OnePlus has confirmed that a fix for the so-called oil painting issue marring the OnePlus 6 camera experience will finally be coming with the upcoming update.
When it comes to good value-for-money smartphones, OnePlus ranks high in the top. The Chinese company makes "flagship killers" with high-end specs and sells them at a much lower price point than rival flagships with comparable specs.
The oil painting issue, however, has been persistent in OnePlus devices for a good while now, at least since the OnePlus 5. OnePlus finally addressed the matter back in April and promised to deliver a fix, but no timeline was available at that point.
The OxygenOS Open Beta 12 and 10 for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, respectively, reduced this oil painting effect but didn't remove it altogether.
OnePlus Oil Painting Issue
For those not familiar with this term or problem, the oil painting effect typically occurs when attempting to take a low-light photo or when trying to take a picture with zoom.
The image gets an odd effect resembling an oil painting. While no official explanation or theory is available at this point, the issue could stem from the image processing trying to reduce the noise in the photo. OnePlus' image processing typically sharpens the images so they are clearer, but when zoomed-in or in poor lighting, it likely focuses more on handling the noise.
The issue does not affect all devices and all users, but there have been plenty of user reports on OnePlus forums to warrant a response from the company and prompt it to take action. There are several threads on this issue.
OnePlus 6 Oil Painting Issue Getting Fix With Upcoming Update
A OnePlus 6 user contacted the company's support team, sending an email regarding the oil painting issue. The user has now posted screenshots of the response they received from OnePlus, and good news are in store.
OnePlus confirmed the camera issue that results in an oil painting effect and said that the next update will take care of it. The update is expected to come as OxygenOS 5.1.10 in global markets, after it hits China first as HydrogenOS 5.1.10. OnePlus units in China run HydrogenOS, while smartphones in global markets run OxygenOS.
Before rolling out as a stable update, it will most likely make its way to the company's Open Beta program so that beta testers can give it a go and detect any potential issues that might arise.
It remains unclear at this point when other OnePlus smartphones, besides the OnePlus 6, will get a fix for the oil painting issue, but it shouldn't be long.