"When it comes to cameras, two is better than one"
Among the heaps of excitement leading to the grand event in San Francisco, Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in front of the huge crowd of attendees and people who were watching the event live. One of the most intriguing features of the new iPhones is the much more improved camera, especially on the iPhone 7 Plus. The larger of the two iPhones doesn't just pack one camera for all the photography-related shenanigans, but instead boasts a dual-camera setup which promises to produce better results and offers 2x optical zoom.
While this is not the first time a company has opted for a dual camera set up in their smartphone, we believe it is a thought that will only gain more attention as time goes by. Interestingly, not all dual-camera implementations work in a similar fashion. In fact, brands like LG and Huawei have utilised multiple sensors to perform entirely different functions. So we sat down here at 91mobiles, and decoded 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 up for yourself. Without further ado, let’s get started.
The LG G5 (review) was one of the hot phones of early 2016, thanks to its semi-modular approach despite rocking a metal unibody design. What got little attention though was its dual rear camera arrangement. The G5 features a 16MP camera with a viewing angle of 78-degrees… pretty standard for a flagship. But the phone also rocks a wide-angle 8MP camera beside the other lens, with a viewing angle of 135 degrees. What this means is that you can easily capture a wider scene by shifting to the wide angle lens with a tap of a button… sweet. When it comes to other hardware, the G5 is second to none. It sports a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Current selling price: Rs 47,990
The camera on the Huawei P9 (review) is one of the USPs of the device. At the back, the Huawei P9 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.
Current selling price: Rs 39,999
The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is host to two 12MP rear cameras as well. While the camera hump hasn’t gone anywhere, this hasn’t stopped the Cupertino giant from utilising the prowess of the dual cameras. 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. The new iPhones come with loads of new features, and here’s a look at the top seven.
Expected Price: ~Rs 70,000
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor recently unveiled its latest flagship, the Honor 8, in its home market of China. Much like the Huawei P9, the Honor 8 also features dual 12MP rear cameras, out of which one is an RGB sensor and the other is a monochrome sensor. But unlike the P9, it cannot capture monochrome images directly, though you can apply a filter to achieve the same effect. Other key highlights of the smartphone include a 5.2-inch full HD display with 2.5D glass, an octa-core Kirin 950 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of onboard storage.
Expected price: ~Rs 25,000
LG’s successor to last year's V10 (first impressions), the V20, is also a treat for shutterbugs. Just like the LG G5, 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 all the wide angle captures which you can on the G5. 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 is a smaller secondary display on top of the regular canvas. The V20 is bound to land in India pretty soon, and we’re excited to get a hands on the device and get our views across to you.
Expected Price: ~Rs 60,000
The Lenovo VIBE S1 (review) has earned this spot on our list by achieving something that no other smartphone has on our list. The VIBE S1 doesn’t get dual rear cameras. But then why is it on our list? That’s because it sports a dual camera setup on the front. Giving a helping hand to the 8MP selfie camera is a 2MP depth sensor. This setup reminds us of the dual rear cameras of the HTC One (M8). As expected, the depth sensor captures depth information leading to a better depth of field and an enhanced bokeh effect. You can also change the focus point post capture, or crop yourself out from the background for some interesting effects.
Current selling price: Rs 12,999
These were some of the latest smartphones that come with a dual-camera setup. We think that now that Apple has jumped into the dual camera bandwagon, it’s just a matter of time before we see more brands taking the same route for their next smartphones. In fact, we think that 2017 might 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.