First some background information. Although you may not know OPPO that well, it is one of the most innovative and leading smart device brands in the world. OPPO is currently the third largest smartphone brand in the Netherlands, even number 1 in China. The Find X3 Pro 5G is OPPO’s premium flagship and this phone offers the best of the best in the smartphone market. Five excellent cameras and a 10 bit screen so that 1 billion colors (!) Can be displayed.
Out of This World Colors campaign
OPPO has been a proud partner of National Geographic for several years and they started their new collaboration in mid-April. Keith Ladzinski is a well-respected outdoor photographer who has won numerous awards. His contemporary work focuses on natural history, climate change, extreme sports and advertising campaigns. As part of this project, Keith explored the Mojave Desert through the lens of the new OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G. Mojave National Preserve is a maze of otherworldly sand dunes and volcanic cinder cones. A 1.6 million acre desert with a wealth of colors, textures and geological wonders. Using OPPO’s unprecedented color capture 10-bit Full Path Color Management System he was able to take stunning photos of the alien landscape. Smooth, wide shots of landscapes and detailed, rich close-ups of textures and natural minerals.
Keith’s mission: to provide a unique perspective by capturing the landscape and stunning color palette of the desert with this unit.
Mars on Earth
Keith Ladzinski takes you on an extraordinary expedition in this storytelling campaign, discovering unearthly landscapes and a galaxy of colors. Out of This World Color – right here on Earth. Keith: “The Mojave Desert full of hidden canyons, steep cliffs, large mountains and eroded valleys has a seductive appeal to me. It is like discovering the planet Mars, here on Earth, in order to see the world from a completely different point of view. It really is like being on another planet and I am proud to share our work with the world. When people look at my work, I hope they feel inspired and curious. ”
The exploration of a billion colors
The focus with this smartphone is on the ultimate experience of colors. The National Geographic photographer has been to the Mojave Desert several times and enjoyed his assignment to give the phone a good test. Thanks to its quad camera and 10-bit color processing, the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G perfectly reproduces the vivid colors of the desert from camera to screen. Full of rich tones, clarity and vibrancy. The device captures authentic color transitions and nuances, provides a wider dynamic range and more color depth, and offers extensive possibilities for professional post-processing.
In addition, its compact size allows the smartphone to fit into tight spaces that traditional cameras cannot reach, resulting in unique shots where the camera moves through small passageways. Keith Ladzinski says: “Capturing color and detail is one of the foundations of photography. Collaborating with OPPO was a great opportunity to try out new image innovations. Photographing the Mojave Desert with the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G was a joy. RAW imaging capabilities allow you to capture vivid detail in landscapes in up to 1 billion colors. The result is truly astonishing, unbelievable that the images were taken with such a compact device. ”
Behind the scenes
During the OPPO smartphone photography masterclass, we discover how the new OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G turned out to be the perfect partner for Keith. Not only can the device capture lifelike images and videos with incredible color accuracy, at any time of the day or night, but its editing capabilities also allow Keith to process them to perfection in an instant. Keith gives the best photography and camera tips from his experience.
Where I often shoot images in automatic mode myself, Keith tells me about the fantastic possibilities to change full manual to go. It worked almost exclusively in manual mode. This way you can create the most special professional images at any location. When you put the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G camera in the ‘expert’ mode, you have full control over the settings – from white balance to focus, from shutter speed and ISO value to color temperature. Fully manual is especially useful when you need to maximize the light as much as possible. You control the focus of the lens, including the exposure.
You also have the option to take photos in RAW and RAW + instead of JPG. RAW files can be tuned much more to your own wishes and that is especially useful in situations with difficult light. RAW + are HDR recordings in RAW, so there is even more image information in your photo that you can refine in the post-processing of your RAW files. If you want to get as much quality out of your camera as possible, then shoot in RAW. The fact that this can be done on a phone, something so small that just fits in your pocket, is a big plus.
Those who do use the automatic mode will not be disappointed by the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G. Keith: “The rays of light above were a perfect time to switch to manual, so you can focus on where you want it. If you shoot in fully automatic mode, the camera should make decisions between the shadows and that one beam of light. But there were also times in the Mojave Desert when the automatic mode worked just as well. ”
The OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G has plenty of useful modes that many people will use a lot, such as HDR and the AI scene enhancement. This function recognizes the subject of your photo (for example a plant) and automatically adjusts the colors as realistically as possible. Of course, this camera also has the option to turn on a portrait mode. This gives you the option to photograph with a low aperture number (comparable to, for example, f / 2). This gives you more blur in the background of your photo, you separate the model from the background, as it were. Very nice with photos of people, but also with other subjects this is certainly a nice function. Complicated (night) light scenes are optimized by Ultra Night Mode. This smartphone has something for every scenario you would like to shoot.
Know your lenses
The OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G has no less than five different high-quality lenses. In addition to the 32-megapixel selfie camera, the OPPO smartphone has a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens and a 3-megapixel micro camera on the back.
The quad camera setup has two primary 50MP cameras; wide angle lens and ultra wide angle. With this pair you can take ‘normal’ photos and photos in a wider angle (110˚). The dual 50-megapixel setup is incredibly good due to the excellent levels of detail and sharpness throughout the photo. In addition, the ultra wide angle camera of the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G autofocus, with a minimum focus distance of only 4cm, so this camera can be used for macro shooting. This way you can take beautiful close-up photos of flowers, insects, butterflies and mushrooms. It is important that you get nice and close to your subject, the OPPO then automatically switches to macro mode.
Keith: “The Mojave Desert doesn’t get much rain. It is a very dry desert, like most deserts of course. We experienced three storms on this trip, all unexpected. Normally this scene would have been a blue sky and then in the foreground the red sandstone. But this dark threatening sky over such a textured foreground made it a very special moment. Perfect for ultrawide. You would like the red sandstone in the foreground here, the lines lead you to that small point in the clouds. ”
Telephoto lens and micro lens
With the 13 megapixel telephoto lens you can zoom in without making your photo less sharp. With the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G you can zoom up to 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom. You don’t just use the telephoto lens to bring small objects closer from a distance. It is also useful to better fit an object or situation into your framework. It also changes the composition, because if you shoot something in wide-angle and crop it later, you still don’t get the same level of optical compression. You can’t get the environment with the telephoto lens as close as with competing top models, but the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G does have a unique facility to capture tiny details in the form of the microscope camera.
With the micro lens you can make super close-ups full of details that were previously invisible. Once you have mastered how it works and you have found a good subject, you can take cool pictures with the microscope camera that you could not take with any other smartphone until now (without tools). You can optically enlarge objects up to 30 times and 60 times if you use the hybrid zoom function. Keith went in search of the smallest detail in that immense desert. A funny parallel. Working at the microscope level is a real challenge because you have almost no depth. You want to find a flat object here and be able to focus manually. When shooting with a wide angle, everything is usually relatively sharp. This does not apply to macro or micro photography; here you want to be able to control your focus to reach objects from which you are working at close range. A very specific lens, which is probably not used as often as the other lenses. But one with which you make a world visible that remains hidden from the naked eye.
The ‘Out of This World Colors’ campaign started on April 12. Keith’s photography trip can be followed for a month via the social media channels of National Geographic and OPPO The Netherlands under the name #OutOfThisWorldColours. If you’re inspired by Keith’s adventures, OPPO and National Geographic are calling on you to reveal your own colorful discoveries through the hashtags #OutOfThisWorldColours and #ShotOnOPPO.