Now, coming to the actual image quality, let's start with the main 48-megapixel wide lens. The main camera on both phones captures excellent quality images with great detail, color, contrast, and dynamic range. The images are some of the most natural-looking we have come across recently, with no exaggerated colors, contrast, or sharpness. The only issue we had with some of our daylight samples was a slight green tint, which isn't that noticeable and is easy to correct.
The images you get by default in the Auto mode are in 12 megapixels. If you want 48-megapixel images, then you will have to switch to the Pro mode. But this has a couple of problems. First of all, the Pro mode lacks some of the image processing of the Auto modes, so unless you plan on manually dialing in the settings and shooting in RAW (which, oddly, is also limited to 12 megapixels), we don't recommend using the Pro mode. Secondly, the 48-megapixel images obtained in this mode aren't native 48-megapixel images but rather blown up 12-megapixel photos, so there is no point in switching to this mode.
When it comes to the telephoto image quality, we generally preferred the images from the 7T Pro. This wasn't just because the images had greater magnification than the 7T images, but the images themselves were usually better quality.
The telephoto images from the 7T Pro had excellent detail, color, exposure, dynamic range, and noise reduction. We usually don't see such high-quality levels from the telephoto camera, but the one on the 7T Pro is one of the best out there.
The 7T camera does capture a great amount of detail with good colors, but the images had a lot of noise to them, even when shot in bright daylight. Some of the photos we took also weren't exposed correctly, and the dynamic range is worse than the 7T Pro camera. The images also lacked contrast and appeared flatter than the 7T Pro images.
Finally, we have the ultra-wide images. Once again, we are dealing with the same camera on both phones. Both phones capture decent quality images, considering the nature of the lens. There's not a lot of detail in the images, but they have good color, contrast, and dynamic range. Both phones offer correction for the lens distortion, which reduces the field of view slightly but is worth it in our opinion to reduce some of the more exaggerated fish-eye effect. All images below have the feature enabled.
A new feature of the 7T series is the macro mode. When enabled, the camera app still shows the three zoom modes, which might lead you to believe you are using the macro mode on all three lenses, but in reality, it only works on the ultra-wide lens, and the zoom levels are digital-only. The macro mode allows you to get quite close to the subject and you can then use the zoom to blow up the image further.
You can get some really interesting images with this feature, but it's more of a novelty than something you are bound to use all the time. Regardless, we are glad the feature has been added, but if you have a 7 or 7 Pro then you aren't missing out on a lot.
Winner: OnePlus 7T Pro. Both phones take identical images from the main and ultra-wide camera, but the 7T Pro takes better quality telephoto images that also have higher zoom factor.