Before And After Selfies On This New Smartphone Look Incredible

by : Francesca Donovan on : 02 Aug 2017 15:16

In partnership with OnePlus


Your face is the window to your soul, and keeping up appearances on social media can be a total pane in the glass.

But, calling all movers and shakers and selfie-takers, there’s a new smartphone that can help you take incredible selfies and live your best, highly-curated life on Instagram…. Meet the OnePlus 5.

Turning the camera on yourself using this phone’s selfie feature is a little like seeing beauty from the eye of the beholder. Pics or it didn’t happen? Okay, then.


The dual-lens camera helps enhance what your mother gave you through a little clever tech, no filter needed.

All you need to do is turn the camera to shoot a selfie and switch on ‘Beauty Mode’.

The phone offers a slider so you can pick how much it eradicates blemishes and lightens dark circles under your eyes.


While other apps offer the option to change the entire landscape of your facial features, and in turn crush your self-esteem by offering ‘constructive’ criticism, this friendly little addition simply serves to smooth things out and give you a little virtual pick-me-up.

Basically, it comes in very handy if you’re sending a snap to your mum and don’t want a lecture about the benefits of drinking enough water.

Also, the OnePlus 5 and its dash power-charging mode is backed by a woman who knows her way around a selfie; Emily Ratajkowski. That’s what I call evidence.


So, now you have proof the new OnePlus 5 sports one of the best smartphone cameras around today, thanks to the tired and worn out selfies of UNILAD’s finest.

Narcissism aside, let’s take a look at what separates it from the pack of smartphones on the market.

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One lens shoots wide, the other is a 2 x telephoto lens and it can shoot portrait too.

For those less vanity-inclined, UNILAD took to the streets of Amsterdam and Las Vegas to put the OnePlus to the test, use it in different light conditions and more.

We also scanned through some pictures from the #ShotOnOnePlus community and included one of our favourites below:


Just in case you were wondering, the OnePlus 5’s rear wide-angle camera is a 16MP shooter with f/1.7 aperture and its telephoto lens is a whopping 20MP sensor with a f/2.6 aperture. So how well did it perform?

Bokeh/Portrait mode

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/1943, ISO 320 and Flash off.


Daylight and colours

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/373, ISO 320 and Flash off.


Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/2045, ISO 200 and Flash off.

Scenic with motion

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/602, ISO 160, HDR Active and Flash off.

Indoors with High Dynamic Range

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/159, ISO 200, HDR Active and Flash off.

Dynamic range with good contrasts and accurate highlights

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/2930, ISO 250, HDR Active and Flash off.

Shades of orange and brown in good lighting

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/2259, ISO 125, HDR Active and Flash off.

With so many colours here, the camera was able to balance highlights and still get the colours accurately with good contrasts, blacks and whites.

Colour accuracy

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/3388, ISO 125, HDR Active and Flash off.

Lowlight/night photography with 2x Zoom active

Aperture ƒ/1.7, Shutter speed 1/17, ISO 2500, HDR Active and Flash off.

Want to see more? Visit the community gallery by clicking here. If you have a OnePlus device, you can add your images using #ShotOnOnePlus.

You can also view the images in our experiment on Flickr to see detailed exif data for all the images.

Just goes to show; twice the camera, twice the fun.

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.