OPPO Find X6 Pro Review: A Photographer’s Delight

OPPO recently launched its latest flagship smartphone, the OPPO Find X6 Pro, exclusively for the China market. It features a refreshing new design, has an updated camera system, and packs in new technology in addition to the latest premium SoC from Qualcomm. We got to try out the OPPO Find X6 Pro soon after its launch here in China and have provided our analysis below. We focused on three key aspects for the review – design and display, performance, and the camera experience.

Great display, eye-catchy design

OPPO Find X6 Pro’s front is equipped with a 6.82-inch curved AMOLED display with a variable refresh rate between 1Hz-120Hz that adjusts automatically based on the on-screen content. OPPO claims that the display’s local peak brightness can reach 2500 nits.

A slight change from the last iteration, the Find X6 Pro’s front camera punch hole has been moved to the top middle of the display and the under-screen fingerprint unlock spot has also been moved up to a more appropriate position, which makes the front look harmonious. The back cover is a spliced with of silver glass and brown leather-like material, and an orange dot at the bottom of the circular lens module is similar to the lens anchor point of an SLR camera. Apart from the bumps in the lens module, the phone has a smooth design and feels good to hold.

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Snappy Performance

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, along with UFS 4.0 ROM, and LPDDR5X RAM with a virtual memory expansion function. Meanwhile, the MariSilicon X, OPPO’s self-developed imaging NPU still provides continuous support for computing photography. This is in the form of faster processing and enhanced low-light videography experiences.

The large 5,000mAh battery offers good battery life, while the 100W flash charging enables the device to power up to 50% in 10 minutes and 100% in 28 minutes. There is also support for 50W wireless flash charging.

Great photography experience

OPPO has equipped its rear camera system with three 50MP large-size image sensors – an IMX989 sensor for the wide camera with 23mm equivalent focal length and f/1.8 aperture. Then there are two IMX890 sensors, one for the ultra-wide camera with 15mm equivalent focal length and f/2.2 aperture, followed by a 3X telescope lens with 72mm equivalent focal length and f/2.6 aperture. In our testing, all three cameras offered excellent imaging performance.

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We have samples of the pictures taken from the different cameras:

  • Ultra-wide (0.6X zoom) –

OPPO Find X6 Pro_0.6x

  • Wide (1X zoom) –

OPPO Find X6 Pro_1x

  • Telescope (3X zoom) –

OPPO Find X6 Pro_3x

Leveraging the periscope telephoto image sensor’s 50MP and large area, the Find X6 Pro enables a 6X hybrid zoom. This 6X zoom also captures high-quality pictures.

OPPO Find X6 Pro_6x

OPPO Find X6 Pro_6x

With the help of the computing ability support from MariSilicon X, the 10X and 20X digital zoom images are still good for social media usage. However, the 30X zoom photo has obvious signs of overpainting.

  • 10X zoom –

OPPO Find X6 Pro_10x

  • 20X zoom –

OPPO Find X6 Pro_20x

  • 30X zoom –

OPPO Find X6 Pro_30x

When the subject is detected to be up close, the camera will switch to the macro mode by using the ultra-wide lens camera. In the picture, the scales and the beautiful texture on the tail of this Thai fighting fish can be seen clearly.

The 3X telephoto camera enables a minimum focus distance of 25cm, helping capture improved close-up shots.

OPPO has also introduced the new Hasselblad portrait mode in the Find X6 Pro, enabling a more natural background bokeh effect.

The Master Filters feature provides additional film ambiance to photos and good filter options before pressing the shutter button.

A new Pro XDR display feature has been added in the Find X6 Pro to preview photos, taking full advantage of the display with a maximum location brightness of up to 2500 nits, which allows the highlights in HDR photos to be displayed more brightly. However, this feature is currently only available on devices that support Pro XDR. Since the end of 2022, Google, Adobe, and other companies have been trying to establish a unified HDR photo standard and it should not be long before HDR photos are compatible with more devices.


Key takeaways

  • Overall the OPPO Find X6 Pro is a great flagship smartphone that makes mobile photography easier.
  • The OPPO Find X6 Pro is equipped with top-level hardware, namely the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, LPDDR5X and UFS 4.0.
  • The rear camera module and rear design offer it a distinct look to stand out from the crowd.
  • Though, in some scenarios, the shutter speed is slower, and that can be improved with further software updates.
  • The excellent display makes it great for content consumption.


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  • A fresh round of battle has started for DLSR-like imaging performance in smartphones, with more newly launched premium flagship models sporting Sony’s IMX989 in their main cameras.
  • The implementation of true 1-inch capability further narrows the gap between mobile photography and professional photography.
  • The 1-inch optical format is a key milestone in smartphone sensor development.

Smartphone OEMs’ quest to bring professional photography experiences to their consumers has led the flagship models to increasingly adopt the 1-inch large-area image sensor. The newly launched Xiaomi 13 Pro and vivo X90 Pro/Pro+ flagship models are equipped with Sony’s IMX989 sensor, whose size has reached a level equal to that of a digital camera sensor, a key milestone in the development of mobile photography sensors.

History of 1-inch CIS in smartphones

OEMs have been trying to equip smartphones with large-size CMOS image sensors for many years. As early as Q4 of 2014, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 carried a 20MP 1-inch image sensor. This model also used some professional camera function settings and solutions, together with Leica lenses. Compared with other smartphones of the same era, this model was thicker and heavier. It seems Panasonic was trying to leverage its ability to produce compact digital cameras and combine it with the then fast-developing Android smartphone design. The model was only sold in Japan. Though it was innovative, it failed to become a success. In Q2 2021, Sharp’s Aquos R6 was launched with Sony’s Exmor RS 1-inch image sensor in its main camera. Further, in Q4 2021, Sony’s Xperia PRO-I also came equipped with the same sensor. Both models were leveraging the image sensor primarily designed for digital camera applications. As of Q4 2022, the sales volume of these two models was around 130,000 units.1-inch camera android smartphone sales trend, counterpoint research

Source: Counterpoint Smartphone Model Level Shipments Tracker

In the pre-1-inch era, the largest image sensor in terms of mobile photography was Samsung’s GN2 with a sensor size of 1/1.2″ and 50MP resolution. Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra/Pro and Honor’s Magic 4 Ultimate used it as the main camera image sensor. According to Counterpoint Research’s Market Pulse Service, the models equipped with the GN2 reached a combined sales volume of 3.46 million by Q4 2022. The IMX989 released by Sony in Q2 2022 officially brought mobile image sensors into the 1-inch era. As of now, the models equipped with this 1-inch CIS as the main camera include the Sharp Aquos R7, Xiaomi 12s Ultra, vivo X90 Pro, vivo X90 Pro+ and Xiaomi 13 Pro. The total shipments of models equipped with the IMX989 reached around 530,000 units by Q4 2022.

Performance improvement

A large-area image sensor can bring better background blur effects to photographs. It is worth mentioning that unlike the blur effect simulated by computing photography, the depth of field brought by a large-area sensor is much more natural. In a dark or complex environment, a large-area image sensor has better imaging effects and a shorter waiting time for taking photographs. What is more, photographs taken with a large-sensor camera have more detailed information. The gap between smartphone photographs and digital photographs is getting narrower and narrower. The 1-inch optical format smartphone image sensor has been a milestone in mobile photography development.


Large image sensors will undoubtedly increase the cost of smartphones and bring more challenges to their internal design. But for OEMs that want to further improve their photographic performance and differentiate their portfolio, a larger image sensor would be a good solution. We will see more flagship products with 1-inch image sensors in 2023.


Counterpoint Technology Market Research is a global research firm specializing in products in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) industry. It services major technology and financial firms with a mix of monthly reports, customized projects and detailed analyses of the mobile and technology markets. Its key analysts are seasoned experts in the high-tech industry.

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On December 17, vivo announced that it had entered a strategic partnership with German optical expert Carl Zeiss. The move is expected to significantly enhance vivo’s camera capabilities. The upcoming vivo X60 series will be the first vivo flagship to leverage the vivo-Zeiss imaging technology. The two partners will also establish a vivo ZEISS Imaging Lab at the vivo headquarters in Dongguan, with vivo focusing on AI algorithm and Carl Zeiss on lens design.

This is not the first time that vivo has taken initiatives in mobile photography. In June this year, it launched the vivo X50 Pro, which brought us an innovative micro-gimbal stabilizing system. Compared to the traditional optical image stabilization (OIS) system, the micro-gimbal system can move the entire camera module rather than just a lens and allows the module to pivot the image sensor by +/- 3°, three times the angle of a regular OIS system. Therefore, it can greatly reduce shakiness in photos and videos while in motion and offer a super-smooth shooting experience. In addition, the micro-gimbal system helps improve the low light performance.

Due to the improvement in mobile photography, the vivo X50 Pro has been widely welcomed by the market, selling about 760,000 units globally during the first five months after its launch, a significant increase of 129% from the 330,000 units that its predecessor, the vivo X30 Pro, sold for the same period.

vivo X50 Pro vs vivo X30 Pro: Monthly Global Sell-through for First Five Months After Launch

Source: Counterpoints Market Pulse Flagship Model Sales

At its imaging and media conference on September 7, vivo announced an innovative new red, green, blue, white (RGBW) color array, which will be used in its 2021 models to increase light sensitivity by 160% over the regular sensors.

All these efforts by vivo to improve the mobile photography experience will definitely increase the competitiveness of its premium smartphones.


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