Good in zoom for its segment


The Oppo Find X3 Neo is the middle entry in the company’s X series, slotted between the top-end X3 Pro and the X3 Lite. It features a 6.55-inch, 90-Hz FHD+ AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s 865 chipset with 5G support, and 12 GB of memory along with 256 GB of storage. There are four cameras on the back. The primary module uses a 50 MP Sony sensor. There’s also a dedicated tele-module that offers a 2x optical zoom. Both those cameras have the same specs as on the top-of-the-line Find X3 Pro. The Neo’s ultra-wide has to make do with a 16 MP sensor instead of the Pro’s 50 MP variant, though. There’s also a 2 MP wide-angle macro module for getting extra close to objects.

Read on to find out how the Find X3 Neo performs in our DXOMARK Camera tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50 MP 1/1.56-inch sensor with 1 µm pixels, 24 mm-equivalent f/1.8 lens, OIS, PDAF, DOL-HDR
  • Ultra-wide: 16 MP 1/3.09-inch sensor with 1 µm pixels, 14 mm-equivalent f/2.2 lens, 123° (14.1 mm measured) field of view fixed-focus lens
  • Tele: 13 MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1 µm pixels, 52 mm-equivalent f/2.4 AF lens
  • Macro: 2 MP 1/5-inch sensor with 1.75 µm pixels, 22 mm-equivalent f/2.4 fixed focus lens
  • LED flash
  • 2160p at 60/30 fps, 1080p at 60/30 fps, 720p at 60/30 fps (4K 30 fps tested)

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary


Oppo Find X3 Neo

115

camera

Pros

  • Stills color pleasant indoors and outdoors
  • Wide stills dynamic range indoors and outdoors
  • Fairly high stills detail
  • Wide dynamic range in zoom shots
  • Effective subject isolation in portrait mode
  • Video exposure accurate and stable, even in low light
  • Video detail is high
  • Video white balance mostly stable, with smooth transitions

With an overall score of 115, the Oppo Find X3 Neo lands around the middle of our general rankings. It also sits mid-pack among other phones in the Premium segment, tying the Samsung S20 FE (Exynos), but landing below the class-leading Apple iPhone 12 (122).

The Oppo Find X3 Neo delivers nice color and accurate exposure for this scene.

Its Photo score of 117 is among the lower scores in the Premium segment, tying the Huawei P40 but fairly distant from the iPhone 12’s score of 132. The main camera produces accurately exposed photos with pleasant color in bright outdoor light and more moderate indoor lighting. Dynamic range is wide, and detail levels are high. The portrait mode also does a fairly good job of bringing the subject out of the background. On the other hand, when the lights get low, underexposure and crushed shadows become a problem. Autofocus speed could also be better for a phone in this segment.

The Zoom composite score of 68 is quite good for the Premium category. Tele performance is respectable, missing the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Exynos) by a single point and roundly trouncing most phones that lack a dedicated tele camera, like the iPhone 12 (41). Wide performance is good, tying the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 11 and the Google Pixel 5.

The video score of 103 is respectable, though a handful of phones in the category do better. The Oppo Find X3 Neo is fairly competitive within its category, and though it does not particularly excel in any one aspect (except perhaps zoom), it will deliver decent results in most situations.

Below you can find detailed analyses and image samples for all Photo, Zoom, and Video sub-attributes, along with comparisons with some of the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s competitors.

Photo

The Oppo Find X3 Neo achieves a Photo score of 117. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+

Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (109)

In these tests we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, including repeatability across a series of images. Tests are undertaken in a wide range of light conditions, including backlit scenes and low light down to 1 lux. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s exposure performance in low-light conditions.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, underexposure, clipped shadows

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), pleasantly bright exposure

OnePlus 9 Pro, acceptable exposure

Color

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+

Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (105)

In these tests we analyze color rendering, skin tones, white balance, and color shading, including repeatability across a series of images. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s color performance in bright light.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, mostly accurate color, high saturation

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), accurate, pleasant color

OnePlus 9 Pro, accurate, pleasant color

Autofocus

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Best: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (109)

In these tests we analyze autofocus accuracy and shooting time, including repeatability, in the lab. We test focus failures, depth of field, and tracking of moving subjects using perceptual analysis of real-life images.

This graph shows autofocus performance of the Oppo Find X3 Neo in 1000 lux light.

AF speed and accuracy at 1000 lux, handheld: Oppo Find X3 Neo is slightly slower than the reference phones.

Texture

Xiaomi Mi 11

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 (111)

In these tests we analyze texture on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s texture measurements in the lab.

Texture comparison: The level of detail is fairly high.

Noise

Huawei P40 Pro

Best: Huawei P40 Pro (99)

In these tests we analyze noise on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s noise performance in indoor light.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, indoor noise

Oppo Find X3 Neo, crop: reasonably well-controlled noise

OnePlus 9 Pro, indoor noise

OnePlus 9 Pro, crop: a bit more noise

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), indoor noise

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), crop: a bit less noise

Bokeh

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (75)

For these tests we switch to the camera’s bokeh or portrait mode and analyze depth estimation, bokeh shape, blur gradient, and repeatability, as well as all other general image quality attributes mentioned above. The score is derived from perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s bokeh simulation outdoors.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, natural blur gradient with 24mm-equivalent focal length

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), natural blur gradient, shallow depth of field

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, natural blur with 50mm-equivalent focal

Night

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+

Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (82)

In these tests we shoot a selection of images in pitch-black darkness as well as with city lights in the background providing some illumination. We shoot sample images with the camera at default settings in both flash-auto and flash-off modes. We analyze all image quality attributes but we pay particular attention to exposure, autofocus, and color. We do not test night modes that have to be activated manually.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s night performance in flash-auto mode.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, flash-auto: clipped shadows

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, flash-auto: more shadow detail

OnePlus 9 Pro, flash-auto: more shadow detail

Artifacts

Google Pixel 4

Best: Google Pixel 4 (75)

In these tests we check images for optical artifacts such as vignetting, flare, lens softness in the corner, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

This sample shows artifacts in the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s photos.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, artifacts

Oppo Find X3 Neo, crop: ghosting in hair

 

Preview

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Best: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (77)

In these tests we analyze the quality of the preview image and the differences between preview images and captured images, particularly in terms of exposure, dynamic range, and bokeh effect. We also check the smoothness of the field-of-view changes in the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s preview performance.

Preview exposure on faces is accurate in bright high-contrast light, but too dark in lower high-contrast light.

Zoom

The Oppo Find X3 Neo achieves a Zoom score of 68. The Zoom score includes the tele and wide sub-scores. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were achieved and compare zoom image quality against competitors.

Wide

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (54)

In these tests we analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 to 20 mm. We look at all image quality attributes, but we pay particular attention to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion.

These samples show the performance of the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s ultra-wide camera in outdoor conditions.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, ultra-wide

Oppo Find X3 Neo, crop: high noise and color fringing

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), ultra-wide

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon), crop: light noise, some fringing

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, ultra-wide

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, crop: well-controlled noise and fringing

Tele

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra (133)

In these tests we analyze all image quality attributes at focal lengths from approximately 40 to 300 mm, paying particular attention to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s tele performance outdoors at a 50 mm-equivalent zoom setting.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, 50 mm zoom

Oppo Find X3 Neo, crop: good dynamic range, autofocus slightly, color not accurate

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos), 50 mm zoom

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos), crop: limited dynamic range, better detail on face detail

OnePlus 9 Pro, 50 mm zoom

OnePlus 9 Pro, crop: limited dynamic range, more natural color

Video

The Oppo Find X3 Neo achieves a Video score of 103. A device’s overall Video score is derived from its performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score. In this section, we take a closer look at these sub-scores and compare video quality against competitors.

In our Video tests we analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as white balance and color rendering, but we also include such temporal aspects as speed, smoothness and stability of exposure, and autofocus.

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at 4K resolution. 

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (103)

These video stills show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s video exposure characteristics in low light compared to the competition.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, video still: accurate target exposure but clipped shadows

Xiaomi Mi 11, video still: underexposure in low light

Oppo Find X3 Pro, video still: accurate target exposure, but visible instabilities

Color

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (105)

These video stills show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s video color in outdoor light compared to the competition.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, video still: pleasant color

Xiaomi Mi 11, video still: slight warm cast

Oppo Find X3 Pro, video still: pleasant color

Autofocus

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (105)

These sample clips show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s video autofocus performance.

Xiaomi Mi 11, accurate, stable autofocus in this scene

Oppo Find X3 Pro, generally stable autofocus

Texture

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (97)

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s video texture performance in the lab.

Oppo Find X3 Neo video texture: Detail in videos is quite high, though noise is also high (see below).

Noise

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (105)

This graph shows the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s video noise performance in the lab.

Oppo Find X3 Neo video noise: Noise is higher than reference devices.

Artifacts

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Best: Oppo Find X2 Pro (94)

For video artifacts, we check for the same kinds of artifacts mentioned in the Photo section, along with such video-specific artifacts as frame rate variation in different light conditions, judder effect, and moving artifacts (artifacts such as aliasing, color quantization, and flare can often be more intrusive when moving than in a still image).

These video stills show some of the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s video artifacts.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, video still

Oppo Find X3 Neo, crop: ringing on edges

Xiaomi Mi 11, video still

Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: noisy edges

Oppo Find X3 Pro, video still

Oppo Find X3 Pro, crop: very slight ringing

Stabilization

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (102)

In these tests we analyze residual motion when handholding the camera during recording, as well as when walking and running with the camera. We also look for stabilization artifacts such as jello effect, sharpness differences between frames, and frame shift (abrupt changes of framing).

These sample clips show the Oppo Find X3 Neo’s video stabilization compared to the competition.

Oppo Find X3 Neo, visible residual motion both in static scenes and while walking

Xiaomi Mi 11, acceptable stabilization

Oppo Find X3 Pro, effective stabilization





Peter Ferenczi

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