When you're taking a selfie, there are some specific qualities of the camera you're looking for: you want it to be broad enough to present yourself and a friend (and maybe some others). Ideally, you can achieve a shallow depth of field so that it protrudes from the bottom. And it would be fine if it can be held in low light conditions, since it is likely to take pictures in bars and parties that are not very bright.
What you do not necessarily want is an incredibly high resolution sensor, since you're probably not cutting, and you definitely do not want to get close enough to see the pores of your nose.
But that's exactly what you can do with Oppo's newest phone, the F7, which was announced on Monday. Among the most prominent features of the F7 is a 25 megapixel selfie camera, which is 3.5 times more megapixels than the iPhone X selfie camera.
A good camera achieves the correct balance in the megapixel count
A higher megapixel camera is not necessarily a good or bad thing. More megapixels mean bigger and sometimes more detailed images. But fewer megapixels means better photos in low light, so the key is to achieve a balance. To give you an idea of the number of megapixels that any camera really "needs", you only need about 8.3 megapixels to capture 4K images.
The additional detail found in a 25 megapixel capture is something that photographers find useful; It's great if you need to retouch an image or print it in a really big format. But for a typical use: share on Instagram, get printed photos for your home, provides much more details than necessary.
Putting 25 megapixels inside a selfie camera seems to be an incorrect specification to shoot. While high megapixel counts have their place, it is likely that Oppo's phone has poor performance in low light. And since you're probably not printing poster-size images, or zooming in on a detail in the background of your photo, the extra megapixels are probably wasted.
The F7 offers a series of augmented reality features and photo retouching, and it is possible that additional resolution will help there. But taking good pictures in the first place is really the priority here. So, if you have an iPhone X or a Galaxy S9 with "only" 7 or 8 megapixels in your selfie camera, you're not exactly missing out.
While the high megapixel count in the F7 may be one of the most striking specs, the whole phone has a very modern look 2018: it has an aspect ratio of 19: 9, so it is tall with thin bevels, and, Of course, it has a notch. The phone has a 6.2-inch screen, resolution of 2280 x 1080, the mid-range Helio P60 processor from MediaTek, and runs Android Oreo. The rear camera has a meager 16-megapixel sensor.
Everything seems incredibly similar to Vivo V9, which was announced last week, and even includes a 24-megapixel selfie camera, comparably ridiculous. Vivo and Oppo share the same parent company, so we are basically looking at the same phone here, with some specific market adjustments.
You can get the F7 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage or 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Those models will go on sale next month in India for approximately $ 340 and $ 415, respectively. That's on the more expensive side in a country where the average price of a smartphone is closer to $ 150.