OPPO Reno8 Pro feaature

The camera in this $1,200 smartphone gets the iPhone 14 Pro for the money

In perhaps the most unexpected smartphone battle of the year, we pitted the OPPO Reno8 Pro against the all-new iPhone 14 Pro Max, and the result is closer than you can imagine.

While we’ve always been committed to the best of the best when it comes to smartphones – take a look at our Samsung night camera test here – the mid-range or value smartphone market has caught our attention lately thanks to the leaps they’ve been making in innovation. You can find everything from foldable phones to some of the best cameras on the market for around A$1,000 and the OPPO Reno8 Pro is the latest.

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Oppo reno8 pro camera hardware is close

Photo: Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G camera modules | Ben McKim

OPPO Reno8 Pro Camera Hardware vs iPhone 14 Pro Max

OPPO Reno8 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max
main camera 50 MP, f/1.8 48 MP, f/1.78
Ultra Wide Camera 8 MP, f / 2.2 12 MP, f/1.78
macro camera 2x 2 MP, f/2.4 2x 12 MP, f/2.8
3 x 12 MP, f/2.8
front camera 32 MP, f/2.4 12 MP, f/1.9

Comparison of OPPO and iPhone on paper and OPPO outperforms iPhone in absolute MP. This is often the case when you compare Android phones to iPhones that traditionally rely more on software than hardware. iPhone outperforms OPPO in other categories by more megapixels in Ultrawide and Macro cameras.

We were so impressed with the main camera on the OPPO Reno8 Pro that it prompted the idea for this article, but we weren’t impressed with the rest of the camera lineup. We will compare images from the main camera and the ultrawide camera for the purposes of this article, however, we will repeat that only the main camera can keep up with the iPhone.

In the case of OPPO, it makes use of the Sony IMX766 sensor, which is the same sensor that you will find on those devices listed here thanks to Kimovil. This is one of the best sensors for capturing good amounts of light without a dedicated “Night Mode”, something you’ll find in the flagship iPhone 14 Pro Max.

OPPO’s MariSilicon X NPU does the hard work

OPPO unveiled the MariSilicon X imaging 6nm NPU in December 2021 and this is the first time we’ve tested the latest chip with a renewed focus on imaging. The standalone unit gives the Reno8 Pro 5G video capabilities unlike anything else in the mid-range category, and while we won’t test the video capability in this article, expect 4K Ultra Night Video for crisp, bright, and detailed videos at night, as well as 4K Ultra HDR.

For a second more oomph, the MariSilicon X’s ISP part allows capturing 20-bit images with an extended dynamic range of 120dB (four times wider than the X3 Pro). Remember when we said these are flagship-level capabilities in a mid-range smartphone? It’s the hardware features that add together to create a true “leading level” experience for the end user.

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Oppo reno8 pro . camera software

Photo: Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G camera screen | Ben McKim

OPPO Reno8 Pro Camera vs iPhone 14 Pro Max

The OPPO Reno8 Pro beats the iPhone 14 Pro in the software category, but it still packs a handful of imaging software features, including Bokeh Flare Portrait for background blur for selfies, Selfie HDR, AI Palettes, AI Color Portrait, and Portrait Retouching. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a dedicated night mode, however, and the large sensor makes up for a lot for the performance loss in low light.

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Main camera for Oppo reno8 pro vs phone 14 pro max

Photo: iPhone 14 Pro Max (left) vs. Oppo Reno8 Pro (right) | Ben McKim

OPPO Reno8 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro Max photos

Now it’s time for the main event, we’ve included some side-by-side photos of the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G below. You’ll notice a significantly reduced sharpness when using Ultrawide on the Oppo, however, the 50MP main camera does a good job keeping up with the iPhone.

When you consider the $600 price difference between the two phones, we were deeply impressed by OPPO, especially its ability to capture a bright photo at sunset while the iPhone struggled to choose the length of exposure in low-light conditions.

iPhone 14 Pro Max main camera

Photo: iPhone 14 Pro Max main camera test | Ben McKim

Oppo reno8 pro main camera

Photo: OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G main camera test | Ben McKim

iPhone 14 pro max Ultra Wide Camera Test

Photo: iPhone 14 Pro Max Ultrawide camera test | Ben McKim

Oppo reno8 pro ultrawide camera test

Photo: OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G Ultrawide Camera test | Ben McKim

Where can you buy OPPO Reno8 Pro?

The OPPO Reno8 Pro is available in Australia now via the OPPO Store link below, at a retail price of AU$1,199.

Buy it here

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Ben McKim

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He holds a BA (Media, Technology, and Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Away from his studies, he has spent the past decade heavily involved in the world of cars, technology and fashion. He turned his passion and experience into a journalistic position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests modern man. Conducting both road and track car reviews, hands-on reviews of cutting edge technology and employing extensive knowledge in fashion and athletic footwear to his work. One day he hoped to own his own brand.