OnePlus shares a few more details about the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro, this time focusing on camera specs. If you’ve been hoping for plenty of hardware upgrades from this second-gen partnership with Hasselblad, it looks like you just have to keep waiting – with the exception of a new ultra-wide, these updates are mostly software-based.
To recap some basic camera specs we learned earlier this week, the OnePlus 10 will feature a triple rear camera – likely the same main 48-megapixel, 50-megapixel ultra-wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto setup as Last year. There’s a 32-megapixel front camera, which is a significant resolution boost over the 16-megapixel selfie camera in the 9 and 9 Pro.
One notable update is the addition of a shooting mode called RAW Plus which, like Apple’s ProRAW format, combines the benefits of computer photography and capturing RAW images. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro offered traditional RAW mode, so this is a nice improvement for those who want to tinker with data-rich RAW files while still retaining the advanced image processing that smartphone cameras are designed for. so good.
The three rear cameras can be used in the updated Hasselblad Pro mode to control exposure settings and record 12-bit RAW files. We really liked the intuitive Pro mode on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, so we can’t wait to check out the latest version. There is also a new manual video recording mode called Movie Mode. It offers control over ISO and shutter speed as well as access to a LOG shooting format that lends itself better to post-capture color calibration.
The 9 and 9 Pro cameras featured color tuning by Hasselblad, and OnePlus continues to build on this aspect of the partnership. In this iteration, it combines its own “billion color solution” (also Oppo’s) and Hasselblad color science to bring 10-bit color to each of the phone’s three rear cameras. This should allow smoother color gradients in images, provided you are viewing them on a screen capable of displaying all of those colors.
On the hardware side, there’s a new ultra-wide camera sensor with an extreme 150-degree field of view – somewhere in the range of 5mm in terms of 35mm. If you want really opt for a spectacular shot, this lens can be used in combination with a new fisheye mode. For a slightly narrower view, the ultrawide features a 110-degree mode, closer to the 14mm equivalent offered by the 9 and 9 Pro, and uses AI distortion correction.
There’s another hardware change to note: It looks like OnePlus has ditched the monochrome camera. This was a low-resolution chip included in previous models to make it easier to shoot black and white images. That was the claim, anyway. We struggled to find that it makes a difference in monochrome images, and my colleague Jon Porter lamented its existence for years, describing it in turn as “confusing” and “unnecessary.” Renderings of the 10 Pro we’ve seen so far show three useful cameras with a flash and nothing that looks like a small monochrome sensor in sight. If so: farewell, monochrome camera, we hardly knew what you were doing.
Other than camera updates, what we’ve learned about the OnePlus 10 Pro so far isn’t at all surprising. It will come with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, 120Hz display and 50W wireless charging, in line with previous OnePlus flagships and ticking all the “Android 2022 flagship” boxes. It is due to launch on January 11 in China and will be available in other regions later this year.