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Oneplus 8 Pro ReviewSource: Daniel Bader / Android Central

What you need to know

  • As per a new leak, the upcoming OnePlus 9 series phones will not include a periscope lens.
  • While the vanilla OnePlus 9 isn't expected to have a telephoto lens at all, the Pro could feature a traditional zoom lens.
  • The two phones will still offer several new camera features, including a moon mode and focus peaking.

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are the most anticipated Android phones set to debut in the first half of 2021. Just yesterday, a leak revealed that the two phones will not be very different from their predecessors in the display department. Now, a new leak has revealed a few key details about the cameras on the OnePlus 9 series phones.

As per tipster Max Jambor, the OnePlus 9 series will not include a periscope zoom lens. Previous rumors have also suggested the vanilla OnePlus 9 may not include a telephoto lens. It is tipped to include two 48MP cameras and a third sensor for macro shots. There isn't much that we know about the camera setup on the OnePlus 9 Pro, but it is possible that it will include at least a traditional zoom lens like the one on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

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While not every Android flagship phone offers a periscope camera, the feature is becoming increasingly common on the best Android phones. Samsung's latest Galaxy S21 Ultra includes not one but two zoom lenses – including a periscope lens with 10x optical zoom.

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Source: XDA Developers

Although the camera hardware on the two phones may not be best-in-class in some areas, a teardown of the OnePlus Camera app by XDA Developers

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suggests they will come with several new features. Like many Xiaomi phones, the upcoming OnePlus 9 series phones will offer a tilt-shift mode, which will allow users to transform the world around them into a miniature version. The upcoming phone will also offer a moon mode with multiple filters for the moon. Some of the other features revealed by the teardown include starburst effect, Hyperlapse mode, and focus peaking.

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