OnePlus 3 Real Camera Review: Never Settle (for a lame camera)

Never settle! Flagship killer! OnePlus makes some bold comments regarding its phones. On this third iteration, are there compromises to make when buying a phone for $400?

Our Real Camera Review series looks to raise the bar on how we talk about smartphone cameras. These days, it’s not a severe compromise for many people to use their phones as their main photography solution, so we’re aiming to talk photos and videos for phones in the same way we would for a standalone camera.

For the OnePlus 3, we’ve got a 16MP sensor, which is a bit more pixel dense than the trend of 12MP cameras found on more expensive flagships, but that higher pixel density is also packed onto a slightly smaller camera sensor. Optical image stabilization is combined with electronic software stabilization when shooting 1080p video, but this camera can also produce UHD video. Phase detection auto focus is on tap for quick focusing speeds, and we also get a handful of fun options like timelapse, HDR, and slow motion video.

On paper this sounds like a pretty competitive offering, but given the reputation OnePlus carries, it will likely be compared to other devices on two fronts. How does it compete against other similarly priced options, and how does this camera stack up to more expensive flagships? Here’s our OnePlus 3 Real Camera Review to answer ALL your photo and video questions!

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.