OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE Comparison 2020

What’s up guys Saf here on SuperSaf TV, and welcome to another SuperSafStyle camera comparison. This time it is between theOnePlus Nord and the iPhone SE. Things are really heating up in this, sort of, 400 pound price point. We’re going to be testing outall aspects of the cameras, front-facing, rear-facing, images, video, low light, everything. They will be some timestamps down below if there’s a particular sectionthat you want to skip to. We are currently usingthe front-facing cameras. The OnePlus Nord canactually film up to 4K, the iPhone SE can only film up to 1080p, so here’s what the qualitydifference is like. Now OnePlus Nord also has anultrawide front-facing camera. So let’s just quickly switchto that and have a look. And if we switch to this, you can see that we can geta lot more into our shots, although dynamic rangedoesn’t seem as good, but nevertheless, the option is there whichis always nice to have. Let’s go ahead and test out stabilization. Now we’re going to test out stabilization to see which one of thesedoes better stabilization. We’ve switched to 1080pon the OnePlus Nord, this way things arefair, 1080 versus 1080. So we’re going to walk, and let’s now go ahead and run. (wind blows) Now we’ve switched tothe rear-facing cameras, and we’re doing 4K, 30 framesa second on both devices. We’re going to quickly testout stabilization at 4K, 30. So walk, and now let’s run. (wind blows) (footsteps) Now there’s a super stableoption on the OnePlus Nord, so I’ve just gone aheadand switched that on to see how much of adifference that makes. So, walking again, and now let’s run. (footsteps) Now as with the front-facing camera, the OnePlus Nord also has anultrawide rear-facing camera.

So you can see that we can get so much more in to our shot, which is great actually. Now let’s go ahead andtest out stabilization with the ultrawide camera, just for the sake of it. So, here we go. (footsteps) (car engine roars) Now we’re just goingto test the autofocus. We are on the iPhone SE and it seems to bedoing a pretty good job. Same test on the OnePlus Nord, also seems to be doing just fine. So that was the video. Now, before we move on to images, let’s have a quick look atwhat we’re working with here. The iPhone SE has two cameras, one at the front and one at the back. The OnePlus Nord has atotal of six cameras, we’ve got two front-facing cameras, as we saw earlier, we’ve got a primary aswell as an ultrawide. The primary camera also has a much higher resolutioncompared to the iPhone. And on the back we’vegot four total cameras. The primary camera once againhas quite a high resolution but generally you’ll be shootingat around 12 megapixels, which puts it neck andneck with the iPhone. This will give you the optimal results. You of course then havethe ultrawide camera but then you also have a macro camera as well as a depth camera. We’ll see how all these actually perform. All images and video havebeen taken on automatic to keep things as fair as possible. Let’s get straight to it. Now starting off with some outdoor images, honestly speaking, it wasvery much neck and neck. Sometimes a preferredimage is from the OnePlus and sometimes from the iPhone.

Here, you can see both aredoing a very, very good job. We’ve got great dynamicrange, great detail. Now for this shot, Idid prefer the iPhone, you can see that there is moredetail in the shadow areas, but the highlight areas havestill not been blown out. So I do prefer the iPhone here. But then on the flip side here I prefer the OnePlus, it’s got more details in the shadows compared to the iPhone this time. So it does switch between these two, but nevertheless, both take great images in good light from the primary cameras. And I think that’s very visible here with this shot of this ancient tree. You can see the sunlightcreeping in from the background. And this is a situationwhich is very tricky, dynamic range, obviously we’vegot lots of shadow detail, lots of highlight detail. And both of these have donean absolutely awesome job, I’m very, very pleased with the shots that have come out from these cameras, especially considering theprice of these devices. Now the OnePlus Nord, of course, does have that ultrawide camera. And if we do switch on to that you can see we get an absolutelydifferent perspective. I love ultrawide cameras,and it’s great to have this, however, however, the ultrawide camera on the OnePlus Nord is very soft. If you look towards the leaves, you can see that it’s justnot at the same quality as the primary camera, you do lose a lot ofsharpness as well as color. And here’s another example. So this was the original shot that we saw, and if we do switch tothe ultrawide camera, you can see that the greensjust completely go off. So you’ve got one and then the other one and you can see that thereis a lot of difference between the primary cameraand the ultrawide camera. Here’s another shot, here I do prefer the iPhoneimage overall for dynamic range, but when we do switchto the ultrawide camera once again a lot softer, a lot darker.

So although it is nice tohave the ultrawide camera, I think it is important to remember that it’s not going togive you amazing quality like we see on some of the other flagships which do have some veryhigh quality sensors for the ultrawide. Once again, it’s not taking away from the fact that we do have one, I’d rather have it than not,but just bear that in mind. Now I wanted to see if thedepth camera on the OnePlus makes any kind of a difference. So I took some portrait shots. So here you can see that bothseem to be doing a decent job. I do prefer the iPhone here overall, it does seem to have done a better job in terms of the colors, but iPhones generally do quite good in terms of skin tones, I’m a little bit yellow on the OnePlus. But generally in terms of edge detection, both are doing okay, however the iPhone isdoing better surprisingly. If you look at the side of my sunglasses, that area has been bettercut out on the iPhone compared to the OnePlus which has kind of blurred that area out. I was expecting theOnePlus to do better here. Now there is one optionthat you have on the OnePlus which is to do a 2x portrait so that is generally around 50 mil, it’s generally the bestangle for portraits, you may have heard me saythis many times before. I’m not sure how it’s doing this, I’m assuming it’s justcropping into the sensor. And you can see that it does give you a better angle of view, but the quality’s not there, it is a little bit softcompared to the previous image, but it is a nice option to have.

Now moving on to this image, I think once again, bothare doing pretty good. This time, the OnePlus has gotthe area in between my arms, whereas the iPhone has not,so that’s interesting to see. And once again with OnePlusyou can do that 2x portraits, but it is still quite soft and it’s not somethingthat I would generally use. Fine light portrait shots and this was actually very interesting because if you look in between my arms, then the OnePlus hascompletely missed that. The iPhone has tried to do it, it’s not done an amazing jobbut at least it has tried. If you look at the table as well that’s still fully infocus on the OnePlus, so, you know, yes, thatdepth sensor is there, is it really making a difference? Is it really helping out? I’m not too sure. If we once again try out the 2x portraits, then it is doing a better jobin terms of edge detection but again it’s a very, very soft image. Now let’s talk about the macro camera. Now generally speaking, I love a good macro camera. You may have already heard me say that the most underratedfeature of the OnePlus 8 Pro is the macro camera, which actually uses the fullresolution ultrawide camera to get macro shots, works really well. This is unfortunately not thecase with the OnePlus Nord. Here you can see we’ve gotthe two megapixel macro image and it is so bad, like, yes, you can focus in closer than what you can do on the iPhone, but the colors are completely muted, the quality is so, so low here. And what I did on the iPhone is I just stepped a little bit back so I could get the focus on here. And yes, it’s not a full on macro shot but I mean look at that, it just looks so much better and because it’s at a muchhigher resolution, 12 megapixels, I actually could crop inand get a similar result not exactly the same, similar result in terms of the angle but it looks so, so much better because you are using amuch superior camera sensor. Now I wanted to test this out further, so here’s another example.

Yes, I can get in closerwith the macro camera but it’s just not agood result whatsoever. Instead if I use the primarycamera on the OnePlus, yes, I’m not going toget that exact macro feel but look at that, that is such a nice shot,wallpaper material right here. I absolutely love thisshot, look how crisp it is, it’s actually sharper compared to the iPhone from what I can see and I’m just going togo ahead and say this, the two megapixel macrocamera on the OnePlus Nord as with every other twomegapixel macro camera, you may have heard Marquessay many times before, is absolutely pointless. I really wish OnePlusdidn’t have a macro camera and a depth camera just forthe sake of having four cameras and instead put their effortstowards the ultrawide camera, but that’s me anyway. Now let’s move on to low light images, and I mean this is an easy,easy win for the OnePlus Nord because the iPhone SE does nothave a dedicated night mode. I’m not sure why this is butit’s very disappointing to see. Now these shots werejust taken on automatic I didn’t actually usenight mode on this shots but the OnePlus is still doing better. As soon as we use night mode, it just brightens upthe image so much more. And it was an easy test to do here because it was a clearwin for the OnePlus Nord. Here’s another indoor shot, just taken in automatic and again, the OnePlus doing a better job. But as soon as you use night mode, it just does miles better. So this is an area where the OnePlus gets a very, very clear and easy win. Now if you guys are interested to see what the ultrawide camerais like in low light, it’s not good. This was taken using night mode, and even so, I mean I wasn’texpecting it to be good, but this is just for reference.

Now let’s move on to the selfie camera. So as you know, the OnePlushas a much higher resolution. And here you can also see that it’s wider compared to the iPhone, something that I do like, it’s a sharper image as well because of that high resolution. Now, what I do prefer isthe colors on the iPhone, this is something that’s quite consistent. I do find that OnePlus devices,as many as I’ve tested, do tend to brighten upyour skin quite a bit, and that’s something thatI generally don’t like. But again, it’s not doingthat much of a bad job. And with the OnePlus you alsohave that ultrawide camera so you can get even more in your shot, so it’s already wider as it is but you can get even wider and you’ve got similar resultsto what we had on the rear so it is quite soft comparedto the primary camera. But nevertheless, it’san option that is there, especially if it comes to taking a group selfie or something, I’d rather have this option than not. And then moving on to portrait mode, I think both are doing areally, really good job. Edge detection is good on both, I do prefer the edgedetection on the OnePlus compared to the iPhone, the iPhone has blurred out alittle bit too much of my hair, whereas the OnePlus hasdone a better job here. Now testing out some more selfies, once again, you can seethe skin tone differences. The iPhone I think is muchmore natural to my brown color, but the OnePlus is kind ofputting a bit of a filter on making me look fairer than Iam, which I am not a fan of. However, it is sharper once again and it does have a wider field of view. You can still go ahead to the ultrawide and get even more in this shot, but just look at thedifference between these two. I look even yellowerin the ultrawide camera so the consistency really isn’t there. Again, I want to emphasizeit’s nice to have that option but I also want to make clearthat that ultrawide camera is really not going to give you anywhere near as good resultsas the primary camera. Now trying out the portraitmode on both of these, I think both are doing a good job overall, edge detection, theOnePlus has got my hair but it’s also got a bit of my seat whereas the iPhone hasn’t got my seat but it’s got a little bit toomuch of my hair cropped off. So I think this one will comedown to personal preference.

Now, low light selfies for those of you who liketaking selfies in the dark. So the iPhone is very grainy but the OnePlus there is a lotof processing going on here. Like I look like a bit of a cartoon here, what is going on. I would prefer the iPhone here just because althoughthe OnePlus is brighter, it’s just got too muchprocessing for my liking. Now if we do use the front-facing flash, you can see that bothdo a much better job. The OnePlus looks a tadbrighter and a tad sharper but it’s kind of got more brightness towards the middle of my face, whereas the sides are a little bit darker. So, I guess I’m goingto call this one a draw. Now for those of you who want to see how the front-facing ultrawidecamera performs in low light, you can see here that itdoesn’t do as much of a good job as the primary camera, although it’s not asheavily processed it seems. And when we do use the flash, it actually produces apretty decent result. So those were the results. What are my thoughts? Well, I have to say I’m super impressed. Both of these cameras at this price point, I mean, realistically speaking, I wouldn’t have a problemusing either of these. Of course with the OnePlus you’re getting much more versatility, you’re getting muchbetter low light images, thanks to night mode, you are getting a 4K front-facing camera which I did prefer overallcompared to the iPhone, it’s going to give youmuch more resolution. It can also do up to 4K, 60 but I couldn’t really put that up against the 1080, 30 on the iPhone in this video. For selfie images, you aregetting sharper results with a wider angle ofview straight off the bat but you can even widerwith the ultrawide camera which is a little bit soft, and again the same goesfor the rear-facing camera. It is nice to have that option there, yes, it’s not great but it’sstill good to have that option. What’s not great is havinga useless macro camera and a depth camera which don’treally seem to do anything. So once again my feedbackhere would be that OnePlus, next time don’t give us a macro two megapixelcamera and a depth camera, just put more efforts in making the ultrawide camera better. Now for the iPhone yes, it loses out in terms of versatility, but there were lots ofadvantages on the iPhone as well. I prefer the skin tones overall when it came to selfies, when it came to portrait mode, I actually preferred portraitmode overall on the iPhone compared to the OnePlus and when it came to 4K videofrom the rear-facing camera, I do think that the iPhonehad better dynamic range, and I also preferred thestabilization from the iPhone because it didn’t make the picture soft. If you go back to when I was running, even though the OnePlus mighthave seemed more stabled, it did make the picture a lot softer. That was something thatI definitely noticed. Also, the iPhone can film atup to 4k, 60 frames a second from the rear-facing camera, you max out at 4K, 30 frames a second from the rear-facingcamera of the OnePlus, which is a little bit weird because you can do 4K, 60from the front-facing camera. I don’t know what’s going on there. I also think you had betterslow motion on the iPhone, the results were just sharper, it looks like on the OnePlus things are being scaled up a little bit. And you can go back and havea listen, but to my ears, I did prefer the audiorecording on the iPhone overall compared to that of the OnePlus Nord. Now if you were to ask me, overall consideringeverything of these cameras, which one would I pick? Honestly speaking, it wouldhave to be the OnePlus Nord. I like that versatility and I like the advantagesthat you have got on here, and although the iPhonedid win in certain areas, I think in terms of apackage and value for money, you are getting a betterdeal with the OnePlus Nord.

Now there’s a lot moreto consider here as well in terms of all of the differences, and I’ve covered those ina detail hands-on video. If you want to see that then that is going tobe linked in the cards and in the description. What do you guys think? Which would be your pick for the cameras between the OnePlusNord and the iPhone SE? Definitely drop me a commentbelow, and let me know. If you want to see lotsof different images from lots of different devices, then be sure to follow me on Instagram, I am @SuperSaf, I postvery regularly on there. And if you haven’t already, then be sure to subscribeand hit that bell icon if you want to see more SuperSafStyle coverage like this. There’s going to be theGoogle Pixel 4a coming soon, and whenever that does come, then I will be sure to putit up against these guys, this 400 pound price point. It’s getting so so interesting. So there’s going to be lotsof exciting videos coming up. I hope you enjoyed thisvideo and found it useful, if you did, then do hit thatthumbs up button for me. Thanks for watching thisis Saf on SuperSaf TV. And I’ll see you next time after I get some sleep. It’s so late here (chuckles). (upbeat music)

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