Product Listing
OPPO R9s: A pair of good eyes
By Ian Chee - 10 Jan 2017
Launch SRP: RM1798

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Camera

Now, the thing that, in our opinion, the R9s is good at, is that both the front-facing and main shooters are 16MP cameras. The slight difference between them is that the main camera has an f/1.7 aperture with Dual Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) while the secondary camera has an f/2.0 aperture with OPPO’s Beautify 4.0 to pad your face with digital makeup with every selfie.

The UI is, again, a familiar one from the previous F1 Plus and F1s. You get quick access to flash, HDR and shutter settings, as well as quick options for time lapse, video, Beauty Mode and panorama shooting.

Other options include the Ultra HD mode (this mode is explained in our review of the F1s and F1 Plus), filters, double exposure, a GIF shooting mode as well as Expert Mode, which gives you some manual controls and. The option to save shots in RAW however seems to be missing this time around.

As you can see, the RAW option that's usually found at the top of the Focus setting isn't here anymore.

The front facing camera is, as mentioned, an f/2.0 16MP camera, which is the exact same one as the one found on the F1 Plus and F1s, as far as the numbers are concerned. And it shows when we made use of it to take selfies. You get the same slider with ‘fair and ‘rosy’ on either extremes, and a scale of 1-7 for skin smoothening, but as far as we can tell, there isn’t that much difference in its capability to smoothen your face like a mannequin’s.

Can you tell which has been beautified?     Click on either image to view the original.

With the megapixel count of the rear camera bumped up on the R9s, we took it a little further and tested it outside of our usual test shot. Generally, under good lighting, you get good color accuracy and a fair amount of details. The R9s handles low-light photography pretty well too, as you get similar levels of detail as in brighter conditions.

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8.0
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
The Good
Both front and rear cameras are 16MP
Good redesign on the otherwise mundane antenna lines
Good battery life
The Bad
Pricey for its specifications
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