Oppo F1 Plus: 16MP for Your Face!

 
Oppo F1 Plus

Oppo F1 Plus

Natasha Desai tests the photographic prowess of Oppo’s premium F1 Plus.

The original ‘Selfie Expert’, the F1 from Oppo was a bit of a let down as it offered nothing too unique in its price segment. The Oppo F1 Plus on the other hand, comes with a 16MP front camera, a 13MP rear camera and an uncanny resemblance to an iPhone, and is priced at Rs. 26,990.

Quality and Performance
The phone has a simple camera menu which offers the Ultra HD mode, filters, a GIF generator, a Double Exposure mode and the Expert mode, which gives you manual control over your images in the form of WB, Exposure Compensation, ISO, Shutterspeed, Focus and RAW capability. Manual control is not available for the front camera, however. The 13MP rear camera produces pretty good results. There are enough of retrievable details in shadows in both the RAWs and the JPEGs. The camera does, however, struggle with highlights and tends to blow them out completely if one is not careful. Low light performance is good and the images are usable, but the details do tend to get smeary at higher ISOs. What is really impressive is the performance of the 16MP front camera, which makes good pictures in bright light and has considerably good low light performance as well.

The JPEG results of this phone were more than satisfactory considering this is a cellphone sensor. For someone not looking ot print images, using RAW would be unnecessary. Photograph/Natasha Desai

The JPEG results of this phone were more than satisfactory considering this is a cellphone sensor. For someone not looking ot print images, using RAW would be unnecessary. Photograph/Natasha Desai

Is the Price Right For You?
At this price point, Oppo is very clearly demarcating the F1 Plus as a premium phone. It has rightfully earned its tag of being the ‘Selfie Expert’, unlike the F1. My only grouse is the lack of interest in photography which is what their F series is supposed to be about. As far as this phone goes, I’m not entirely sure I would pay the price for a better resolution on the front camera. But for those who do require a good front camera, this would be an ideal investment, owing to its overall features.

AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS 13MP rear camera, 16MP front camera, 5.5-inch display, MediaTek MT6755 Octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Rs. 26,990.
WHAT WE LIKE Good low light performance, RAW capability, UI, premium build
WHAT WE DISLIKE Price, blown out highlights
WHY BUY IT If you require the use of the front camera on a regular basis, then this phone will the do the job more than efficiently.
FINAL RATINGS 81%
CAMERA FEATURES 13MP rear camera, 16MP front camera  20/25 
IMAGE QUALITY  Good in both bright and low light  26/30
VIDEO QUALITY Full-HD video recording  11/15
HANDLING  Lightweight, sleek  13/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Quick to respond, with decent autofocus  11/15
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