Best dual-camera phones in India for December 2017

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.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on Amazon India

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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.

Read the full review: iPhone X

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.

Read the full review: LG V30+

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.

Read the full review: LG G6 review

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.

Read the full review: OnePlus 5T review

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.

Read the full review: Honor 8 Pro review

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.

Read the full review here: Xiaomi Mi A1 Review 

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.

Read: Moto G5s Plus Vs Moto G5 Plus: How good is the new one?

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After Christmas sales 2017: the best deals list for December 27

Our official After Christmas sales list has been updated to reflect the must-have price drops that are still available to buy on Wednesday, December 27.

Stores in the US like Amazon, Walmart, Target and others are offering year-end deals to negate your returns and gobble up your newly unwrapped gift cards.

How can we help? Well, we've created a list of over 30 individual rollback prices and checked it twice. Most deals expire on December 31 or sooner. After that, it's back to the original MSRP after that.

We've also researched the best US stores where you can find the top After Christmas sales. That's what we'll begin with below on this newly updated page.

But first, who are After Christmas sales shoppers exactly? Three specific types of people come to mind. First, anyone who just got gift cards (that's a lot of people right now). Second, anyone who didn't get what they wanted on Christmas Day yesterday (hands up – that's a lot of you, too). And, third, anyone who is returning something today (again, that is a lot of people). 

Pro tip: gift cards often can't be returned to stores in most US states, and there's usually an expiration date stamped on the fine print. So better use them now with these After Christmas sales before it's too late or you forget about them completely.

Whether you're returning something you didn't want (and certainly didn't ask for) or spending your gift cards, here are the best year-end price drops, based on our research of stores in the US. It spans sales from Amazon and eBay to Target and Zappos.

Where are the best After Christmas sales?

The most frequent question we get is: where did I shop for After Christmas sales. The simple answer is online, but the more complex answer has forced us to research hundreds of retailers. We've boiled it down to the list below, naming the top ten of the most trusted stores in America, all with significant deals.

Here are links the best stores with After Christmas sales for 2017.

  • Amazon After Christmas sale
  • Walmart After Christmas sale
  • Newegg After Christmas sale
  • Macy's After Christmas sale
  • Kohl's After Christmas sale
  • Abt After Christmas sale
  • GameStop After Christmas sale
  • CDKeys After Christmas sale
  • B&H Photo Video After Christmas sale
  • Jet After Christmas sale

30 After Christmas sale highlights

There are more After Christmas sales coming through, now that Christmas Day is over and done with. We'll keep this page updated with more deals and our list fresh every chance we get.

Why After Christmas sales are so important

We like to highlight After Christmas sales in our news coverage because it's the last time you'll find savings in 2017. Many items will return to their original price in 2018. That's a problem if you procrastinate on buying that Amazon Echo for, example.

Yes, there many be price drops in 2018 here and there, but everything is on sale at once through these After Christmas Sales and Year-End Deals on Amazon, Walmart and so forth. There's a better shot you'll get what you want on December 27 and you will next month in January or February. Deals are rare in the New Year.

The other issues is, through our expertise, we know that CES 2018 is coming up and product refreshes will happen at the event (though many products won't launch until March at the earliest). You'll find many gadgets in stock today, but that same tech might be sold out after December. It's happened to us before.

Who should online shop for After Christmas sales

US stores with After Christmas sales are focusing on everyone returning gifts this week, as they're already online on their site or in stores. It's a great opportunity, and has continued into December 27.

You also have all of those consumers who just received gift cards and aren't quite sure what to spend them on (sadly, you usually can only spend them at one place). It's "money," often with an expiration date. That makes these After Christmas deals extra tempting today.

Finally, you can't always get what you want on Christmas, so it's nice to see a few price drops lingering around today, so you can pick up what you really want.

When do After Christmas sales begin and end?

After Christmas sales don't have a refined end date like other online shopping holidays. In fact the start date even had some wiggle room in 2017.

The deals started pouring in before Christmas Day two days ago, precisely when stores closed down for the holiday. This was to ensure items were discounted as soon as they opened back up the day after Christmas.

These sales will transition into year-end deals, but really, they're one in the same. But some after Christmas sales won't last forever.

Why buy today during After Christmas sales

This is an easy one. Retailers are trying to make increase their profits before the end of 2017, so they're discounting as much inventory for you as possible.

Stores in the US also might not have sold as much of certain products as they would have liked, so offloading what didn't sell well enough is easier to do when it's dressed up as an After Christmas sale with a flashy price drop sign.

Olympus OM-D System: World Traveler

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Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R at 48mm. Exposure: 1 sec., ƒ/22, ISO 100.

In a typical year, Olympus Visionary Jay Dickman will touch down in more than 20 countries around the globe. For Dickman, a Pulitzer Prize winner and contributing photographer for National Geographic, travel is a way of life.

“My world is about constant motion,” Dickman says. “One reason I love the Olympus gear is because it fits my style of photography and frequent travel.” Dickman was an early adopter of Olympus digital cameras. “I appreciated the design ethic—compact, portable, a camera that you want to have with you.” His complete system, which includes three OM-D E-M1 Mark II bodies, multiple lenses ranging from the M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO to the M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO and several in between, all fit in a camera pack that’s actually smaller than international carry-on limits. That’s a huge advantage for a photographer who might find himself in 11 countries in three weeks—the itinerary of a recent trip.

Dickman notes that the Olympus system’s smaller size has other benefits, too. “People are maybe my favorite subject,” he says. “With the smaller system, I’m not as visually intrusive. The less interference between the subject and myself, the better the interaction.”

In addition to the size and weight advantages, Dickman also appreciates the optical quality of Olympus lenses, and the system’s technology innovations. “I think the optics are second to none,” he says. Reviewing images at workshops he leads, he’s seen the work of students using a variety of gear. “I’ve looked at images at 200 or 300 percent magnification—images taken with Olympus lenses were consistently among the best.”

That optical excellence is enhanced by technology like Olympus’ advanced in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization. Photographing a wildebeest migration in Africa with the M.Zuiko 300mm f4.0 IS PRO and the MC-14 1.4x teleconverter, Dickman was stunned at the performance of the stabilization system. “Looking through camera with both lens and in-body stabilization activated,” he recalls, “at first I thought the camera had frozen because of the stillness of the image—until I realized the wildebeests were moving! It was surreal.”

To succeed as a professional photographer, Dickman observes, “You have to create images that resonate with the viewers and pull people into a world. To create extremely high-quality images using super-light equipment that I can carry all day comfortably incentivizes the image making process for me. And isn’t that what it’s all about?”

Hear more from other photographers who have made the switch to the Olympus OM-D system at getolympus.com/neverlookback.

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