Now brace yourselves for a plot twist.
None of the images above were shot using the OnePlus 5T’s low-light camera. They all came out of its main shooter, which happens to be identical to the one on the OnePlus 5, at least at a hardware level. The software driving these cameras, however, appears to be different. Upon closer examination, we noticed that the OnePlus 5T has the tendency to shoot at lower ISO, which in turn results in less noise and better detail once the image has been processed.
By now you must be wondering why the OnePlus 5T didn’t use its low-light camera in the above situations. Well, that’s because it only activates once the light available falls below a certain threshold, and that threshold happens to be very, very low. In fact, I took photos of no less than 20 scenes around town last night, and just a single one of them was captured using the 5T’s low-light shooter. I found that out on the next day; the 5T doesn’t let you switch to the low-light cam manually, and there’s no indication as to which camera is active as I shoot.
That said, here’s a couple of photos that were really shot using the 5T’s low-light cam:
This time around, the difference is a bit more noticeable. It appears that low-light photos out of the 5T aren’t just clearer. They’re also a bit more brightly exposed, and we’d say we have nothing against that look.
At the end of the day, we’re glad that OnePlus delivers on its promise of better images in low light. It’s one of the things the OnePlus 5 wasn’t particularly good at. On the other hand, it feels like trading the OnePlus 5’s 1.6X zoom camera for the OnePlus 5T’s low-light shooter is a downgrade and a bad deal. After all, people do use zoom quite often, whether their phone has a dual camera or not. In contrast, the 5T’s low-light cam feels like a waste of space and resources when is barely put to any use, not to mention that a higher-quality single camera – with OIS and a larger sensor – would have most likely done a better job.
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