Oppo Reno 8 Pro for photography
As you probably know, I became an ambassador of the OPPO brand and had been testing a phone from the not-necessarily well-known OPPO brand for over a month. The device I got from them is Reno 8 Pro and it’s time to make a small summary. And since I’m no super tech geek, this review will be about photography on the streets of London.
The eye-pleasing mint color and the glass back with a gentle transition to the place where the cameras are located give the impression of a flagship model, yet it is only an average shelf. It weighs a little more than 180 grams, which is relatively small with a 6.7″ display. The selfie camera is hidden and the screen practically fills the entire phone with pleasantly rounded corners. Compared to my find x3, we will not find a rounded screen here, which in my opinion is only disturbing in the case of photography. Nothing annoys me more than editing a photo when I have to start from the edge of these curves in Find x3.
Performance Oppo Reno 8 pro
Nothing to complain about. Fingerprint reader – very fast. Color OS, because that’s the name of the Android overlay from Oppo, is fast and very intuitive. In the case of my use, i.e. Music, GPS for driving and running, photo and video editing, YouTube, and some games from time to time everything works quickly and without silting up. Even when I have ten applications in the background and an infinite number of tabs in Chrome. The battery lasts a whole day with normal use, of course, it depends on what you consider normal. But there is nothing to worry about here either because the phone in the UK comes equipped with an 80W charger that will charge the phone by 50% in just 11 minutes. A quick coffee at Starbucks and we can keep shooting for the next few hours. In addition, OPPO claims that even after 4 years, the battery capacity will not fall below 80%. Hands up who’s had a phone longer than 4 years? My last one was almost three and by the end, it was just a nightmare to use.
Photography – Almost perfect for Instagrammer like myself?!
Although I loved taking pictures with Oppo Reno 8 Pro, I will start this point with the biggest disappointment. It is not possible to shoot in RAW. So in Lightroom, you will lose some detail when heavy editing. It’s a pity, maybe it will appear in some update. But let’s look at some pros.
- Marisilicon: So an additional processor for image processing. And here you can feel the differences. Night photos are processed very quickly and 4k movies in low light are fine. The AI does a great job of recognizing scenes quickly and accurately. For this time-lapse and hyper-lapse, super image stabilization in a motion similar to that of my hero 9 black but not as good.
- 50MP camera: of course, these megapixels can only be used with the main lens and the quality of photos is also the best from it. The wide-angle lens and 2x zoom work best in good lighting and we will not find so many details there.
- Night photos: Here, last year, I was surprised by Oppo Find x3, whose algorithm worked wonders without a tripod and a specially stable hand. And how is the Reno 8 Pro doing? Just as fast and better! I will not write and brag here, but see for yourself what photos I managed to take with my hand on an evening walk around London (photos straight from the phone, without editing):
- Portrait mode: I love portraits! I even make them myself sometimes and post them here. I remember the first phones with a depth of field simulation and on the one hand it was Wow and on the other a bit of digital crap (sorry but I still think that a good lens and full frame are the basis for a nice depth). Nevertheless, technology has advanced a lot and in OPPO Reno 8 Pro, it looks really tolerable, although it does not work every time. Every third or fourth shot had no effect at all. Maybe I was focusing in the wrong spot?!
- Makro: The quality of the photos here certainly won’t knock us down, but it’s definitely a nice addition to show the world from a different perspective. The minimum distance for focusing is 4cm.
- Everything else: On top of all this, you’ll get some useful options that will come in handy in the daily life of an Instagram influencer. Panorama, slo-mo, time lapse, hyper lapse, 4k, super stabilization for filming on the move! Filming in cinematic and shooting in PRO with all manual settings. Artificial horizon also for photos taken directly downwards or upwards (two crosses must come together to make it central). Truly a whole creative influencer hub in your pocket!
Short and to the point: Although there is no possibility to take photos in RAW so far, OPPO Reno 8 Pro costs less than half the price of the flagship iPhone or Samsung, and it does not miss much. So yes, it will be my phone for the next year and you will probably see a lot more photos from it on my Instagram.