The OnePlus 9 Pro has one of the most hyped camera systems in recent memory, thanks to a partnership with legendary camera maker Hasselblad.
But how does it do against the iPhone 12 Pro Max?
Let's find out.
The one plus nine pro cost $969.
It has five cameras.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has four cameras and costs $1,099.
For this comparison, the one plus nine pro I used has 12 gigabytes of RAM and cost $1,069 so 30 bucks less than the iPhone.
On the back of the one plus has a 48 megapixel camera, a 50 megapixel ultra wide camera, an eight megapixel telephoto camera with 3.3 times optical zoom and the two megapixel monochrome camera which helps capture more detail.
The iPhone has a 12 megapixel main camera, a 12 megapixel ultra wide camera And a 12 megapixel telephoto camera with a 2.5 times optical zoom.
On paper, these phones take very different approaches to get you a good photo.
But let's start with the main cameras on each.
In good lighting outdoors both phones take great photos.
In general the OnePlus tends to Over sharpened it's images.
In this photo of a Buick, look closely at the bricks in the background and the grille of the car and you can see that.
Overall I like the color of photos from the one plus, it's one of Hasselblad contributions to the film, but when it comes to the sky, sometimes the colors skew to more of a blue indigo like it does here.
Compare that to the iPhone photo of the same car.
The one plus tends to push the brightness especially boosting shadows, and this will be a personal preference but I like the more contrast II look of the iPhone than an overly bright one.
In these photos, the one plus nails the bright color better than the iPhone, but there's this weird blue Whew over the windows of the building and the lit letters and the sign.>>Also in the one, plus there's a strange delay between hitting the shutter button to take the photo and then seeing a preview of the photo you just took and then seeing the final version photo.
And in this photo, that delay was long enough to change the focus point.
It's almost like when you take a photo, you just have to keep your hand in the same position for like a breath longer before moving your hand away, in general iPhone colors are more punchy colors from the one plus or more subdued.
The iPhone has better dynamic range.
Just take a look at the highlights on the footbridge here and how they're kept in check.
The one plus photo the bridges highlights are bright and the green color is washed out.
In the iPhone photo textures like the bricks in the buildings, the leaves on the bottom right of the photo.
And the water looked better.
In the one plus picture textures look more flat and are over sharpened.
Moving to indoor shots you can see that this photo from the one plus has a lot of image noise.
The iPhone in steep fusion processing cleans all that noise up by using multiple exposures.
Also There's the difference in sharpness between the one plus and the iPhone.
The ultra wide camera on the one plus is outstanding and it's by far my favourite camera on this phone.
The iPhones ultra wide is a tad wider, but in every way For one plus ultra wide in photos like this the detail and colors are good and the white balance is accurate.
In this photo, the one plus skews a tad cool Shadows get crushed to black.
But in the iPhone photo, you can see that smart HDR really pushes things to the limits.
And here the one plus gets colours more accurate.
And remember that weird blue tint.
In the photo from its main camera, it's gone.
Look closely at the color of the bricks in the bookstore building.
Compare that to the building on the left, hit by some.
Now, take a look at the iPhones, photo.
Those are the highlights the clouds are blown down to white.
The 1 plus does a better job of protecting highlights here.
On paper the difference between a 2.5 times optical zoom, and a 3.3 times optical zoom is not huge.
But in terms of the actual photos, there are some pretty big differences.
Here's a picture of a building taken with a main camera, the iPhone Here's the same building taken with the iPhone at 2.5 times optical zoom.
And let's compare that to the one plus taking that 2.5 times digital zoom.
The iPhone looks so much better and that's because the one plus crops the main camera to zoom in until it hits 3.3 times In which case it switches to it's dedicated telephoto camera.
Even at 3.3 times, digital zoom, the iPhone photo looks better than the one plus 3.3 times opticals in the dynamic range and details are better.
The colors are punchy without being over the top.
Whereas the OnePlus picture looks flat and the sky skews, Indigo blue.
At 10 times digital zoom.
Neither phone takes a great photo but the dynamic range is better on the iPhone despite there being a lot of over sharpening.
And the one plus photo looks soft.
The iPhone tops out at 12 times digital zoom and the one plus consumed 20 times Digital zoom, and even 30 times digital zoom.
Both are pretty horrible, but hey, the range is there.
The iPhone and the one plus each have a night mode for taking better pictures and the light on the one plus is called a night scheme overall night mode photos From the one plus are brighter than those from the iPhone.
Also knows how the iPhone colors are warmer.
That said the iPhone suffers from a light source reflection problem which you can see above the building in the middle.
Overall, I'm impressed with Nightmare photos from the one plus, let's pivot from photos to videos.
The one plus could shoot 8k video.
Even in great lighting.
I think 4k video from the one plus looks better.
8k video was over sharpened more Eva The screen door effect you see on the bricks here is bad and colors are over saturated.
4k video looks better in terms of color.
There's still a little more range but nothing compared to the 8k video.
The iPhone tops out at 4k video, but it has better detail, better dynamic range And color notice the textures of the cobblestones and the flowers to the right.
Then you get to the end of the video.
The one plus video is softer.
Again, look at those flowers.
This scene both videos are good, but both suffer from Moray and the bricks of the buildings and the footbridge.
The iPhone has better detail and dynamic range, but it's not a huge difference over the one plus, when we go indoors, one plus video has a lot of image noise in the background but, It also has a shallower depth of field.
At night videos for both phones are just okay.
The +1 pushes its shadows to black and again you can see the that light source reflection problem the iPhone has very apparent here too.Let's talk selfies in good light selfies from the iPhone have better dynamic range.
To a greater depth of field, selfies from the one plus have a pleasing natural bokeh, but sometimes my eyes would be just slightly out of focus.
I think it's that shallow depth of field.
I noticed in the videos as well.
Also I prefer the skin tones from iPhone selfies to those from The OnePlus.
For indoor selfies, the iPhone has better dynamic range.
Notice the three counter lights over my shoulder there, the book photo suffer from image noise and noise reduction blur.
Here, the OnePlus selfie nails focus on m eyes The one plus also has a Pro mode isn't something the iPhone doesn't promote gives you detailed control of focus, shutter speed ISO.
Also in Pro mode, you can take 12 bit raw photos.
Compare that to the 12 bit Apple.
Pro raw photos on the iPhone pro max.
I technically can take raw photos on the iPhone using a third party app.
But in terms of editing, Apple pro raw photos is like having a head start over the one plus his regular raw photos.
Well, that's all I've got.
But I wanna hear from you guys.
What do you think of photos and videos, from both phones?
Do you have, an iPhone 12 Pro max, or one plus nine pro?
If so, let me know what you think of photos and videos, we've captured in the comments.