomi camera, which controls noise very well. There is also noticeably more highlight clipping on the subject’s arm in the Oppo image than those from the other two devices.

Oppo Reno 10x zoom, indoor noise
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, crop (scaled for comparison), visible noise
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, indoor noise
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, crop, low noise
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, indoor noise
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, crop (scaled for comparison), low noise

Artifacts

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

79

86

Huawei P40 Pro

Image artifacts are generally well under control on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, and while our testers saw some ringing and flare, those effects aren’t any worse than for most competing devices. Arguably the most intrusive artifact is a halo effect that we observed in some images, including in the sample below, which shows a very noticeable halo around the subject’s hair in front of the monochrome background.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, halo artifact
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, crop

Zoom

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

92

115

Huawei P40 Pro

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom unsurprisingly scores well in the Zoom category, but it is not quite as good as the Huawei P30 Pro, the only other phone on the market with a 5x optical tele-lens, nor as good as the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition with its dual tele-lenses.

A loss of fine textures is noticeable at a medium-range zoom factor, but the Oppo does well compared to the competition in terms of detail. Noise levels are higher than on the Xiaomi and the Huawei, though.

Oppo 10x Zoom, medium-range zoom
Oppo 10x Zoom, crop, good detail, noise
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, medium-range zoom
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, crop, good detail
Huawei P30 Pro, medium-range zoom
Huawei P30 Pro, crop, good detail

The loss of detail is more obvious at long range, but detail is still good next to the competition. However, we can see some ringing and unnatural rendering of detail at long zoom distances.

Oppo 10x Zoom, long-range zoom
Oppo 10x Zoom, crop, loss of detail
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, long-range zoom
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, crop, loss of detail
Huawei P30 Pro, long-range zoom
Huawei P30 Pro, crop, loss of detail

When zooming, the Oppo fuses images from its primary and tele cameras to optimize image quality. However, fusion artifacts are very noticeable. In the image below, you can clearly see the border between the central part of the frame, which was captured with the tele-lens, and the edge areas, which were captured with the primary camera and digitally zoomed. In addition, our testers also found other artifacts in zoom images, including halos and a lack of detail in certain textures.

Oppo 10x Zoom, medium-range zoom, fusion artifacts
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, crop

Bokeh

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

65

75

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom delivers good results with a natural look in bokeh simulation mode. Some depth estimation errors tend to be visible around the subject, but overall the camera separates subject and background quite nicely, and depth estimation outdoors is on a similar level to that of the P30 Pro. Quality drops a little when shooting in bokeh mode indoors, though.

Other than that, the simulated images also offer a nicely-shaped bokeh, and spotlights in the background show good contrast. Noise levels are low and consistent across subject and background, making for a natural look. Just as for standard photo mode, though, color saturation is low.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, bokeh simulation
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, crop, good depth estimation
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, bokeh simulation
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, crop, some depth estimation errors
Huawei P30 Pro, bokeh simulation
Huawei P30 Pro, crop, good depth estimation

Wide

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

35

47

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The Oppo’s 16mm-equivalent ultra-wide camera offers a field of view that is not quite as wide as the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s, but wider than the Huawei P30 Pro’s. Detail at the center of the frame tends to be good and noise levels are well controlled, but we observed a very strong loss of detail towards the edges of the frame. As with zoom, this is the result of fusion algorithms: the center portion of the frame is captured with the primary camera and the edges are filled with image information captured by the ultra-wide camera, but he transition between the two cameras is not very well managed, as you can see in the sample shot below.

Our testers also found other artifacts, including ringing, noisy edges, and color quantization in the Oppo’s ultra-wide images, resulting in a Wide score that is slightly lower than for most direct competitors.

Oppo Reno 10x zoom, ultra-wide
Oppo Reno 10x zoom, crop, lack of detail at the edges
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, ultra-wide
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, crop, decent detail in the corners
Huawei P30 Pro, ultra-wide
Huawei P30 Pro, crop, decent detail in the corners

Night

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

57

70

Huawei P40 Pro

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom performs well for low-light and night shots. In flash auto mode, exposure is good and color rendering is usually pleasant. When flash triggers in portrait shots, white balance and exposure are well-adjusted for the subject, but some ghosting can be visible when the flash does not trigger.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, flash-auto
Huawei P30 Pro, flash-auto

With the flash forced on, images show good detail and acceptable levels of noise. Light fall-off towards the edges is well controlled, but a slight yellow-greenish color cast can be visible. With the flash set to off, we observed a color shift towards blue, along with desaturated colors when shooting in very low light.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, night mode
Huawei P30 Pro, night mode

Video scores explained

With an overall Video score 100 points, the Oppo Reno 10x is one of the best performers for Video in our database and is surpassed only by the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition. The overall Video score is derived from performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score: Exposure (85), Color (92), Autofocus (90), Texture (75), Noise (80), Artifacts (83), and Stabilization (90).

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, outdoor video, good color but some refocusing and jello effect

The Oppo’s 4K video footage shows outstanding color. Stabilization and autofocus performance still leave some room for improvement, though. Colors are generally vivid with accurate white balance, but in some clips we can see a jello effect and motion blur as well as some refocusing during recording. Other than that, stabilization is effective and the autofocus is fast and repeatable, with only some instabilities, mostly in low light.

Video texture comparison
Video noise comparison

Thanks to its 4K mode, the Oppo also records very good detail in bright light and under typical indoor conditions, but some detail is lost in low light, as you can see in the comparison graph above.  Noise levels are low when shooting outdoors and still well controlled in low light, but indoor footage shows coarse luminance noise. Our testers also noticed some exposure overshooting when adapting to changing conditions in low light, along with several artifacts, including denoising on moving objects, aliasing, and ghosting in some conditions.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, outdoor video
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, outdoor video
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, outdoor video

Conclusion

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom offers one of the widest zoom ranges we have seen, from 16mm ultra-wide to 130mm tele-lens, and puts in a solid performance in almost all areas, earning itself an excellent DXOMARK Camera overall score of 116 and a spot in the top ten in our ranking. There is some room for improvement for the zoom and ultra-wide lens modules, which suffer from fusion artifacts, but overall, the Oppo is still a great choice for mobile photographers who want the option to zoom in on a subject or out to widen the field of view. With a very good video performance added to the mix, the Oppo is a an excellent device for tackling any mobile imaging task.

Photo

Pros

  • Accurate target exposure in most conditions
  • Generally accurate white balance
  • Good detail in bright light and when shooting indoors
  • Good flash performance
  • Ultra-wide offers decent detail at the center of the frame
  • Good zoom performance at close and medium range

Cons

  • Noise in shadow areas of the frame
  • Strong loss of detail and noise in medium-range zoom shots
  • Occasional ringing and ghosting artifacts
  • Some focus instabilities when shooting at night
  • Loss of detail towards the edges in ultra-wide shots
  • Noise and lack of detail in ultra-wide images
  • Generally low levels of color saturation

Video

Pros

  • Accurate white balance and vivid colors
  • Good detail in bright light and indoor condtions
  • Low noise outdoors and in low light
  • Fast and repeatable autofocus in bright light
  • Effective stabilization

Cons

  • Coarse luminance noise in indoor footage
  • Autofocus instabilities in low light
  • Slight loss of detail in low light
  • Exposure overshooting in low light
  • Various artifacts visible in footage

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