“When it comes to cameras, two is better than one”
Dual cameras on smartphones aren’t new, but ever since the iPhone 7 Plus came out last year, this feature has gone completely mainstream. We’ve seen quite a few smartphones boasting dual cameras lately, and while the trend kicked off with premium phones, one can find this coveted feature even in affordable devices now.
Interestingly, not all dual-camera implementations on phones work in a similar fashion. In fact, brands like LG and Huawei have utilised multiple sensors to perform entirely different functions. So we at 91mobiles tried to decode the various dual camera setups found in the market. The result? We were greeted with some of the best dual camera smartphones you can pick for yourself. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Huawei has reigned in the flagship killer and premium segment with its dual-camera offerings and the company now hopes to extend its legacy in the budget segment as well, with the Honor 6X. Sporting a pair of 12MP and 2MP sensors on the back, the Honor 6X is a great smartphone for photography and comes with dedicated modes like pro photo, pro video, night shot and HDR. Up front, the smartphone gets an 8MP sensor which shoots great selfies as well. Suffice it to say, Honor’s experience in smartphone photography is reflected on the 6X as well.
Related read: Honor 6X review
The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is host to two 12MP rear cameras as well. While the camera hump is much bigger now, the Cupertino giant has utilised the prowess of the dual cameras well. The first sensor gets a 28mm wide-angle lens that can capture more area in a single frame, while the other is a 56mm telephoto lens which you can use to get 2X optical zoom without reducing the quality of the image. Apple has also revealed that the phone will soon get a software update that will allow you to take beautiful portraits with an enhanced depth of field and bokeh effect.
Related read: Apple iPhone 7 Plus review
The OnePlus 5 is the first smartphone from the brand to flaunt dual cameras at the rear. The setup comprises a 16MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, coupled with a 20MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.6. If you haven’t noticed already, this makes the OnePlus 5 a smartphone with the highest-resolution dual cameras. The way the cameras work is quite similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, wherein the 20MP telephoto lens allows for up to 2X high quality zoom, as well as effects such as an enhanced depth of field for portrait shots and faster focusing. Moreover, the 16MP front camera on the OnePlus 5 will make sure you stay at the top of your selfie game.
The camera on the Huawei P9 is one of the USPs of the device. At the back, it sports dual 12MP cameras which are certified by popular lens maker Leica. While one of the cameras features a full RGB sensor to capture colour, the other is a monochrome sensor for greyscale imagery. The monochrome sensor can capture up to two times the light captured by the RGB sensor. When you snap a photo, both cameras fire simultaneously, and the resultant image is a combination of the two pictures. In theory, this methodology should result in more details and better contrast and depth. Moreover, the 5.2-inch full HD display of the P9 is perfect to enjoy all your captures.
A more affordable alternative to the Huawei P9 comes from the company’s sub-brand Honor in the form of Honor 8, which also sports dual 12MP rear cameras, out of which one is an RGB sensor and the other is a monochrome sensor. However, unlike the P9, it cannot capture monochrome images directly, but you can apply a filter to achieve the same effect.
LG’s successor to last year’s G5, the G6 (review), ditches the modularity concept in favour of a more streamlined unibody metal design with minimal bezels at the fascia. In fact, it is one of the first devices to switch to a taller 18:9 aspect ratio. In the camera department, the G6’s dual cameras consist of two 13MP sensors, one of which features a f/1.8 aperture lens and has 3-axis OIS, while the other has a f/2.4 aperture lens and no OIS. What this means is that you can effortlessly switch between a normal and wide angle shot allowing you to get a larger field of view when needed.
Users can also take a look at the V20, which is also a treat for shutterbugs. The V20 sports a 16MP camera with a 75-degree lens, and a secondary 8MP camera with a wide 135-degree lens at the rear. This means, that the V20 can enjoy a host of different shots, including some stunning wide angle captures. What’s more is that the V20 also gets a 120-degree wide-angle selfie camera with a resolution of 5MP. Interestingly, the V20 doesn’t only have dual cameras, but it also rocks dual screens, as there’s a smaller secondary display on top of the regular canvas.
The 13MP dual rear camera setup on the Micromax Dual 5 works exactly like the setup on the Huawei P9. The result is brighter photos with richer colours. In fact, the Micromax smartphone is no slouch when it comes to performance either. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 652 SoC, aided by 4GB of RAM and a 3,200mAh battery. On the front, the Dual 5 flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, which is also a plus point of the smartphone.
Related read: Micromax Dual 5 review
Another affordable offering in the list comes in the form of the Cool1 Dual, a product made jointly by LeEco and Coolpad. The phablet makes use of two 13MP shooters at the rear, which helps in depth sensing and an overall enhanced realistic bokeh effect. Apart from this, the shooters on the device also gets phase detection autofocus, dual tone LED flash, as well as the ability to shoot 4K videos. Despite being the most affordable in the list, the Cool 1 Dual is quite loaded. It comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a beefy 4,000mAh battery to power the hardware.
Related read: Coolpad Cool1 Dual
These are some of the best smartphones that come with a dual-camera setup. With more and more manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon, it’s clear that 2017 will be the year when dual cameras rule the smartphone arena. So if this does turn out to be true, you know where you read it first. Thank us later.