Front is the New Back: Oppo F1s

 
Oppo F1s

Oppo F1s

Conchita Fernandes finds out if the Oppo F1s’ 16MP front camera is as good as it claims to be.

The Oppo F1 Plus wowed everyone with its camera specs, and the F1s is no different either. It retains the same 16MP front camera with a 1/3.1-inch sensor and a 13MP rear camera with a 1/3.06-inch sensor. It also features several modes—Double Exposure, Expert, HDR, Time lapse, and the Panorama mode, amongst others, and records 1080p video. So what makes the FIs different from the F1 Plus? Its 3GB RAM. Aside from this, the F1s’ Expert mode allows users to control the WB, Exposure, ISO, Shutter and Focus, and allows for RAW shooting as well. However, this mode is not available when you switch to the front camera. In the normal shooting mode, users can focus and meter for the subject by sliding the bar. However, in the Expert Mode, users can separate the focus and metering points.

 The noise levels in the camera increases considerably after ISO 800, with visible smear in the image. Yet, the photograph is usable if used in a small size. A little tweaking in the brightness and contrast can create good results. Photograph/Conchita Fernandes

The noise levels in the camera increases considerably after ISO 800, with visible smear in the image. Yet, the photograph is usable if used in a small size. A little tweaking in the brightness and contrast can create good results. Photograph/Conchita Fernandes

A Mixed Bag of Performance
With the F1s, I mostly shot in the Normal mode, as the Expert Mode was a little slow to render photographs, and so in the process, I ended up missing quite a few shots. While the 13MP camera was pleasing to shoot with, it didn’t fare well in brightly lit conditions, and blew out highlights. The quality of the RAW files are good though, and I was able to retrieve enough of details from the shadows. However, the phone is a little underwhelming when shooting in low light. Coming to the real star of the phone, I was quite happy with the results produced by the 16MP front camera. However, I don’t understand why Oppo wouldn’t activate the Expert mode or the Fill Light feature in the front camera, as this would allow users to be innovative with their self-portraits.

The Expert mode provides users with a level option, to ensure that they don’t shoot crooked or slanting images.

How Important is a Selfie to You
At Rs. 17,990, the Oppo F1s is definitely affordable than the F1 Plus. But, I wouldn’t want to invest my money over a superior front camera. Had it offered the same features as the rear camera to its 16MP front camera, I would have probably given it a second thought. Nevertheless, if you’re someone who predominately uses the phone’s front camera, then the F1s would perhaps be a good purchase.

AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS 13MP f/2.2 rear camera, 16MP f/2 front camera, 5.5-inch display, Octacore 64-bit processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable to up to 128GB), Rs. 17,990.
WHAT WE LIKE RAW shooting, simple UI, premium build
WHAT WE DISLIKE Blown out highlights
WHY BUY IT If you’re someone who enjoys shooting self-portraits, the phone produces good quality photographs with its 16MP front camera.
FINAL RATINGS 81%
CAMERA FEATURES 13MP rear camera, 16MP front camera  21/25 
IMAGE QUALITY  Good ambient lighting and decent in low light  25/30
VIDEO QUALITY Full-HD video recording  11/15
HANDLING  Lightweight and sleek  13/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Decent AF, slight lag in the Expert Mode  11/15

 

Tags: Cellphone camera, cellphone photography, Conchita Fernandes, November 2016, Oppo F1s, Raw, Review, selfie, Selfie Expert

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