Oppo Mirror 3: The Mirror Effect
Supriya Joshi puts the latest iteration from Oppo, the Mirror 3 to the test. This is the latest cameraphone on the block fared.
The latest offering from Oppo, the Mirror 3 is the newest entrant into the entry-level smartphone segment. It features 1.2Ghz quadcore processor with Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB. On the camera front, the Mirror 3 features an 8MP main camera with f/2 aperture, and a secondary 5MP front-facing camera.
The App Story
The Mirror 3’s native camera app features various modes, which can be added or removed, depending on your preference. Features such as panoramas, aperture and shutterspeed control and HDR are present, along with unique ones like Double Exposure and even the ability to create GIF files! Most of these features were very unique, but I used the Expert mode the most, which gave me control over shutterspeed, ISO and exposure.
The cameraphone’s BSI sensor ensures good quality images not only in daylight, but also during the evenings. There is no shutter lag in low light, and the phone is quick to focus as well.
Value for Money?
The Mirror 3 is priced at Rs. 16,990, one of the more affordable buys from Oppo. However, for just Rs. 6999, you could buy the Redmi 2, which also offers an 8MP camera, just as good as the one in the Mirror 3. I have no complaints from the latter—this really is a very good phone, worth every buck. Perhaps the company should look into its pricing?
|AT A GLANCE|
|SPECIFICATIONS||8MP, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, 4.7-inch display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (expandable up to 128GB), Rs. 16,990|
|WHAT WE LIKE||Good image quality, no shutter lag, can make GIF files|
|WHAT WE DISLIKE||Price is a little on the higher side, average battery life|
|WHY BUY IT||Aside from the average camera features, it is an all-round good phone to have, if you can invest in it.|
|CAMERA FEATURES||Manual mode, 8MP, 5MP front camera||13/15|
|IMAGE QUALITY||Good quality images, no shutter lag||28/35|
|VIDEO QUALITY||Full HD 1080p video||18/20|
|HANDLING||Comfortable to hold||11/15|
|SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS||Quite responsive with no shutter lag||13/15|
Tags: 8MP camera, Cameraphone, July 2015, Oppo cellphone, Oppo Mirror 3, Supriya Joshi