Oppo Find X5 Pro review: The new flagship standard

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a stand-out smartphone in a sea of flagships that all look the same

Oppo Find X5 Pro review
Oppo Find X5 Pro review

Bottom line

Thanks to its stunning design and being packed with high-end features, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is a stand-out smartphone in a sea of flagships that all look the same. Apple and Samsung should take note, because this is a flagship phone that truly challenges them. It’s just a shame that it’s quite pricey and that it can’t be purchased in the U.S. 

Overall
4.4

Pros

  • Stunning design with a ceramic finish
  • Phenomenal AMOLED display
  • Incredible camera with excellent low-light photography
  • Speedy performance
  • IP68
  • Great battery life
  • Fast charging 

Cons

  • Bloatware
  • Only 2X optical zoom
  • Pricey
  • Not available in the U.S.

Camera

Oppo wanted to make sure they meant “flagship” when it comes to the Find X5 Pro’s camera setup. They partnered with Hasselblad to develop this camera, and it’s even branded on the back of the phone. There’s also the mentioned MariSilicon NPU dedicated chip built-in to bring powerful AI to the camera.

The Find X5 Pro has 3 rear cameras. The main camera is 50MP f/1.7 and wide-angle with 5-axis stabilization. Then there’s a 50MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 110-degree field of view, also capable of macro photography up to 4cm. And then there’s the 13MP telephoto lens with a 2X optical zoom. There’s a Sony IMX 766 image sensor behind the 50MP cameras.

The front camera is 32MP f/2.4 with a wide 90-degree field of view. It can actually shift between 80 degrees and 90 degrees for a personal selfie versus a friends/family/background selfie. The field of view is better than iPhone’s and you can get more people and/or background in your selfies.

The first thing I noticed with the camera is how fast it is, in many respects. The 5 axis image stabilization means you can easily snap photos on the move or without such a steady hand and there’s no blur. The Oppo excels in low-light situations — the default camera still takes instantaneous shots without requiring a steady hand for a few seconds. The camera app is simple and smart; it almost always defaults to a usable setting for a fantastic shot. There are also countless configuration settings available if you’ve got the time for it. Even though low-light photos work instantly by default, there’s a low-light mode that does rely on a steady hand and few second hold. This will pick up a lot more light, but may come with some extra blur.

With no configuration, a quick shot produced excellent photography. HDR is set to auto and AI scene selection is off. The only setting I toggled on permanently is 50MP for the extra resolution and detail. 50MP disables the macro shot and also disables the ability to zoom. With 50MP you get two zoom options: 1x and .6x. We were extremely impressed with the color, detail, contrast, and overall clarity of shots. Portraits were also quick and beautiful with accurate skin tones and DSLR-like bokeh.

We went head-to-head with iPhone 13 Pro and found Oppo Find X5 Pro to be an excellent adversary

We went head-to-head with iPhone 13 Pro and found Oppo Find X5 Pro to be an excellent adversary. Both phones have top-tier cameras capable of giving professional cameras a run for their money. At this advanced level, judging photos is highly subjective. We found the cameras to be mostly on-par with each phone excelling in certain categories.

Oppo takes great photos outside at night, without even requiring night mode. Strangely, Oppo had a tougher time with very sunny situations and photos could get washed out. Oppo has the better front facing camera, largely due to the extra megapixels and wider field of view. Portraits were a tough call — a good iPhone portrait came out better with more natural bokeh/separation of the subject. That said, it’s easier to capture a nice portrait with Oppo.

Videos were pretty evenly matched, both excelling in low light. The Oppo camera app has more options and customizations. While Oppo did a nice job making the camera simple and fast there’s no beating iPhone’s simplicity. The only exception is iPhone’s night mode — iPhone takes excellent low-light shots as well, but configuring this is not easy and you’ll often find yourself taking a 3 second photo in dim rooms. We found most iPhone photos came out a little darker than Oppo’s, but still with very rich detail. Oppo’s colors often looked more accurate.