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OnePlus 9 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro: Which camera is better? – MobileSyrup

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I’ve been reviewing the OnePlus 9 Pro over the last few weeks, and since I also have an iPhone 12 Pro, here are a few sample images to compare how the two smartphones’ cameras perform.

If you want the full resolution image files, I’ve uploaded all the OnePlus 9 Pro sample shots and the iPhone 12 Pro pictures here. Fore more on the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9, check out my review of the smartphones.

Check out all of the camera comparisons below:

Main camera shots

This first shot shows two very comparable cameras. However, I find the natural bokeh and colour balancing a little more pleasing with the OnePlus 9 Pro.

Once again, we’re looking at two really similar images, with the main difference being how much wider the OnePlus 9 Pro’s basic lens is. The iPhone 12 Pro also over-sharpens the background in this shot.

This example is a masterclass in ‘spot the differences,’ and it really just comes down to colour processing.

In this picture, I like how much more warmth and colour the OnePlus 9 Pro got out of the hallways and how it handled the light at the top of the image.

This image hints at a problem I’ve seen a lot when comparing smartphone cameras. They’re often very inconsistently try to add blue to the sky. In this instance, it was twilight when I was out and the actual colour of the sky fell somewhere between these two pictures.

Both also look decently sharp from a distance, but you can see a significant detail drop off in the ground quality of the pictures, with the field looking like an over-smoothed blur.

This final image shows that once again, OnePlus colour balance has come a long way this year. Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the colours of the back wall are really spot on. This is another good example of the nicer, natural bokeh the OnePlus 9 Pro offers when compared to the iPhone 12 Pro.

Wide-Angle shots

OnePlus has hyped up its new wide-angle shooter a lot, and this image illustrates why. As you can see with the iPhone 12 Pro and every other wide-angle camera I’ve tested, the edges of the picture warp. With the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, that doesn’t happen.

Zoom shots

The OnePlus 9 Pro has an instant upper-hand here since its 3.3x zoom reached just a little further than the iPhone 12 Pro’s 2x. Neither is terrible, but I’ll take the OnePlus camera here because it has ability to get a little closer.

Night mode and low-light

I gravitate towards the iPhone 12 Pro here, but I think the OnePlus 9 Pro is a little more natural since it hasn’t boosted the highlights quite as dramatically.

A sample image from a Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera.

I don’t have high-end samples for every comparison, but for reference, this is an unedited jpeg from my Fuji X-T3 with a 23mm (50mm equivalent) lens. The OnePlus 9 Pro lens is a 23mm equivalent, so it’s not quite the same image.

However, if you’ve read my OnePlus 9 series review, you’ll know that while I think it’s fun OnePlus added professional camera specs, I’m worried it’s all for nothing since it’s still leagues behind a real camera. This image illustrates that.

These pictures were both shot with their phones’ respective night modes enabled. The iPhone 12 Pro crushed OnePlus 9 Pro thanks to its accurate colour representation and the fact that it didn’t make my girlfriend Alex look green.

This photo also had the night modes enabled. I would argue that while neither is great, at least you can see a bit more of the scene with the OnePlus 9 Pro’s camera.

Beyond that, in my experience night mode shots across all phones are very hit and miss. It’s a nice feature to have since sometimes you can take amazing pictures (like this one I snapped with a 7T last year), but overall it’s a very tough area to compare.

Portraits

Portrait mode is another area where it seems the iPhone 12 Pro can’t be beaten. The focus is really inconsistent with OnePlus 9 Pro, and I even have a version of the above image that has Alex’s shirt in focus and her face entirely blurry.

The above image is reversed with her shirt having inconsistent focus and the bokeh around her head being too cleanly cut and not perfect.

Even on a different day the OnePlus 9 Pro still couldn’t figure out my camera strap after four tries. It’s slightly better than the above example, but the iPhone 12 Pro took a clean shot on attempt one.

Without Portrait mode enabled, the cameras are a little more evenly matched, but for some reason, the OnePlus 9 Pro’s photo was really washed out when I was shooting here.

Macro

The OnePlus 9 Pro sweeps the maco category since the iPhone 12 Pro doesn’t really have official macro shooting capabilities. That said, this particular camera is definitely more for fun, and I only find myself using it a few times a year. That said, whenever I do use it, I often end up with some cool shots.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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