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OnePlus 10 Pro will include a triple rear camera and updated software

OnePlus shares a few more details about the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro, this time with a focus on camera specs. If you were hoping for a lot of hardware upgrades from this second-gen Hasselblad collaboration, it looks like you’ll have to wait – with the exception of a new ultrawide, these updates are mostly software-based.

To sum up some basic camera specs we learned earlier this week, the OnePlus 10 will feature a triple rear camera – likely the same 48-megapixel main, 50-megapixel ultra-wide and 8-megapixel telephoto configuration as last year. There’s a 32-megapixel front camera, which is a significant resolution bump from the 16-megapixel selfie camera on the 9 and 9 Pro.

A notable update is the addition of a shooting mode called RAW Plus that, like Apple’s ProRAW format, combines the benefits of computational photography and RAW image capture. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro offered a traditional RAW mode, so this is a nice improvement for those who want to tinker with data-rich RAW files while retaining the advanced image processing that smartphone cameras are so good at.

All three rear cameras can be used in the updated Hasselblad Pro mode to control exposure settings and record 12-bit RAW files. We really liked the intuitive Pro mode on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, so we’d like to check out the latest version. There is also a new manual video recording mode called Movie Mode. It offers control over ISO and shutter speed, as well as access to a LOG recording format that lends itself better to post-capture color correction.

The 9 and 9 Pro cameras featured Hasselblad color matching, and OnePlus continues to lean into that aspect of the partnership. In this iteration, it combines its own (also Oppo’s own) “Billion Color Solution” and Hasselblad’s color science to give 10-bit color to each of the three cameras on the back of the phone. That should allow for smoother color gradations in images – provided you’re viewing them on a screen that can display all those colors.

The view of the new ultrawide lens from OnePlus is indeed very wide.
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On the hardware side, there’s a new ultra-wide camera sensor with an extreme 150-degree field of view – somewhere in the margins of 5mm in terms of 35mm. If you want real if you’re going for a dramatic shot, this lens can be used in combination with a new fisheye mode. For a slightly narrower view, the ultrawide offers a 110-degree mode, which is closer to the 14mm equivalent of the 9 and 9 Pro, and uses AI distortion correction.

There is one more hardware change to note: It looks like OnePlus has dropped the monochrome camera. This was a low-resolution chip included in earlier models to aid in the creation of black and white images. At least that was the claim. We struggled to find it made any difference in monochrome images and my colleague Jon Porter has lamented its existence for years, variously describing it as “baffling” and “pointless”. The renders of the 10 Pro we’ve seen so far show three handy-looking cameras along with a flash and nothing resembling a tiny monochrome sensor in sight. If that’s the case, goodbye, monochrome camera, we barely knew what you were doing.

Camera updates aside, what we’ve learned about the OnePlus 10 Pro so far isn’t surprising at all. It comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a 120Hz display and 50W wireless charging – in line with previous OnePlus flagships and ticking all the “2022 Android flagship” boxes. It will launch on January 11 in China and will be available in other regions later this year.