Oppo R7 Plus: What’s the Plus Factor?

 
Oppo R7 Plus

Oppo R7 Plus

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.

The Laser AF is quite accurate as well as speedy. It came in handy in such dynamic situations. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

The Laser AF is quite accurate as well as speedy. It came in handy in such dynamic situations. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

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.

What’s excellent is the way the lens handles contrast rendition, even when shooting complex, backlit situations. Flaring is there, but controlled and fringing is virtually absent. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

What’s excellent is the way the lens handles contrast rendition, even when shooting complex, backlit situations. Flaring is there, but controlled and fringing is virtually absent. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

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.
FINAL RATINGS 83%
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
Tags: November 2015, oppo, OPPO R7 Plus, Oppo R7 Plus Review, Supriya Joshi