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by Maximilla Wafula

The leading global smart device brand Oppo launches its Reno 8 series in style, the Portrait photography and videography has been ingrained in the OPPO Reno series since its inception in 2019. With the launch of the OPPO Reno8, the leading global smart devices brand has continued to push new limits in delivering a “Portrait Expert” experience to its users. The new “Portrait Expert OPPO Reno8 Series: Elevating the Reno Series to a New Level in Portrait Performance
The Dual Sony Flagship Sensors, a new generation IMX709 RGBW on the front camera, and an IMX766 sensor on the main camera.
In the past, OPPO received constant positive feedback from Reno users, which has further motivated the brand to continue developing imaging technology to make each Reno series better than the last. In the case of the Reno8, OPPO has discovered that 40% of photos shot on Reno smartphones are taken after 5 pm. This percentage is even higher at nearly 50% for videos. With this discovery, OPPO got to work upgrading the portrait capabilities on the Reno8 series to unleash unlimited imaging power that enables users to capture the most important and memorable moments of their lives.
To enable this algorithm to be functional on the Reno8 series, OPPO partnered with Sony to have the IMX709 RGBW on the front 32MP camera and the flagship Sony IMX766 50MP on its main camera. With this upgrade of both the front and back camera, the OPPO Reno8 series enables users to become “Portrait Experts”.
The Reno8 5G also features a flagship Sony IMX766 50MP sensor on its main camera. It features a 1/1.56-inch sensor size and 1μm pixels, which can be doubled in size to 2μm using OPPO’s Quadra Binning algorithm, allowing enhanced light intake to deliver clearer image.
Besides issues related to lowlight, OPPO equally worked on backlight, which is a common problem in smartphones with traditional camera sensors that results to strange ghosting effects on images.
To solve this problem, OPPO incorporated DOL-HDR technology into both the front IMX709 sensor and the rear IMX766 sensor. It differs from traditional HDR processes as it takes short and long exposure photos “quasi-simultaneously” before synthesizing them into a single frame image. Increasing the dynamic range of video by a factor of 4, providing the perfect balance between brightness and shadows. With this, users are assured whether they posing in front of a sunset or beneath serene moonlight, every photo and video taken on Reno8 5G will look brighter and sharper.
Night photography and videography put any smartphone camera to the test. The Reno8 series gives users the ability to capture stunning portrait videos in virtually any situation, thanks to flagship sensors on both the front and back of the phone, as well as a suite of AI-based portrait features.
The Reno8 5G’s Ultra Night Video algorithm detects ambient light and automatically increases image brightness, improves color expression, and sharpens facial features to bring out the beauty in everything.
This AI-enhanced feature is set to deliver clearer, brighter, and more vivid portrait videos on both front and rear cameras, whether shooting at night or in dimly lit surroundings.
To enable Ultra HDR Video, on the Reno8 5G, OPPO worked to develop DOL-HDR on the phone. This will enable the Reno8 5G detect high dynamic range of scenes, that will automatically toggle Ultra HDR Video, bringing DOL-HDR into action to process each video frame with enhanced dynamic range and true-to-life colors guaranteeing details in videos come out looking bright and clear in both bright and dark areas.
With this functionality users will experience an expert painter in their pockets who continually improves their masterpiece.
Mobile photography has always experienced the challenge nighttime photography. Looking at traditional nighttime photography feature on smart phone, users always take time while taking photos at night. This is a problem of the past for Reno8 uses as the smart device manufacture has added two features that improve night portrait capability by 39.7% compared to the previous Reno7 series.
The inclusion of the industry-leading Turbo RAW algorithm, which reduces noise in all three R/G/B channels using an AI neural network, is one of these. The other is the significant increase in light sensitivity of the dual flagship camera sensors.
When users press the shutter, photos appear faster and without long delays, allowing them to capture sharp nighttime portraits exactly as they see them.
The new Reno8 series expands the possibilities for capturing realistic portrait photos in a variety of situations. AI Portrait Retouching uses 193 facial recognition points to identify facial features and remove imperfections such as pimples, acne scars, and sunspots, while intelligently retouching skin tones and makeup without any artificial or excessive brightening. Not forgetting the beatifying filter giving users the confidence to keep shining and bring out their personality. This functionality heavily relies on OPPO’s research on the skin tone and beauty preferences of thousands of users around the world.
The new OPPO Reno8 5G, is packed with incredible camera features and takes the Reno Series to a new level of portrait performance. It is the culmination of OPPO’s mission as the “Portrait Expert” to bring users the right camera and the best imaging features needed to capture the beauty of everyday life exactly how they envision it.
“As R&D into imaging technology advances, OPPO will continue to bring even more professional portrait photography and videography features to Reno series users around the world,” said Fredrique Achieng, PR Manager, OPPO Kenya .
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