Perfecting the selfie


Perfecting the selfie

- in Technology
@Jon Joaquin

What does it take to be a selfie expert? A warm smile, lots of friends, a winning personality? Steady hands, long arms, an eye for composition?

All of these, of course, are important factors, but these days, photo quality also counts for a lot. With selfies becoming the definitive photographic expression across generations, it takes more than talent (and long limbs) to take a good photo of yourself.

Paul McCartney takes a selfie using a twin lens reflex camera
Paul McCartney takes a selfie using a twin lens reflex camera

It’s interesting to note that it wasn’t too long ago that the photo quality of the first selfies — which weren’t called selfies back then — were much better than much of today’s crop of self-taken snapshots. Photography was the domain of DSLRs and compact cameras whose megapixel (MP) count and sensor sizes were much bigger than their phone cam counterparts. Photographers merely pointed their cameras to themselves and snapped — resulting in photos that have high quality but were often hit-or-miss in terms of composition.

The entry of front-facing cameras in mobile phones changed the composition part, but the quality has remained low because the cameras typically has lower resolution than the rear one, which is always referred to as the “main” camera. Oppo has changed the equation with the introduction of the F1s, which it calls, rather aptly, the “Selfie Expert.”

Believe it or not, in this phone the front-facing camera has a 16MP resolution, beating the rear which has only 13MP. Not only that, the front camera has a large 1/3.1-inch sensor and F/2.0 aperture, which allow more light to enter. One of the benefits is that low-light selfies become less “noisy.”


The F1s also continues Oppo’s “Beautify” function which enhances one’s face. I’m not a big fan of this feature, but if you want your blemishes to disappear, or if you want to look fresher, then this is available to you.

The rear camera, while having lower resolution, is no pushover. It has a 1/3.06-inch sensor that also makes it ideal for low-light situations. The large pixels also work to bump up the dynamic range to give pictures greater depth and detail.

Other specs include a 32GB storage (expandable to 128GB), 5.5-inch screen using Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Octa-core 1.5 GHz processor, fingerprint sensor, and more. (You can find the specs here.)

All in all, the F1s delivers exactly what it promises: you can be a selfie expert using this exceptionally capable phone.

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About the author

Jon Joaquin
Jon is a veteran journalist based in Davao City,

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