Despite the similarities in design, both the OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom have notable differences that may or may not be the deciding factor for you. With the mid-range phone priced at P26,990 and the flagship setting you back at P45,990, what’s exactly the P19,000 price difference that we are looking at?
What’s the Difference Between the Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom?
If you like to know more about the difference in design, you can check out our hands-on video. And when it comes to how each of which performs in day-to-day use, feel free to check out our full reviews. That said, let’s go down to what really separates the two — performance and camera.
- OPPO Reno Review – A Premium Mid-Range Experience
- OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Review – OPPO’s True Flagship Phone
In 2019, performance is almost always the same when pitting a mid-range phone against a flagship. When comparing the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 855, real-world usage disparity is barely noticeable. Both are fast, snappy, and can game well. Perhaps the noticeable exception is the extra headroom from the flagship chipset. You will see faster loading times, fewer hiccups, and more power to use for extreme gaming.
As we move onto the optics, let’s start from the back. The main camera of the Reno is of a 48MP f1.7 wide sensor, with the assistance of a 5MP f2.4 depth sensor. As for the Reno 10x Zoom, we are looking at the same 48MP sensor, albeit with the addition of laser autofocus and optical image stabilization. Coming to its aid is a pairing of 13MP f3.0 telephoto lens, and an 8MP f2.2 ultrawide sensor, sans the faster focus and stabilization. In terms of video capture, the Reno is limited to 4K @ 30fps and 1080p @ 120fps, while the Reno 10x Zoom can push it up to 60fps and 240fps, respectively. In the real world, 60fps captures way smoother movements, as if you’re watching a soap opera. While the 240fps captures slower movements — useful for that #bottlecapchallenge.
Due to the absence of OIS, video recording on the Reno is a bit shaky. Though the Reno 10x Zoom has a steadier recording, unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to the 13MP despite the presence of OIS. The stabilization feature only kicks in when capturing photos. This is an issue that can be mitigated thru software update. So maybe with enough noise from its owners, OPPO would fix this issue?
The Reno’s secondary depth sensor only works passively. Meaning, it takes effect only when you shoot using portrait mode. It helps in recognizing the edges of the subject to provide a more accurate bokeh effect. But it also means you don’t get to use the 5x telephoto and ultrawide sensors of the 10x Zoom. While we love the use of a very wide secondary sensor, it’s the telephoto that occupies the spotlight. You can zoom 5x without loss of quality. Should you need more, the 10x hybrid zoom still outputs good-looking photos. And if you feel experimental, you can dabble up to 60x digital zoom.
In terms of the main camera, the 10x Zoom provides better stabilization, more video capture support, an absurdly impressive telephoto lens, and an always handy ultrawide sensor.
Moving to the front, we are looking at identical selfie cameras. Both are using a 16MP f2.0 wide sensor, housed inside a pop-up mechanism. Both, again, can capture up to 1080p @ 30fps. The perceivable difference here, however, is the presence of a front LED flash on the 10x Zoom. While this isn’t exactly a deal-breaker, this is a handy feature for those who always take selfies indoors or even at night, when natural light is lacking.
The importance of better performance depends on your daily usage — are you an extreme gamer? a social media commander? Or maybe, you just want extra headroom for the next couple of years?
As for the camera, the difference is pretty significant. But then again, how often do you use a telephoto or ultrawide lens? Can you imagine yourself using a telephoto lens when most of the time you’re already using a standard sensor? Regardless, the P19,000 price gap means performance headroom and camera versatility.