Earlier this month, OnePlus ran a blind camera test on its own website to promote the improved camera capabilities of the OnePlus 6. They compared the new OnePlus to the major flagships of 2018 – the iPhone. X, the Samsung Galaxy S9 (strangely not the S9 +) and Google’s Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL.
The blind test included a series of photos in various conditions. According to OnePlus, these scenes are the most common that an average user would take a photo of. We have a low light portrait, an outdoor portrait, low light landscapes, and daylight architecture. The OnePlus 6 came out on top in only one of the tests and took an honorable second place in two others.
In the first test, the OnePlus 6 established itself as the best low-light portraiture with Google’s Pixel 2 in second place.
When it comes to detail in daylight conditions, the device came in second – behind the iPhone X and almost sharing its place on the pedestal with the Pixel 2.
In the third category of low-light nightscapes, the Pixel 2 came out on top, followed closely by the OnePlus 6.
And in the last category (portrait in daylight), the device lost to the Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 but still beats the iPhone X.
It’s good to see OnePlus being transparent with the results to some extent as it shows that its latest flagship isn’t perfect, but you don’t need us to tell you that a shootout from a manufacturer is not the most reliable thing.
It’s easy to skew the results when you have a horse in the race – either by adjusting the camera’s shooting settings in post-processing. The original images were also not shared after the shooting, but even if they were, we would still find it difficult to take its results too seriously.