iPhone 14 Pro vs. OnePlus 10 Pro camera showdown isn’t even a contest

The iPhone 14 Pro marks Apple’s first major camera upgrade in a while, and in our tests, it has proved to be a capable performer. The OnePlus 10 Pro, with all its Hasselblad-tuned photography chops, was only $100 cheaper than the iPhone 14 Pro at launch and was positioned as a rival to Apple’s Pro flagship.

If you’ve been torn between the two, with camera skills being your main requisite, we’re here to help. In this detailed camera showdown, we’ll go through the strengths and weaknesses of each phone across different lenses and varied scenarios to find out the imaging heavy-hitter.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. OnePlus 10 Pro: camera specifications OnePlus 10 Pro with iPhone 14 Pro

With the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple is finally catching up with the competition in the megapixel game. The Apple flagship comes armed with a 48-megapixel primary camera (f/1.78), assisted by a 12MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2, 120-degree field of view) and a 12MP telephoto zoom camera that delivers 3x optical zoom in range.

Apple is also betting on software-side enhancements this year, thanks to the new computational photography trick that the company markets as Photonic Engine. On the front is the 12MP (f/1.9) TrueDepth camera system that is capable of recording videos at up to 4K 60fps.

Coming to the OnePlus 10 Pro, its imaging hardware is led by a 49MP (f/1.8) snapper. It sits alongside a 50MP ultrawide camera (150-degree field of view) and an 8MP telephoto camera with 3.3x optical zoom output. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s main camera can record 4K video at up to 60fps and super slo-mo footage at up to 480fps.

For selfie and video calling duties, OnePlus has equipped its flagship with a 32MP selfie camera. It is a fixed-focus snapper, which makes a huge difference compared to the autofocus perk offered by the iPhone 14 Pro’s selfie camera.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. OnePlus 10 Pro: main camera

The 48-megapixel camera fitted inside each phone captures photos at 12MP by default. There is an ample amount of detail in pictures with accurate colors under daylight, but the iPhone 14 Pro offers a wider dynamic range and handles highlights better than the OnePlus 10 Pro.

The OnePlus 10 Pro routinely struggles with capturing tree foliage under broad daylight, giving a muted look to the lush greenery and delivering a flat depth profile. If you zoom in, it also becomes evident that the iPhone 14 Pro’s daylight samples are sharper, with more surface-level details and a pleasing color profile.

Clicked by iPhone 14 Pro.
Clicked by OnePlus 10 Pro.
  • 1. iPhone 14 Pro
  • 2. OnePlus 10 Pro

The blacks are darker, and the overall image looks more contrasted when captured from the iPhone 14 Pro. At close range, the main camera on the OnePlus 10 Pro struggles with locking the focus and often blurs out parts that should be in the focus.

The OnePlus flagship also engages in aggressive oversaturation when it detects bright colors at the macro range, and in doing so, softens the image. The surface textures, ridges, and veins on a flower petal are often lost in a sea of mushy bright colors.

Macro image clicked by iPhone 14 Pro
Macro image clicked by OnePlus 10 Pro
  • 1. Macro image from iPhone 14 Pro
  • 2. Macro image from OnePlus 10 Pro

The iPhone 14 Pro is also superior at identifying subjects and highlighting them, while the OnePlus often struggles with inanimate objects alongside the edges. Photos clicked indoors by the OnePlus 10 Pro have a more saturated profile, but the camera really struggles against bright light sources and blows out the real color.

Winner: iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 Pro vs. OnePlus 10 Pro: ultrawide camera

Ultrawide photography is where the OnePlus 10 Pro ups the ante, thanks to its beefier 50MP sensor. By default, the OnePlus 10 Pro clicks photos at about 12MP resolution, thanks to the pixel-binning tech, which combines four adjacent pixels algorithmically to create a larger super-pixel that can capture four times as much light data.

To start, both phones have very different approaches to color science, just like the shots captured by the main camera. The ultrawide shots clicked by the OnePlus flagship follow a different approach, clicking colder pictures by default, especially in indoor lighting scenarios.

Ultrawide-angle image clicked by iPhone 14 Pro.
Ultrawide-angle image clicked by OnePlus 10 Pro.
  • 1. iPhone 14 Pro
  • 2. OnePlus 10 Pro

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s ultrawide snapper takes full advantage of the pixel-binning benefit in daylight, capturing photos that are brighter with a higher ISO value. Elements like tree foliage are exposed well, and there are ample colors. However, the ultrawide angle shots from the iPhone 14 Pro offer a higher sharpness and clarity when zoomed in.

The iPhone 14 Pro is also better at retaining surface details, and overall, there is less fuzziness around the edges. For far-out elements in an image, the slight oversaturation and more pixel-level data collected by the OnePlus 10 Pro’s 50MP ultrawide snapper lets you make out more surface details and colors, but at the cost of sharpness.

Indoor ultrawide-angle shot from iPhone 14 Pro.
Indoor ultrawide-angle shot from OnePlus 10 Pro.
  • 1. iPhone 14 Pro
  • 2. OnePlus 10 Pro

The ultrawide shots clicked by the iPhone 14 Pro turn out better under harsh daylight than the OnePlus 10 Pro. Where the OnePlus device washes out the colors, the iPhone 14 Pro’s ultrawide shots offer more natural colors and far better depth perception.

However, the difference in quality is stark indoors. The full-resolution 50MP ultrawide shots captured by the OnePlus 10 Pro are sharper, with more accurate colors, higher contrast, less noise, and better clarity. The pixel-binned photos are also brighter with more punchy colors, even though the iPhone beats them at edge sharpness.

Winner: Draw

iPhone 14 Pro vs. OnePlus 10 Pro: zoom camera

The iPhone 14 Pro’s optically-stabilized 12MP zoom camera is a little too good for the OnePlus 10 Pro’s 8MP telephoto camera. The Apple flagship offers 3x optical zoom range and 15x digital zoom, while the OnePlus goes just a bit further with 3.3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom.

Starting with comparisons of each phone’s native optical zoom range, both devices deliver crisp photos. However, the iPhone 14 Pro allows for easier focus locking, and there is little color disparity when switching from the main to the telephoto camera.

Coming to the raw image quality, though, the iPhone 14 Pro delivers true-to-life colors with tighter control over the dynamic range and improved depth. The 3x zoom shots are noticeably sharper, with clear edge separation and far more discernible surface details compared to those captured by the OnePlus 10 Pro. Take a look at the indoor 3x zoom shots from each phone to see the difference.

3x zoom indoor shot captured by iPhone 14 Pro.
3x zoom indoor shot captured by OnePlus 10 Pro.

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