Like the 5T, the OnePlus 6 has two rear cameras – one 16MP and one 20MP sensor. Where the 5T’s secondary camera was dedicated to low-light performance, though, the secondary shooter on the OP6 is purely for depth-sensing when using portrait mode. Both lenses on the OP6 also have a f/1.7 aperture.
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Now, this is where things get very interesting. Previously, the camera has definitely held OnePlus smartphones back – and I said as much in my review of the 5T. With the OP6, this is no longer the case – far from it. It is a camera I really like.
This is thanks to the sharp, detailed images and very natural colours and processing. Unlike the P20 Pro, which is guilty of over-processing and over-saturation, photos from the OnePlus 6 look natural and life-like.
Portrait mode is also quite successful, with generally impressive edge detection and a smooth bokeh effect in the background. It can occasionally look a touch artificial if the subject is too far away, but 9 times out of 10 I was pleased with the results of the portrait mode.
I still wouldn’t put the OnePlus 6 at the same level as the Pixel 2, though – detail does go steadily downhill in low-light scenarios, while dynamic range is not the best – but it is overall a very solid camera that is capable of taking some fantastic shots.
The last area to touch on is battery life. The OnePlus 6 sports the same 3300 mAh cell as its predecessor, and it shows – I wasn’t overly impressed with the 5T’s battery life, and the same can be said for the OP6.
You will still get a full day’s use from it – typically, I would get to the end of the day with around 10% battery left, after around 5 hours of screen-on time – but compared to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro which have 4000 mAh batteries, it is nothing special.
Dash Charge is as good as ever, though, and I found I got a 53% charge in just 30 minutes. This means you can quickly top-up the OnePlus 6 if you are running low on battery and need a boost.