How the OPPO F1s enhances the selfie experience in low-light conditions

OPPO has been growing from strength to strength within a short span of its entry in the Indian smartphone market. The brand has always looked to improve its smartphone offerings in almost every aspect, be it the design, the software experience and above all, the camera performance. Almost everyone would have heard of Selfie Expert devices from OPPO. In fact, both the F1 and the F1 Plus, released earlier this year, have proved to be worthy smartphones in this aspect.


To carry forward this legacy, the brand introduced the F1s in August. Priced at Rs 17,990, it sports a 13MP primary snapper with phase detection autofocus to focus on the subject quickly. Sounds sweet, doesn’t it? But more amazing thing is its front camera, which sports a higher megapixel count – 16-megapixels to cater to the selfie craze that has taken over the world by storm in recent times.

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Clicked with the OPPO F1s with no filter or Beauty mode

However, the biggest struggle that most smartphones face is taking a selfie in low-light conditions. Since there isn’t enough light, the output is grainy and one’s face can hardly be made out. But the OPPO F1s takes care of this aspect, and that’s what we’ll be talking about in this article.

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Clicked with the OPPO F1s in an extremely dimly lit room

The OPPO F1s excels with its capabilities in poorly-lit environments as the company has smartly utilised a larger 1/3.1-inch with an aperture of f/2.0. The larger sensor allows more light to enter, thus resulting in better selfies even in dim settings. The larger size of the sensor also helps in capturing wider dynamic range, and thus reduces the amount of noise in the image. This is an aspect which often ignored by most manufacturers which are in the race to offer more megapixels.

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Clicked with the OPPO F1s in an extremely dimly lit room using Screen Flash

Additionally, in case you find the ambient light is unable to meet your needs, you can always use the screen flash which illuminates the display at its maximum brightness just before snapping your selfie. Interestingly, with the auto mode, the screen of the F1s could adjust the lightness according to the circumstances automatically, giving you the most suitable illumination for capturing selfies.

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OPPO F1s camera app’s UI

It isn’t all about the hardware since the brand has focussed on the software part as well. The default camera app in the OPPO F1s is also neatly laid out, along with providing a bunch of shooting modes to choose from. Apart from photo and video, these include panorama, HDR, time-lapse video and even a beauty mode.

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Clicked with the OPPO F1s with Beauty Mode set to Fair and 4

Unlike most beauty modes, which simply enhance the skin colour so much so that it may appear artificial, OPPO’s Beautify 4.0 latter uses intelligent algorithms to even out skin tones, so that you look your best, always, even in low-light conditions.

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OPPO F1s camera shutter options

Additionally, the smartphone comes with quite a few shooting options – normal, touch, voice, and palm. They help a lot in low-light situations, as you can click the selfies without moving your hand and thus ensuring that there are no jitters, and noise doesn’t creep in the image.

Think of the number of times you don’t take a selfie just because the lighting isn’t proper – a family dinner, outing with friends in a club, or just random strolling on the road. Especially with the festival of lights, Diwali coming soon, there surely will be a number of low-light conditions where you’d want to take selfie with your friends and family. With the OPPO F1s, you don’t need to worry about that as it can capture excellent selfies irrespective of the situation.

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Clicked with the OPPO F1s in dim room lighting

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Clicked with the OPPO F1s with the street light as the light source

With excellent hardware and so many software improvements, there’s little doubt that the OPPO F1s boasts powerful low-light capabilities. Judging by the results, we can safely say that the OPPO F1s is one of the better selfie shooters out there in the market, and is no less than a delight for the selfie aficionados.

Besides the camera, the F1s brings forth a solid set of specifications. It flaunts a 5.5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass protection and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, which is aided by a generous 3GB of RAM. All this is enclosed in a 7.3mm sleek metal unibody design that comes with a fingerprint scanner on the front. Surprisingly, despite being so slim, the smartphone features a powerful 3,075mAh Li-Po battery. All in all, the OPPO F1s is truly a suitable gadget to click all your wonderful memories and happy moments this Diwali.

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