Oppo announces Find 7, Android smartphone with ability to capture 50 megapixel images

Oppo announces Find 7, Android smartphone with ability to capture 50 megapixel images

Summary: Many of us thought the specs game was about played out, but Oppo just revealed a device that trumps everything else on the market. And it's not just the impressive 50 megapixel image capture.

Oppo announces Find 7, Android smartphone with ability to capture 50 megapixel images

Every spring I look around at the new line of smartphones and try to figure out one that is best for me. This year I am seriously considering one from Oppo, which wasn't even on my radar last year.

Today, Oppo announced their new Oppo Find 7 that packs some of the highest specs ever seen on a smartphone, including a 13-megapixel camera capable of turning out 50-megapixel images.

Oppo uses software to stitch together images captured in a series to create the 50 megapixel result. In contrast, the Nokia Lumia 1020 actually captures a 41 megapixel image and then uses oversampling to give you high quality images that you can use in a number of different ways. I am very interested in seeing how these two compare.

CNET posted the first look video below and as you can see, the Find 7 looks to be a competitive Android smartphone. Engadget also posted a rather extensive hands-on of the Find 7.

The Oppo Find 7 is launching in China with availability elsewhere starting next month. We see the following specs for the Find 7:

  • A 5.5-inch quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage with microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB more external storage
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 with their custom ColorOS

As you can see in the spec list above, the display, processor, and RAM are all as high as we have ever seen on a smartphone. Combined with the 50-megapixel capable camera, the Find 7 looks like a real winner. The Find 7 is a SIM-unlocked GSM device with a price of just $599.

Oppo will also offer a version with lower specs, including a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels display, 16GB storage, 2.3 GHz processor, and 2,800 mAh battery. The Find 7a is priced $100 less, coming in at $499.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

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  • I thought

    the Nokia used a 41mp sensor to "clean up" a lower resolution image?

    The Oppo does the oppostie, from what I understand, it takes a series of "low" (i.e. 13mp) images and tries to stitch together a bigger image.
    • Exactly

      Any imaging expert will tell you that you can always start large and reduce, but cannot start small and enlarge. Nokia solution is far better.
      Sean Foley
      • Sadly the imaging expert you know are wrong

        In principle as long as the image isn't band-limited, if you produce a second image where the pixels overlap with the first, it's possible to synthesise a higher resolution image
  • What?

    Are you seriously comparing the Lumia 1020 PureView sensor to this joke?

    If Nokia implemented the same stitching "trick" using the 1020, you would end-up with a 157 megapixels image.

    Please be serious.
    • too bad windows phone can't claim any credit

      since the 41mpixel camera was first on the symbian 808.
      • Both Nokias...

        So not that much difference, it is the technology behind the camera, not the OS that is important.
  • This isn't the same

    saying a 13mp camera can create a 50mp image is just ridiculous. A 1mp camera can create a 100mp image. However, a 41mp camera can create a much better image than a 13mp camera's multiple pictures, because the 13mp cannot squeeze more pixels into the same frame image as its first shot and the 41mp camera already did that in the first shot.
    • not necessarily.

      It depends on HOW.

      If the 13 mp image is taken quickly in a series (such as upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right) you get a 52 mp result.

      If each 13 mp image is more accurate than the corresponding quarter image of the 41 mp image then the result will be better.
      • @jessepollard

        "How" will be near impossible. You either end up with 4 photos that are stitched together to form one or 4 camera lens' taking one picture at the same time and stitching it.

        In the first case, environment should be static. In the second, well impossible to fit 4 lens' in a slim body as well as not feasible at all. We can just fit a 41mp sensor which will be lot cheaper than the second solution.

        Your suggestion is more like we can use 3.15 mp camera to shoot 4 pics and match them instead of a single 13mp camera.
  • How is this any different than just using panarama

    It seems like some cheap software fix just to say that you get 50 mp. I don't see it really working.
    Brock Jones
  • low light

    I was understanding that the smaller the light gathering pixel, the poorer the low light performance. Also the smaller the cell, other defects like cell "bleed" and artifacts increase. What benefit is there to cramming more pixels onto a 1/8" square die in the fixed focal length "pinhole" camera on a phone? We use a phone camera because it is convenient - we all know a phone camera is laughable compared to a DSLR - so why not put in the optimum camera that delivers a "good" picture with the least compromises? This more is better megapixel thing is marketing nonsense from the 90's.
  • It works better than 41MP

    After selecting the 51MP mode, the phone will take 10 continuous shots automatically (probably within 2 seconds) and spend about 5 seconds to build up the 51MP photo from the 4 best shots. Many reviewers said that the effect is pretty good and is better than Nokia's 41MP photo. Details can be shown clearly after zooming in the photo.