As mentioned, there’s a low-resolution macro camera in the rear camera array on the OnePlus 8, but I found it to be of limited use. Some shots in good light turn out better, but other times, I actually got a better shot out of the 8 Pro because of its superior main sensor.
Suffice it to say, if you want a zoom lens and a better-quality camera overall, particularly when it comes to low-light performance, then you have to go for the 8 Pro. The more difficult question is whether the OnePlus 8’s camera holds up against its similarly priced competitors like the entry-level iPhone 11, and I don’t think it quite nails it.
So that’s the OnePlus 8. It has all of the things you can expect from a OnePlus device, and I mean that in both good and bad ways. It’s got a great screen, great performance, great battery life, its camera could stand to be a little better, and for reasons that seem to apply only to OnePlus, the unlocked versions aren’t IP-rated and none of them do wireless charging. There’s a OnePlus mold, and the OnePlus 8 has chosen not to break it.
So the big question if you want to buy a OnePlus device is whether a $200 price premium is worth it for a slightly better camera, an IP rating, and wireless charging. If it’s not, then the OnePlus 8 is a great option.