Takes Great Selfies but the Rear Cam Is No Slouch Either
OPPO’s F series of smartphones have always been known for taking great seflies and, while the same can be said about the F7, they’ve made a lot of improvements to the rear camera as well. The 16-megapixel rear shooter produces great snaps with a decent amount of dynamic range and, since you’ve got an aperture of f/1.8, shots in low-light situations come out with a good amount of detail and minimal noise. The company talked about the F7’s AI tech during our briefing and the best way to see it in action is through the camera’s scene detection. There are 16 in total to help you get the best shots possible if you happen to be taking a photo of food, the scenery, or your beloved pet; it’s something we’ve from other brands before but it’s always a nice feature to have. Despite not having a secondary camera to help with the bokeh effect, the OPPO F7 still has a portrait mode. The results aren’t perfect but you’re getting more hits than misses.
The front camera is where the F series built its name and the 25-megapixel camera on the OPPO F7 is backed with a Sony IMX576 image sensor plus the company’s AI beautification tech they first implemented on its previous iteration. While we absolutely loved the photos when we went au naturel, we had mixed feelings about the AI beautification. It’ll, of course, boil down to preference but, at times, we think it goes a little overboard with making your eyes bigger and smoothening your skin.
You also have software-assisted bokeh with the front shooter and our shots came out really nice with this feature on. Again, it’s not perfect, but you’ll learn when and when not to use it to get the best selfies possible.
It’s Got Lots of Juice
The F7 is powered by a 3400mAh battery and it definitely has enough juice to last more than a day. It clocked in a respectable time of 9 hours and 26 minutes using PC Mark’s Battery Benchmarks with real-world use giving us enough lasting power to run errands all day with mobile data running for the great part of it. Sadly, there’s no sign of OPPO’s VOOC charging on this device so topping up the phone takes a little over 2 hours. Please bring it back, OPPO.
Is the OPPO F7 worth considering? Head to the final page to see our verdict.