Dual Camera smartphones are the latest talk of the town. With almost every major OEM jumping the bandwagon and offering their own customizations on top of the dual camera setup, the competition has become intense. While the concept of dual cameras was first seen in 2011 with the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D, it has seen tremendous development in terms of quality. Let’s have a look at the best smartphones that you could buy that sport a dual camera setup in various price ranges.
The iPhone 7 Plus – Rs. 60,000
The iPhone 7 Plus made dual camera setups mainstream and Apple marketed the camera to have specifications far superior to products from other brands such as LG and Honor. The iPhone 7 Plus offered cameras bearing zoom of 23mm and 56mm. This meant it could offer better zooming capability and thanks to optimisations from iOS 10, the portrait mode results in DSLR-like photos.
The LG G6 – Rs. 37,000
The G6 is LG’s flagship for 2017; it sports dual cameras that support up to 125-degree field of view which result in it capturing amazing landscapes. It also employs an f/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization. LG deployed identical 1.12um pixel size cameras that were previously seen in the G4 and the G5.
One Plus 5 – Rs. 33,000
The much-awaited flagship killer by OnePlus was recently made official. Although it gathered a lot of flak for bearing a similar design language to the iPhone 7 Plus, the One Plus 5 is still a commendable offering from the Chinese firm. The major unique selling proposition of the One Plus 5 was, “Dual Camera. Clearer Photos” and it clearly lived up to its expectations capturing amazing portraits. The device features a 16-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture as the regular camera. It also supports a 20-megapixel secondary camera with a f/2.6 aperture which works in unison with the other one to provide 2x zoom. Together, the cameras on this smartphone capture really vivid images with good natural colour reproduction.
Honor 8 Pro – Rs. 30,000
The Honor 8 Pro was launched soon after Oneplus’ flagship and offered direct competition to it. The Honor 8 Pro from Huawei features two 12-megapixel cameras at the rear, one of which is an RGB sensor and the other is a monochrome lens, capturing images in black and white. The monochrome lens helps capture the depth of the images and the RGB sensor enables the device to capture vivid detail and allow natural colour reproduction. This device offers tough competition to the One Plus 5 and is a highly recommended product in this segment.
Coolpad Cool 1 – Rs. 12,149
The Coolpad Cool 1 broke the stereotype that dual camera setups were only restricted to flagship devices. The offering from Coolpad sported a pair of 13-megapixel Sony IMX 258 sensors. The cameras are similar to what the Honor 8 Pro has to offer, one being a monochrome sensor and the other being an RGB one. The cameras also allow the smartphone to shoot 4K , slow motion and time lapse videos. Overall, this phone has a good camera for the price tag it comes with and must be considered if you’re out hunting for a dual camera phone on a budget.
Honor 6X – Rs. 12,000
The budget offering from Honor has a striking resemblance to the Mate 8 (at least on the back), which was a premium device. The Honor 6x features a different setup from what the expensive Honor 8 offers. It features a primary 12-megapixel camera and a secondary 2-megapixel focusing sensor, unlike the monochrome and RGB combination on other Honor devices. This combination on the 6X enables it to capture great bokeh effects, similar to what the iPhone 7 Plus is known for. At this price range, the Honor 6X is a high-quality product and is quite worth the money.
Dual cameras have really improved the image quality of the photos we snap now. This is a huge leap in mobile-camera technology as they inch closer to battle with the DSLRs.