The cameras on OnePlus phones have always distinguished between the best and the best. The new OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 pro are no different. While HDR photos and portraits are flawless, there are a few modes that make shots slightly flat. However, at Guiding Tech, we believe that the output of a camera can always be improved by changing certain camera settings.
We’ve been tweaking the camera settings on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro since we got our hands on it. And in this short time, we have managed to note some important tips and settings of the camera app.
So if you want to improve your photography, here are some of the best camera tweaks and tips for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
1. Say hello to the party turn
Want to make your photos colorful? Well, look no further than the stock camera app. It comes with a bunch of nifty built-in filters that let you experience different effects. The best part is that you can activate these filters in the wide-angle and 2x zoom modes.
On your OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro, head to Photo mode and tap the Filter icon in the upper right corner, and the filters will be aligned next to the Shutter button. Choose one and click.
The classic black and white filter is very practical.
OnePlus 8 Pro users also have the additional gimmicky feature called the Photocrom filter which lends gray and copper tones to images.
Lately, this filter has made headlines, as the camera can see through materials like plastic and fine clothing.
This mode has been deactivated in China and should soon be deactivated in Indian units. Global users can expect to see an OTA update with some improvements for the Photocrom filter.
2. Unlock the 48 megapixel shooter
The OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 allow you to take 48-megapixel or 12-megapixel photos. Although the latter is the default mode, you can always switch to the former, especially if you have a lot of ambient light, or if you are looking to crop some of the images later.
Fortunately, unlike previous versions, the 48 megapixel mode is not limited to Pro mode. Yes, you read correctly. With the new OnePlus 8 series, you can unlock it directly from Photo mode.
All you need to do is tap on the icon that says 12MP at the top and select 48MP from the menu. That’s it – aim, shoot and get an impression of your photos with all the details intact.
Pro tip: Gently slide your fingers over one of the three zoom icons on the camera interface and watch the magic unfold. Yes, you can thank me later.
3. Discover UltraShot HDR
Do you want to have the right balance between light and dark in your photos? Don’t worry, the integrated UltraShot HDR will do it for you. This new feature analyzes the frame and applies different presets and HDR effects to give you an optimal photo with the right balance of light and shade.
To activate it, tap the Settings option located in the upper right corner and toggle the switch for UltraShot HDR.
At the same time, did you notice a slight distortion in the wide-angle photos? Yes, wide angle lenses are subject to distortion. Fortunately, they can be easily corrected.
Go to settings and turn on the ultra wide lens correction option, and your phone will do the rest. Yes, as simple as that.
Cool tip: Want some help on your photographic journey? Activate the Smart Content Detection option and watch the camera come to your aid when you point the camera to shoot. For example, it will ask you to switch to wide angle mode when you click on images of valleys and wide panoramas.
4. Hello thumbnails
While the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 5 megapixel color filter, users of the OnePlus 8 can enjoy Macro mode. This option allows you to bring out more details in objects such as flowers, insects or other small objects. Just keep in mind the lighting conditions and the background bokeh.
To activate macro mode, switch to photo mode and press the small flower icon at the top.
Once the macro mode is activated, point your camera at a small object and start your experiments. To deactivate this mode, follow the same path. However, macro renderings are a bit muddy for my taste. Hopefully the company will correct this in a future update.
Speaking of experiences, you can also activate filtering modes in macro mode. For example, if you want a black and white close-up of a flower, combining these two modes will make it all possible.
5. Switch between JPG and RAW
The photo enthusiast in you should already know that RAW photos capture more detail and offer more options for editing photos during post processing. And like their predecessors, OnePlus 8 series phones also allow you to capture RAW photos via Pro mode.
Pro mode has a multitude of hidden settings. It allows you to take full advantage of the 48 megapixel camera. To do this, simply press the icon that says RAW, select JPG 48MP from the menu and click away.
In addition, you can save two of your favorite settings in Pro mode. Yes, you read correctly. So, once you’ve changed the ISO, exposure, and white balance to your preference, hit the C icon at the top of the viewfinder and select C1 or C2. These buttons indicate the custom user settings you have chosen to apply the effects or particular settings.
When done, tap the Save icon near the shutter button, and that’s it! A new preset for you is there waiting for you.
6. Hello super stabilization
People with trembling hands will love the Super Stable mode of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro for the stability it brings to the table. It cancels stuttering and shaking, especially if you shoot while moving or running.
To activate it, simply press the hand-shaped icon at the top and boom! For now, super stabilization is only supported up to 4K resolution at 30 fps
Speaking of resolutions, did you know that the new OnePlus 8 series phones now allow you to shoot 4K videos at 60 frames per second in 21: 9 format? The option is available under Settings> Video resolution, and the boy makes cinematic videos.
However, don’t expect to see Super Stable mode here.
7. Save custom modes
Do you use certain camera modes more often than others? Maybe Portrait mode is your favorite? If so, you may want to group these modes together to make it easier for you to reach your favorites. After all, you wouldn’t want to keep swiping right or left to reach it when you see a beautiful scene, right?
To do this, go to settings and scroll down until you see the option for custom modes. Now all you have to do is drag and drop the modes. It’s simple, right?
In addition, if you don’t use modes like Timelapse, you can also delete them. The best part is that you can easily access it when you swipe up on the screen. Cool, I have to say.
The world through a lens
So, these are some of the best camera tips and tricks related to OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8. Of course, a photo enthusiast’s journey does not end just by pressing the shutter button. It’s just the beginning.
Photo editing apps like Snapseed, PicsArt and Adobe Lightroom help you in the post-processing service, whether it’s adjusting the color of the photo or changing the white balance.
Check out the article below to brighten up your photography game with photo editing tips.
Last updated on June 9, 2020
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