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Review: OPPO Find X5 Pro – Low-light photos and videos are amazing but…

OPPO Malaysia has released the OPPO Find X5 Pro awhile back and it has been marketed as one of the best device to take low-light photos and videos. While that maybe true, does it really fits into your pocket right now?

You may check out the review video above if you prefer to watch or check out the video performance. So, let’s find out more about OPPO Find X5 Pro in this review article at below.

Design – Similar to Find X3 Pro, build with durability in mind

One thing for sure is that the OPPO Find X5 Pro still retains the same design look from Find X3 Pro, which is not too bad because it exudes the premium feel. Together with the ceramic back cover, you don’t really have to worry about dropping and scratches, although it can get smudges easily. However, I would still suggest to use a phone case to protect other parts of the device.

Performance – Flagship specs that is ready to take on your most demanding task

The OPPO Find X5 Pro is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB ROM. The specs here is good enough to power to your demanding task from making content to gaming. OPPO also includes the RAM Expansion feature on the device, although I generally felt that 12GB RAM is pretty enough for 2022.

For those plans to push the performance for mobile gaming, the Find X5 Pro is capable to meet your demand for title such as Genshin Impact. While the phone may be a little warm after 5 minutes of gameplay, they are still bearable.

The phone is running ColorOS 12 with Android 12 out of the box which means you’re getting the latest features to date for your everyday use.

Display and Audio – Entertainment powerhouse on the go

The Find X5 Pro has a 6.7 inches LTPO2 AMOLED display that is capable to display 1 Billion colors and offers 120Hz refresh rate. It also has HDR10 while offering the max brightness of 1300 nits. You definitely going to enjoy watching movies and videos with the Find X5 Pro.

Together with the stereo speakers, you might not want to stop the entertainment. The speakers are crisp and loud, suitable for music lovers to blast the music directly from their Find X5 Pro.

Camera – MariSilicon X works in low light but the camera setup need to be better especially on the telephoto camera

Just a quick recap, the OPPO Find X5 Pro has a triple camera setup consisting of 50MP main camera, 50MP ultrawide camera and a 13MP 2x optical zoom telephoto camera. On the front, a 32MP front camera will take care of your selfie game. The main highlight for the Find X5 Pro is the new NPU processor, MariSilicon X, where OPPO claimed it helps with low-light photos and videos.

Starting with photography, the OPPO Find X5 Pro is capable to deliver nice picture on all lenses especially on bright daylight. The real test occurs during low light condition as MariSilicon X has been heavily marketed to help. The 50MP main camera and 50MP ultrawide camera is able to capture amazing shots during low light shots.

Things changed when you switch over to the 13MP 2x optical zoom telephoto camera for bright daylight and low light conditions. You may zoom all the way to 20x digital zoom in bright daylight but I reckon you not to use more than 5x digital zoom when the lighting condition gets tough as images will goes soft and not usable. I think that OPPO should have elected to put a 3x optical zoom or a long range periscope telephoto camera on this device as I believe it will benefit mobile photographers.

You also have XPan mode on the OPPO Find X5 Pro which allows you to capture a wider field of view. The XPan mode is best to capture scenery or group pictures

The front camera can capture nice selfie in bright and low light conditions. It usually delivers a perfect capture and upload image for avid social media user.

For videos, the story is really same with photography. Firstly, the device is capable to shoot videos up to 4K 60 fps except for the front camera which tops at 1080p video which I think OPPO need to offer a 4K selfie video for vloggers. One weird thing I need to highlight for the video mode is when you switch over to it, it goes to ultrawide camera instead of the main camera. It’s a minor gripe but I think OPPO should set the video to record with the main camera first.

The main camera and ultrawide camera can capture nice 4K videos in bright daylight and low light conditions. You can capture near accurate presentation to the real life especially in low light conditions with low noise and good details. Then again, the telephoto camera is the weakest link in the video recording as sometimes the details might be soft. The telephoto camera also has some flickering issue when recording video as well. The front camera video is good for simple videos as the lack of 4K video recording is not acceptable in 2022 especially for a premium flagship phone.

Battery – No worries as it last you at least a day

Find X5 Pro is packing a 5,000 mAh battery which is capable of lasting you throughout the day. Together with the 80W fast charger adapter included in the box, you don’t need to worried about the downtime when charging as you don’t really need to wait to long to use the device.

Final verdict – Pricey but you still can shortlist it thanks to great build quality, premium specs and packed with latest software feature

In Malaysia, the OPPO Find X5 Pro is priced at RM4,999 and comes with Black and White colour. I will say the price is quite steep as the price range is stuck with various similar or better specs flagship device you can get right now in Malaysia. While MariSilicon X does work its magic, the telephoto camera was a bit of a let down as the competition is offering longer zoom range.

However, taking some positive points on the phone such as great build quality, premium specs and packed with latest software feature, you definitely would enjoy using the device for a long period of time. I would recommend the device to be shortlisted into your 2022 premium flagship smartphone to buy list.

*Special thanks to OPPO Malaysia for providing the OPPO Find X5 Pro for review purposes. However, this is not a paid content hence there is no editorial input or final approval is needed. The review is based on after 2 weeks of usage so future updates on the device might provide differ experience.

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