The OnePlus 10 Pro has the second generation of Hasselblad’s special software for mobile cameras, and some of the results have already impressed us. However, the real test comes when we compare it to other equally powerful phones. Over the past week, we’ve taken the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro and shot with both. It is no longer theory: now we can see which one takes the best photos.
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Before we jump straight into imaging, it’s worth remembering how the two cameras differ when it comes to hardware. The iPhone 13 Pro has three 12-megapixel cameras for main, wide-angle and telephoto functions. The main camera has an f/1.5 aperture, dual optical image stabilization (OIS), a seven-element lens, Smart HDR 4, and Apple’s Deep Fusion technology. The telephoto lens shoots at 3x optical zoom and the wide-angle camera has a 120-degree field of view.
For its part, the OnePlus 10 Pro has a 48MP Sony IMX789 main camera with an aperture of f / 1.8, a seven-element lens, OIS and Hasselblad software for mobile devices. Added to this is a 50MP wide-angle camera with a field of view of up to 150 degrees, as well as an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS and 3.3 optical zoom. On the front of the iPhone is another 12MP camera, while the camera selfie of the OnePlus 10 Pro is 32MP.
As reference, all photos here were taken in automatic mode and without touching the screen to find a focal point. All photos have been viewed on a color calibrated monitor, then resized to be more web-friendly.
We got some weird pictures from taking photos of flowers in the dark, but it was worth it. The photo was taken an hour after sunset using Night mode on the OnePlus 10 Pro and letting the iPhone automatically set the exposure time. The difference between the two is considerable.
The OnePlus 10 Pro photo captures colors accurately and certainly brightens the scene effectively, considering it was actually quite dark. You can see what I’m shooting, there’s a good depth of field, and it’s a fully functional representation of what daffodils look like in the dark.
However, the iPhone 13 Pro goes one step further. We look closely and see that the petals are clearly detailed. There is depth and variation in color, and the focus is absolutely perfect. There is none of the smoothing evident in the OnePlus 10 Pro photo.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
This photo shows depth of field when shooting up close, and how the OnePlus 10 Pro handles color accuracy, and also how it’s affected by the lack of a macro mode. The iPhone 13 Pro automatically switched to its macro mode when I got closer to get a clearer photo, where the OnePlus 10 Pro reached its focal limit earlier. In the interest of fairness, the iPhone photo here is taken without macro mode active.
The Hasselblad software in the OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera promises natural color reproduction, but there’s nothing natural about that radioactive green it’s given certain parts. The iPhone 13 Pro captured them much more accurately, and also gave the black pieces more depth and tone.
The OnePlus 10 Pro captures the gray brake disc piece well and there’s a good level of detail too, but the green is so striking that it’s pretty much all that catches the eye. Balancing the iPhone photo—when viewed as a whole—improves the photo.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
It was a beautiful day when we took the photos, and the iPhone 13 Pro captures the sky perfectly, showing a small amount of white clouds against a beautiful shade of blue. However, the tone is much darker in the trees and in the greenery around the daffodils. The photo in general is quite warm, but I would have preferred a little less shadow in the background. The balance is slightly off.
The OnePlus 10 Pro goes in the other direction. The yellow and green of the daffodils are much brighter, as are the trees and foliage in the background. But the photo then washes out the sky, choosing to expose based on the foreground. This gives the tree trunks a slightly yellow tint, as opposed to the brown in the iPhone photo.
But when you zoom in is when the differences become obvious. The iPhone 13 Pro photo is considerably sharper, with each individual flower head visible everywhere, whereas in the OnePlus 10 Pro photo, they get much less sharp the further you look into the photo. Again, the iPhone 13 Pro is the winner.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s main camera can take great photos. However, when you place the images next to those of the iPhone 13 Pro, the way it deals with color and exposure really stands out, and not in a good way. We’ve included several examples here to show how these two take very different photos.
The first shows where the OnePlus 10 Pro can shine. The sky treatment on the iPhone 13 Pro is off, as it was actually quite blurry, which is most apparent in the OnePlus photo. The grass is a nicer color and we like the brighter brick in the tower.
Looking at them briefly and thinking about which one to share, the OnePlus 10 Pro photo would probably be the option. But examined in detail, the photo of the iPhone 13 Pro is superior. Look closely and you’ll see much more detail in the tower in the iPhone photo, and hardly any edge enhancement compared to the OnePlus 10 Pro image.
On a technical level, the iPhone 13 Pro photo is better, but I’d edit it before sharing. The OnePlus 10 Pro photo can be shared unedited, but technically it’s not that impressive. Taking photos on a different day produced a very different result as well, and the OnePlus 10 Pro showed where its camera software still needs work.
These photos were taken in the late afternoon with the sun at our backs, and the iPhone 13 Pro accurately reproduces the color of the growing crop. Although the sky is bluer in the photo than in real life, the image does not suffer from it.
The OnePlus 10 Pro, with its Hasselblad color tweak, turns the green crop more yellow, while displaying a slightly more accurate sky with its tall white cloud. However, we can assure you that this planting is a beautiful fresh green color, and not quite the yellowish green shown in the OnePlus 10 Pro photo.
Here is another example. Taken around noon, the OnePlus again insists on turning the green grass more yellow, and in the process, overexposes the house and trees. The iPhone 13 Pro favors blue skies and shows much more detail in the brickwork on both the wall and the buildings.
All of these photos were taken on different days and at different times, so it’s impossible to blame environmental elements for the unusual performance. The software on the OnePlus 10 Pro (we’re using the preview version of the phone) is more likely to still require tweaking.
Winner: iPhone 13 Pro
Both cameras have a similar level of optical zoom, but the number of megapixels is radically different, and in some situations this shows. At the beginning of our tests, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s telephoto camera took poor photos, but they seem to have improved after a software update. For this reason, I will not compare the first photos we took.
Instead, take a look at this inside photo, which further illustrates how much better the iPhone’s higher-megapixel photos look compared to the OnePlus 10 Pro. The iPhone takes a brighter picture with lots of extra detail. For comparison, a OnePlus 10 Pro telephoto image is 3264 x 2448 pixels, while an iPhone 13 Pro telephoto image is 4032 x 3024 pixels.
Between the two, it’s an easy win for the iPhone 13 Pro. I always want to see an optical zoom feature in a smartphone as it increases versatility, but OnePlus still needs to improve.
Winner: iPhone 13 Pro
Using the front camera on both phones with Portrait mode active, neither camera did a great job of recognizing edges. The iPhone’s default blur effect is stronger than OnePlus’s, but neither hits the glasses at all. Not only are they not labeled correctly, but the sections around them also confuse the software. The iPhone also fails around the cheek.
We visually prefer the skin tone of the iPhone, although we admit that the OnePlus is probably more accurate, as it was quite cold at the time. The iPhone also reproduces the black of the fleece much better, while the OnePlus image gives it an almost blue tint.
They have poor edge recognition, yes, although the level of detail in each one is impressive. Choosing a winner in this item is difficult, as no photo is ideal.
The iPhone 13 Pro has not lost its class, but it seems that the OnePlus 10 Pro has not been decisively improved either. Does it mean that the OnePlus has a bad camera? Of course not. It can take great photos, but we noted its inconsistency and disappointing telephoto and wide-angle images.
What these photos show is that the OnePlus and Hasselblad partnership has yet to deliver stellar results. The software is supposed to enhance colors, and the word “natural” is used multiple times, but so far there isn’t much evidence of this in the results. In short, this is the second generation of Hasselblad software and we still have to wait for improvements.
The iPhone 13 Pro’s camera has clearly improved since the phone’s launch, though we weren’t impressed when comparing it to the iPhone 12 Pro or Google Pixel 6 Pro either. OnePlus has a reputation for releasing phones with cameras that aren’t quite fine-tuned yet, it did with OnePlus 9 Pro, releasing then released software updates to make things better. This is likely to be the case with the OnePlus 10 Pro as well, but for now, the camera performance is a bit behind the iPhone 13 Pro.