The Oppo Find X7 Ultra is the first phone with two periscope zoom cameras

There was a time when smartphone makers rushed to quad-camera claims, most of which did so by throwing in a mediocre fourth camera — usually for macro shots, if not a monochrome filter or just a depth sensor. Nowadays, though, we are blessed with legit quad “main” cameras on some flagship phones, so brands need to be more creative to further differentiate themselves. In Oppo’s case, it decided to feature not just one, but two periscope telephoto cameras on its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-powered Find X7 Ultra, as a leap from the triple camera system on the previous model.
The Find X7 Ultra’s “HyperTone Camera System” features the same 50-megapixel resolution across all four rear Hasselblad cameras, thanks to their relatively large sensors compared to the competition, according to Oppo. The main imager packs Sony’s second-gen 1-inch sensor, the LYT-900, which is more efficient in terms of power consumption and thermal performance. This is complemented by an f/1.8 aperture, OIS (optical image stabilization), a 23mm focal length and a 50-percent reduction in lens reflection. The ultra-wide camera features a 1/1.95-inch Sony LYT-600 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, making this one of the fastest shooters in its class. This comes with a 14mm equivalent focal length and a focus distance down to 4cm. 
Then we’re left with the two periscope telephoto cameras. The first one, a 3x optical zoom, has a 1/1.56-inch Sony IMX980 sensor — “roughly three times larger than” the competition, apparently. You also get an f/2.6 aperture, along with “Prism OIS,” a 65mm focal length and a 25cm focus distance — handy for portraits and product shots. Then we have a 6x optical zoom periscope, which is powered by a 1/2.51-inch Sony IMX858 sensor and has an f/4.3 aperture, 135mm focal length, a 35cm focus distance plus Prism OIS. With AI-enhanced zoom at 12x, Oppo says its Find X7 Ultra handles a versatile equivalent focal length range of 14mm to 270mm.”
Oppo also claims to have made some major breakthroughs in mobile photography here. Most notably, it’s finally rolling out its “HyperTone Image Engine,” which supposedly improves computational photography results for HDR, as well as avoiding over-exposure and over-sharpening. This was apparently in development for two years, with input from professional photographers and color experts. It’s all about “merging objective quality together with subjective emotional,” as a spokesperson stated. Better yet, HyperTone Image Engine will eventually be rolled out to some existing Oppo devices, namely the Find N and Reno series, depending on compatibility.
Other areas of improvement include the quality consistency across the zoom range (especially in low-light environment), as well as more realistic portrait shots thanks to the new “Hasselblad Portrait Mode.” For the latter, rather than getting fake-looking bokeh and poor edge detection, Oppo boldly promises to deliver “cinematic bokeh with foreground and background depth,” with a stunning accuracy down to a single strand of hair, plus minimal shutter lag as a bonus.
Oppo is also offering a new “Hasselblad Master Mode” which is based on the characteristics of the Hasselblad X2D 100C medium format mirrorless camera. You get to fiddle with saturation, contrast, sharpness and vignette control to create your preferred style, as well as other shooting features like manual ISO, shutter speed, EV, focus, and white balance. This Master Mode also offers “RAW MAX” capture — pending an OTA update — which supports 13 stops of dynamic range, along with 16-bit color depth in BT2020 color space for each 50-megapixel still.
The Find X7 Ultra comes in three color options: “Ocean Blue,” “Sepia Brown” and “Tailored Black”, all of which feature a vegan leather cover (and the black version comes with decorative stitches). Despite the extra periscope camera, generous 5,000mah battery (100W SuperVOOC wired charging) and wireless charging (50W) support, this device actually shares a similar weight and thickness as the Find X6 Pro. This is thanks to a slimmer wireless charging coil, thinner vegan leather and an improved logic board stack design. Oppo was also able to keep the entire rear camera module tightly packed by using “single-sided magnets,” in order to avoid interference between the three OIS parts.
This new phone also features Oppo’s brightest-ever QHD (3,168 x 1,440) panel, with outdoor brightness maxing out at 1,600 nits, and local peak brightness at 4,500 nits for HDR purposes. The usual 120Hz refresh rate and ultra-low latency are here to stay, along with “rain water touch” support for wet hands (it has IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating). You get up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage.
To our surprise, Oppo doesn’t currently have plans to launch the Find X7 Ultra outside of China, so you’ll have to source one from an importer. For your reference, this model ranges from 5,999 yuan (about $845) with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, to 6,999 yuan (about $990) with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. These three options are available for pre-order now, ahead of their January 12th retail launch. There will also be a special edition with satellite call support arriving in late March, but no price was mentioned.
For those on a budget but still want the same fancy look, there’s the Find X7 base model powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor. It only packs triple cameras on the back: a 50-megapixel main shooter (likely with Sony’s 1/1.4-inch LYT-T808 sensor; OIS), a 64-megapixel 3x periscope zoom camera (f/2.6; Prism OIS), and a 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera (f/2.0; 119 degrees). This flavor starts from 3,999 yuan (about $560) and offers 12GB RAM with 256GB storage, and maxes out at 4,999 yuan (about $700) for its 16GB RAM plus 1TB storage offering. In addition to the “Ocean Blue” and “Sepia Brown” designs, you may also consider the purple and black options, both of which come in a glass back.This article originally appeared on Engadget at

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