3 Best Features of Oppo F1s for Travelers

The worst feeling is coming home from travel and realizing the photos you took weren’t as good as you saw it!

In early years, Filipinos relied on generic postcards or blurry film cameras to keep memories of our unique travel experiences. But in the age of DSLR cameras and action cameras, well-crafted travel photographs are now possible for every after-hours traveler (like me).

Believe me, one of the most gut-wrenching feelings I’ve had are these: finding out I forgot to charge the batteries of my camera, accidentally leaving my memory card inserted in my laptop, and forgetting my camera entirely. Of course, I can always enjoy the trip. But it makes me wish I have captured all those beautiful sights to keepsake!

Are you DSLR or Action Camera user?

For more than five years, I’ve been an avid Nikon D3100 user. It was my second pricey investment. My Nikon has accompanied me atop mountain tops as I capture fantastic landscape photos. It captured my OOTDs during photowalks while hunting murals in BGC, documenting the temples of Southeast Asia, and even during social work assignments that has sent me to remote communities in the Philippines. I loved the detail that comes with its powerful lenses, and how I can capture emotion and intricate details in just one snap.

Meanwhile, my boyfriend has been a GoPro user since before we met. He has taken fantastic underwater shots during snorkeling in Hundred Islands and scuba diving in Batangas. He has played Ultimate Frisbee while the action camera is mounted on his chest, and has taken a video of our canyoneering adventure that involves multiple waterfall jumping!

For after-hours travelers like us, a camera is a necessity. And quite frankly, we didn’t want to rely on our smartphones for photography. The risk of getting less-than-amazing photos is just too high. That is, until the recent innovations introduced in the market. Now, we are seriously considering switching to powerful smartphones.

The Pros of Using Smartphones for Photography

Based on experience, carrying a DSLR camera can be daunting for light packers like me. The bulky camera bag itself usually takes up 50% of my backpack space. While I have considered going mirrorless, it still comes with a degree of fragility and bulkiness. I can’t tell you how much I’ve risked life and limbs protecting my DSLR camera from getting shattered during rock climbing activities. NOt to mention, during perilous city tours that makes it holdap prone. As much as people discouraged me for bringing it, it’s such a waste when you can’t take a memento of an amazing landscape.

Meanwhile, my boyfriend’s action camera came with hefty price tag. Of course, there are now alternative Chinese action cameras in the market. But his own GoPro has given him problems such as that he had to transfer his shots to a computer and do heavy editing to adjust the exposure, vibrance and sharpness of the photos. Action cameras simply do not allow you to use filters instantaneously so that you only need to upload it online. Not to mention, there are many times he failed to use his GoPro the entire day because it was terribly battery- and memory-consuming.

Switching to smartphone photography

As such, sometimes the best choice for travelers is a simple smartphone that has great camera features, plugged-in filters, and large memory. This way you can get the exquisite details that comes from a Nikon DSLR shot, and the portability of a GoPro.

Let me introduce the Oppo F1s, which is a self-titled selfie camera. I know, I’m not an avid fan of selfies and monopods. But that’s only because I haven’t found the perfect smartphone to capture them. Taking a selfie using a DSLR is just difficult, and with an action camera, there are no cute filters that can make me upload them quickly. Here are just some of the best Oppo F1s features perfect for travelers like us:

Best Oppo F1s Features #1: The Selfie Expert

Selfies. This is the first time I heard of a smartphone that packs more megapixels in the front camera (at 16MP) than its rear camera (at 13MP)! It looks like Oppo truly have capitalized on the selfie. And why not? Travel photos in selfie formats receive far more engagement on Instagram than just panoramic landscape shots with no people in them!

Low-Light Shots. Similarly, the high resolution makes Oppo F1s more sensitive to image detail and natural lighting. This makes your selfie look less like an HDR image and more like a smooth mirror to take photos with. The high megapixel also works well in low-light conditions, for capturing nightlife scenes or distant overlooking views that would otherwise be invisible taken with other smartphones.

Filters. It’s not enough also that you can take selfies. You have to take good selfies. The primary benefit of smartphones is that you can also instantaneously edit photos and add filters so that they are good-to-upload be it on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. It’s great to know that Oppo F1s is armed with a blemish-reduction filter (Beautify 4.0).

Panoramic Shots. To be honest, this is the first time I heard of the Selfie Panorama! To paint a picture, it’s simply a panoramic shot taken using the front camera. Now you can take wide-angled selfies that includes not just you, but also the destination you are in. No need to take “looking away” or “zoomed out” photos (my go-to) just to capture yourself and emphasize the beauty of the landscape at the same time!

Watermarking. I never watermark my photos because it takes lots of time. If I did, I had to upload my shots on my computer and batch edit them with the watermark before sharing. Stealing of travel photos without credit are a reality for us travel bloggers. That’s why I often make do with uploading low-res versions just to protect my work. This makes instant watermarking is one of my favorite features of Oppo F1s.

Best Oppo F1s Features #2: A Sensitive Beauty (and Finger-Activated Launches!)

Whenever I carry DSLR cameras, I’m always the photographer and never the subject. With GoPro, my boyfriend is always out of the shot unless he uses monopods (which he never liked). But with smartphones, we can now be the photographer and the subject at the same time, without having to ask a stranger to take our photos!

What’s great is that the Oppo F1s is such a beauty to hold and behold. We look way more chic carrying a smartphone than any other camera, expensive as they may be.

Touchscreen Sensitivity. Oppo F1s is not as annoying as my current phone when it comes to touchscreen sensitivity. Have you ever had a problem taking selfies because your fingers can’t hit the right spot while you look away? Especially in older phones, the touchscreen sensitivity dulls with frequency of use. The 0.22s Touch Access solves that, because makes it the touchscreen more sensitive as you use it, increasing accuracy and sensitivity with every use.

Finger-Activation. Who uses voice activation nowadays? What’s more unique are the finger-activated app launches! With Oppo F1s, you can customize which of your fingers will activate existing apps — such as forefinger launching Facebook, or your thumb launching your Instagram. This makes uploading photos and launching filter apps easier and quicker. Great for action shots and events that needed to be captured and shared within seconds, and no need for prolonged searches.

Best Oppo F1s Features #3: Heavy Duty Memory

Usually, the caveat with powerful smartphone cameras is that it comes with very limited speed or memory. Space in smartphones are just gold. I can’t tell you how I annoyed I get at how I have to delete older photos and apps just to make enough room to capture new ones! (AKA goodbye, PokemonGo)

Storage Space. Oppo F1s provides enough storage not just for travel photos, but also your favorite movies, apps, music, and games to entertain you during a flight or a road trip. It comes with 32 GB room, and an expandable storage for up to 128 GB — those are way more than I needed! With that much space, I can save more inspiring travel captures that will feed my wanderlust during the week.

Speed. To top it all off, these unique features come with lightning speed. One of the most daunting feelings is having a powerful phone that can’t even handle itself! The Oppo F1s allows you open multiple apps at the same time (as for me, that will be InstaSize and Instagram!) without lagging. Armed with Octa-core 64-bit processor and 3GB RAM, it also makes switching from one app to another a breeze.

I’m genuinely excited about the Oppo F1s that’s why I shared this blog to you. Even though I consider myself a non-gadget hoarder, I research for only the best items to purchase. This one looks like a contender, especially for times when I travel.

Still dreaming of days when I have to put even my most favorite (but bulky) travel companion at home.


Update: This entry won the Oppo F1s Best Features contest! Thank you so much, Nuffnang Philippines!

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    October 31, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    I once forgot to bring the charger of my batt – imagine how bummed I was. Thank GoD for better smart phones these days. I didn’t bring a DSLR in the last 3 trips that I went to. For some reason, I’ve been taking ‘packing light’ seriously and I found bringing my DSLR more of a hassle rather than something fun.

    I might just check out Oppo. One of my colleagues bought one and I just saw the photos he posted in Facebook … WOW. Then I read about it ( again ) from you and see that the photos are beautiful. The colors are just brilliant, just the same as the photos that my colleague shared. Looks like I’m sold 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      November 1, 2016 at 1:41 PM

      Hi Russ!! Thank you, and good to know! I’m testing out my Oppo phone… I’ll be posting sample photos and videos of it. Hope it helps you decide. I’m also taking packing light seriously!

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    October 15, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    I TOTALLY AGREE! I have had some post travel depression because (after the trip) i get annoyed at some shots for being not what I thought it was. Some shots are wasted and your supposed new dp or profile pic is rejected (by yourself). I guess, the camera you use is really crucial and i’m looking at how oppo may change the travel photography game. Very interesting.

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      Sam Coronado
      October 18, 2016 at 12:01 AM

      Hi Chard! I’m excited about this. Will post a very objective review soon, as I take Oppo to a trip!

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    October 15, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Wow, congratulations on your win! 🙂 This does seem like a very nice post about the phone. I like the watermarking feature that you mentioned. I also have to do it via computer and it’s such a hassle. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this oppo.

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      Sam Coronado
      October 18, 2016 at 12:07 AM

      Thanks for thinking so!!! I’m really happy that I won, and genuinely curious about the features. Excited to do a review soon! 🙂

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    Bernadette Angelie Pangilinan
    October 14, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    I used to own a Nikon D5100 and I would bring it with me anywhere I go. I had a horrible experience where my lens broke while I was travelling in Porac, Pampangga. Since then, I always rely on my smartphone when it comes to taking photos while travelling. It’s just much more convenient and less risky. We bloggers are lucky that smartphone’s cameras has improved a lot lately!

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      Sam Coronado
      October 14, 2016 at 6:49 PM

      Shattering those DSLR lens is indeed traumatic 😐 If that happened I can only imagine how expensive it would be (even though mine is 5 years old already!). BTW I won this contest!!! So I’m so happy I can have a new smartphone for my travels!

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    Nicole Paler
    October 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    from time to time, I’ve been lemming for the samsung j5, huawei leica phone or the oppo F1s to replace my slr and my iPhone 4s. Imagine. An aspiring travel blogger, who wants to capture awesome shots, and natatalo ako dahil if I take a shot in my iPhone, I have the ‘overexposed’ problem. 😀 I can’t let go of my SLR just yet, but I do have to ask you this: what is your opinion on Oppo F1s VS the Huawei P9 Leica phone, and which one would you love to get for your next adventure? 😀

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      Sam Coronado
      October 11, 2016 at 8:21 PM

      To be completely honest, Nicole, I’d go for Huawei P9. A friend of mine (Pia) won the prize, and I saw the shots she took using the phone. With my kind of travel, which is more of landscape photography, it’s the best bet. Personally, I don’t like taking selfies too much. That’s why though I can’t compare in terms of specs and all that, in terms of use, I’ll go with the one better with landscape photographer 😀 Thanks for your super interesting question! Let me know once you decide.

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    October 10, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    I actually convinced my boyfriend’s mom to get the F1s! Haha. I think it’s because she loves to take selfie too much. I’m also starting to explore smartphone photography, and so far, I love how flexible it can be! I have a Fuji cam and I love it to bits, but I agree that it’s so difficult to lug it around. Having a reliable smartphone is definitely the perfect solution!

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      Sam Coronado
      October 11, 2016 at 12:02 AM

      Wow Fujicam! That’s also my dream cam (mirrorless) because of the look, feel, and results. But yeah, I think I’m gonna invest in a smartphone instead.

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    October 9, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    I also have a dslr and i sometimes find it so annoying and super heavy sa bag. Mobiles are so handy and can save a lot of space in your bag. Love your shots! And now I am planning to buy Oppo f1 instead of buying vivo v3

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      Sam Coronado
      October 10, 2016 at 11:39 PM

      Great! What made you decide though? Have never heard of the Vivo V3 🙂

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    October 9, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    I think it’s very simple. You need a smartphone and because you value photos, then a smartphone that can take photos is important. For photographers, of course they carry with them their gear, and I know pros often have one high end photography equipment, one easy to use dSLR for quick shots on the go, and of course, smartphone.

    I suppose it depends too on your needs. Today, smartphones are improving their cameras. Of course the best out there remains LG G5, Samsung S6/S7 and iPhone 6S/7. Oppo F1S is targetted for those who value selfies.

    P.S. Megapixels does not necessarily equate to quality, so test first and see the results yourself before deciding. There are pretty good review sites out there too that shows actual captures on different conditions.

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      Sam Coronado
      October 9, 2016 at 1:21 AM

      I agree. So you really have to choose your camera based also on your lifestyle. As for me, DSLR is my camera, but it doesn’t suit more adventurous lifestyle, which is my brand of travel. Admittedly though, I’m not the selfie-lover kind. That’s why I may need a change!

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    A Travel Blog
    October 8, 2016 at 5:19 AM

    I did have a DSLR and like you I found it annoying to lug it all around. And worse, like you mention, I have had done those unthinkables like leaving a battery or a memory card behind before which really is bad for my stress also.. and fortunately I have pretty reasonably good smart phones I put to work with….
    at the same time I have seen the results of oppo F1s photos and they are incredible… you can even blow up the pictures and it looks just as amazing as what a DSLR would have captured… I am so seriously considering this….

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      Sam Coronado
      October 9, 2016 at 1:15 AM

      Very awesome insight Miera!! It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one who forgets memory cards and batteries!

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    October 6, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    So, I have been struggling on deciding if I should get GoPro or a dedicated point & shoot camera for my travel shots. But bringing too many items contribute to the bulk and weight so I heavily rely on my smartphone in taking photos. Luckily, nowadays, cameraphones are so good that it’s okay to use it as my main camera to lessen my things to bring. Thanks to this post, I am decided to continue using quality smartphone camera! 🙂 Just subscribed.

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    Marge Gavan
    October 4, 2016 at 5:41 AM

    I’ve heard of Oppo F1s and based on your photos it takes decent shots for a camera phone. I don’t own a digital camera, I just rely on my phone and so far it’s been giving me good pictures. Nothing that a photo app cannot fix haha… But of course as a blogger, it is better I think, to own a digital camera so you can produce better quality photos. But I’m still thankful that at this time and age, it is possible to have that perfect shot by just using a phone.

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    October 3, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    My schoolmate had an Oppo phone and that is the first time I actually heard of the phone. It looks nice, it takes nice photos,… I actually considered trying it out, but as long as my iPhone 5s works, I’m gonna stick with that 😛
    Tina von S |

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    Dominic Barrios
    October 2, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Mobile Photography is really the easiest way to document all your travels or special moments. I have DLSRs and Point and Shoot Cams but I’m too lazy to bring them if I know it’s just going to be a normal day. Since it’s already my profession, I’d rather take a break from bringing those heavy duty cameras and lenses and use my cellphone whenever. You just have to learn how to use and maximize the settings and capabilities of your phone.

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    Bea De Guzman
    October 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    I have a mirrorless camera and I can’t bring it everytime because I’m afraid of snatcher in Manila. And there are moments na you didn’t plan na you just want to photograph. So plus points talaga ang smartphone with good camera. I’ll look at Oppo in the market to test it. Its a lot more affordable than Iphone. 🙂

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    October 2, 2016 at 2:20 AM

    When i travel, i usually take pics with my smartphone. For the reasons you mentioned, carrying DSLR and GoPro is not convinient. But you already carry your phone, and most of them have pretty decent cameras.

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    October 2, 2016 at 1:35 AM

    I’m seeing Oppo F1s almost everywhere on the world wide web. Just days ago, I read about it in another site. The way you described it, honestly made me want to trade my phone to it. However, the 3D touch will be missed! Hahaha! Nevertheless, those are really powerful things that they offer. 😀 If you already have one, kindly tell us or please do a review about it! 😀

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    Mia Foo
    October 2, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Sounds like this oppo phone is really a good choice for those who want to rely solely on a smartphone for most phototaking. I personally do not like/use dslr due to its bulkiness. I’m good with just a small, mirrorless camera. I hardly use my smartphone camera as it really isn’t any good (samsung note 4).

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    October 1, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    I totally know that feeling: Coming home and seeing your photos didn’t turn out the way you wanted to. I’ve had that as well. For example at a comic con. Then I make these great zoomed in photos of the actors. And then I come home, and just looked good on the camera, but not so much on my laptop. I like making photos with a smartphone. Just the zoom possibilities must be good enough. The Oppo F1 sounds nice though.

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    October 1, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    I am planning to invest on a good camera soon. And I’ve been dreaming of having a Fujifilm mirrorless camera as it is more convenient to bring instead of the bulky DSLR. But hey, oppo f1s selfie camera seems promising. I think it will be a good companion to bring on events and travel trips. I’ll take a look at its demo units when I go to the mall one of these days. 🙂

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    Kylie Zimanyi
    October 1, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Your first paragraph made me literally burst into laughter! You’re preaching to the converted! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve forgotten my memory card / battery etc!!

    The Oppo F1 seems like a nice alternative, I’m not sure I could leave my dslr at home though!

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    Teresa Dumadag
    October 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    I can relate when you say that you prefer to travel light. I also do not like bringing extra luggage if I my phone can function as a good camera as well. This is more important to me now because my hands are literally full holding my small kids when I travel. If I’m not holding them, I’m holding one of their bags. haha

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    October 1, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    As I blogger, we know how important it is to be able to capture good quality photos. I’m no way a photographer but I’m trying to learn to shoot now, little by little. I’ve been planning to get a DSLR, but as a mom, I don’t think that works for me, even if I want to. I planned to buy GoPro too but after learning the cons and what it’s designed for (outdoors), I don’t think it’s best for me either as we seldom go out. So smartphone and point and shoot cameras are 2 that I’m considering now. So far, I’m happy with my smartphone.

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    Shai Habon
    October 1, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    I didn’t know Oppo phones take such good photos! Super ganda! It’s true that sometimes, it’s better to take smartphones (with great camera features) during travels because it’s lighter and it’s more handy compared to bigger SLRs. Will definitely read more about this Oppo F1s phone 🙂

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    October 1, 2016 at 3:40 AM

    I am really tempted to get an oppo now that I’ve read and seen these beautiful pictures. I agree that sometimes the best and easiest is to just take pictures with your smartphone rather than carrying a camera all the time. Even though I might dare say that no matter how good the camera or the photographer, it is never quite like the real thing 🙂

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    Veethee Dixit
    October 1, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    I hate carrying around big stuff while travelling, so smart phone photographs are the best option for me!

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    Martine de Luna
    September 30, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Great pics! I just might consider this for myself. Although admittedly, I won’t be needing it for the blog as much. I like the many features your described, sounds like real value for money!

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    September 30, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Relate on coming home and realizing my travel photos are bad! But despite that, I still couldn’t bring myself to invest in a standalone camera. Maybe it’s because I don’t travel frequently and takot ako maholdap chaka bulky nga haha Good plug on the F1s too, the smartphone camera is indeed a top priority when looking into smartphones. 😀

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    Mommy Queenelizabeth
    September 30, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    My sister just bought an oppo phone. I think that was the unit model, i forgot! Ive checked the features and its quite good. The camera was avtually fine, i mean its good compared to other more affordable celphone brands.. And its affordable..

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