When it comes to smartphone cameras, no one should expect a four-year-old startup like OnePlus to realistically take on a tech behemoth like Samsung, but OnePlus puts up a seriously good fight.
Yes, the Galaxy S8 is still the king of the smartphone cameras, but it’s also a phone with a starting price tag of $720. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 5 costs $480, and I’d be happy to capture memories, vacations, and everyday shenanigans with the OnePlus 5 in my hands with an extra $240 in my pocket.
See if the Galaxy S8’s superior camera truly warrants the extra $240 you’d spend over buying a OnePlus 5:
Both the OnePlus 5 and Galaxy S8 produce similarly excellent photos in bright daylight, but the Galaxy S8 brightens up some of the darker areas to make them more visible. It’s especially noticeable on the building across the street.
When I fully zoom into each photo, it’s clear that the Galaxy S8’s camera is sharper and captures more detail.
The OnePlus 5 is a little more conservative with color saturation than the Galaxy S8’s deeper green and pink. The OnePlus 5 also gives off a warm, yellow-ish tint compared to the cooler and more dynamic color contrast of the Galaxy S8’s camera.