OnePlus launched its Nord 2 5G smartphone in India last week. This is the successor to the first Nord. Even though this retains the 90Hz AMOLED screen, it has a better 50MP rear camera with Sony sensor, is powered by new Dimensity 1200-AI SoC designed in collaboration with MediaTek that boosts the camera’s AI capabilities. Let us check out how some camera samples from the phone.
Since the base is Color OS, the camera UI is also same as the one from ColorOS 11.3 and also brings those features like dual video, AI color portrait and bokeh flare portrait video for images. There is also AI video enhancement and Nightscape Ultra. The rear camera offers 12.5MP output after pixel binning, and the front camera images are 32MP in size.
- 50MP primary camera with 1/1.56″ Sony IMX 766 Quad-Bayer sensor with OIS, 1.0µm pixels, PDAF
- 8MP Ultra-wide camera with Sony IMX355 sensor, f/2.25 aperture
- 2MP mono depth camera with GalaxyCore GC02M1 sensor, f/2.5 aperture
- 32MP front camera with Sony IMX 615 sensor, 0.8µm pixels, f/2.45 aperture, EIS
Daylight, 2X and Ultra-wide
Daylight shots came out well, but when you turn on HDR the dynamic range get better, but some might not like it since it the normal image already has booster colours. On top of that, there is a feature called AI Photo Enhancement, which recognizes up to 22 different photo scenes and automatically adjusts camera settings to make boost the colours. 2X is decent, but once you zoom after that the quality degrades since it is digital zoom.
The portrait mode uses the 2MP mono sensor and uses the Dimensity 1200-AI’s processing to offer good edge detection. There AI colour portrait and Bokeh flare portrait are also good, but the bokeh flare portrait looks better in low light or when there are a lot of lights in the background.
Low light shots are good with a lot of details and less noise, and the OIS helps as well to stabilize the images. The night mode automatically enables ultra dark mode if there is very less light, and that makes it better, but it takes a few seconds to process. There is also a tripod mode that takes multiple photos in long exposure time of up to 25 seconds, combines them to offer better and brighter photos in dimly lit places with only 1 lux of illuminance.
The front camera is also good in daylight, and there is also HDR mode. The bokeh shots were decent, but the edge detection is not the best since it is just uses software.
It can record videos in up to 4K 30 fps, and there is 1080p 60fps, slow motion at 120fps, 720p at 240 fps. There is also AI mode and ultra-wide video shooting, but these are limited to 1080p 30fps. Videos are stable, thanks to OIS, and the colours are vibrant and sharp. AI mode boosts the colours. Check out the video samples below.
Full review of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G will be out soon.