For the OnePlus 5T, the company replaced the OnePlus 5‘s telephoto lens with a 20 MP shooter that supposedly captures more light and performs better in low-light scenarios. Instead, we noted in our initial review that the OnePlus 5T’s low-light performance was fine, something that OnePlus CEO Carl Pei hopes to rectify with future updates.
Pei took to OnePlus’ forums to share that the OnePlus 5T will receive an update that looks to improve the cameras’ low-light performance, particularly when it comes to sharpness. Indeed, pictures taken in low-light scenarios with the OnePlus 5T looked somewhat soft to our eyes, so any improvement in that arena is a welcome one.
The update also looks to improve the front-facing camera when it comes to more natural exposure in selfies. Finally, OnePlus’ beautification mode, a very strange mode that airbrushes your face and is a boon for those living the kawaii life, will only be on by default in certain Asian markets moving forward.
To what extent the update will improve things, I cannot say — Essential and Razer also are trying to make camera improvements of their own through software updates. The main difference is, while the Essential Phone’s and Razer Phone’s cameras were not that good to begin with, the OnePlus 5T’s cameras are good, if unremarkable. In other words, there’s already a good foundation with the OnePlus 5T’s cameras, so improvements look more like icing on the cake than the cake itself.
According to OnePlus, it will test the update with a private group next week, with a general roll-out scheduled for sometime in early December. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you own the OnePlus 5T and are happy with the phone’s camera performance.