Dual-camera phones are nothing new to the market. However, since the Apple iPhone 7 Plus was announced last year, manufacturers have been somewhat rushing to launch dual-camera phones of their own. This is not to say that Apple started the trend of dual-camera phones. However, one can’t deny that Apple, no doubt popularized the idea. So what are some of the popular dual-camera phones that we can find in the Indian mobile industry today? Let’s have a look.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera is the best on any phone we’ve tested for three reasons: it captures clear, colorful photos, has a brilliant new bokeh (background blur) effect, and it sets you up with an easy-to-use, yet full-featured camera app.
Samsung’s telephoto lens is also great. Its second rear camera’s 2x optical zoom benefits from optical image stabilization (OIS). OIS means the internal lens actually moves to compensate for your shaky hands, and it’s something the iPhone’s telephoto camera lacks. The Note 8 makes great strides in reducing photographer’s remorse.
The Note 8 has no shortage of photo modes: Auto, Pro, Panorama and Food, while missing favorites can be downloaded from the Galaxy App Store. There’s also a new Full View camera option, which caters to the dimensions of Snapchat and Instagram Stories.
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The new iPhone X may not be just about the camera but it is one of the major talking points of the phone. iPhone X carries a promising set of lenses which has an ability to focus faster, and take better low-light shots, and a lot more. The new camera is bolted on vertically this time, which clearly shows that Apple wants you to hold the phone in landscape rather than portrait.
The shots from the iPhone X are highly impressive— especially the shots in low light show a huge improvement. Even when the light is fading, the details and colours look really strong. If you have something that can come close to compete with Pixel 2 XL in terms of quality and natural pictures, it is the iPhone X.
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LG’s flagship smartphone for this year comes as an update to last year's V20. The LG V30+ comes with a dual camera setup that comprises of a 16-megapixel primary shooter and a secondary 13-megapixel camera. Unlike other OEMs, LG uses the secondary camera to enable wide-angle shots which is something photography enthusiasts will be relieved about.
The 16-megapixel sensor has an aperture size of f/1.6 which allows more light to be captured by the camera and is backed by 3-axis optical image stabilization and PDAF.
In our usage of the V30+, we found that the camera performs good enough but is not on par with the imaging prowess of phones like the Google Pixel 2. Then again, you get the V30+ at a fraction of the cost that those smartphones are available for.
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The iPhone 8 Plus’ camera is an evolution rather than a revolution, but Apple didn’t need to reinvent anything here, as it was already one of the best phone cameras on the market. It’s incredibly capable on the new iPhone.
The thing that defines Apple’s cameras is how easy they are to use – with every release of a new iOS they gain new, if not necessarily spectacular, features to improve the power of the camera, and the sensor gets imbued with some new capabilities.
The overall performance of the camera is a cut above previous iPhone snappers, with the sharpness in mixed conditions impressive – you can make out plenty of detail in both the brighter and darker sections of the photo. But what’s most impressive with the new iPhone 8 Plus – combined with the new iOS 11 software – are the editing capabilities, and what you can do with your photos post-capture.
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Launched at MWC 2017, the LG G6 is the latest G series device succeeding the LG G5. The smartphone comes with dual 13MP cameras at the back. While, the primary camera is packed with optical image stabilization, the same is lacked by the 125 degree wide-angle lens, however it can click some amazing GoPro like pictures.
Surprisingly, the handset is powered by Snapdragon 821 while the latest version, Snapdragon 835 is already in the market and is used in competing phones like OnePlus 5, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and US version of the Galaxy S8. The phone is available both online and offline retail shops at around Rs 40,000.
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Much like most of the major phones in 2017, the Nokia 8 has opted for a dual-sensor array that uses two 13MP shooters.
One is an RGB lens and the other is a monochrome shooter, with the images from the two combined to offer improved quality in low light. You can also shoot using just one of the lenses if you wish, but you’ll likely only want to do so with the monochrome lens, as it allows for true filter-free black and white shots.
The images from the Nokia 8 don’t compare to those you’d get out of the Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 7 Plus. Compared to images taken on those phones, the shots didn’t appear crisp enough, and it’s unclear what’s really missing here. But for the price it comes for, it is still a considerable option compared to its competitors.
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The flagship killer of the year, OnePlus 5 came with an already impressive dual camera setup but with an update in the form of the OnePlus 5T, it’s become a true flagship killer. The reason for that, in part, is because the camera setup on the OnePlus 5T isn't the same as that on its predecessor. While the now discontinued OnePlus 5 came with a secondary telephoto lens, the 5T doesn't and instead features a 20-megapixel snapper with an aperture size of f/1.7.
Also, because of this little tweak, the camera now capture more light and is able to create some better looking photographs in the price range.
There’s not a lot that hasn’t been said about the company’s new flagship, and it’s currently selling via OnePlus’ online store as well as Amazon India. The 64 and 128GB variants have been priced at Rs 32,999 and Rs 37,999 respectively.
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The newly launched Honor 8 Pro comes with dual 12MP cameras at the back and 8MP camera on the front. Just like Huawei P9, the secondary lens at the back comes with a monochrome sensor which enhances the quality of the image especially in low lighting conditions.
The handset comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage which makes it compete directly against the OnePlus 5. Priced at Rs 29,999, Honor 8 Pro is exclusively available on Amazon India.
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The result of Xiaomi's partnership with Google, Mi A1 supported by the search giant's Android One program is aimed at users who want a premium smartphone experience in low price. The Mi A1 reboots Google's Android One program which was at first created for budget OEM's so that they could give a great experience to users with the help of stock Android. With its reboot, Google has tweaked that a bit and will not focus on smartphone manufacturers that can give a good overall experience to consumers, both with hardware and software.
The A1 features a full HD 5.5-inch IPS display and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor backed by 4GB of RAM and an onboard storage of 64GB which can further be expanded with the help of a microSD card. Mi A1 comes with dual camera setup and houses twin 12-megapixel camera modules, one wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture and the other one being a telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera as well. As the smartphone is a product associated with Android One, it runs on stock Android 7.1.2 with promised update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Mi A1 draws power from a 3,080 mAh battery which supports fast charging.
The Mi A1 is up for sale on Flipkart and Mi.com, priced at Rs 14,999.
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With the G5s Plus, Moto has improved an already capable smartphone and makes it entry into the league of dual camera phones. The Moto G5s Plus features a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display protected with Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood lies Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor supported by Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. Users have the option to increase the storage via microSD card for up to 256GB.
As with all the smartphones in the Moto catalogue, the Moto G5s Plus runs on stock Android 7.1 Nougat.
Moto G5s Plus comes with two 13-megapixel camera sensors with an f/2.0 aperture. Moto has chosen to go with RGB and Monochrome sensors while the front houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
The phone comes with a 3,000 mAh battery capacity which supports fast charging.
The Moto G5s Plus is available on Amazon India for Rs 15,999 in Lunar Gray and Blush Gold colour options.
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