108MP camera resolution has been around us since 2019, but it was overshadowed by the success of 48MP and 64MP cameras, which were also launched around the same time. Now that the hype of 48MP/ 64MP camera phones has settled in, it’s now time for 108MP camera phones to shine. A number of smartphones are available in India with 108MP sensors as one of the key selling propositions. We’ve compiled a list of such phones, but before we get to that, here’s what you need to know about the not-so-new 108MP camera.
108MP camera sensors detailed
A 108MP camera is a smartphone sensor that boasts a whopping 108 million pixels onboard. Samsung is currently the only developer of the camera, and it’s referred to as the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. The first-gen ISOCELL Bright HMX 108MP sensor was launched back in 2019 with the same pixel binning technology as the 64MP/ 48MP sensors. The technology outputs an image with an impressive 27MP resolution, which is around 69 percent more than that of the 64MP camera phone. The 108MP camera also has a sensor size of 1/1.33-inch and pixels measuring 0.8 microns to capture ample details even in the low light environment.
Samsung has since refreshed its 108MP ISOCELL Bright sensor twice. It introduced ISOCELL Bright HM2 last year, with 9-in-1 Nonacell pixel-binning to deliver images of 12MP size. In addition to this, the sensor offers up to 3x lossless zoom, and support for 4K @ 120 fps/ 6K @ 30fps video recording and Super-PD autofocus. This was followed by ISOCELL Bright HM3, which was launched earlier this year, with additional 12-bit colour support and a slightly bigger 0.8-micron pixel size.
How great is 108MP resolution?
Cameras need light to create photos, and physically larger sensors are able to capture more light. Since these sensors have millions of pixels that capture light independently of one another, you’ll find a camera with 108MP resolution gets a more detailed image that can be zoomed in digitally or printed on a larger scale without becoming blurry or grainy compared to 12MP, 48MP, and 64MP cameras.
That said, the big 108MP sensors are made smartphone-friendly by cramming smaller pixels so that they take less space inside the camera module. This results in lesser clarity and more colour noise in dimly-lit conditions. To tackle this issue, the sensor is fitted with pixel binning technology that combines data from neighbouring pixels into one, to enhance the overall image quality. While the quality is certainly better than the 48MP or 64MP camera phone, Google Pixels and iPhones could still surprise you with their 12MP cameras used with computational photography.
List of 108MP camera phones
- Moto G60
- Realme 8 Pro
- Redmi Note 11 series
- Xiaomi Mi 11i series
- Vivo V23 Pro 5G
- Motorola Edge 20 and 20 Pro
- Xiaomi 11T Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
1. Moto G60
Moto G60 (review) is among the most affordable 108MP camera phones out there. The phone’s specifications include Snapdragon 732G SoC, 128GB storage, Android 11 OS, and a massive 6,000mAh battery with 20W fast-charging support. The handset comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage that is further expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card, and Android 11 OS with stock Android skin on top.
For photography, the Moto G60 rocks a triple camera setup at the back, with a large 108MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 118-degree FoV, F/2.2 aperture, and the sensor also works as a macro-vision with 2.5m focus distance and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots. There is a 32MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats and a physical fingerprint sensor for security.
- Moto G60 price in India: Rs 18,099
- Where to buy: Flipkart
|Big Battery||Overrated cameras|
2. Realme 8 Pro
Here’s another affordable 108MP camera phone you can buy in India right now. The handset is priced in India starting at Rs 17,999. The Realme 8 Pro (review) sports quad rear cameras, which comprises the latest 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a couple of 2MP snappers for macro and b/w shots. Other specifications of the Realme 8 Pro include a 16MP selfie camera, 4,500mAh battery, 50W SuperDart fast charging, and a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display.
The Realme mobile phone is powered by Snapdragon 720G SoC paired with 6GB/ 8GB RAM and 128GB storage onboard. The handset runs Realme UI 2.0 atop Android 11 out of the box.
- Realme 8 Pro price in India: Rs 17,999
- Where to buy: Flipkart
|Lightweight||No high refresh rate display|
|Impressive cameras capabilities||Performance|
|Good battery life|
3. Redmi Note 11 series
The latest Redmi Note-series smartphones, namely Redmi Note 11S, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 Pro+, all pack 108MP cameras. The Redmi Note 11S (review) is the most affordable smartphone in the lineup; however, it misses out on the 120Hz refresh rate screen and 67W fast charging tech. Those features are exclusive to the Redmi Note 11 Pro and Pro+. The Redmi Note 11S sports a 33W fast charging tech and a 90Hz refresh rate screen. While the regular Pro model is powered by MediaTek G96 chipset (same as Redmi Note 11S), the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ rocks 5G-enabled Snapdragon 695 SoC under the hood.
The handsets house a 5,000mAh battery and run Android Android 11-based MIUI 13 out of the box. For photography, the Redmi Note 11S and 11 Pro both pack identical camera setup, which comprise a 108MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro unit. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ sports triple rear cameras with 108MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide, and 2MP macro unit. Lastly, the Redmi Note 11S is IP53 water and dust resistant certified, whereas the Note 11 Pro and Pro+ flaunts Evol Pro design with flat edges and back panel.
- Redmi Note 11 series price in India: starts at Rs 16,499
- Where to buy: Mi Store
|Best-in-class display||No IP rating for Redmi Note 11 Pros|
|Excellent cameras||Redmi Note 11S and Note 11 Pro are not 5G phones|
|Good battery life|
4. Mi 11i and 11i HyperCharge
Xiaomi Mi 11i and Mi 11i HyperCharge (review) both come with a 108MP primary camera sensor. The handsets are mid-range offerings, which rock 120Hz AMOLED displays and 5G-enabled MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC ticking at their core. The Mi 11i and Mi 11i HyperCharge also sport triple rear cameras that in addition to the flagship 108MP Samsung unit houses an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Up front, the Xiaomi smartphones pack a 16MP shooter in the punch-hole setup for selfies and video calling.
That said, the Mi 11i houses a 5,160mAh battery with 67W fast charging. The HyperCharge, on the other hand, is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery that supports a whopping 120W fast charging, which is rated to juice up the device from 10 to 100 percent charge is done in about 17 minutes.
- Mi 11i price in India: Rs 24,999
- Mi 11i HyperCharge price in India: Rs 26,999
- Where to buy: Mi.in
|Amazing charging speed||Cameras could be improved|
5. Vivo V23 Pro 5G
108MP camera is among the many USPs of this Vivo smartphone. The Vivo V23 Pro 5G (review) has impressed many with its colour-changing rear panel. The smartphone shifts colour the minute sunlight impacts its surface. In addition to this, the handset is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC and houses a 4,300mAh battery with 44W fast charging support.
The Vivo V23 Pro also sports as many as five cameras, with three on the back and two up front. The rear cameras pack 108MP primary camera, 8MP Wide-Angle lens, and a 2MP Macro lens. The front camera of the phone employs 50MP + 8MP sensors in the bathtub-like notch atop a 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED 90Hz display.
- Vivo V23 Pro price in India: Rs 38,990
- Where to buy: Flipkart
|Colour-changing back||Average battery life|
6. Motorola Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro
Motorola Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro both are souped-up versions of Motorola Edge 20 Fusion. The handsets come with the near-identical 108MP primary sensor as their elder sibling; however, there are a few things that set these phones apart. Starting with the Motorola Edge 20, it sports a 144Hz refresh rate OLED display, along with Snapdragon 778 SoC, and a 4,000mAh battery, but with 33W fast charging support instead of 30W. The 108MP camera at the back is paired with a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens that offers up to 3x optical zoom and 30X digital zoom.
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro (review), on the other hand, packs 108MP +16MP + 8MP triple rear cameras that can record up to 8K videos and offer up to 5x optical + 30x digital zoom. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 870, which is the next best chipset in the Qualcomm’s SoC lineup. Much like the regular Edge 20, the Pro variant also ships with 144Hz refresh rate display. However, instead of a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Edge 20 Pro sports an in-display fingerprint sensor.
- Moto Edge 20 price in India: Rs 29,999
- Motorola Edge 20 Pro price in India: Rs 36,999
- Where to buy: Flipkart
|Best-in-class display||Average battery backup|
|Performs well||Below par audio|
7. Xiaomi 11T Pro
This 108MP camera phone was launched in India earlier this year. The smartphone is a mid-range offering from Xiaomi, with the latest Snapdragon 888 SoC ticking at its core. The Xiaomi 11X Pro (review) also features a 6.67-inch FHD+ TrueColor display with a 120Hz refresh rate, punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper, and 480Hz touch sampling rate. It runs on Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 custom skin on top and packs a 5,000 battery and supports 120W fast charging.
In the camera department, the Xiaomi 11T Pro sports triple rear cameras comprising a 108MP Samsung HM2 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8MP macro sensor. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats as well as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security. The Mi 11X Pro price in India starts at Rs 39,999.
- Xiaomi 11T Pro price in India: Rs 39,999
- Where to buy: Croma
|Smooth performance||No telephoto sensor|
|Long battery life||Slightly unwieldy|
8. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Last, but not least Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Only the Ultra variant of the flagship S22 lineup comes with a 108MP camera. The ultra-premium smartphone from the brand touts the next-gen Isocell HM3 sensor with large 1/3.3-inch size. That said, it’s the same sensor the company used last year in Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (review). The all-new cameras also include a 12MP wide-angle sensor and a couple of 10MP lenses with 3x and 10x optical zoom.
In addition to this, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra sports a 40MP selfie snapper in the punch-hole setup up front. The smartphone sports a 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, S Pen, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports up to 45W fast charging. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is selling in India starting at Rs 1,18,999.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra price in India: Rs 1,09,999
- Where to buy: Amazon.in
|Built-in S Pen||Gaming performance could have been better|
|Excellent cameras||Sub-par battery life|