Seeing KL through the lens of the OPPO R9s
After their success with the similarly priced F1 Plus and lower-prices F1s, Oppo is back again, this time with the new R9s— offering flagship-like specs, premium design, all wrapped up in a package that costs only RM1798. So, has Oppo outdone themselves with this new R9s?
Our editor had made very good effort to walk around our capital Kuala Lumpur to test the ability of OPPO R9s which including daylight shot and also night shot which is more challenging for smartphone.
Before we start, let’s recap some of the highlights of OPPO R9s beside camera. The OPPO R9s offers a 5.5 inch Full HD display, powered by Snapdragon 625 Octa-core processor and equipped with 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage (microSD expandable up to 256GB).
It also features 16MP f/1.7 large aperture rear camera with Sony IMX 398 sensor and Dual Phase Detection auto focus technology that allows it to take clear photos under low light condition. While, there’s a 16MP f/2.0 aperture front-facing camera with new beauty mode for a perfect selfie.
Besides, it packed with a 3,010 mAh capacity battery with VOOC fast charging support and running ColorOS 3.0 out of the box. The Oppo R9S is available in our market at the price of RM 1,828.
In term of design, the design of the Oppo R9s follows Oppo’s latest smartphone design language which come with premium looking and stylish design.
The front features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 X 1920) display with AMOLED backlighting, which is a nice touch. It also has a density of 401 pixels-per-inch. Above the screen is a LED notification light, 16-megapixel front-facing camera with aperture of f/2.0, along with an earpiece and some sensors. The bottom features a touch-capacitive home “button” with fingerprint reader built in. It’s not a button, but still will provide haptic feedback. At both sides are the remaining Android capacitive touch controls.
The biggest deal of any smartphones these days are its cameras, and the Oppo R9s is no exception. Oppo has previously focus more on the front facing camera of the F1s than the rear, but this time round they have decided to treat both equally. The primary camera on this phone is now on the back, rather than the front like what they do with the F1s. It is a 16-megapixel camera with a customized 1/2.8-inch Sony IMX398 sensor that is developed exclusively for the R9s, with an aperture of f/1.7.
Under sufficient lightings, the camera can really capture some fantastic images. Details are well preserved and with very little artificial effect to it. Colours are vivid too, and the images taken by the R9s are exceptionally pleasant to view on the AMOLED display. The HDR mode is quite aggressive at blowing things up, and under sufficient lighting, it worked well in majority occasions.
The main camera is the most important upgrade for the R9s, it uses OPPO and Sony jointly developed 16MP IMX398 sensor. The average focus speed increased by approximately 40%, The Dual PDAF gave a very fast response of focusing even on moving subjects.
R9s camera also has f/1.7 large aperture, the amount of light compared to the market common f / 2.2 aperture increased by about 60%, and R9s camera also has 6P lens covered by sapphire glass, support of electronic image stabilization, EIS and speed shutter. In short, the night shot quality had rocketed to a whole new level with brighter night shot, great detail and lesser noise.
Besides the conventional camera function, there is a special function in the camera system that provides super clear picture. The principle is the use of multi-frame oversampling synthesis technology, the original 16MP will be elevated to 32MP and 64MP that allow OPPO R9s provide a larger frame and more details in every shot.
Now, let’s dive into the pictures taken in the lovely city of Kuala Lumpur. All the photos are taken under Auto-mode which is the most used mode that are preferred by the majority of consumers.
Auto-mode 1/2000 sec, ISO 40, f/1.7
Based on the image above, we can clearly see that the presentation of the whole photo is very natural and near to what you can see with your naked eyes. The details of the trees are amazing, we can see leaves clearly and the reflection on the cars are distinct.
Auto-mode 1/640 sec, ISO 40, f/1.7
When we took a closer look, the details are amazing. The dust behind the Ferrari logo is very clear and the colour of whole picture is just fine. The exposure and the white balance of whole photo are well-balanced.
Auto-mode 1/500 sec, ISO 84, f/1.7
Now, we shift to the darker part of the sport car exhibition. OPPO R9s handled the photo very well even though the light is not sufficient. The light spot on the cars are viewable but not over exposed. The mural on the wall is very clear and the detail of the roof is very distinct.
Auto-mode 1/100 sec, ISO 65, f/1.7
As you can see, the colour reversion of the mural is very well handled. It creates a very stunning colour, the red of the word “Klang River” is in place, not overly bright or too pale. Meanwhile the yellow colour of the Lamborghini is still sharp.
Auto-mode 1/100 sec, ISO 136, f/1.7
Unlike some devices that offer artificial bokeh effect photos, this photo taken by the R9s has decent depth of field which is perfectly fine tuned. Thanks to the f/1.7 aperture, we can now take more attractive photos than ever before. The focus speed of OPPO R9s is very fast and well recognized.
Now, let’s move to indoor shopping mall and test the camera ability of OPPO R9s.
Auto-mode 1/30 sec, ISO 132, f/1.7
In this photo, the light presentation is very good. As we all know, the photo can hardly be nice when we’re expose to condition that had a lot of complicated light source. The white balance of this photo is considerably good. The details on the floor and edges of the photo are handled well.
Auto-mode 1/50 sec, ISO 152, f/1.7
The roof of the shopping mall is quite complicated, but OPPO R9s once again nailed it with flying colour. Although we had focused on the rooftop, the details of Coach’s banner are still clearly viewable and sharp. The strings hanging on the pillars are distinct.
Auto-mode 1/30 sec, ISO 445, f/1.7
Although it’s already night time, but the photo still looks bright. It seems brighter and the sky is viewable with more details shown. Moreover, the edge of KLCC tower is still well rendered. The light on top of KLCC tower is not too bright, and make the photo looks natural and well balanced.
Auto-mode 1/15 sec, ISO 522, f/1.7
Now we retook the photo when the sky turns dark. Just like previous photo, the details of this photo are stunning. The sky look bright and the details of the clouds are well rendered. The exposure of whole photo seems to be in place. The building behind KLCC tower is not buried in dark, but we can see the appearance clearly.
Auto-mode 1/250 sec, ISO 34, f/1.7
Finally, we took one last shot on outdoor during bright sky. The light is sufficient and in the best condition to test out the white-balance and exposure of OPPO R9s. As we can see, the statues of the temple are looking great. The exposure of the photo are not too bright. The details of the side buildings are still clearly viewable.
In conclusion, it should be clear by now that the OPPO R9s packs a really solid main camera.