Hasselblad color + dual main cameras: OnePlus 9 Pro imaging system review

Eden MAR 30,2021

OnePlus has recently announced its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 9 series. As one of the most important new flagship phones of this year, one plus 9 series phones not only have flagship hardware performance, but also this time one plus and the most legendary imaging brand in the history of photography Hasselblad to create one plus | Hasselblad cell phone imaging system, equipped with this imaging system debut of one plus 9 Pro naturally also has a flagship image strength.

As an influential brand in the history of photography, the cooperation between Hasselblad and OnePlus is also of great interest to the outside world. So, what kind of image performance can the OnePlus 9 Pro with the Hasselblad Imaging System bring to you? The next I will reveal the answer for you.

One plus Hasselblad cell phone imaging system support, software and hardware strength is not bad

As the deciding factor of the flagship phone's image capability, the configuration and tuning of the rear camera module must also be flagship level. The 9 Pro uses the Hasselblad natural color optimization, Sony's custom IMX789 sensor and IMX766 super sensor + free-form lens and other components of the One Plus丨Hasselblad cell phone imaging system, which is also the first product launched by the cooperation between One Plus and Hasselblad.

One Plus used Hasselblad's standard for calibrating professional medium format cameras to calibrate the sensor-level color of the One Plus 9 Pro, allowing the phone to reproduce more natural and rich colors.

Notably, OnePlus also worked with three Hasselblad ambassadors who are professional photographers to optimize this solution for real-world scenarios.

IMX 789

The IMX 789 main camera on the OnePlus 9 Pro is a custom sensor from Sony that cost OnePlus hundreds of millions of dollars, with an effective imaging area of 1/1.43 inches, a single pixel area of 1.12 microns (2.24 microns after 4-in-1), support for cutting-edge technologies such as 2x2 OCL all-pixel omnidirectional focus (all pixels can participate in focusing) and dual native ISO. The OnePlus 9 Pro also adds support for 4K 120fps native recording, making it one of the first models in the world to support 4K 120 fps video recording.

As for the ultra wide-angle lens, the OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a main camera-grade IMX766 sensor, a 1/1.56-inch large-bottom sensor that also has a free-form lens, allowing users to get an extremely sharp ultra wide-angle image with minimal distortion for a great visual experience.

At the same time, OnePlus 9 Pro is equipped with a native black and white lens and a telephoto lens with an equivalent focal length of 77mm. The black-and-white lens, which removes the Bayer filter from the sensor, blends the light information captured by the black-and-white style lens with the main camera or ultra-wide angle to present users with layered, contrasting black-and-white photos. The 8MP custom-grade telephoto lens on the OnePlus 9 Pro supports OIS for clear photos even when handheld and supports up to 30x digital zoom.

Hardware and software coordination, mobile imaging can also have a classic Hasselblad experience

The actual performance of the OnePlus 9 Pro imaging system is also worth waiting for. For this reason, I will showcase the image strength of the OnePlus 9 Pro in terms of the main camera, ultra-wide angle, and macro, respectively.

As mentioned above, the OnePlus 9 Pro's main camera uses the Sony IMX789 sensor. This sensor has excellent quality in terms of individual pixel area size, focusing ability, HDR, etc. The OnePlus 9 Pro allows users to take high quality photos regardless of whether the light conditions are sufficient or poor. Sample images of the main camera are as follows.

As you can see from the sample images, the OnePlus 9 Pro provides users with pure and clear images in both good and poor lighting conditions, even in backlight conditions: the surface of the Water Cube is well-detailed and the photos have a strong sense of layering. With the help of Hasselblad's Natural Color Optimization, the OnePlus 9 Pro accurately presents the subject's proper colors while giving it the texture it deserves, and the overall color transition is natural.

The ultra-wide angle lens in cell phones has a wide field of view, especially suitable for recording large buildings, rivers and other humanities and natural landscapes, and cell phone users are using the ultra-wide angle lens more and more frequently. The IMX766 sensor is the ultra wide-angle lens of the OnePlus 9 Pro, which has a natural advantage in presenting some large scale architecture, allowing users to take high level ultra wide-angle blockbusters. Sample photos are as follows.

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OnePlus 9 Pro ultra-wide angle sample

It's easy to see from the sample images that the quality of the ultra wide-angle sample of the OnePlus 9 Pro is almost at the same level as the main camera. Even in poor outdoor lighting conditions, the OnePlus 9 Pro still delivers excellent image quality, with details such as the interior of the Bird's Nest clearly visible and with full resolution.

Super wide-angle sample edge-to-edge image quality comparison

It's worth noting that the OnePlus 9 Pro also includes a free-form lens. The surface of the lens is a unique irregular free-form structure that corrects light that is not evenly projected at the edges, allowing light from the outside to hit the sensor vertically, thus fundamentally solving the aberration problem at ultra-wide angles. From the sample photos, you can see that the outdoor ultra-wide angle image of the OnePlus 9 Pro has less distortion at the edges than other phones. This definitely provides a lot of convenience for users who often use ultra-wide angle lenses.

Backlighting main camera sample

Backlight conditions can be a tough test for a phone's rear camera module. The OnePlus 9 Pro can still guarantee a large dynamic range while vividly reproducing the rich colors of the photo subject in backlight conditions, and many details such as the leaf model and the bird's nest structure at the edges of the image are also well preserved.

Black and white style

As you can see from the sample photos, the black and white style of the OnePlus 9 Pro has a clearer overall sense of hierarchy and more pronounced contrast. Compared to common color photos, the black and white photos taken by the OnePlus 9 Pro have more texture.

It is worth noting that the IMX766 ultra wide-angle sensor on the OnePlus 9 Pro can also be used as a macro lens, allowing users to take 50MP macro photos with excellent image quality and great detail. Sample images are as follows.

It's easy to see from the sample photos that the OnePlus 9 Pro gives users natural and realistic colors in outdoor scenes. The 50 megapixel camera also brings out many details such as petal patterns and flower cores, while the overall bokeh effect is excellent and the quality of the photos taken is high.

The OnePlus 9 Pro also has a telephoto lens with a 77mm equivalent focal length to provide users with a clearer picture of the distant landscape. Sample images are as follows.

From the sample images, the OnePlus 9 Pro can accurately reproduce the color and light levels of distant scenes while retaining the rich details, and the telephoto resolution is excellent.

In addition to outdoor scenes with poor lighting, night photography is also an important test of a phone's rear camera module image quality. The actual night time shooter's performance is confident, after all, there are two superb sensors, and the addition of the Hasselblad cell phone imaging system also makes the night time samples more natural. The sample photos are as follows.

1X night mode

The actual night scenes are a great way to get a clear and pure night shot, and the 9 Pro can still be accurately exposed in some poor lighting conditions, with noise control in place. It also provides a good suppression of some overly bright areas, while the brightness of overly dark areas is moderately enhanced and dark details are still preserved. In addition, the free-form lens also allows wide-angle distortion to be well suppressed, and the whole set of photos feels transparent.

In addition to the hardware support provided by the dual main cameras, Hasselblad Natural Color Optimization also provides a strong guarantee for the color of the nighttime samples. The colors in the samples are more natural and pure, and the reproduction of the objects and their light colors and details are also well preserved.

I was impressed by the good performance of the OnePlus 9 Pro in wide-angle, super wide-angle, and night scenes tests. I was impressed by the performance of the main camera and the ultra-wide angle lens, the accuracy and control of the Hasselblad Natural Color Optimization, and the purity of the night scenes, which made the OnePlus 9 Pro worthy of its "flagship image" positioning.


An image is not just a bright parameter, but also a story, a story with the memories and emotions of the photographer, and OnePlus understands this. The Hasselblad 9 Pro, equipped with the Hasselblad Imaging System, not only has powerful enough imaging technology and configuration, but its samples also incorporate Hasselblad's deep understanding of images, aesthetics and unique Hasselblad color adjustment, making the samples more "Hasselblad" in general. In this way, users do not need to invest a lot of money, just press the "shutter" when looking for and observing the stories around them to have photos enhanced by Hasselblad colors.