OPPO Find X6 Pro: Forget about the “main camera” and hide the “algorithm”

"Very strong!"

"Nothing digital."

"The bokeh effect is really natural."

"There are a few that look too much like a camera."

When I showed some photos taken by OPPO Find X6 Pro to my colleagues, several hardware editors in the team made the above comments.

It is not as shocking as seeing a hundred times telephoto for the first time, nor is it unbelievable to see the night scene like daytime earlier. What I feel more is that it is comfortable at first glance, and the texture is worth watching a few more times.

If you are full of curiosity and anticipation about the huge camera module behind OPPO Find X6 Pro, then this video experience can make your expectations come true.

The first perceptual impressions of our hardware editors are actually the result of the superposition of rational elements such as hardware specifications, software algorithms, and chip processing.

Our understanding of mobile phone photography has been changing: from the beginning, everyone can take pictures, to everyone can take good pictures, and now, everyone can take good pictures anytime, anywhere.

The more user-friendly mobile phones are, the more difficult it is to make them. Ignore the parameters and specifications of the product, no longer entangle the differences and scenes of several lenses, and return to the act of taking pictures. This is the biggest impression of OPPO Find X6 Pro, making it easier and better to shoot.

Forget the "main camera"

We usually compare different cameras on a mobile phone to lenses of different focal lengths in a camera.

The original intention is also similar to that of a camera. According to the appropriate theme, choose different focal lengths. However, due to the limited size, the capabilities of different cameras in mobile phones are not the same, and there are primary and secondary, strong and weak points.

The main camera corresponds to the wide-angle lens in the mobile phone. It often has the largest sensor, the most advanced and rich functions, and is also the biggest selling point of mobile phone imaging.

The strong one is the main camera, and the weak one is the sub-camera, which has become a common practice in the industry. This also leads to a common behavior of "finding the main camera".

When encountering high light ratio, low light and some challenging subjects, we are more accustomed to using the "main camera" to shoot, and the rest of the shots are almost decorations.

However, although the main camera is strong, it cannot be applied to all scenes and themes. The wide-angle perspective relationship also restricts creation.

Over time, most of the photos in the mobile phone album are 25mm focal length (wide-angle main camera) photos. Their perspective relationship and composition are very similar, without the simplicity of telephoto and the impact of super wide-angle.

The three "full main camera" lenses of the OPPO Find X6 series want to break this bondage. The strongest hardware support in the industry makes the imaging quality of ultra-wide-angle and telephoto comparable to that of wide-angle. The photos taken are almost only the difference in viewing angle, and the color and image quality are surprisingly consistent.

▲ super wide angle

▲ wide angle

▲ 3x lens (portrait mode)

▲ 6x lens (automatic mode, only switch magnification)

When using OPPO Find X6 Pro, I have a rare feeling of holding a professional camera. This feeling does not come from the design of the huge lens module, but from "usage habits".

When I need to switch lenses, I don’t need to consider the difference in image quality, light, color, etc., and eliminate all these constraints, so I can focus more on the creation itself, and freely adjust the focal length and angle according to the shooting theme and perspective. Switch cameras.

The 15-144mm focal lengths covered by the OPPO Find X6 series are available in each focal length, and have almost the same color expression and light and shadow presentation.

This kind of "degree of freedom" brought to shooting creation is unprecedented.

Before I get OPPO Find X6 Pro, I will focus more on its specifications, and even what new functions and concepts it will bring, this kind of superficial cognition.

But once I got the hang of it, it took me to another level. The concepts of sensors, main and sub-cameras are all left behind.

▲ super wide angle

▲ wide angle

▲ 3x telephoto (portrait mode)

When taking pictures, focus on the choice of composition, subject, and scene, instead of thinking about which lens on the phone is more suitable for this light, and whether to leave redundant information.

Even in low-light scenes, the three maintain a high degree of consistency in image quality. Ultra-wide-angle and telephoto are no longer "death in the dark", and there is more room for creativity.

When looking at the photos in the OPPO Find X6 Pro album, the focal lengths and themes are much richer, which is a bit different from the collection of photos taken by mobile phones.

The three-camera configuration of the OPPO Find X6 series can completely let you let go of your obsession with "main and sub-cameras" and your obsession with low-light telephoto.

Forget the concept of "the main camera is strong and the sub-camera is weak", and shift the focus on product configuration choices to how to use different focal lengths to create more stylish works.

Focusing on the creation itself, rather than sticking to the product specifications, should be the ultimate goal of the OPPO Find X6 series of images "abandoning the concept of the main camera".

OPPO Find X6 Pro is like the rising AI. Its meaning is not to replace, but to allow people to let go of the pursuit of parameters, to use their unique creativity, and to observe the outside world.

With the emergence of Find X6 Pro, the concepts of "main camera" and "secondary camera" can actually be forgotten. Similar to traditional cameras, you can choose the focal length at will according to your preferences and scenes, and release your creative desire.

Let the "algorithm" traces disappear

Computational photography is essentially an extremely important invention of the digital age. It helps mobile phones achieve leapfrog imaging progress within a limited volume.

But gradually, computational photography changed. Mainstream manufacturers are used to using algorithms to brighten photos in the whole scene to achieve the so-called transparent effect of "high light can be suppressed, and dark parts can be bright".

This not only violates objective laws, but also is not advanced in aesthetics. With the improvement of user aesthetics, some people have begun to reject computational photography.

However, computational photography is essentially beneficial, and the key depends on how it is used. The OPPO Find X6 series uses magic to fight magic, using more complex algorithms to weaken the presence of algorithms while retaining the advantages of computational photography.

For example, in these two pictures, when the user presses the shutter, computational photography performs multi-frame synthesis and local optimization. Therefore, the photo can show the texture of the sunset and the bright lights of the city at the same time, as well as the detailed texture of the clouds.

But it doesn't look like computational photography, because the photo retains the light and dark relationship in the real world after sunset, where the dark place is dark and the bright place is bright.

I remember that when OPPO Find X5 Pro launched the Mariana MariSilicon X image-specific NPU chip, OPPO emphasized the light and shadow trade-off of "brighter and brighter, darker and darker" in the image.

The clear relationship between light and shadow is also an insistence of the traditional imaging industry, and it is also the charm of many photos.

In addition, OPPO also listed clear details and natural colors as the three criteria for moving image effects.

In fact, these three principles are equally applicable even in the entire imaging industry.

The natural light and shadow effects can be said to come from Mariana MariSilicon X's self-developed image algorithm, and the clear details can be traced back to the 50 million pixel resolution output of the Find 7 period. The color is the full link 10bit on the Find X3 series.

All the imaging technology routes on the Find X series finally flowed to the Find X6 series together, realizing the four-in-one software, hardware, algorithm, and chip, presenting OPPO's profound and professional imaging concept.

It also allows the Find X6 series to reproduce the relationship between light and shade in the real world, respects the objective laws of physics, and at the same time allows the photos to retain the advantages of computational photography to increase details and optimize color performance. understand.

The most important thing is that the correct light and shadow relationship restores the photos seen by the human eye, allowing you to have a return to natural experience, as if those enhanced machine algorithms are hidden, and what you take is what you originally imagined in your mind look.

▲ Light and shadow performance under different light

Another manifestation of the algorithm's concealment is the "Hasselblad Portrait Mode".

OPPO and Hasselblad recalibrated the perspective and blur relationship of each lens, and doubled the algorithm of the portrait mode, so that the portrait mode of the mobile phone looks real and natural, and the edge processing is also extremely detailed. It is like the natural blur from a physical lens, not the artificial blur.

▲ It is impossible to distinguish whether it is a camera or a mobile phone (both in portrait mode)

In terms of effect, it is almost consistent with the traditional physical optics effect. The difficulty of the algorithm for "blurring" is how to present a shallow depth of field effect that becomes stronger as it moves away from the focal plane.

In the double and triple focal lengths of the "Hasselblad Portrait Mode", the Hasselblad medium format XCD30 and XCD80 lenses are respectively simulated.

At the same time, OPPO and Hasselblad also recalibrated and certified each aperture based on the characteristics of optical lenses, and used algorithms to reconstruct light and shadow and depth of field.

It is not a "filter" or matting in the traditional sense, but uses a large number of algorithms to reproduce the characteristics of optical lenses, to hide the influence of algorithms in computational photography on depth of field, light and shadow, and let you use it during the process. No trace of calculation can be felt in it.

In the words of OPPO, the Find X6 series spent at least 10 times the amount of calculations for these "no trace" calculations. And this is due to the speedup of the NPU of MariSilicon X and the dual core of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8Gen2.

Forget about the main camera and hide the algorithm, but from a conceptual point of view, it seems that it is not easy to understand, and you may be confused by new concepts.

But after experiencing OPPO Find X6 Pro, I strongly agree with these two major trends, and even feel that it should be promoted to the mobile imaging industry.

All technological progress and changes should be exchanged for the most primitive and fundamental behavior.

When the main camera is forgotten, any camera can stand up to the shooting effect. The algorithmic traces of the photo are reduced, allowing the photo to return to the real light and shadow, the memory color in the mind, and sufficiently clear details.

The new imaging system of OPPO Find X6 Pro not only brings pioneering image understanding in the industry, but also leads mobile imaging into a new era with its own influence, allowing the public to return to the fundamental motivation and appeal of taking pictures, presenting real, advanced The relationship between light and shadow, and constantly leading the aesthetics.

This is the "third revolution" of smartphone imaging

What OPPO Find X6 Pro deeply inspires is not the specifications, software, and algorithms, but the pioneering image concept that forgets the main camera and hides the algorithm.

On other products, it is easy to be held back by the specifications and configurations. I need to shoot the main camera, I need a 2x lens, and I also need a periscope zoom and so on.

When it comes to Find X6 Pro, you will be at a loss at the beginning, because when you are immersed in the creation, the lens specifications and parameters are just appearances, and the only thing you need to pay attention to is how to express your creative intentions.

The imaging system of OPPO Find X6 Pro, in terms of hardware configuration, may come later, or even be "surpassed".

But with a set of imaging system, the new concept conveyed can almost be called a smartphone imaging revolution.

In the more than ten years of historical development of smartphone mobile images, there have been two similar changes.

The first mobile phone imaging revolution should be the addition of ultra-wide-angle or telephoto lenses. This allows mobile phones to have the theory of main and secondary cameras, and for the first time allows users to record and create from different perspectives. Moving images have the applicability of the whole scene.

The second revolution of mobile phone imaging should be the addition of computational photography. I vaguely remember the story of the Pixel mobile phone using a single camera with a small bottom to fight all over the world.

In the follow-up, iPhone and other manufacturers also continued to invest in algorithms, which made hardware no longer the only measure of mobile phone photography, but comprehensive strength.

The third mobile phone imaging revolution is happening now, that is, the de-cameraization, de-algorithmization, and stylization of imaging.

After stacking hardware and software and unique NPU chip blessing, even it has the brightest screen in the industry, these quantitative changes have finally evolved into qualitative changes, and manufacturers have begun to rethink the meaning of mobile phone images.

In the past, smartphones used algorithms to violently increase brightness, increase saturation, sharpen, and even fabricate details. This is similar to the overeating of people in the food and clothing stage, and people after they have enough food and clothing will inevitably pursue more advanced aesthetics.

After all, installing larger sensors, more lenses, and stronger chips on smartphones is all about getting closer to the traditional images of outsole sensors and precision optical lenses, which also explains why OPPO wants to cooperate with Hasselblad , the ultimate goal of mobile phone photography is still to be comparable to a camera with a body of 200 grams.

At the same time, OPPO Find X6 Pro forgets the parameters and returns to the essence, which leads the trend of mobile phone imaging to a direction similar to the development of traditional imaging, and leads to shooting and creation together. It can be said that different routes lead to the same goal.

Just like my colleague’s comment at the beginning, it is undoubtedly a phased affirmation of mobile phone photography at this stage.

OPPO has piled up enough hardware, using the huge computing power of the dual cores, and the huge algorithm, in order to allow the Find X6 series to take pictures with reasonable light, shadow and color "regardless of day and night, regardless of distance".

As far as you and I are concerned, we can also let go of some obsessions with traditional mobile phone photography and return to a new level of "what you see" created by the Find X6 series.

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