The smartphone camera wars are heating up pretty quickly in 2021 with the introduction of the Oppo Find X3 Pro. We’re already shown you how well the new flagship smartphone fares when matched up against the Pixel 4a, but now we’re pitting the Oppo Find X3 Pro against the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
In terms of hardware, there two smartphones are more evenly matched. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra does have a more impressive camera setup with its 108MP main camera sensor, two 10MP zoom cameras paired with 3x and 10x magnification, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 40MP sensor for the selfie camera. Samsung even went all out by enabling 4k video capture at 60fp from all of its cameras (include the selfie camera) while also including 8k video from the main sensor.
On the other side, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has two of Sony’s new 50MP IMX 766 sensors for its main and ultra-wide cameras, a 13MP 2x zoom camera and an innovative 3MP micro camera that can capture images you’d typically only be able to see with a microscope.
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There’s a lot to like about both setups, especially with the immense versatility offered by the quad-camera array on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. That being said, the images captured by the Oppo IFnd X3 Pro from the main and ultrawide cameras are on par and often better than those captured by Samsung’s smartphone. Having a top-of-the-line sensor for the ultra-wide camera on the Oppo really makes a difference, especially in low-light situations.
Where the Oppo comes up short is with its front-facing camera which fails to deliver adequate dynamic range and is capped at 100p video capture. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has the advantage in video capture from all of its sensors, delivering sharper clip with much better image stabilization.
Take a look at the video and gallery below to get a detailed look of photo and video samples captured from both devices.
Oppo Find X3 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra camera specs
Find X3 Pro
50MP (main) Sony IMX 766 sensor, f/1.8 , OIS, PDAF
50MP (ultra-wide) Sony IMX 766 sensor, f/2.2 aperture,
13MP (2x telephoto) f/2.4 aperture, 5x hybrid optical zoom
3MP (micro) 60x magnification, f/3.0, 77° FOV, 4P lens
32MP (selfie), f/2.4 aperture, 5P lens
Video: 4K@60fps (rear), 1080p/30 (selfie)
Galaxy S21 Ultra
108MP (main) Phase Detection AF, OIS, F1.8, 0.8µm
12MP (ultra0wide) Dual Pixel AF, FOV 120°, F2.2, 1.4µm (ultrawide),
10MP (3x telephoto) Dual Pixel AF, Optical 3x, OIS, F2.4, 1.22µm (telephoto),:
10MP (10x telephoto) Dual Pixel AF, Optical 10x, OIS, F4.9, 1.22µm (telephoto)
40MP (selfie) Phase Detection AF, FOV 80°, F2.2, 0.7 µm
Video: 4K@60 (all cameras) 8K@24 (main)