Let's Talk About OPPO F1s' Camera Features

OPPO is marketing the F1s smartphone for its camera features especially the front facing snapper boasting 16MP which is higher than its counterpart on the back panel at 13MP. Knowing that particular feature of this new OPPO phone will make us understand why this this device is also called the Selfie Expert. Users who love taking selfie photos or love capturing moments with the front camera are the major target here for this device. That being said, let's talk about the OPPO F1s' camera department alone in this post and see what's in store for us with this smartphone.

Specs wise, the rear camera is again pegged at 13MP with f/2.2 aperture and single LED flash while the front cam is at 16MP with a much faster f/2.0 aperture lens. The way I understand it, the wider or larger the aperture lens are, such as f/2.0 and f/2.2, the better photo quality it's going to produce since the lenses allow more light to come in through the lens for exposure. This also makes the camera work well in low light scenes.

The 13MP Rear Camera

Let's start off with the main camera or the one sitting on OPPO F1s' back panel. In addition to the f/2.2 lens, it is also equipped with phase autofocus detection system which works really fast and accurate especially in well-lit environment.

There are a total of three ways to launch the camera on OPPO F1s. First is the usual way of going through the apps and tapping the camera app icon, second is via gesture functionality in which you can set up and just write the letter O on the screen while it is turned off, and third is by swiping up the camera icon when you wake the phone up from sleep mode (see image below).

Upon firing up the camera, you will be greeted with a clean and simple interface ready to capture your first o next moment with just a click of a button.

At the top section you will have four icon options to choose from to add more functionality to capturing images. On the far left is the Flash, under it are the flash's functions which you can set to OFF, ON, AUTO or FILL LIGHT. Fill Light, in case you don't know is just to simply continuously turning on the LED light even if you are not taking photos or videos yet. Next is the HDR, with just OFF, ON, and AUTO options.

Third is for the Shutter and this is the busiest of them all as here is where you can find most functions for how you would like to capture the photo.
  • NORMAL = just click on the on-screen shutter button
  • TOUCH    = simply touch anywhere on the screen to take photo
  • VOICE     = say "cheese" to capture
  • PALM      = put up your palm on the screen and as soon as the camera recognizes it, the photo will be taken the next moment. 
Or you can use the TIMER that is available in 3, 5, and 8-second intervals. I find this timer feature really helpful when taking group pictures, as it gives me the chance to hold the phone comfortably and position the camera frame just right before taking the photo. The one at the lowest is for the size of the screen, Standard, Rectangle or Full Screen. Sadly there is no option to switch your preferred MP (Megapixel) like in most smartphones around, as I could not find that option within the camera. I am guessing the Full Screen mode is the one lower than the default 13MP, I could be wrong though. Having no option to change the camera resolution, I think makes sense since we rarely use them on our devices, we either want the picture to be in rectangle or full screen size and those are just enough options for me to enjoy the camera and take my photos.

And the last icon is for switching the camera from rear to the front and vice versa.

Down below the same screen are the camera modes, again we are still talking about the rear camera here. As you can see in the images above, we have five immediate modes available here, Time Lapse, Video that can capture in 720p and 1080p resolutions, Photo (aka Auto mode), Beauty (we'll talk more about it more below), and then the Panorama.

But wait there's more! You see that flower-like icon on the right? Click that and it will show you even more camera related features and modes. Those are the Ultra HD which is basically uses a photo-stitching mechanism to produce a 50MP image, GIF mode that lets you create GIF images ala Harry Potter style, Double Exposure, and Various Filters are live filters that you can apply even before you take the photos

Expert Mode (or Manual Mode) gives you additional freedom to control the camera and the quality of photos they want. Through this mode you can manually set the white balance, ISO, shutter, focus and even the ability to shoot in RAW.

You may not be using all of those modes such as the Ultra HD and Expert Mode like myself, but it's so nice to know that these advanced camera options are here on OPPO F1s ready to be used anytime and anywhere. See below sample photos I took using the rear camera.

The 16MP Front Camera

Now let's move on to the main star of the two, the front facing camera. OPPO made sure that a lot of selfie lovers will definitely love this side of the phone by putting a bigger 16MP shooter and the latest Beauty 4.0 software.

See the menu at the top section when front camera is turned on? You may notice that almost the same functionalities are available only with the exception of HDR. Down below are the same options as found on the rear camera. However, additional modes for front facing camera only includes Various Filters, Double Exposure, and GIF. No Expert Mode.

Beauty 4.0 

Beauty mode is one of the exciting features of the OPPO F1s. If you used other camera centric smartphones before like the Zenfone Selfie, the idea of Beauty 4.0 is basically the same, which is to produce a most beautiful photo of you without the need for a quick retouch. It's like putting a foundation digitally, that's the best way I can describe it. hehe.

Beauty 4.0 is very simple to use. Upon switching to the Beauty mode, you will have an option to adjust the "rosiness" to your liking. Good thing is this Beauty feature is also available on the rear camera.

Above is an example of photos I took (while riding a tricycle to work) using the front camera. On the right side I used the default Photo mode and on the left the Beauty mode with middle setting like the one above (number 4 and the dot just in the middle between Fair and Rosy). And you can definitely see the difference between the two, which I really think most selfie takers will definitely love.

More photo samples.

Final thoughts

When it comes to low light scenes, both rear and front cameras perform really well. The photos produced were also bright and clear, although sometimes a little bit grainy. Main camera does have a single LED flash while there is none on the front, however since selfie shooter has f/2.0 aperture and the screen becomes brighter when front camera is switched on, the image quality still becomes brighter than I normally would expect. That being said I am very happy they perform, no question about that, especially knowing that this device is only priced at Php12,990.

What about during daylight or with well-lit environment? This is where the two cameras really stand out. The OPPO F1s is one of the best camera phones I have used so far. The images are detail rich, bright and vivid when taken in nicely lit places. My only complaint is that there is no optical image stabilization or OIS feature. So if you have a shaky hand or in a moving vehicle while capturing photos or recording videos, the output may not be that appealing.

Overall the OPPO F1s is able to deliver its promise of being the Selfie Expert smartphone of the day. One of the mid-range Android devices out there that you should consider if you are shopping for a camera and selfie centric handset that won't hurt your pocket and that also sports stunning design.

You may also check out my OPPO F1s unboxing and initial impressions here.
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