ColorOS 7.1 for the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom finally enables video recording on all cameras
The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom was announced back in April 2019 as the first flagship phone in the OPPO Reno series. It had fairly good specifications for the time consisting of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB/8GB of RAM with 128GB/256GB of storage, and a 6.6-inch notchless Full HD+ (2340×1080) AMOLED display. robust triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 13MP periscope telephoto camera. A 16MP front camera and a 4,000mAh battery ensured that its specifications presented the right quality of compromises. In terms of design, it distinguished itself by having a unique shark fin popup front camera and by not having a rear camera bump. In terms of software, it shipped out of the box with ColorOS 6 on top of Android 9.
The Reno 10x Zoom is interesting in that it hasn’t actually received a successor yet. The OPPO Find X2 and the Find X2 Pro (first impressions) are much more premium phones with significantly higher price tags than the Reno 10x Zoom, which was positioned as a comparatively affordable flagship in 2019. The Reno series has since then transitioned into a mid-range series with phones such as the OPPO Reno2 (review), Reno3 and Reno3 Pro, and the upcoming Reno4 series. Some may say the Realme X50 Pro (review) performs a similar job as the successor of the Reno 10x Zoom, but the X50 Pro lacks a periscope telephoto camera and also has a significantly smaller display. The Reno 10x Zoom, therefore, was one of a kind in some respects. I praised its versatile camera capabilities in my review. At that time, however, OPPO didn’t let you take videos from all three rear camera lenses. You could take video from the primary camera and the periscope telephoto camera at 5x zoom, but not with the ultra-wide-angle camera or with digital zoom at 2x.
This was quite a disappointment as ultra-wide-angle video recording is a fun, useful feature that has been adopted by vendors such as Samsung, LG, OnePlus, and others. The ColorOS 7 (review) update for the Reno 10x Zoom didn’t fix this limitation, but now, OPPO has started rolling out ColorOS 7.1 to the Chinese variant of the Reno 10x Zoom. The ColorOS 7.1 (review) update finally brings support for recording with all three rear cameras. This means videos can now be recorded with the ultra-wide-angle camera, and they can also be recorded at 2x zoom, 5x zoom (periscope telephoto camera), and 10x zoom. The 2x zoom and 10x zoom are digital zoom levels. This was verified by XDA Junior Member Subzuda, who also posted a sample video showing off the new video recording capability. This video can be viewed below: