OnePlus details camera features on 10 Pro, shows examples

OnePlus knows how to release a phone … slowly. The OnePlus 10 Pro will launch on January 11, but the company has been dropping details of its new flagship all week: first some body images, then some basic specs, and now information about its new camera system. Hasselblad brand.

The OnePlus 10 Pro will shoot in 10-bit color by default, and its three rear cameras will also have the option to shoot in 12-bit RAW.

The ultra-wide lens will have a 150-degree option with a “fisheye mode” that looks like a fisheye camera, as well as a 110-degree option with distortion correction.

150-degree wide-angle images are folded at the edges.
Fisheye
A new fisheye mode creates fisheye images.
110 degree image
110-degree wide-angle images are not folded at the edges.

A new “movie mode” allows you to change camera settings on the fly while shooting a video, and video can now be captured in “newspaper” format for professional video editors.

These features seem to try to appeal to prosuming and professional photographers. RAW and LOG formats are not for your average consumer; they are intended for people who take their shots as a starting point for further editing.

In the United States, OnePlus will come up against the cultural problem that these professional communities largely belong to Apple. No good hardware can change the way macOS and iOS workflows are deeply embedded in the culture of professional photographers. But OnePlus’ main markets aren’t the United States; they’re in places like India, where Android dominates and Apple has a much weaker grip all around. These countries also have professional photographers.

Part of OnePlus’ merger with Oppo involves upgrading the camera capabilities of OnePlus phones, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said at a virtual event in November. Oppo recently announced a new internal image processing chip, the MariSilicon X, but that doesn’t show up in the OnePlus 10 Pro.

The OnePlus 10 Pro will launch in China at 1 a.m.ET on January 11. OnePlus says a US launch will follow “later in 2022”, which is a longer timeframe than expected. Maybe OnePlus is affected by the shortage of chipsets.

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