OnePlus 2 Rear Camera Features

August 10, 2015

OnePlus 2 camera

In this article I want to take a closer look at the OnePlus 2 camera features.  IS the OnePlus 2 is a “flagship killer” as the slogan suggests, at least in the camera department? I was very thrilled when I saw a sample images on the official website. I mean, the images looked like they were taken with a professional camera, not a smartphone camera. I know that in good lighting it’s hard to tell them apart, but the image quality looks very impressive.

Here are the OnePlus 2 rear camera specifications:

  • 13MP image resolution
  • OmniVision OV13860 1/2.6″ (5.56×4.11 mm image area)
  • Dual LED flash
  • 14-bit image signal processing
  • f/2.0 aperture lens
  • 6-element lens for minimal distortions
  • 1.3µm pixels
  • Laser Autofocus system (0.2 sec)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4K videos, slow-motion videos
    Video resolutions and frame-rates: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
  • Time lapse

The Sensor is the Key for the Impressive Image Quality

The key for these amazing images is due to the OmniVision OV13860 image sensor. The sensor unique design allows larger 1.3-micron pixels, compared to 1.1 microns of the previous model. This sensor uses PureCel backside-illuminated Stacked die technology, which I assume it’s quite similar to Sony’s Exmor RS’ technology.  The sensor supports super fast 120fps calculations for the contrast-detect AF system, dual-exposure HDR for stills and video recording, better signal-to-noise ration performance and support for digital stabilization for videos by providing extra pixels when recording videos.

Check this OnePlus 2 camera review by Marques Brownlee

Overall a very impressive rear facing camera, which certainly give the other high-end phones a good run for the money. You can see in the video above that in daylight the OnePlus 2 easily match the Galaxy S6, LG G4 and iPhone 6+ image quality. I would ignore the haze in the images because the images might have been taken in different time of the day or different weather conditions.

We can clearly see that the secret sauce for better image quality lies in the image sensor. This is the main reasons we see such incremental improvements each year. Phone manufacturers favor larger sensors, BSI and Stacked sensor tech in their camera, because this is the key to show improvement in image quality each after year.  I’ll looking forward to see more sample images and videos taken with the OnePlus 2, and I’ll write a detailed comparison in future articles.

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