The Oppo A74 5G embeds a quadruple photo module composed of a wide-angle of 48 Mpx, an ultra-wide-angle of 8 Mpx, a macro module and a depth sensor of 2 Mpx each. These are the first two that interest us here.
Module principal : 48 mégapixels, f/1,7, eq. 26 mm
The main sensor uses the technology of pixel-binning, which involves merging four photosites into one big pixel so as to capture more light. By default, it therefore captures snapshots in 12 Mpx.
By day, the 12 Mpx rendering is correct without surprising us. The image of the Redmi Note 10 Pro is more engaging, with more vivid colors, albeit cooler. That of the Oppo 74 5G seems yellowed and the colors seem to be washed out. On the other hand, the whole seems better defined. The sights at the bottom left appear more uniform and better transcribed. However, there is a significant loss of detail on the edges of the original photo (cropped here).
At night, the Note 10 Pro makes the choice of a very strong smoothing coupled with a higher exposure. For its part, the Oppo A74 5G retains a much higher level of detail, but compensates with significant digital noise and a drop in colors. A glance at the map validates this observation. It’s less bright, but we see more things.
48 megapixel mode
Many smartphones integrate a mode in full definition, but these do not bring a major gain to the pictures. What about this Oppo?
It’s rare enough to be underlined: this mode works very well for him. The colors still lack a bit of pep, but the overall rendering is precise, even flattering. The gain in detail on faces is real, and the mode isn’t just for making it easier to crop a larger image. We therefore recommend using this mode when you want to capture a particular moment.
When the conditions are not so bright, it gets complicated. Smoothing is more important, but at least the digital noise is dampened a bit. It’s more exploitable, but don’t rely too much on it either.
Ultra wide-angle module: 8 megapixels, f / 2.2, 119 °
Like the majority of its competitors, the Oppo A74 5G has an ultra-wide-angle module. In the entry / mid-range segment, these are rarely convincing. Can we expect the same surprise as with 48 Mpx mode?
During the day, the result remains very mixed. The center of the image is much more readable than with its competitor of the day, but it seems to have been emptied of its color. However, we benefit from better relief, as can be seen on the small map with the mountain ranges. Unfortunately, the clichés are likely to come out very pale.
At night, the quality plummets, but it still does better than the Note 10 Pro. What he loses in exposure and in color, he gains in detail. In spite of everything, the whole remains difficult to read. We can therefore forget it without remorse.
Front and video module
The front camera does not reserve any “wow” effect. It is a 16 Mpx sensor opening at f / 2. White balance is not always ideal, but the result is still correct. As with the majority of Chinese smartphones, we still have the impression that a filter softens facial features and makes some wrinkles disappear.
Oppo has ignored 4K here since the main sensor only films 1080p at 30 frames per second. So it’s not the best choice for videographers on a tight budget.