OnePlus 9 Pro vs Oppo Find X3 Pro – How does the Sony IMX 789 compare to IMX 766?

The OnePlus 9 Pro is set to launch on the 23rd of March, and OnePlus appear to be significantly stepping up their camera game.

It has already been revealed the new OnePlus 9 Pro will feature cameras co-developed with Hasselblad, and the OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has now revealed more specifics about the camera.

Via Twitter, he posted two shots, one from the main lens the other from the ultra-wide, claiming they are two equally powerful cameras with countless possibilities.

Lau has also officially announced the 50MP Sony IMX789 sensor that will be exclusive for the company then the ultra-wide will be the 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor which is also used on the Oppo Find X3 Pro for both of its sensors.

Normally, companies like Sony, list the details of their technologies, for example, it is quite easy to find the specifics of the Samsung 108MP sensors, but the same isn’t true here.

Sony IMX 766 Specification

The only information about the IMX 766 sensor is direct from OPPO themselves, which states:

Main Sensor:

  • 50MP Wide Angle Camera
  • Sony IMX 766
  • Sensor
  • 1/1.56″ sensor size, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, All Pixel
  • Omni directional PDAF

Ultra-Wide:

  • 50MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera
  • Sony IMX 766
  • Sensor
  • 1/1.56″ sensor size, f/2.2 aperture
  • Omni directional PDAF

Sony IMX 789 vs Sony IMX 766

So the big question is, how does the OnePlus exclusive Sony IMX 789 differ from the IMX 766?

From various leaks and tidbits of information from Peter Lau himself, we know that:

The IMX789 main sensor has dual native ISO, full-pixel omni-directional autofocus, it can record 4K video at 120 fps and supports real-time HDR video processing. It will feature Sony’s Digital Overlap HDR (DOL-HDR). Unlike staggered HDR, DOL is able to capture several exposures simultaneously, which helps remove ghosting caused by moving objects.

Then the camera app itself will have a Hasselblad Pro mode that will take 12bit RAW images.

The Sony IMX 766 is then stated to “billion colour 10-bit capture”

From a little bit of Googling, 10bit and 12bit photography on phones isn’t particularly rare, the Find X2 Pro supports 10-bit image capturing and HEIF format, as does the iPhone 12.

I suspect the hardware of the Sony IMX 789 & 766 will essentially be identical, the IMX 789 is then just the sensor that has been optimised by Hasselblad.

What will the price of the OnePlus 9 Pro be?

Whatever the spec is, I am quite excited about the OnePlus 9 Pro, I am on the lookout for a new phone myself and this is likely a strong contender. One concern is what the price will be, OnePlus have been increasing in price over the years, and with the OnePlus 9 Pro having a camera that could compete, if not best the Oppo Find X3 Pro, will the new OP9Pro start getting close to that £1K barrier phones have been breaking in recent years?

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