Dual selfie camera now available in PHL

MANILA, Philippines — Always struggling to take a perfect “groufie” — group selfie photo — with your friends? Quit worrying as a dual selfie camera is now available in the Philippine market.

Just in time for the summer when people take a break with their families and friends, and companies conduct their team building activities, a camera which could include everyone in the photo has become available since Saturday, April 1.

Technology brand Oppo recently launched the F3 Plus camera phone at the City of Dreams Manila. It was equipped with a wide-angle dual front camera to easily accommodate “groupies” in a single shot, thus taking selfies to the next level even without the need for a selfie stick.

Recognizing that photos preserve memories, the company said the F3 Plus was designed for both the selfie lovers and photography buffs.

Furthermore, the F3 Plus has the state-of-the-art hardware and software in a sleek body to deliver outstanding performance and style, fit for the urban lifestyle.

This model sports a 16-megapixel (MP) selfie camera with a 1/3-inch sensor for clear image results even in low light, and an f/2.0 aperture for depth-of-field aesthetic.

The secondary camera — the 8MP camera, has a wide 120-degree angle, which the company claims to be 105 percent larger than the regular 80-degree lens field of view.

This allows more people to fit in the frame. The wide-angle shot is also complemented by a 6P lens to minimize distortion.

There is a built-in Smart Facial Recognition, which can enable users to switch to “Groufie” mode when more than three people are detected.

Like the other Oppo products, the F3 Plus comes with the brand’s pioneering image editing software, the Beautify 4.0, which can make one look rosy, fair-skinned, or even close to being flawless.

The 16 MP rear-facing camera, on the other hand, was co-developed with Sony. It has a customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for fast focusing speed, outstanding noise reduction, and advanced low-light performance.

According to Oppo, the camera sensor has been developed using dual-phase autofocus technology to double the pixel array area, which is composed of photodiodes that determine the camera’s point of focus.

“This increases focusing speeds by 40 percent even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Together with a large f/1.7 aperture, the sensor enables the rear camera to capture clear and breathtaking photos,” the company explained.

Meanwhile, the product’s octa-core processor is backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM to ensure speed.

A built-in 4000mAh battery is said to provide more than 284 hours of standby time for whole-day use. “A VOOC Charging Solution also cuts charging duration by four times compared with standard units; even five minutes on the plug is enough for a continuous two-hour call,” a representative from Oppo said during the launch.

The F3 Plus can be unlocked in just 0.2 seconds. A scanning technology allows users to assign fingerprints to quickly launch phone numbers and apps, while an Avast-based virus scanner further adds protection to keep phone data secure.

Customers can look forward to a sleek metal unibody that gives the F3 Plus an elegant look either in black or opulent gold color. The back shell also comes with an innovative ultra-fine six-string antenna to exude a more upscale appearance. It was also sculpted for proper hand grip so users can take selfies with comfort.

The six-inch display screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to resist damage. A pre-applied protective coating further makes the screen scratch-proof. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA-northboundasia.com