Oppo Find X5 review

GSMArena Team, 11 April 2022.

Daylight samples

Main camera

Starting with the main camera, we had great expectations.

The dynamic range and level of detail remained solid throughout all weather conditions, while colors were spot on and natural-looking. In case you aren't a fan of that, you can use the AI toggle that boosts all colors. Additionally, we saw a solid indoor performance with minimal noise and impressive sharpness.

12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 275, 1/7547s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 270, 1/5784s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 108, 1/5784s - Oppo Find X5 review
12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 102, 1/3064s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 104, 1/3713s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 107, 1/3605s - Oppo Find X5 review
12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 195, 1/3824s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 110, 1/6510s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 139, 1/2604s - Oppo Find X5 review
12.5MP daylight samples

On the other hand, sharpness isn't consistent and sometimes isn't on par with the competition. We've also noticed a tendency to go for a bit lower exposure and a narrow tonal range. The end result is either crushed blacks or not enough detail in the shadows. It also gives all the photos a bit of a grungy feel, especially when it's overcast. In some rare instances, we noticed detail smearing in small patches and oversharpening artefacts. Those were mostly seen indoors with little light.

12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 104, 1/3019s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 106, 1/3939s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 349, 1/2348s - Oppo Find X5 review
12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 105, 1/3658s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 153, 1/214s - Oppo Find X5 review 12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 267, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review
12.5MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 354, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review  - f/1.8, ISO 122, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review
12.5MP daylight samples

We wouldn't recommend shooting in 50MP mode. The samples below are particularly bad. They have a limited dynamic range, extremely soft and noisy. It's not worth the marginal gain in detail.

50MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 101, 1/3552s - Oppo Find X5 review 50MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 105, 1/3658s - Oppo Find X5 review 50MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 106, 1/3156s - Oppo Find X5 review
50MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 102, 1/3727s - Oppo Find X5 review 50MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 102, 1/4385s - Oppo Find X5 review 50MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 102, 1/3168s - Oppo Find X5 review
50MP daylight samples - f/1.8, ISO 102, 1/3896s - Oppo Find X5 review
50MP daylight samples

2x telephoto camera

Kudos to Oppo for using a proper telephoto unit for the 2x zoom. The advantage over standard 2x crop is apparent. And yet, it fails to impress when pit against competing 2x and even 3x solutions. The images are fairly sharp and offer a good amount of detail, but it produces somewhat dark images. It's probably an issue with the tonal adjustment, just like the main camera. We kind of liked the contrasty look, but we aren't fond of the crushed shadows. The overall quality falls just a tad short of the competition's.

2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 165, 1/1466s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/800s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 286, 1/660s - Oppo Find X5 review
2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/1555s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/443s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/1209s - Oppo Find X5 review
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2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 294, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 756, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto main camera samples - f/2.4, ISO 126, 1/1302s - Oppo Find X5 review
2x telephoto main camera samples

Ultrawide camera

Images are way too dark even in bright environments as we see the same tonal issue once again, but only more prominent. The good news is that rendition is in line with the main and telephoto cameras. In some of the indoor shots, you may notice some sort of HDR filter-like effect on surfaces. We can't be too sure about the cause of this, but it might be due to some image stacking inconsistencies.

Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 311, 1/3713s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 385, 1/3939s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 230, 1/2000s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 144, 1/2000s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 249, 1/2846s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 407, 1/1525s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide daylight samples

Aside from those problems, which look like they can be fixed with a future software update, the ultrawide camera offers excellent picture quality. It excels in sharpness and detail (as far as ultrawide cameras go, of course). Colors are life-like, contrast is on point, and the barrel distortion algorithm is doing a fine job.

Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 236, 1/2000s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 400, 1/148s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 298, 1/62s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 399, 1/89s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 897, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide daylight samples - f/2.2, ISO 1280, 1/42s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide daylight samples

Given that the ultrawide camera has AF enabled, it takes on the role of a macro camera as well. This is a much better solution than a dedicated macro lens because the ultrawide shooter captures more light, has higher resolution and offers considerably more detail. This is exactly the case here. The focusing distance isn't as close as on a proper macro camera, but the results are good. You just need to make sure you've nailed the right distance from the subject.

Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 1372, 1/17s - Oppo Find X5 review Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 108, 1/2000s - Oppo Find X5 review Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 286, 1/676s - Oppo Find X5 review
Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 310, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 483, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review
Macro samples

Low-light samples

Main camera

As we already mentioned in the previous section, the software doesn't really make any difference between Night mode and the standard Photo mode. Once it's dark enough, the software will automatically shoot in Night mode but won't give you any prompts when doing so. We didn't find any way to turn this off too. Makes us wonder why keep a separate Night mode in the first place. Maybe for those rare occasions in which you want to force a Night mode when it's not really Night mode time.

Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 11584, 1/8s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 3151, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1261, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1441, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 3392, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 3657, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1670, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1771, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 4577, 1/13s - Oppo Find X5 review
Low-light main camera samples

That's not entirely a bad thing, though, as it simplifies things and the presented photo quality is impeccable, and it doesn't take more than a second to snap all of the needed images. Those are definitely one of the best nighttime shots we've taken. These samples are comparable to the ones taken with the recently reviewed Xiaomi 12 family, which showed excellent performance during the night as well.

Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1436, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1350, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1721, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 3873, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 4920, 1/13s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 6183, 1/8s - Oppo Find X5 review
Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 3297, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review Low-light main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 3766, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
Low-light main camera samples

Images are generally clear with little to no noise and plenty of fine detail in the shadows, which are well-exposed without going over the top. The highlights are balanced, contrast is great, color reproduction is close to natural and overall sharpness is impressive.

2x telephoto camera

Understandably, telephoto quality at night isn't the best. Sharpness drops, and the dynamic range isn't as wide. Also, depending on the lighting conditions, the software may choose to crop from the main camera. To our surprise, in those rare cases in which the telephoto was used, the image quality was considerably better. We wonder why Oppo would prioritize cropping from the main camera in low-light situations.

2x telephoto low-light samples - f/2.4, ISO 4352, 1/25s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto low-light samples - f/2.4, ISO 4144, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review
2x telephoto low-light samples

Otherwise, the 2x cropped photos have a rendition that is quite similar to standard 1x mode and no matter which method the system chooses, the end results are still good enough for social media posting.

2x zoom crop low-light samples - f/1.8, ISO 2844, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x zoom crop low-light samples - f/1.8, ISO 3938, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
2x zoom crop low-light samples

We also tried forcing the telephoto camera during the night using the Pro mode and leaving all the settings to auto. Sadly, the results aren't great, and that's probably because there's no image stacking. As we already mentioned, even in the automatic Photo mode, there's some apparent Night mode-like image stacking.

2x zoom: Night mode crop - f/1.8, ISO 2147, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x zoom: Telephoto - f/2.4, ISO 1700, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x zoom: Telephoto - f/1.8, ISO 3819, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
2x zoom: Telephoto - f/2.4, ISO 3000, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x zoom: Telephoto - f/1.8, ISO 4891, 1/17s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x zoom: Telephoto - f/2.4, ISO 6000, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
2x zoom: Night mode crop • Telephoto

Lastly, we were able to capture this scene using only the telephoto camera. The first photo is taken with Night mode ON, while the second one comes from the Pro mode.

It all may sound a bit confusing, so in short - the camera app prefers cropping from the main shooter when in 2x zoom mode, but in case there's enough light, the dedicated telephoto camera would take over, and in this case, images are better. Using the Pro mode won't solve this issue.

2x telephoto: Night mode - f/2.4, ISO 4048, 1/25s - Oppo Find X5 review 2x telephoto: Normal telephoto - f/2.4, ISO 1600, 1/20s - Oppo Find X5 review
2x telephoto: Night mode • Normal telephoto

Ultrawide camera

The ultrawide camera handles night scenery with ease. It's one of the best nighttime performances we've seen from an ultrawide camera. We didn't observe the same exposure issues at night. In fact, it's quite the opposite. The ultrawide camera impresses with a wide dynamic range and unrivalled sharpness and level of detail.

 - f/2.2, ISO 4190, 1/13s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 3457, 1/13s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 5535, 1/11s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 5302, 1/13s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 1330, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide low-light samples

Contrast is great, colors are punchy, noise is non-existent, and light sources look good. We noticed only one issue - the software can sometimes go for darker exposure or mess up the white balance. That's not a frequent sighting, though, but we recommend taking at least several photos to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises.

Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 1132, 1/17s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 2810, 1/14s - Oppo Find X5 review Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 18368, 1/8s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 4513, 1/11s - Oppo Find X5 review
Ultrawide low-light samples

Once you are done with the real-life examples, take a look at our Photo compare tool for some pixel-peeping and see how the Oppo Find X5 fares against the competition.

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Portraits

Portraits are largely inconsistent. At least the ones taken with the main camera. The subject was oftentimes a bit too soft and sometimes even jittery. Fine detail is lacking, and edge detection isn't as precise. Colors and dynamic range are good, though, and some of the samples were taken in sub-optimal lighting conditions.

Portraits: Main camera - f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/193s - Oppo Find X5 review Portraits: Telephoto - f/4.5, ISO 135, 1/91s - Oppo Find X5 review Portraits: Telephoto - f/2.8, ISO 102, 1/2213s - Oppo Find X5 review Portraits: Telephoto - f/4.5, ISO 100, 1/732s - Oppo Find X5 review
Portraits: Telephoto - f/2.8, ISO 239, 1/63s - Oppo Find X5 review Portraits: Telephoto - f/4.5, ISO 363, 1/34s - Oppo Find X5 review Portraits: Telephoto - f/2.8, ISO 231, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review Portraits: Telephoto - f/4.5, ISO 450, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review
Portraits: Telephoto - f/2.8, ISO 101, 1/560s - Oppo Find X5 review Portraits: Telephoto - f/4.5, ISO 100, 1/284s - Oppo Find X5 review
Portraits: Main camera • Telephoto

Using the telephoto for portraits results in even softer photos (not by much) and tends to render skin a bit pale. Noise is easier to spot, too.

Selfies

Selfies aren't exactly flagship-level but are good enough for social media. The camera retains most of the detail and sharpness in various lighting conditions, but it should have been a tad sharper to begin with. On the other hand, colors are good and dynamic range is wide, while noise is hard to notice. The dedicated Portrait mode looks convincing enough, which is rare for selfies.

Selfies: Normal - f/2.4, ISO 215, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/4.5, ISO 277, 1/30s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/271s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/4.5, ISO 100, 1/280s - Oppo Find X5 review
Selfies: Portrait - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/577s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/4.5, ISO 100, 1/560s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/2.4, ISO 196, 1/100s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/4.5, ISO 102, 1/50s - Oppo Find X5 review
Selfies: Portrait - f/2.4, ISO 674, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/4.5, ISO 674, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/2.4, ISO 606, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/4.5, ISO 606, 1/33s - Oppo Find X5 review
Selfies: Portrait - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/122s - Oppo Find X5 review Selfies: Portrait - f/4.5, ISO 113, 1/100s - Oppo Find X5 review
Selfies: Normal • Portrait

Video recording

Interestingly enough, the Find X5 doesn't support 4320p video recording, which isn't a big omission given that the chances of owning an 8K TV are still rather slim. So we won't be bashing Oppo for not including that option despite the fact that the SoC and the main camera sensor support 8K video recording at 24fps.

Anyway, in addition to the standard 2160p and 1080p modes, there's an action-camera like stabilization that significantly cuts from the available field of view to provide buttery-smooth stabilization. The mode supports videos only of up to 1080p resolution, so keep this in mind. There's also an AI flick that doesn't seem to do much, at least for the test scene we usually record. We expected punchier colors as that's what the AI usually does for stills.

The 4K footage seems solid with little to complain about. The overcast made things a bit tricky, but the video retained much of its detail in the shadows. Colors are vibrant, noise is non-existent and overall sharpness, and detail are great.

The ultrawide camera can also capture 4K videos with almost identical rendition. It tends to shoot for a slightly lower exposure, but that could be due to the overcast weather conditions. The shadows are a bit darker as a result, and the video, in general, is a tad softer than the standard one, but the overall quality is impressive for an ultrawide camera. This is one of the few times in which we can easily recommend using the ultrawide camera for video recording.

We are mostly surprised by the telephoto's camera to record 4K footage, though. Sharpness and detail are amazing, dynamic range is more than decent, while colors and contrast contribute to an excellent-looking video.

Once you are done with the real-life scenarios, take a look at our video compare tool to see how the Oppo Find X5 stacks against the other phones we've reviewed.

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Reader comments

  • Jzma
  • 16 Nov 2022
  • nUk

In my country X5 is offered for 560 euros, which i find bargain for such phone. Oneplus 10 pro is 650 euros 8/128 and 780 euros 12/256. Oppo is great phone for under 600 euros. I ordered one for myself 😊

  • Bargain hunter
  • 24 Oct 2022
  • dSV

Just done the same thing. Great deal from EE. £50 per month with unlimited data. Bargain

  • Bargain hunter
  • 24 Oct 2022
  • dSV

Eric from Oppo is on Reddit. He argues the phone is ip rated. He doesn't know why people are saying its not rated.