Earlier this month smartphone manufacturer OnePlus hosted on Open Ears Forum, an event designed to gather user feedback, in New York City. This time around the focus was on smartphone videography and attendees included OnePlus users with varying degrees of video experience, from casual users to video shooters that use smartphones as a work tool.
Now OnePlus has published its own comments from the Q&A sessions held at the event and committed to improving video quality and features on its existing products as well as upcoming models. The most important points include exposure and color consistency across all camera modules, LUT options in editing and a video night mode. You can see the full list below:
- Exposure / color / white balance shift and consistency across all cameras
Tuning all the cameras to have the identical exposure, white balance is our first priority and main goal.
- Auto focus consistency
We weren’t be able to reproduce the issue reported by the OEF attendees in our lab, but an upgrade both on hardware and software for auto focus will come in 2020.
- Skin tone consistency
Skin tone improvement is one of our top priorities. It will improve via future system updates.
- Sharpness: Sharpness needs improvement across all scenarios
We are trying to find the new balance between sharpness and noise.
- Super stabilization: Support for 4K recording; Reducing noise and improving low light quality.
There are hardware limitations, but 4K super stabilization will be supported in some of our future devices.
- Dynamic range: Subject is lit but background is too dark
We have been working on video HDR, which will solve these dynamic range problems.
- Light flickering
We’ve heard a lot of feedback about this, and we are working on de-flickering solutions to reduce this issue.
- Panning shots are not smooth: Improve panning shots stabilization and smoothness
So far, we weren’t be able to reproduce this issue in our lab, but smoothness and video are part of our key improvement points for 2020.
- Faster camera
Again, this is one of our main goals in 2020. Faster shutter requires updates from system, application, as well as the animation. It will constantly be improved via future updates.
- Lens feature-parity: 1080P and 4K should be supported in all three lenses, allowing to switch between lenses while recording
This is due to a hardware limitation in current devices, but we’re exploring ways to make it possible for future devices.
- Limited 4K record length
Having considered overall performance and temperature, we will not change current limit, but will keep working on optimizing this in the future.
- Single handed use: Difficult to reach the top bar for features; Single hand zooming
This is very important feedback for us, and we’ve already been discussing solutions with the design team.
- Video editing
We plan on completely updating our Gallery app’s video tools, so many of the features requested during the OEF will be supported. For color grading or LUT options, we will have news soon.
- Pro video mode
Pro video mode will be put into backlog, since our high priority is improving default video quality and use experience across the board.
- Depth of field for tele camera recording (optical)
We have already been researching and working on this feature, and the current quality has not reached our standard to release.
- Zoom-in time-lapse
We have some similar ideas for time-lapse as well, they are already in future product plan.
- Reverse recording video
Less frequent user scenario, so we’ve put into backlog. Our main focus in video is basic quality and user experience for all users.
- Night mode for night video
This is something we believe to be very interesting, we have already been researching and working on it.
- AR emoji and stickers recording
We still haven’t found a killer scenario for AR in video. There are some third-party apps that already offer interesting sticker features, so this isn’t a big priority for now.
- Social media mode: Directly to twitter, crop ratio for Instagram, etc.
We believe the image quality in third-party apps is of high importance and has a higher priority. We have been working on this, these features are planned after image quality improvement.
- Light painting mode
We decide not to follow on light painting effect due to a narrow user scenario.
- 2 cameras recording at the same time: Wide and ultra-wide; rear and front
This is already supported by current platform and cameras, but we are looking for user scene to fully take advantage of this feature.
It’s a long list and we’ll have to see if the OnePlus engineers will manage to implement all of the features and improvements in it. In any case it’s good to see manufacturers interact this closely with its customers and vowing to make improvements that users are asking for.