If a phone is more expensive than another, it must have a better camera, right?
The OnePlus 7 Pro, which starts at $670 unlocked and $700 at T-Mobile, shows how price tags don't matter. AdvertisementThat applies to pretty much everything about the OnePlus 7 Pro. Nearly everything about it is as good or better than the top smartphones with $900-plus asking prices. (OnePlus phones are popular around the world, but relatively few in the US have heard of the company, which only recently started selling its phones in carrier stores.)
But, today, we're talking specifically about the cameras on the $670 OnePlus 7 Pro compared to those on the $900 Galaxy S10. In most cases, the OnePlus 7 Pro takes better photos, at least in my opinion.
If you don't believe me, check out the photos for yourself:
Here's a photo taken with the OnePlus 7 Pro of a setting with a good mix of details, lighting, and colors.
Now here's the same photo taken with the Galaxy S10.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 3X zoomed lens, which makes for great zoomed shots of details from afar.
The Galaxy S10 has a 2X zoomed lens, which doesn't go as far as the OnePlus 7 Pro, and doesn't capture quite as much detail. The Galaxy S10's photo might look better, but that's not true for everyone.
Both phones have ultra-wide camera lenses, too, which is quickly becoming the primary way I take photos. So far, the OnePlus 7 Pro does better than the Galaxy S10.
The Galaxy S10's ultra-wide camera lens is wider, but just look at all that blue! And the edges seem a little more warped than the OnePlus 7 Pro's ultra-wide shot.
Bringing things indoors, I'd pick the OnePlus 7 Pro over the Galaxy S10's photo.
The Galaxy S10's photo would be fine if I wasn't comparing it to the OnePlus 7 Pro. But I AM comparing it, and the OnePlus 7 Pro's photo looks better.
Let's take a look at the good old close-up flower shot with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The Galaxy S10's photo is dramatically better.
The OnePlus 7 Pro does incredibly well in this low-light situation. There was barely any light at all when I took this shot.
The Galaxy S10 doesn't do quite as well in low light.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a pop-up selfie camera that works as well as any typical non-pop-up selfie camera.
The Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro take very similar selfies, but the OnePlus 7 Pro does better with colors.