OnePlus 7 Pro will have a 3x zoom camera

OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are set to arrive in May 2019, with a grand unveiling on 14 May. The big news with the OnePlus 7 Pro is a new 3-camera array said to offer a real 3x optical zoom function, supplemented by a 10x digital zoom.

This latest information is via Wired (opens in new tab), which has been able to use the phone at a special hands-on event at the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix. Wired remarks favourably on the new zoom function, the camera’s Auto HDR mode and natural-looking results.

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The new 3x zoom does seem a step up from OnePlus’s previous attempt, the 2x ‘zoom’ in the 2017 OnePlus 5, which actually came from a 1.6x lens cropped to a larger magnification. We think the current OnePlus 6T (opens in new tab)  (pictured) is pretty good so with its new optical zoom capability the OnePlus 7 Pro looks like it will be a strong contender for one of the best camera phones (opens in new tab) available this year.

More information on the OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus has been steadily teasing details of its new phones via social media and even newspaper ads, perhaps trying to make up for lost time against already-announced rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (opens in new tab) and Huawei P30 Pro (opens in new tab). The OnePlus 7 Pro will not have a time of flight (opens in new tab) depth sensor, we’re told, but it is likely to be significantly cheaper, not to say simpler, than its rivals.

The only other information we have about the OnePlus 7 Pro right now is that it will support 5G (opens in new tab) and will have no notch or bevel.

Stay tuned for the official OnePlus announcement on 14 May! 

Oppo has just announced the Reno 10x Zoom which offers a built-in 5x optical zoom.

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Rod Lawton
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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com (opens in new tab) but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com (opens in new tab)