New Video: The Oppo Reno2 - best smartphone camera?
It’s tricky to innovate smartphones in the year 2019.
There are only so many ways you can differently present an impossibly thin sheet of glass and microchips. This year all the big names have turned their attention to the camera, and Oppo's Reno2 is no exception, boasting an impressive quad-camera system.
That’s right, the Reno2 sports four cameras. Best of all, they’re not housed in a sort of Ikea square hob design like other phones. Instead the four cameras sit behind a glass sheet (for protection) in a uniform strip that does not add any bulk to your sleek blower.
Each different camera specialises in providing the clearest images at any given distance. They come together to provide a 5x Hybrid Zoom, magnification thanks to images being taken using all four cameras. There’s also 20x Digital Zoom. The four cameras also provide “Ultra Steady video” – reducing the ‘shaky cam’ issue of recording video. Better yet, it takes these videos at an impressive 60 frames per second.
The smartphone comes with features such as Ultra Dark Mode, Ultra Steady Mode, and a video editor. Ultra Dark Mode will automatically set in when the brightness is less than 5lux (and all those camera smarts are driven by the on-board NPU and improved ColorOS 6.1).
All in all, it’s no surprise this phone was chosen to light up to façade of the Burj Khalifa recently.
Beyond the cameras, which we could go on and on about (the shark-fin selfie cam is also great), there’s a host of other features to get into.
The Reno2 has a 6.5 inch AMOLED screen, meaning that refresh rates are snappier and colours appear more vivid. 93.1% of the phone is made of screen, this is thanks to the lack of any kind of bezels due to the selfie cam being housed in the device itself and the lack of a home button.
The phone is powered by a speedy 730G Snapdragon processor, has up to 8GB of RAM and can handle up to 13 hours of YouTube watching.
That means you get supreme processing power, which makes browsing the web, flicking through apps and mobile gaming an absolute breeze.
Ultimately, the Oppo Reno2 packs a fantastic camera under its svelte hood. But it’s not JUST a camera, it is also a super powered smartphone that can handle just about everything you can throw at it.
More importantly, is the price – and considering the Oppo Reno 2 comes in at almost half that of other flagship smartphones, it is almost certainly the smartphone to beat.