OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Battle of the telephoto lenses

The OnePlus 5 is one of the hottest phones of the season. High spec’d and aggressively priced to give the current top flagships a run for their money, the OnePlys 5 manages to impress with great all-around performance and sleek, albeit familiar, design. But the phone’s main selling point—or at least one of its biggest selling points—is the new, iPhone-insiperd dual-camera system on its back.

We’ve already taken a look at how the primary 16MP camera of the OnePlus 5 compares to some of the best shooters currently on the market, but what about the larger, 20MP camera next to it, that’s actually responsible for all the cool photo tricks the phone’s capable of?

OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Battle of the telephoto lensesSimilarly to the iPhone 7 Plus, the OnePlus 5 features a telephoto lens that has a longer focal length than the main camera, which allows you to zoom in on a scene without compromising quality. However, unlike the iPhone 7 Plus, which can do true 2x optical zoom, the OnePlus cannot. Its optical zoom is instead limited to 1.6x, but the phone simulates the full 2x zoom digitally.

That’s not that big of a margin that the OP5 has to cover for digitally, and besides, its telelens is powered by a 20MP Sony IMX 350 sensor that has a much greater resolution than the one in the iPhone 7 Plus. So, by extension, it must surely be better, right? Well, let’s see!

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