How the OnePlus 5 Camera helped us take better photos at The Champions Trophy
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We have all been there at some point in our lives. A bustling crowd eager to get in, seats that are too far from the action or the continuous chitter-chatter of passionate fans. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I am talking about a cricket stadium. It’s akin to making your way through maddening rush of crowds to watch what seems like little ants play dress up from far away.

Nothing can save you from the frustration of the crowds but there is one thing that can help you get some decent pictures out of the trip at least. Smartphones have evolved over the years to become more than just you everyday communications tool, it’s become a window to your life. It’s often said the best camera is the one that you have at the moment with you and it definitely helps to have one which is actually good at what it does.

Chances are you may have seen some of our pictures from the Shot for Gizmodo campaign , where we put the OnePlus 5 camera through its paces. Some of these pictures were shot at the India Pakistan cricket match during the champions trophy and a lot of these images wouldn’t have been possible without the zoom on the camera.

A lot has been talked about when it comes to the camera on the phone. One minute, it had 2X optical zoom, the next it had 1.6X with the rest of the numbers filled in using SmartCapture multiframe technology. In fact, the company did not have a very good run up to the launch of the phone, with accusations of benchmark tampering, iPhone design clone and the lossless zoom being talked about with fervour.

Away from the madness, in our little corner at the stadium we were distant from these murmur’s and just using the camera without any preconceived notions of what it was and what it wasn’t.

Look at this picture for instance:

This was shot from the stands a fair distance away from the presentation. It may not be the sharpest picture but it still does retain some valuable detail. This was captured with the zoom set to 2.0X or more accurately 1.6X. It doesn’t seem like much but the very fact that we were able to get a usable shot from far away in the stands is impressive.

This is another picture we managed to snag from far off. This commotion was captured a fair distance away from us to the right, again with the zoom set to 2.0X. The zoom on the camera won’t blow people away but it does have the ability to get usable shots and with a little bit of post processing, we may get a good picture out of it.

Now I am not trying to defend OnePlus here, nor I am making an asinine argument about having zoom as opposed to none. What I am trying to say is that the Zoom on the OnePlus 5 camera did end up helping us out while shooting photos of the match, while many of these will seem nothing special on first glance, nearly all of them were taken from a fair distance away.