Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T Camera Comparison: Result is Unbelievable

The OnePlus 5T's camera is very good but it doesn't stand against Nokia 7 Plus' HDR algorithm.

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The Nokia 7 Plus was launched a couple of weeks back along with Nokia 1 and Nokia 6 (2018). With a beautiful design out of aluminum 6000 body, the handset is sleek and stylish. It is priced at ₹25,999 and in this particular price segment, we don’t have any new device to compare. So, we decided to do Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T camera comparison irrespective of price segment.

OnePlus 5T is the most affordable flagship out there. The handset is a very good performer whether we talk about performance, battery or camera. The Nokia 7 Plus, on the other hand, is also a very good performer but will it stand against OnePlus 5T? Let’s find out!

OnePlus 5T and Nokia 7 Plus Camera Details

  OnePlus 5T Nokia 7 Plus
 

Rear

Dual 16MP (gyro EIS) + 20MP, f/1.7 lens aperture, PDAF, dual LED dual-tone flash Dual 12MP (f/1.75) + 12MP (f/2.6), gyro EIS, dual pixel PDAF, 2x optical zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED dual tone flash
Front 16MP, f/2.0, gyro EIS 16MP, f/2.0, Carl Zeiss optics

 

As you can see, camera specifications of both handsets are pretty solid and I expected (at least theoretically) that it will be a tough competition.

DAYLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Both the Nokia 7 Plus and OnePlus 5T capture very good daylight photos. Even at some points, I wasn’t able to recognize whether it is clicked by OnePlus 5T or Nokia 7 Plus. Have a look below:

Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T camera comparison

Both the Nokia 7 Plus and OnePlus 5T capture good details (without zooming in) with sharpness, however, colors on Nokia 7 Plus look a bit dark. See this photo below:

Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T camera

Zooming into 100 percent reveals that the OnePlus 5T is marginally better in terms of details and brightness.

DAYLIGHT HDR

Turning on HDR mode completely changes the scenario and the result is upside down now. Have a look below:

Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T daylight camera

HDR modes don’t do much with the OnePlus 5T and images of OnePlus 5T looks slightly better than its non-HDR images. But if you see Nokia 7 Plus’ HDR images, it will blow your mind. The HDR mode brings amazing changes compared to its non-HDR images. Have a look below:

Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T daylight pics

As you can see, the Nokia 7 Plus now has better details, better colors and better sharpness. In this section, the Nokia 7 Plus wins.

DEPTH OF FIELD or BOKEH EFFECT

In this section, it is really hard to tell the difference between their photos, have a look below:

Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T bokeh mode

Both smartphones are good at creating a bokeh effect. At some random points, I found OnePlus 5T to be better in terms of details and Nokia 7 Plus to be better in terms of colors.

OnePlus 5T vs nokia 7 plus

Bottom line, I couldn’t find any distinguishable difference between their photos to decide a conclusive winner. So, in this section, both have managed to impress us equally.

2X ZOOM

While OnePlus 5T doesn’t have a telephoto lens, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with one. Means, the OnePlus 5T uses software algorithms to digitally zoom in order to give you 2X zoom while the Nokia 7 Plus uses its dedicated telephoto lens to produce 2X zoomed photos. Have a look below:

OnePlus 5T 2x zoom

nokia 7 plus 2x zoom

As you can see, both smartphones have done a good job but Nokia 7 Plus takes a lead with better details and sharpness. The OnePlus 5T, on the other hand, isn’t bad either. Its photo is also good and is acceptable, it’s just not better than the Nokia 7 Plus.

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This section is won by Nokia 7 Plus.

LOWLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s been so many years I am reviewing smartphones and I have seen most of the handsets struggling during lowlight conditions. So, will these two perform well? Have a look below:

OnePlus 5T vs nokia 7 plus lowlight photo

OnePlus 5T vs nokia 7 plus low light camera comparison

I clicked several photos and looked closely. I found that these two handsets are more or less similar in low-lighting condition. Both capture almost same amount of details and sharpness. Check out some other samples below:

compare OnePlus 5T vs nokia 7 plus

OnePlus 5T vs nokia 7 plus low light -g2b

Though I found Nokia 7 Plus to be better at some points, still I can’t declare it a winner as OnePlus 5T was closely following. In this section, no one wins.

LOWLIGHT HDR

As I was not able to see the distinguishable difference between them, I turned on HDR mode and much like the “Daylight HDR” section, the result is upside down. Have a look below:

nokia 7 plus vs OnePlus 5T lowlight HDR

Nokia 7 plus vs OnePlus 5T low Light HDR G2B

When you turn on the HDR mode, the image output completely depends on HDR algorithm which seems to be a lot better on Nokia 7 Plus. The handset brings drastic changes on HDR images compared to non-HDR images. Whether we talk about image quality, color accuracy, sharpness or details, the Nokia 7 Plus is far better than the OnePlus 5T.

LowLight HDR Nokia 7 plus vs OnePlus 5T

Compare Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T, on the other hand, doesn’t do anything other than making the image a bit brighter. The details and sharpness remain same as non-HDR images.

In this section, the winner is Nokia 7 Plus.

SELFIE

Both smartphones have 16 megapixels front-facing shooter with f/2.0 lens aperture. Let’s see what they can do. Have a look at the sample below:

Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T selfie

As you can see, the Nokia 7 Plus captures selfies with realistic appearance whereas the OnePlus 5T bring the little bit of smoothness. Colors on the Nokia 7 Plus look natural whereas the OnePlus 5T makes colors a bit lighter. Let’s have a look at the selfies with beauty mode enabled.

Nokia 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5T selfie camera

As you can see above, both smartphones have smoothened the skin and brightened the photo. But the “beauty mode” on Nokia 7 Plus still manages to make the image look like natural whereas this feature on OnePlus 5T completely beautifies the image.

So, for the winner, it completely depends on you, whether you want a natural looking selfie or a beautified one.

OUR VERDICT

The OnePlus 5T is considered the most affordable flagship for its outstanding performance and good camera quality but when I put it against Nokia 7 Plus, it couldn’t stand (in terms of the camera)!

The crown for “winner” goes to Nokia 7 Plus for its amazing daylight (with HDR turned-on) and low-light (with HDR turned-on) performance. The OnePlus 5T, on the other hand, is not bad either but it doesn’t stand against Nokia 7 Plus’ HDR algorithm.

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