China-based smartphone maker OnePlus announced its latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6 back in May in the smartphone market. Similar to its previous devices, the company tried its best to offer a smartphone with flagship smartphone specifications such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC along with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage along with a display with that notch. We reviewed the device and concluded that it is the go-to choice for anyone who wants performance while ensuring that they don’t break their bank accounts.
However, even though the OnePlus 6 is a winner in performance along with a functional design when compared to its competition, there is still one segment where the device falls short when compared to the competition. This segment is the camera and OnePlus acknowledged that it needs to improve the camera quality of the device. The company promised major improvements in the image quality with the OxygenOS 5.1.9 update and as pointed by XDA developers, the company did manage to “improve image quality quite a bit” with the update.
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Though, this update was still not enough to pull OnePlus 6 ahead of its competition when it comes to the camera quality. According to the report by XDA developers, the device still falls behind the likes of Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Huawei P20 Pro in low light conditions. One of the primary complaints from users is that the smartphone applies “high amount of sharpening” along with “aggressive noise reduction” resulting in reduced image quality. The noise reduction removes fine details and sharpening increases the number of artifacts or distortions in the image.
A senior developer at XDA, txx1219 saw this issue and has developed OnePlus 6 Camera M Mod in the form of a Magisk module that allows users to control the amount of sharpening and noise reduction that is applied by the software during post-processing. The app installs on top of the stop camera app and replaces it. To install the app, users need to go to App Info for the stock camera app and then tap on the three-dot menu on the top right corner of the screen to “Uninstall Updates”.
According to the report, this mod is based on the version 2.7.3 of the OnePlus 6 camera app. The developer is hoping to figure out a pattern that can be applied under different lighting conditions with the help of feedback from users. One thing to note here is that users need to be rooted to install this Magisk module and have an unlocked bootloader if they want to install Magisk framework. For the uninitiated, Magisk allows users to root their device without making any modifications to the actual operating system so that they can get the latest updates without having to download the full ROM and install them and then repeating the rooting process.
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