The OnePlus 10 Pro has a second generation of special Hasselblad software for mobile cameras, and we were already impressed with some of the results. However, the real test comes when we put it against other very capable phones. Last week I wore both the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro and took pictures with both. Now we can see who is taking the best photos.
Before we look at the photos, we need to see how the two cameras differ when it comes to equipment. The iPhone 13 Pro has three 12-megapixel cameras for main, wide-angle and telephoto. The main camera has an aperture of f / 1.5, dual optical image stabilization (OIS), a seven-element lens, Smart HDR 4 and Apple Deep Fusion technology. The telephoto is shot with 3x optical zoom, and the wide-angle camera has a 120-degree field of view.
The OnePlus 10 Pro has a 48MP Sony IMX789 main camera with f / 1.8 aperture, a seven-element lens, OIS and Hasselblad for Mobile software. It is joined by a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera with a viewing angle of up to 150 degrees, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with OIS and 3.3x optical zoom. On the front of the iPhone is another 12-megapixel camera, while the OnePlus 10 Pro has a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
For reference, all the photos here were taken automatically, and without clicking to find the focus. All photos were viewed on a color-calibrated monitor, but then resized to make them more convenient for the web.
I got some weird looks when I photographed the flowers in the dark, but it’s worth it. The photo was taken an hour after sunset at night on the OnePlus 10 Pro and allows the iPhone to automatically set the exposure time. The difference between them is significant.
The photo of the OnePlus 10 Pro accurately conveys the colors and definitely effectively illuminates the scene, given that at the time it was quite dark. Obviously I’m photographing, there’s a good depth of field and it’s a fully functional idea of what daffodils look like in the dark.
However, the iPhone 13 Pro goes a step further. Look closely, and the petals are clearly detailed, there is depth and variation in color, and the focus is absolutely accurate. In the photo OnePlus 10 Pro smoothing is not visible.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
This photo shows the depth of field when shooting close-ups, how the OnePlus 10 Pro handles color accuracy and how it is affected by the lack of macro mode. The iPhone 13 Pro automatically switched to macro mode when I approached closer to get a clearer photo where the OnePlus 10 Pro had previously reached the focus limit. In fairness, the iPhone photo here is taken without the macro mode enabled.
Hasselblad’s involvement in the OnePlus 10 Pro camera is associated with the reproduction of natural colors, but there is nothing natural in the radioactive green that he has given to certain elements. The iPhone 13 Pro captured them much more accurately and gave the black pieces more depth and tone.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is a well-matched gray brake disc, and there’s also a good level of detail, but the green is so bright that almost anything catches your eye. Photo balance on the iPhone means you view it overall, and it makes the photo better.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Wide angle camera
It’s interesting. It was a beautiful day when I took the photo, and the iPhone 13 Pro perfectly captures the sky, showing a small amount of white clouds against a gorgeous shade of blue. However, then the tone is much darker for the trees and greenery around the daffodils. The overall photo is pretty warm, but I would have preferred a little less shadow in the background. The balance is only slightly disturbed.
OnePlus 10 Pro is going the other way. The yellow and green colors of daffodils are much brighter, as are the trees and foliage in the background. But the photo then blurs the sky, preferring to exhibit based on the foreground. This gives the tree trunk a slightly yellow tint, as opposed to the obvious brown in the iPhone photo.
As you zoom in, the differences become obvious. Photos of the iPhone 13 Pro are much clearer, and each individual flower head is visible everywhere, while in the OnePlus 10 Pro photo they become much less clear the deeper you look at the photo. This makes the iPhone 13 Pro a winner.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s main camera can take great photos. However, if you place the shots next to the iPhone 13 Pro, the way it handles color and exposure really stands out, and not very good. I have included here a few examples to show how they take very different photos.
The first shows where the OnePlus 10 Pro can shine. iPhone 13 Pro does not look at the sky, because it was quite foggy, which is more visible in the photo OnePlus. The grass has a nicer color, and I like the brighter brickwork on the tower.
Briefly looking at them and with the thought, I would choose the photo of the OnePlus 10 Pro. But when critically reviewing a photo the iPhone 13 Pro is the best. Zoom in, and the iPhone photo on the tower will have much more detail, and the edges are almost no improvement over the OnePlus 10 Pro image.
The technical level photo of the iPhone 13 Pro is better, but I would have edited it before sharing. Photos of the OnePlus 10 Pro are more available for sharing without editing, but technically it’s not that impressive. Shooting the other day gave a completely different result, and the OnePlus 10 Pro showed where else to work with the camera software.
This photo was taken in the afternoon when the sun is behind and the iPhone 13 Pro accurately recreates the color of the crop growing in the field. Although the sky in the photo is bluer than in real life, the image does not suffer.
The OnePlus 10 Pro – with a Hasselblad color setting, remember – makes green culture more yellow while showing a slightly clearer sky with a high white cloud. However, I can assure you that the crop has a lovely fresh green color rather than the yellow-green one shown in the OnePlus 10 Pro photo.
Here is another example. Filmed around noon, OnePlus again insists on making the green grass more yellow, and in the process too exposes the house and trees. The iPhone 13 Pro prefers the blue sky and shows much more detail in the brickwork both on the wall and on the buildings.
All these photos were taken on different days and at different times, so the environmental aspects cannot be blamed for the unusual performance. Most likely, the OnePlus 10 Pro software – I’m using a previous version of the phone – still needs to be configured. However, the first two images were taken after the software update arrived on the phone before the end of my initial review period.
Winner: iPhone 13 Pro
Both cameras have the same level of optical zoom, but the number of megapixels is drastically different, and in some situations this is really visible. At the beginning of my tests, the OnePlus 10 Pro was taking bad pictures, but they seem to have improved after one software update. For this reason I will not compare the first photos I took.
Instead, take a look at this indoor photo, which still illustrates how much better megapixel photos from the iPhone look compared to the OnePlus 10 Pro. The iPhone gets a brighter image with lots of extra detail. For comparison, the OnePlus 10 Pro has 3264 x 2448 pixels, and the iPhone 13 Pro has 4032 x 3024 pixels.
Between these, it’s an easy win for the iPhone 13 Pro. I always want to see the optical zoom feature on my smartphone as it increases versatility, but OnePlus shows that it still needs to be technically competent.
Winner: iPhone 13 Pro
Using the front camera on both phones with active portrait mode, neither camera did a good job with edge recognition. The default blur effect in the iPhone is stronger than in the OnePlus, but neither one nor one of them supports my glasses. Not only is the lens not identified correctly, but the areas around it are also confusing software. The iPhone also fails around my cheek.
I prefer the iPhone’s skin color visually, but I admit that the OnePlus is probably more accurate since it was pretty cold at the time. The iPhone also reproduces much better the black color of my fleece, while the OnePlus image gives it an almost blue tint.
Poor edge recognition means I wouldn’t share any of the photos, but the level of detail of each one is impressive. Choosing a winner is difficult, as none of the photos are perfect, and although I personally prefer the colors, it will be a draw.
Oh. There is no point in counting victories and defeats, as the iPhone 13 Pro has not lost a single category. Perhaps worse, the OnePlus 10 Pro also didn’t come close to a decisive victory. Does this mean that the latest OnePlus phone has a horrible camera? No. As you can see in our review of the phone, the camera can take great photos, but we note its inconsistency and disappoint the camera and wide angle cameras.
These photos, along with the photos in our review, show that the OnePlus-Hasselblad partnership has so far yielded no stellar results. Software needs to improve colors, and the word “natural” is used several times, but so far there is not much evidence of this in action. This is the second generation of Hasselblad software, and we have yet to see how much it adds value.
The iPhone 13 Pro’s camera has clearly improved since the phone’s release, and it also didn’t impress early in its life when confronted with the iPhone 12 Pro or Google Pixel 6 Pro. OnePlus has a history of releasing camera phones that haven’t been refined yet, doing so with the OnePlus 9 Pro and then constantly releasing software updates to improve things. Probably the same with the OnePlus 10 Pro, but at the moment the camera’s performance lags behind the iPhone 13 Pro.