OnePlus 10 Pro review: A good top of the range that doesn’t do enough

For its new flagship, OnePlus offers a three-module screen. The main one shows 48 megapixels – this is the famous IMX789 sensor that was already present in the OnePlus 9 Pro. Next to it is a new 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module, the Samsung Isocell JN1. Finally, to complete the picture, here the 3.3x telephoto lens with an 8-megapixel sensor is renewed. The 2-megapixel monochrome module that was present in the OnePlus 9 Pro disappeared this year. The association with the Swedish Hasselblad inaugurated last year is renewed in 2022.

The promise of this OnePlus 10 Pro, therefore, does not seem to be revolutionary. We can even say that it is very similar to what the top model of last year already offered. Let’s see if this is confirmed in the image…

Main module: 48 megapixels, f/1.8, eq. 23mm

Xiaomi 12 Pro (12.5 Mpx, 24 mm equivalent, f/1.9, ISO 68, 1/100 s)

OnePlus 10 Pro

By day, the OnePlus offers a much more contrasted image, even too much, a more flattering colorimetry as well as a better controlled exposure than its direct competitor, the Xiaomi 12 Pro. However, the general tone of the image is quite flat. It loses that warm side that the OnePlus 9 Pro created last year.

Xiaomi 12 Pro (12.5 Mpx, 24 mm equivalent, f/1.9, ISO 3608, 1/20 s)

OnePlus 10 Pro

At night, the trend reverses. The 10 Pro’s photo is heavily processed, with fairly strong smoothing, despite more than correct exposure. The Xiaomi manages to sharpen its image, which can be seen in particular at the end of the card.

48 megapixel mode

OnePlus 10 Pro (Night)

OnePlus 10 Pro (day)

In full definition, the OnePlus 10 pro does not offer as much contrast during the day. The photo taken is much softer and the colorimetry is no longer the same. At night, there’s no change from the default 12-megapixel mode.

Ultra wide angle module: 50 megapixels, f / 2.2, eq. 14mm

Xiaomi 12 Pro (12.5 Mpx, 14 mm equivalent, f/2.2, ISO 167, 1/50 s)

OnePlus 10 Pro

The new ultra wide angle sensor of this OnePlus 10 Pro does not offer more satisfaction than last year’s, and it’s a shame. As in the wide angle, the colorimetry is quite neutral, but the contrast is too weak and the lack of sharpness is quite evident; unfortunately the image is softened.

Xiaomi 12 Pro (12.5 Mpx, 14 mm equivalent, f/2.2, ISO 5401, 1/15 s)

OnePlus 10 Pro

In low light, the find is relatively identical. The exposure is much better than with the competition, but the software processing is too much present here. This causes a lack of sharpness due to strong smoothing. Again, the colorimetry is quite cold.

50 megapixel mode

OnePlus 10 Pro

OnePlus 10 Pro (day)

As with the wide angle, the ultra wide angle of the OnePlus 10 Pro allows you to capture a shot in full definition (50 megapixels). Unfortunately, this doesn’t add anything else to the default mode (at 12.5 megapixels).

Telephoto module: 8 megapixels, f/2.4, eq. 77mm, 3.3x zoom

Xiaomi 12 Pro (12.5 Mpx, 48 mm equivalent, f/1.9, ISO 237, 1/100 s)

OnePlus 10 Pro

The observations noted in the previous two modules still hold true at this optical zoom. The magnification is certainly higher than Xiaomi’s, but the level of detail is not that important. The OnePlus 10 Pro lacks contrast and its colorimetry isn’t as flattering as its opponent… or even the previous model.

Xiaomi 12 Pro (12.5 Mpx, 48 mm equivalent, f/1.9, ISO 6400, 1/15 s)

OnePlus 10 Pro

At night, the shot is completely crushed. The software processing is too strong and completely softens our photographic scene.

Front module, portrait and video mode

At the front, the new OnePlus flagship is equipped with a 32-megapixel module that offers more than satisfactory performance. Color management is excellent. Hasselblad’s software processing seems to be much less involved than the main sensors on the rear. Brightness is well managed and the level of detail is good, despite the softening visible when zooming in on a face, for example.

Portrait mode is also very good. At first, the result is among the best we’ve seen on Android. The cropping is excellent, the smartphone manages to capture the entirety of a subject, without bumping into what is usually missing (hair, beard, ears, glasses… to name a few). The bokeh is very nice and doesn’t seem too forced. We also get very good results with the core module. In short, the portrait mode of this OnePlus 10 Pro borders on excellence.

In video, the smartphone is capable of filming in 4K at 120 fps or in 8K at 24 fps (compared to 30 fps on the OnePlus 9 Pro). The wide-angle module and the telephoto lens are equipped with optical stabilization (OIS), which should almost make the shakes disappear.

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