December 7, 2023
OnePlus 11 (left) and Nothing Cellphone 2 Andy Boxall / Digital Developments

Can the OnePlus 11’s digital camera beat the Nothing Cellphone 2’s digital camera in a straight check? We intention to search out out right here, and though on the floor it’s all about two very succesful telephones and the way they carry out, it’s additionally about whether or not Nothing and OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new firm can beat his outdated firm.

A little bit of a grudge match, then. The struggle is on.

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Cellphone 2: digital camera specs

The OnePlus 11 and Nothing Phone 2's camera modules.
Nothing Cellphone 2 (left) and OnePlus 11 Andy Boxall / Digital Developments

You’re proper when you suppose these two telephones are very completely different from one another, however they really each use the identical predominant digital camera and are fairly comparable in a single different key space: value. The OnePlus 11 begins at $699 whereas the Nothing Cellphone 2 begins at $599, so there’s a great likelihood when you can afford the Nothing telephone, the OnePlus received’t be wildly out of attain. However will paying additional will get you a significantly better digital camera? Listed here are the specs.

The OnePlus 11’s predominant digital camera is a Sony IMX890 with 50 megapixels and optical and digital picture stabilization (OIS and EIS). It’s subsequent to a 48MP Sony IMX581 wide-angle digital camera and a 32MP Sony IMX709 Portrait Tele digital camera. A 13-channel spectrum sensor helps with coloration replica. On the entrance is a 16MP selfie digital camera. Hasselblad has additionally assisted with the digital camera tuning and provided numerous filters too.

It’s additionally the 50MP Sony IMX890 digital camera on the entrance of the Nothing Cellphone 2, with OIS and EIS once more, but it surely’s joined by a 50MP Samsung JN1 wide-angle digital camera and doesn’t have any further sensors in any respect. The selfie digital camera is a 32MP Sony IMX615 with a bunch of options together with HDR and a Night time mode. If you need extra element, we’ve bought a correct Nothing Cellphone 2 vs. OnePlus 11 comparability for a more in-depth have a look at how they examine.

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Cellphone 2: predominant digital camera

The primary photograph in our check is with the principle digital camera on a sunny day in London. The water was notably inexperienced and each have captured it properly, however the OnePlus 11’s HDR impact reveals off much more of the steel bridge above me, and balances the clouds and blue sky rather well too. The Nothing Cellphone 2 struggles extra right here, and whereas the photograph is fairly, it lacks the pop of the OnePlus 11’s picture.

This close-up reveals just a few extra variations between the cameras. The OnePlus 11’s photograph is brighter and extra detailed, with higher focus than the Nothing Cellphone 2’s, particularly if you zoom in. The Nothing Cellphone 2’s publicity obscures coloration, and its edge enhancement is noticeable across the petals too. It’s not a nasty photograph, however the OnePlus 11’s photograph is significantly better.

The ultimate photograph was taken inside, and just like the photograph of the flower and bee, the OnePlus 11 captures a lot extra element than the Nothing Cellphone 2’s digital camera. The Alcantara overlaying over the steering wheel and seat illustrate it greatest, as you possibly can see the grain within the OnePlus 11’s photograph, but it surely has all been smoothed out by the Nothing Cellphone 2 — one thing that continues over the leather-based dashboard too.

This can be a consequence of lighting (it was inside a constructing, and inside a automotive with a black inside) because the OnePlus 11’s focus is sharper all through, suggesting it handles low mild higher. The Nothing Cellphone 2’s software program has been too heavy-handed with its smoothing right here, and couldn’t match the OnePlus elsewhere both.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Cellphone 2: wide-angle digital camera

All of the wide-angle photographs taken with the 2 telephones have been outlined by the OnePlus 11 taking brighter pictures with stronger HDR, making them pop greater than the Nothing Cellphone 2’s darker photos. Within the first photograph, you possibly can see how this may make the Nothing Cellphone 2 take extra natural-looking pictures at first look, however element is slightly obscured by shadow within the background, and the digital camera’s love of smoothing has smudged the grass within the foreground too.

This aggressive strategy from the Nothing Cellphone 2’s software program is much more noticeable within the second photograph, the place the OnePlus 11’s photograph reveals a lot extra motion within the water on the prime of the waterfall, whereas the Nothing Cellphone 2’s photograph loses out on this as a result of manner the software program processes the picture. The publicity and distinction ranges take away a lot of the element within the brickwork too.

Every photograph I took had comparable attributes, and whereas a few of the Nothing Cellphone 2’ wide-angle photographs have been first rate, the OnePlus 11 all the time took the extra immediately shareable image, and that makes a giant distinction. The Nothing Cellphone 2’s photographs might be tweaked by modifying, however the OnePlus 11’s photographs didn’t all the time want it. It takes the win right here too.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Cellphone 2: 2x zoom

The Nothing Cellphone 2 continues to be a easy operator once we swap to the 2x zoom mode. The Nothing Cellphone 2 doesn’t have a telephoto digital camera in any respect, whereas the OnePlus 11 has a 2x telephoto digital camera. Curiously, the Nothing Cellphone 2’s zoom photographs have a extra pure tone and practical colours, however every picture is ruined by wanting overly processed.

The OnePlus 11’s photograph is sharper and extra detailed, with much less smoothing all through, notably within the roofs of the homes within the distance, the sphere on the left, and the bracken within the foreground. The Nothing Cellphone 2’s photograph is clearly a digitally zoomed picture, however the telephoto digital camera on the OnePlus 11 — as restricted as it might be — reveals its energy.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Cellphone 2: portrait mode

The Nothing’s telephone software program impresses in terms of portrait mode. Our examples have been shot at a 2x zoom, which is obtainable as an choice by each cameras and enhances the blurred bokeh impact. The OnePlus 11’s bokeh could be very sturdy, to the purpose the place it obliterates all element within the background, whereas the Nothing Cellphone 2 has a way more refined and enticing impact.

Edge recognition can also be extra correct, and it’s significantly better at isolating its topics in a pure manner. The padlock hooked up to the tap is a good instance, with its sharply centered edges and practical quantity of blur. The colours rival the OnePlus 11, so portrait mode provides the Nothing Cellphone 2 its first, and really decisive, win.

Winner: Nothing Cellphone 2

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Cellphone 2: night time mode

In environments with a median quantity of ambient mild out there, the 2 cameras are fairly carefully matched, with coloration, tone, texture, and dynamic vary showing very comparable. Neither was actually extra correct than the opposite. The variations include sharpness, because the OnePlus 11 has extra correct focus and fewer blur, leading to photographs which are sharper if you zoom in.

When issues get very darkish, the OnePlus 11 pulls in much more mild, whereas the Nothing Cellphone 2 struggles to indicate wherever close to the identical stage of element. The second photograph wants little rationalization, because it’s apparent the place the OnePlus 11 succeeds. The Nothing Cellphone 2 takes acceptable lowlight pictures when there’s a good quantity of sunshine to work with, however it could actually’t compete with the OnePlus 11 at nighttime.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Cellphone 2: selfie digital camera

Issues haven’t been wanting good for the Nothing Cellphone 2 till now, but it surely redeems itself with the selfie digital camera, which trounces the OnePlus 11’s barebones 16MP selfie digital camera and portrait mode. The quantity of further element, the vastly extra pure pores and skin tones, and the far more correct edge recognition make the Nothing Cellphone 2 a significantly better alternative for the selfie fan. I even love the lens aptitude the Nothing Cellphone 2 has picked up on this specific selfie.

Winner: Nothing Cellphone 2

Is the OnePlus 11 value the additional cash?

A person holding the OnePlus 11.
OnePlus 11 Andy Boxall / Digital Developments

The OnePlus 11 received 4 classes and the Nothing Cellphone 2 received two, giving the OnePlus 11 the general win. It has additionally achieved so in a very powerful predominant and wide-angle digital camera battles, as these are probably the cameras you’ll use probably the most. The Nothing Cellphone 2’s software program tuning lets it down, however the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a confirmed performer so software program updates could enhance the digital camera sooner or later.

When you take a variety of selfies, the Nothing Cellphone 2 is streets forward of the OnePlus 11 although, and the pair are carefully matched in lowlight. It’s solely when it will get actually darkish the OnePlus 11’s means shines by, which can be helped by the extra highly effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.

A person holding the Nothing Phone 2.
Nothing Cellphone 1 Andy Boxall / Digital Developments

When you can spend extra to get the OnePlus 11 and take a variety of photographs the place high quality is essential, then it’s value the additional. The Nothing Cellphone 2 doesn’t have a nasty digital camera, however Nothing actually must do some work on the software program, appropriately capable of carefully match the OnePlus 11’s predominant digital camera efficiency, seeing as each have the identical sensor.

It’s value watching, and we’ll proceed testing it. However for now, Carl Pei’s outdated firm reigns supreme on this check.

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