ONE PLUS NORD VS I PHONE SE DETALED CAMERA COMPARISON||BEST CAMERA
ONE PLUS NORD VS I PHONE SE:
Hey guys let us compare the cameras on the OnePlus Nord with the one on the new iPhoneSE. We have over 75 image and video samples fromboth these phones, so make sure you watch the complete video. These phones are not exactly competing witheach other, yet some of you guys asked me to compare the cameras on them. Nord starts at Rs.27,999 and the new iPhoneSE now starts at Rs.35,999. So there is a Rs.8000 price difference betweenthese 2. I know Nord is supposed to start at 25K Rs.but that variant is not out yet, so I will consider its current pricing.
ONE PLUS NORD VS I PHONE SE:CAMERA
PAt this price, iPhone SE gets a single 12megapixel camera with F/1.8 aperture and Optical image stabilisation on its back, and that’sit. You don’t get a wide angle camera or someother useless macro or depth sensor. Just 1 camera and that’s it. OnePlus Nord on the other hand gets a quadcamera setup on its back. Primary camera gets a 48 megapixel sensorwith F/1.8 aperture and Optical Image stabilisation. Then there is an 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.25aperture and an ultra wide angle lens. Followed by a 2 megapixel macro camera withF/2.4 aperture and a 5 megapixel depth sensor again with F/2.4 aperture. At the front, iPhone SE gets a 7 megapixelcamera with F/2.2 aperture. OnePlus Nord gets 2 camera at the front. Main one gets a 32 megapixel sensor with F/2.5aperture and the 2nd one gets an 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.5 aperture and an ultra wideangle lens. If you want a better look at the camera interfaceon both these phones, I suggest you guys check out my dedicated camera reviews of both thesephones. I will leave card to them on the top rightcorner of the screen, and also link them in the description section. As always let us start with the day time images. There are plenty of details in these daytimeshots. Although the SE has a lower resolution sensor,it doesn’t feel that its images are showing less details compared to the Nord’s higherresolution primary camera. There is more contrast in the images fromthe Nord, so the shadows in its images appear a bit darker. Whereas you can see a lot of details in theshadows in the iPhone’s image. Images from both the phones have a differentlook, OnePlus Nord tends to capture colour colour tones, whereas the iPhone SE capturesnaturally warm colour tones.
ONE PLUS NORD VS I PHONE SE:SAMPLES
This is an indoor shot in day time. Both have captured a lot of details, but whenwe zoom in, we see more details in the darker part of the stairway, in the image from theiPhone SE compared to the Nord. There is a bit more noise in iPhone SE’simages when we shoot in diffused lighting conditions. I took this image at sunrise, and as you cansee OnePlus Nord tried to add a lot more light in the scene, whereas the iPhone SE capturedthe scene exactly as it was. Again we can see the Nord adding more contrastto the shot, and SE showing more details in the shadows. Nord tries to over expose some of the shots,so you might need to pull the brightness slider down manually for some of these shots. Colours, specially the greens are more naturalin the images from the iPhone SE. Actual colours of the scene were close tohow the iPhone captured them. Colour is a personal choice and everyone perceivesthem in a different way, so which one of these images you like will depend on your colourpreference. I like natural looking colours from the iPhone,but your choice might be different, and that is completely fine. To make sure that these phones capture thebest dynamic range in all situations, I left the SmartHDR on the iPhone SE and the UltraShotHDR on the OnePlus Nord on auto, for all of my shots. As we have seen in some of the shots before,thanks to the SmartHDR, iPhone SE captures brighter shadows compared to the Nord. Both phones are doing a good job in thesehigh dynamic range demanding situations.
On the iPhone, you can see the smartHDR atwork in the viewfinder, while on the Nord, you have to wait until after you have clickedthe image, to see if it has done a good job or not. I am actually surprised to see the iPhoneSE doing a better job here. I thought OnePlus Nord would be better atthese HDR shots. This tells us, good image processing is moreimportant than having a higher resolution sensor. Don’t get me wrong, Nord id doing a prettygood job in these images, it’s just that the iPhone SE is even better. Both phones do a very good job, when we captureclose up shots. Subject is in sharp focus, and since bothhave a wide aperture, background gets very nice optical blur. Since the main sensor on the Nord is larger,the background in its close up shots is blurred out a bit more. The difference is not much, but the iPhoneSE is faster at setting the focus on a nearby object. If you want to get even closer to your subject,OnePlus Nord gets a 2 megapixel macro camera. It lets you get much closer to the subjectand still lets you set the focus. But since this is just a 2 megapixel camera,quality of these images is abysmal. You are better off with taking 2 or 3x digitallyzoomed in images. As you can see, these digitally zoomed shotslook much better than the 2 megapixel macro shots. I did get a software update while I was takingthese samples, which was supposed to improve the Macro camera. But even with that update installed, I don’t think the Macro camera saw any major improvements.
ONE PLUS NORD VS I PHONE SE:REVIEW
If your phone doesn’t have the macro lens,you can use this trick of just digitally zooming in with the main camera. Nord also gets a secondary wide lens, whichlets you capture a much wider field of view compared to the primary lens. iPhone SE doesn’tget any of these extra lenses. Nord also gets a 2x zoom option, but it doesn’thave a telephoto lens, so this mode just captures digitally zoomed in shots. The wide shots are not as sharp as the primaryones, specially around the edges of the frame, but I think it is still nice to have thislens, as it lets us capture a different perspective of the scene by standing at the same exactspot. It specially comes in handy if you want tocapture a large architecture, or if you are in a small room, and you don’t have enoughplace to move back so you can capture the whole scene with the main camera. Now you can use add on wide lenses with theiPhone SE, but it means you have to carry an extra piece of equipment with you, andit is just not as convenient as have an extra wide lens built into your phone. Coming to the portrait shots. This is my favourite mode on any smartphoneto shoot in. Whenever I have people in my shot, I straightawayshift to the portrait mode. So a phones portrait mode performance couldbe a make or break deal for me. Looking at these images, I think it is safeto say that both are doing a good job with these portrait shots. Both are able to accurately separate the subjectfrom its background. Nord is able to keep a few more strands ofhair in focus, but overall I would say both are equally good. You can take 2x digitally zoomed portraitswith the Nord.
ONE PLUS NORD VS I PHONE SE:SAMPLES
I feel the face is a bit too soft in thesezoomed portrait shots, so I did not like them very much. If we look a bit closer, main subject is sharperin the portraits from the iPhone SE. it is also capturing more natural looking skin tones. Nord again captures more contrast, so someof its portrait shots appear darker. If you look at the dynamic range of the background,Nord has definitely done a better job of preserving more details in the bright sky. But in that process, it brings up the shadowson the face and makes it look un natural. As you can see, Nord has not captured anydetails in some parts of the face, whereas the iPhone SE while blowing up the highlightsin the background, still did a wonderful job of preserving the skin tones and its portraitshots look better to me overall. SE is also much faster at taking these portraitshots, whereas the OnePlus Nord takes a few seconds to detect the edges for these shots. Now another thing that the SE’s camera can’tdo, is take portraits of objects with the native camera app. You can do it with a few 3rd party apps, butfor the stock camera app to take portrait shots, it needs to detect a face in the scene. Nord doesn’t have that problem. It can take portraits of objects without anyhesitation, and as you can see, it is pretty good at it too. Let us now move to the images which I tookin indoors, artificial and lower lighting situations. Both phones have a wide aperture on the mainlens, and they also get optical image stabilisation which helps the sensor capture more more lightfor a longer time, so they capture good images in most of the indoor and artificial lightingsituations. Like it did in outdoor lighting situations,OnePlus Nord tries to cool the colours in these lighting situations as well. In some of the shots, iPhone SE captures brighterimage but as we zoom in, we see that it has also captured a lot of noise, and basicallyno details at all.
While taking outdoor evening shots, againthe colours of the lights were as we see it in the iPhone’s images, and Nord tried tocool them down in its shot. In all of these late evening situations, Nordhas definitely captured more details and comparatively less noise in its images. But every now and then, iPhone SE pulls outamazing looking shots like these. Nord has a very good main camera and it doesreally well in most of the low light shots, I just think it should be a bit more consistent. As we get to even lower light, noise startto replace the details in the iPhone SE’s images, and while the Nord’s images arenot very bright, at least it doesn’t capture as much noise. To help in these situations, Nord gets thenight scape mode, which the iPhone SE does not. And it makes a huge difference. Even when there is plenty of light around,Night scape mode helps the OnePlus Nord capture more light and more details in the overallshot, and also reduced the noise level in its images. Without the night mode support, iPhone SEstruggles a lot in these low lighting situations. Processor inside the SE is perfectly capableof taking night mode shots, but for some reason Apple decided not to give us this mode. Which makes the iPhone SE fall way behindthe android phones which cost much less than it, in lower lighting situations. You can use the Gcam on the OnePlus Nord andmake it it even better images. So if you take most of your shots in lowerlight, you should definitely go with the Oneplus Nord. That brings us to the front facing cameras. iPhone has the lower resolution selfie camera,and it shows when we compare some of these selfies side by side. In most cases you won’t notice a huge differencein the detail levels, but it is there. What you will notice is that the main selfiecamera on the OnePlus Nord has a wider field of view compared to the iPhone SE. Although the selfies are a bit detailed formthe Nord, I still prefer the natural colours and look of the skin tones in the selfiesfrom the iPhone SE. Again, colour is a personal choice, so whichone you like will depend on your preference. Nord gets a secondary wide lens at the frontas well, and it lets you capture much wider field of view.
This will come in handy when the pandemicis over, and you will want to get in more of your friends in one shot. Even with a much higher megapixel count onthe main selfie camera, Nord’s selfies are not very good in lower light. In fact, as we zoom in, we see the iPhoneSE capture more details in these low light selfies. Both can take portrait selfies, and here iPhoneSE is clearly doing a better job of detecting the edges. There is a hard line separating your subjectfrom the background in most of the portrait selfies from the Nord, which doesn’t lookvery natural. Again colours, skin tones and dynamics rangeis better in the portrait selfies from the iPhone SE. I am actually surprised to see the selfiecamera on the iPhone SE perform this good compared to the ones on the OnePlus Nord. Here is a video from he front facing cameraof the iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord. You can see how these phones are handlingoverall colours of the scene, exposure and stabilisation when I am walking around withthem. Both can shoot 4K videos at 30fps. iPhone SE can even shoot 4K 60fps videos. It also used OIS and EIS to stabilise videosat every resolution and frame rate option, whereas the OnePlus Nord despite of havingOIS, only used EIS to stabilise all its videos. OIS just doesn’t work on the onePlus Nordwhile shooting videos. Both can shoot 60fps videos in 1080p. Here are small video sequences I put togetherfrom both the phones. Video from the iPhone SE has been shot in4k at 60fps and ones from the OnePlus Nord have been shot in 1080p 60fps. Video shooting options and quality, both arebetter from the iPhone SE. But the videos from the OnePlus Nord are alsovery good. So after looking at over 75 image and videosamples, one thing is clear, that even without a higher megapixel main camera iPhone SE isno slouch in the camera department.
ONE PLUS NORD VS I PHONE SE:CONCLUSION
While going into this comparison, I expectedthe OnePlus Nord to come on top in most if not all the lighting conditions. But other than in lower light, iPhone SE endedup coming on top in almost all of these images. It captured better dynamic range and coloursin all of the shots that we saw. iPhone doesn’t have the macro and Wide lens,so the Nord is the obvious winner in those 2 categories. SE again comes back strong with its betterlooking portrait shots. In indoor light, I don’t mind using eitherof the 2 but in lower light, Nord is definitely better. Overall, if you have the extra money and youwant a better camera phone, you should go with the iPhone SE. It gets a single camera, but it makes themost of it in all lighting conditions. OnePlus Nord on the other hand, gets a versatileand feature rich camera module. And if you are looking to save yourself somemoney, you can go with it, and still end up with a very capable set of cameras on yourphone. So these were my thoughts about the camerason these 2 phones. After looking at all the image and video samplesin this comparison, what do you think about these cameras? let me know in the comments.