Two’s better than one, and so dual camera phones were born. While they are not new, smartphone makers have been experimenting for years to optimise and find the best combination at different price segments.
While Huawei has broken new ground with its smartphones like the P30 Pro, its competitors like the Pixel 3/XL have shown that great photos can still be captured with just one sensor. On the other hand, there are phones like the Galaxy A9 that fail to match the quality with even four sensors.
There was a time when there were few phones with two rear cameras, but things have changed so much that the trend has entered the budget phone market too.
So, what are some of the popular dual-camera phones that we can find in the Indian mobile market today? Let’s have a look.
Redmi Note 7 Pro
OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 | Processor: Snapdragon 675 octa-core SoC with 4GB/6GB RAM | Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ LTPS in-cell display with dot notch | Rear Camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 4000mAh
Powerful 48MP camera
Detailed images in daylight
Good low-light performance
Color reproduction can sometimes be on the cooler side
Xiaomi has dominated the budget and entry-level smartphone segments for a long time now. This is no different this year either – the launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro changed the market dynamics yet again. Offering a high-resolution, premium-grade 48MP camera at budget prices was the primary clincher for the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
As for selfies, the 20MP front camera grabs a decent amount of detail, and you can use the screen as a fill flash to brighten things up and even things out.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Exynos 9820 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP
Impressive low-light performance
Overall stellar camera performance
Feels less premium
Samsung has introduced a new affordable smartphone this year with the launch of the Galaxy S10e. However, don’t go by its affordable price tag – the Galaxy S10e still offers stellar camera performance thanks to the 12MP wide-angle lens and the 16MP ultrawide angle lens. Samsung has optimised the two cameras enough to make the S10e a great performer even under challenging conditions.
Samsung has continued to use a variable aperture which changes as per the situation. Essentially, this means that the low-light performance improves as it lets more light to enter the camera.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S10e
OS: Android 9 Pie with OxygenOS | Processor: Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB/8GB RAM | Storage: 128/256GB | Display: 6.41-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel (1080 x 2340 pixels) | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP
Impressive rear camera
Great front camera
No headphone jack
No microSD slot
If you’re looking for an all-rounder with a well-above-average camera in its class, the OnePlus 7 might just be your thing. The dual rear camera features a wide-angle lens paired with a 48MP sensor, as well as a secondary 5MP depth sensor. The front camera is a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
While OnePlus has struggled with camera performance for a while now, the company has slowly but surely optimised the overall image quality. This reflects in the performance of the OnePlus 7, which manages to take great images in daylight conditions and decent performance in low-light.
Read the full review: OnePlus 7
OS: Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 | Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC | RAM: 4/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3765mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP
Powerful Sony IMX 586 sensor
Good daylight performance
Well-optimised HDR mode
Portrait mode works well
Slightly underexposed lowlight shots
Realme has essentially shown up out of nowhere to challenge established players like Xiaomi. The Realme X is one of those very well balanced smartphones from the company that offer a lot of value for money.
The Realme X’s dual camera setup with a 48MP primary snapper and a 5MP depth sensor works great in daylight conditions. It also captures portrait shots with decent level of expertise. The one area that it does struggle in, like many other smartphones, is low-light conditions. Nevertheless, considering the money that you’re paying for it, the Realme X is a noteworthy option.
Read the full review: Realme X
Honor View 20
OS: Android 9 Pie | Processor: Kirin 980 SoC with 6GB/8GB RAM | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Display: 6.4-inch 1080 x 2310 LCD screen (1080 x 2310 pixels) | Rear camera: 48MP + 3D camera | Front camera: 25MP
Secondary ToF camera for AR and gaming
Impressive low-light shots even in standard mode
Good selfie camera
No wide or zoomed rear lenses
Doesn’t yet have Google ARCore support
The Honor View 20 Pro has two rear cameras. But the second is a ToF (time of flight) 3D camera, rather than one that adds a zoomed or wide-angle view. Huawei has also improved the AI mode, offering a much more natural photo when compared to older phones. There’s a multi-exposure mode for night shooting too. It’s very similar to the super night mode introduced in the Huawei P20 Pro.
The Huawei View 20 is a very good option if you are focusing on the image quality. The fact that it uses Sony’s hi-res sensors works in its favour, but it also benefits from much of the camera processing development work put into phones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro.
Read the full review: Honor View 20
OS: ColorOS software based on Android 9.0 Pie | Display: Notch-free 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core SoC with 6GB RAM | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 3765mAh
Sharp daylight photos
AI scene recognition is effective without being unrealistic
Good Night Mode
‘Shark-fin’ selfie camera
No ultra-wide and telephoto lenses
Occasional over-processing of images
Front camera underwhelming in low light
As is the trend with many phones at this price point, Sony’s 48MP sensor is the Oppo Reno’s main camera. It has an f/1.7 aperture and in combination, the camera can take high quality photos. The second camera is a 5MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture which is useful for portrait photos. It does particularly well with subject detection and the blurring stays realistic alongside maintaining natural skin tones.
As for the quality of selfies, the camera works best outdoors with plenty of light available. Its HDR is impressive, with portrait mode working well for edge detection too.
What particularly impressed us was that Oppo’s night mode does not necessarily require a tripod for the best results. Except for the absence of an ultra-wide lens and telephoto lens, this camera is stellar.
Read the full review: Oppo Reno
iPhone XS/XS Max
OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 5.8/6.5-inch | CPU: A12 Bionic | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP
TrueDepth selfie camera
Natural looking shots in daylight
Improved low-light photography
Pricey. So pricey.
Difficult to use one-handed (XS Max)
At first glance it appears that the iPhone XS and XS Max have the same camera as the iPhone X. The dual rear camera module has two 12MP sensors- one wide-angle and one telephoto- with the same f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures.
However, there are some key differences.
The iPhone XS Max and XS both feature Smart HDR, absent in the iPhone X, which ensures that all areas of the photo are well lit and detailed. You can also edit the level of background blur in portrait shots, something that iPhones have been lacking for a decade.
The 7MP camera has also been upgraded over its iPhone X counterpart. It also gets the new Smart HDR mode as well as portrait mode, and implements the bokeh effect digitally.
If you don’t mind shelling out Rs 99,900 and above, then the iPhone XS and XS Max are two of the best camera phones in the market right now.