OPPO Reno5 recently launched in Kenya and went on sale a few days later. We’ve been taking it through its paces including a first impressions review, a comparison review with the OPPO Reno4 and now a full review.
The OPPO Reno5 is an incredible midrange smartphone packing quite the heat. We have a massive 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate backed by the latest hardware, all-day battery life with 50W SuperVOOC charging, the phone ticks all the right boxes. ColorOS 11 brings a host of new software features and Android 11 to the device, making it that much more enticing.
In terms of optics, we have five cameras comprising of a 44MP hole-punch selfie camera and a 64MP quad setup that also includes an 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro module, and 2MP mono lens.
OPPO Reno5 sports upgraded and new features to play around with including AI Highlight Video that fuses the power Ultra Night Video and LiveHDR. AI Highlight Video uses an AI algorithm to recognize light levels, and then applies a corresponding solution to make every video clear and vibrant.
OPPO also features Dual-view Video where both front and rear cameras record what’s happening and how you’re reacting at the same time. With both angles on camera, your videos can capture all the excitement of your interactions.
We have AI Color Portrait and in this distinctive video mode, color keeps all eyes on your subject as they move through black-and-white scenery.
Other features include Monochrome Video, Soloop Smart Video Editor, Night Flare Portrait, Ultra-clear 108MP Image, AI Scene Enhancement, AI Mixed Portrait and Slo-Mo.
We took a ton of photos and videos with both phones to see how they performed and we’re glad to report that the OPPO Reno 5 takes the crown as evidenced by these sample shots below.[Link to full resolution images below]
OPPO Reno 5 took better, more clear and brighter and well-detailed images with decent saturation for both daylight and lowlight shots ready for sharing on social media. HDR, highlights, white balance, exposure and colour accuracy was on point with the natural-looking photos and videos during the day and at night.
Selfies and portraits turned out pretty well thanks to the improved camera even for less-than-ideal scenes. The night mode for selfies was a hit and miss and we prefer you only use it when you have to. Lowlight performance is good on its own.
The improved ultrawide camera maintains colours similar to the main lens.
Videos get shot at 4K at 30FPS; 1080P and 720p at either 30fps of 60fps for both. Slo-mo video at either 1080p or 720p.
The videos are super-stable and sharp. You can also switch to the ultrasteady mode for shooting moving objects.
Regular Shots and Bokeh mode shots
Lowlight selfies, portraits and nightmode selfies
More lowlight shots and their nightmode shots
In terms of camera performance, you are getting your money’s worth with the OPPO Reno5.
OPPO Reno5’s cameras are reliably consistent for the most part. You’ll be incredibly proud of every photo and video you take with the smartphone and you won’t second guess whether to share on social media – because they’ll be perfect for your friends, family and strangers to see and watch.
So if you are a shutterbug or photography is your main priority, then the OPPO Reno 5 is worth considering if you’re in the market for a new midrange device.