Nothing Phone 2 vs. OnePlus 11 camera test one clear winner | ENBLE

Nothing Phone 2 vs. OnePlus 11 camera test one clear winner | ENBLE

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: A Camera Showdown with a Grudge Match Twist

OnePlus 11 (left) and Nothing Phone 2 OnePlus 11 (left) and Nothing Phone 2 (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

When it comes to smartphone cameras, the battle for superiority is always fierce. In the case of the OnePlus 11 and the Nothing Phone 2, the competition is not only about the devices themselves but also about the rivalry between their creators, Carl Pei’s new company Nothing and his former company OnePlus.

Let’s dive into the details of this camera showdown and find out if the OnePlus 11 can outshine the Nothing Phone 2.

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Camera Specs

Nothing Phone 2 (left) and OnePlus 11 Nothing Phone 2 (left) and OnePlus 11 (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

At first glance, the OnePlus 11 and the Nothing Phone 2 may seem very different, but they actually share the same main camera and have a similar price range. The OnePlus 11 starts at $699, while the Nothing Phone 2 starts at $599, making the OnePlus 11 reasonably accessible if you can afford the Nothing phone. The question is, does the OnePlus 11’s higher price tag guarantee a significantly better camera?

The OnePlus 11 features a 50MP Sony IMX890 main camera with optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS and EIS). It is accompanied by a 48MP Sony IMX581 wide-angle camera and a 32MP Sony IMX709 Portrait Tele camera. The front camera is a 16MP selfie shooter. Notably, camera tuning assistance and various filters have been provided by Hasselblad.

On the other hand, the Nothing Phone 2 also sports a 50MP Sony IMX890 main camera with OIS and EIS, but it lacks additional sensors. Its wide-angle camera is a 50MP Samsung JN1, and the selfie camera is a 32MP Sony IMX615. While the Nothing Phone 2’s camera setup may not have the same level of complexity as the OnePlus 11, it still holds its own in terms of specifications.

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Main Camera Battle

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Main Camera Comparison OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Main Camera Comparison (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

Let the camera showdown begin! The first test takes place on a sunny day in London. Both smartphones capture the vibrant green water admirably, but the OnePlus 11’s HDR effect showcases more of the metal bridge and balances the sky and clouds better than the Nothing Phone 2.

Moving on to a close-up shot, the OnePlus 11 demonstrates its superiority with brighter and more detailed imagery. The Nothing Phone 2’s exposure obscures some colors, and edge enhancement is noticeable around the petals. Overall, the OnePlus 11’s photo quality surpasses that of the Nothing Phone 2.

Inside a building and within a car with a black interior, the OnePlus 11 again shines in capturing more details. The Alcantara covering on the steering wheel and seat displays fine grain in the OnePlus 11’s photo, whereas the Nothing Phone 2’s smoothing blurs the surfaces excessively.

In terms of low-light performance, the OnePlus 11’s sharper focus throughout suggests it handles dim lighting better than the Nothing Phone 2. The latter’s software applies heavy smoothing, resulting in less detailed images.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Wide-Angle Camera Showdown

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Wide-Angle Camera Comparison OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Wide-Angle Camera Comparison (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

When it comes to wide-angle photos, the OnePlus 11 consistently takes brighter and more striking images due to its stronger HDR capabilities. While the Nothing Phone 2’s photos may appear more natural at first glance, shadow obscures some details in the background, and excessive smoothing blurs foreground elements such as grass.

Throughout various test photos, the OnePlus 11 consistently delivers images that are instantly shareable, thanks to its impactful results. The Nothing Phone 2’s photos can be improved through editing, but the OnePlus 11’s photos often require no editing at all. Overall, the OnePlus 11 wins the wide-angle camera battle.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: 2x Zoom Mode

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: 2x Zoom Comparison OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: 2x Zoom Comparison (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

Switching to the 2x zoom mode, the Nothing Phone 2 impresses with its seemingly more natural tone and realistic colors. However, its images are ruined by excessive processing, resulting in a loss of detail. On the other hand, the OnePlus 11’s photos are sharper, more detailed, and exhibit less smoothing, showcasing the strength of its 2x telephoto camera.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Portrait Mode Face-Off

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Portrait Mode Comparison OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Portrait Mode Comparison (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

Portrait mode is where the Nothing Phone 2 truly shines. Its software impressively captures portraits with accurate edge recognition, resulting in a more natural and attractive bokeh effect. The OnePlus 11’s bokeh, while strong, tends to obliterate background details. The Nothing Phone 2’s portrait mode takes a decisive victory in this category.

Winner: Nothing Phone 2

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Night Mode Comparison

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Night Mode Comparison OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Night Mode Comparison (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

In moderate lighting conditions, both the OnePlus 11 and the Nothing Phone 2 capture similar colors, tone, texture, and dynamic range. However, the OnePlus 11 excels in sharpness and clarity when zoomed in. In low-light situations, the OnePlus 11 outperforms the Nothing Phone 2, capturing more detail and displaying a greater level of brightness. The OnePlus 11’s night mode showcases its superiority.

Winner: OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Selfie Camera Duel

OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Selfie Camera Comparison OnePlus 11 vs. Nothing Phone 2: Selfie Camera Comparison (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

In the realm of selfie cameras, the Nothing Phone 2 makes a comeback. Its selfie camera triumphs over the OnePlus 11’s 16MP barebones setup, delivering additional details, natural skin tones, and accurate edge recognition. The Nothing Phone 2 emerges as the winner for selfie enthusiasts.

Winner: Nothing Phone 2

Is the OnePlus 11 Worth the Extra Money?

OnePlus 11 OnePlus 11 (Image Source: Andy Boxall / ENBLE)

In this camera showdown, the OnePlus 11 emerges as the overall winner, triumphing in four out of six categories. Its victories include the main camera and wide-angle camera, which are undoubtedly the most frequently used cameras.

However, the Nothing Phone 2 showcases impressive potential, let down primarily by its software tuning. Given the proven performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset in the Nothing Phone 2, future software updates may improve its camera performance.

If you’re a selfie enthusiast, the Nothing Phone 2 offers vastly better results than the OnePlus 11. In low-light situations, the OnePlus 11’s superior ability becomes apparent, possibly aided by its more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.

Ultimately, if you prioritize photo quality and can afford the extra investment, the OnePlus 11 is worth the extra money. While the Nothing Phone 2’s camera is not inferior, improvement in software tuning could bring it closer to the OnePlus 11’s performance, considering both devices utilize the same sensor.

As the competition heats up, it’s worth keeping an eye on Nothing’s progress. The camera battle between Carl Pei’s old and new companies continues, but for now, the OnePlus 11 reigns supreme.

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