Oppo R7 Plus: What’s the Plus Factor?
The latest from the lineup of smartphones from Oppo, the R7 Plus is here to outdo its predecessors. But, how does it fare? Supriya Joshi reports.
The mid-range smartphone segment have seen an influx of some really great performers. The lineup of smartphones from Oppo have been consistently good performers, and the recently released R7 Plus is here with a brand new set of features. It runs on ColorOS 2.1, and features a 6-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display screen. Here’s how the sleek-looking phone fared.
What’s On the Device?
The R7 Plus was launched alongside the R7, and is the phablet version of the latter. The phone features a 13MP primary camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics and a new Sony IMX 278 sensor, the same one found in the Huawei P8. The camera features an f/2.2 aperture as well as Laser AF and a Dual LED flash. The phone also features an 8MP front camera with the Beautify 3.0 mode for ‘flawless’ selfies.
Getting Overwhelmed with Features
Oppo has gone all out with the camera modes, because there is a whole plethora of them available. The native camera app itself offers several filters from the get go, and to top it off, there are modes like Ultra HD, which allows you to make 50MP images through multi frame sampling. As exciting as making 52MP images from a cellphone sounds, the feature itself takes too long to process images and this in turn becomes cumbersome, so you end up not using the mode at all.
In the Expert Mode of the phone, you can have manual control over focus, ISO (100–1600), shutterspeed (1/2sec– 32sec), White Balance and exposure compensation, which is certainly a great addition. There is also a RAW mode. Strangely enough, you cannot manually control the settings on it, even though it would make the most logical sense to.
As Good as it Gets
Given the amount of attention Oppo has paid to the device, it is clear that it is targetted at the discerning cellphone photographer. The image quality is really good, and the colour reproduction is accurate as well. The Laser AF is almost always spot on. The video, however, is not the best, specially the audio, which is really quite average. Not having any manual control in the RAW mode is also quite surprising. However, the phone’s camera capabilities make up for it. At Rs. 29,990, the phone is a really good buy.
|AT A GLANCE|
|SPECIFICATIONS||1.5GHz Octa-Core 64-bit processor, 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM, ColorOS 2.1, 13MP rear and 8MP front camera, 4G ready, metal uni-body, 4100 mAh battery, Rs. 29,990|
|WHAT WE LIKE||Superb camera device, stylish phone overall|
|WHAT WE DISLIKE||Average video quality, slow Ultra HD mode, no OIS|
|WHY BUY IT||Overall, this is a great cameraphone at quite the attractive price point. It is a good buy for those serious about cellphone photography.|
|CAMERA FEATURES||Plethora of modes, RAW shooting||23/25|
|IMAGE QUALITY||Good quality images, no shutter lag||28/30|
|VIDEO QUALITY||Full HD 1080p video||12/25|
|HANDLING||Comfortable to hold||12/15|
|SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS||Quite responsive with no shutter lag||14/15|