Oppo Find X5 review

GSMArena Team, 11 April 2022.

Two 50MP sensors and a 13MP telephoto camera

The camera hardware on the vanilla Find X5 is borrowed from the Find X5 Pro except for the advanced 3-axis sensor-shift and 2-axis lens-shift systems used for stabilizing the main cam. The standard X5 relies on a conventional OIS. The rest is the same.

This, in turn, means that the Find X5 relies on two 50M Sony IMX766, 1/1.56", 1.0µm sensors for its main and ultra-wide cameras. Both sensors support multi-directional PDAF, of course. Their lenses are what sets them apart.

Oppo Find X5 review

The primary shooter adopts an f/1.8 aperture while the ultrawide's is f/2.2. Oppo quotes the FoV is just 110-degrees, but when compared to the 120-degree ultrawide camera on the Galaxy S22+ side by side, there isn't much of a perceived difference.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to dig out the origin of the telephoto camera, but we do have the key specs at hand. It uses a 13MP, 1/3.4" sensor paired with f/2.4 aperture. The reported focal length is 52mm, which makes roughly 2x optical zoom. There is no OIS on this one.

Oppo Find X5 review

The selfie camera is unknown as well, but it features 32MP resolution and f/2.4 aperture, while the sensor and pixel sizes are 1/2.74" and 0.8µm, respectively.

All of the cameras, or at least the ones on the back, have Hasselblad Color Calibration. It's not entirely clear whether or not the front-facing camera has the Hasselblad tuning.

Additionally, Oppo has replaced Qualcomm's Spectra ISP with its in-house MariSIlicon X 6nm ISP utilizing an NPU core inside. Some of the key highlights include 18 TOPS AI computing performance and a 20-bit dynamic range. This should considerably boost the quality of nighttime pictures.

Camera software and features

The default Camera app is almost indistinguishable from the one the latest Realme and OnePlus smartphones use. Swiping on the viewfinder or the scroller below switches between modes, while the additional ones can be found under the "More" sub-menu. There's an option to re-arrange them to your liking.

Oppo Find X5 review

The general Settings menu is found under the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the viewfinder. There's also where you can switch off the automatic Macro detection. Speaking of which, we found it to be reliable for the most part. It seems to work only if you get close enough to a subject using the main camera. If the 2x zoom or the ultrawide toggles are active, the software won't switch to Macro mode.

In Video mode, Oppo provides all of the essential toggles, including the one that enables Portrait video mode. That's the shutter icon next to the three toggles. It seems like the Portrait video mode is supported only using the main camera. The 2x zoom mode still uses the main camera.

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Standard Photo and Video modes

And although there's a dedicated Night mode, we found it to be working even when using the standard Photo mode. If the lighting conditions are met, the software automatically shoots in Night mode. It doesn't take more than a second or two at most to take a shot and stack all the frames. There's also a tripod mode within the Night mode that uses longer exposure for better results. The Night mode is supported on all three cameras.

Long exposure is a thing outside the dedicated Night mode, though. There are three presets with customizable exposure timers. Oppo has optimized the Long exposure mode for three particular use cases - moving vehicles, water and clouds, light painting.

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Night mode and Long exposure

Oppo has brought Pro mode support to all of its cameras, but switching between lenses is a bit tricky. When you have the main camera active, it will give you two toggles on the viewfinder - 1x and 2x zoom. Both of which shoot with the main camera. The same applies to the ultrawide and the telephoto camera. One would wonder why would you want to shoot 2x zoom photos using the ultrawide camera.

Since the software tends to crop from the main camera in low-lighting conditions, using the Pro mode to force the telephoto camera is a nice workaround. We talk about the quality of both approaches in the next page.

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Pro mode

In any case, the Pro mode gives you control over the usual stuff like ISO, exposure, white balance, manual focus and shutter speed. There are also focus peaking and histogram to help you out.

Some of those options are available in the so-called Movie mode for video capturing. There's a way to enable the advanced stabilization, HDR, a LOG option for more post-production flexibility, ISO, shutter speed and histogram. These are some of the most essential features video enthusiasts would want. And it works with all three cameras, too.

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Video pro mode

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