OnePlus 5’s optical zoom isn’t quite as good as you think

OnePlus 5’s optical zoom isn’t quite as good as you think

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One of the most interesting features of the new OnePlus 5 is its dual camera system. By combining two camera sensors, OnePlus has given us optical zoom that lets us get closer to our subject without degrading image quality. But it’s not quite as good as we thought.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the OnePlus 5 is a spectacular smartphone. It packs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, an impressive OLED display, and features like fast-charging. It’s a beast, and it starts at just $479 — a lot less than rival flagships.

But if you’re buying the OnePlus 5 specifically for its dual camera, there’s something you should know. It was initially believed that, like the iPhone 7 Plus, the OnePlus 5 was capable of 2x optical zoom. As it turns out, though the handset does do 2x zoom, its optical zoom extends to just…

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