OnePlus has always pushed the boundaries with specs. They give their phones the premium treatment, which, yes, includes the camera these days as well. But even if they’ve gotten pretty solid in the photography department, it could still be better.

One of the tricky things about smartphone cameras has been the idea of ​​the digital zoom feature, which has always been a big no-no in the community. Digital zoom crops your photo, which means it has fewer pixels to work with. This will make your photos “blurry” and less than ideal for professional shooting. Optical zoom is the new superior method of getting close-ups on our smartphones.

For example, the OnePlus 7 Pro offers a native 3x optical zoom with its telephoto lens (technically 2.8x). This means that anything past that point will use hybrid zoom. The hybrid zoom function uses the telephoto lens in combination with a digital zoom algorithm to achieve sharper close-ups. By default, you can zoom up to 10x in the OnePlus Camera app, but this mod will double that.

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Step 1: Download the Magisk module

The Magisk 20x zoom module brought to you by the developer Arden144. This mod works without a system through Magisk, which means it won’t overwrite anything essential. Download the module from the link below and save the file to the “Download” folder on your phone.

Step 2: Install the Magisk module

Open the Magisk Manager app on the main screen, tap the left menu, navigate to “Modules,” then tap the plus sign at the bottom. Locate the OnePlus Camera module in your “Download” folder, then tap the file once to start the installation process. Once installed, don’t worry about restarting your phone: tap the back arrow, then return to your home screen.

The add-on specifically mentions the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it will work the same on pretty much all OnePlus phones. You will need a telephoto lens for the best results.

Step 3: test your new 20x zoom feature

You can now open the OnePlus Camera app and start taking normal photos just like you would without the mod. However, when you zoom in, it will now go up to 20x for the hybrid zoom feature. The OnePlus hybrid zoom can’t compare to Google’s Super Res zoom on the Pixel 4, but it could be useful in certain circumstances – and fun to play with, too.

You can definitely use it more as a kind of magnifying glass to help you see better. It works well enough for a small text. In some situations, however, you’ll also be able to create passable quality 20x zoomed photos. Still, it’s cool to have it for whatever purpose you could use it for.

Final remark

Since this module does not appear in the list of installed modules in the Magisk Manager app, you will need to perform an additional step if you want to remove it from your device. Open your system settings, navigate to the “Apps & Notifications” section, then locate the OnePlus Camera app under “View All X Applications. “

Head to “Storage and Cache” and then tap “Clear Storage”. Press “Ok” to confirm your choice and your OnePlus Camera app will be reset to original settings, which means the mod is now removed from your system. The next time you open the Camera app, your hybrid zoom will revert to the maximum default as before. Ended!

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