The OnePlus 5 happens to be the first smartphone from OnePlus to feature a dual camera system at the back. The system is made up of a 16 megapixel f/1.7 aperture wide-angle lens coupled with a 20 megapixel f/2.6 aperture telephoto lens.
OnePlus’s claims of 2x zoom offered by the new camera system have been reported without context, it seems, as many online blogs have run with the story that the handset offers 2x optical zoom. That’s not the case.
OnePlus CEO Carl Pei has confirmed via Twitter that the company is actually claiming that its new flagship device has 2x lossless zoom, not optical. He further explained that the OnePlus 5 doesn’t promise 2x optical zoom, but 2x lossless zoom. The handset’s optical zoom is at 1.6x while the remaining 0.4x “is realized through SmartCapture multiframe technology,” he said.
What this means is that the OnePlus 5 utilizes a combination of optical and digital technologies to achieve the desired result. OnePlus will be available for purchase on June 27 with prices starting at $479.
Seen a bit of confusion so clearing this up. We're claiming 2x lossless zoom, not optical.