“Here are the best 64MP camera phones that you can buy right now in 2020”
Samsung widened the horizon of smartphone photography with the launch of its 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. Life-like clarity and details are no longer a wild chase but a reality. And everyone from Realme and Xiaomi wants a share of this. The successor to 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor uses the same Tetracell technology – binning four 16MP pixels into one, but offers 34 percent more optical information and better results in the low light environment. The 64MP sensor has a large f/1.7 aperture lens and uses remosaic algorithm to further enhance the results. The other features of the 64MP sensor include real-time HDR of up to 100-decibels for noise reduction as well as colour accuracy, high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology, and full-HD recording at 480 frames-per-second (FPS) for smooth cinematic slow-motion videos. Sony has also launched its 64MP camera sensor, dubbed as IMX686, that competes with Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP and HMX 108MP sensors.
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List of best 64MP camera phones
1. Realme 6 and 6 Pro
Both Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro come with 64MP quad-rear cameras. While the vanilla Realme 6 has 64MP main sensor + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP mono lens + 2MP macro lens setup at the back, the Realme 6 Pro houses 64MP + 8MP wide-angle + 12MP long-focus lens with 20x digital zoom + 2MP macro lens setup. Both the phones have 16MP shooter on the front, but the Realme 6 Pro houses an additional 8MP wide-angle lens for group selfies and video calling as well.
Other highlights of the Realme 6 series include punch-hole display, 90Hz refresh rate display, high screen-to-body ratio, mid-range gaming-focused chipset, and a 4,300mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging support. Software-wise, the handsets run Realme UI-based Android 10 OS out of the box.
2. POCO X2
The POCO X2 features quad rear cameras with 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor instead of Samsung GW1 64MP sensor. This is paired with an 8MP super wide-angle lens, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth. The handset also boasts impressive 120Hz display with a punch-hole that houses dual selfie cameras with 2MP secondary depth sensor by artificial intelligence (AI) features.
The POCO X2 is 6.67-inch tall and employs Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset under the hood. It’s driven by a 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast charging support and runs MIUI 11-based Android 10 out of the box. The fingerprint scanner is on the edge of the handset. The POCO X2 comes in three RAM and storage options: 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB.
3. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the latest 64MP camera phone from the house of Xiaomi. The handset ships with AI quad-camera setup that includes a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, 5MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor. The front camera of the phone touts an impressive 32MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
Additionally, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max a 6.67-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2,400p) punch-hole display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chipset under the hood. The phone houses an astounding 5,020mAh battery with supports 33W fast charging and runs on Android 10-based MIUI 11 out of the box.
4. Samsung Galaxy M31
The Samsung Galaxy M31 is nothing but a refreshed version of Galaxy M30s from last year. Samsung has upgraded the cameras and introduced new RAM variants with the Galaxy M31. The phone packs 64MP quad-rear camera setup, with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro lens, instead of 48MP triple rear cameras. The front camera has also been upgraded from 16MP to 32MP.
As for the other specifications, the Samsung Galaxy M31 packs the same 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED Infinity U display and rocks Exynos 9611 SoC as its predecessor. The handset a 6,000mAh battery, with fast charging support, of course, 6GB RAM, 64GB/ 128GB internal storage, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
5. Realme X50 Pro
Realme X50 Pro is a flagship offering with Snapdragon 865 SoC and 5G connectivity. The handset also rocks 64MP quad-camera setup that comprises of a main 64MP wide-angle lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle and macro camera, a 12MP telephoto lens with 20x zoom support, and a 2MP portrait camera. Up front, the Realme X50 Pro gets a 32MP Sony IMX 616 main sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens housed in a pill-shaped cutout.
The Realme X50 Pro sports a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display 90Hz refresh rate, HDR 10+, 1000+ nits brightness, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. It also comes with Vapor Cooling System, a 4,200mAh battery, a new 65W SuperDart fast charging technology over USB Type-C port.
6. Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ are arguably the best 64MP camera smartphones in the market right now. Unlike other handsets in the list, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series sports 64MP as a telephoto camera instead of the primary sensor. The primary sensor on both the premium flagship offerings is 12MP shooter that bears f/1.8 aperture, OIS, and Super Speed Dual Pixel AF; paired with a 12MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 120-degree field-of-view. The Samsung Galaxy S20+ sports an additional DepthVision sensor in the quad-camera setup at the back. The Samsung Galaxy S20, meanwhile, has triple rear cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ are powered by Exynos 990 chipset ticking at its core and a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display that bears QHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ support. The front camera of the handsets sports a 10MP (f/2.2) dual-pixel AF shooter with 80-degree field-of-view. While the Samsung Galaxy S20 is driven by 4,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging support, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ rocks slightly bigger 4,500mAh battery.
7. OPPO Reno 3 Pro
The OPPO Reno 3 Pro is the world’s first 44MP dual selfie cameras. But, the handset packs much-beloved 64MP sensor as well. The OPPO Reno 3 Pro has quad rear cameras where the 64MP works as the primary sensor, coupled with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 13MP (F/2.4) telephoto lens with 20x digital zoom and a 2MP mono lens.
Other specifications of the phone include a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with dual-punch hole design, MediaTek Helio P95 SoC, 8GB RAM, 4,025mAh battery, and support for VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging. The OPPO Reno 3 Pro also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio.
8. Samsung Galaxy A71
The Samsung Galaxy A71 is a sequel of last year’s Samsung Galaxy A70s, which was the first smartphone from the brand with a 64MP camera. The all-new A71 continues to rock, but Samsung has upgraded the wide-angle camera from 8MP to 12MP and added a new 5MP macro lens to click photos of subjects unusually close to the camera. The depth sensor, meanwhile, remains the same 5MP sensor.
The front camera of the phone sports a 32MP snapper on a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. The Samsung Galaxy A71 is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor coupled with Adreno 618 GPU, 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage that is further expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. A 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support fuels the handset, while Android 10-based One UI 2 takes care of its software side of things.
9. Realme X2
The Realme X2 smartphone is another Realme offering to pack 64MP camera. It features almost the same specs as the XT but with the more powerful Snapdragon 730G processor. The rear camera of the handset flaunts quad 64MP Samsung GW1 primary sensor + 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro sensor. For selfies, it relies on 32MP shooter instead of the 16MP sensor on the front.
Other specifications of the Realme X2 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an optical fingerprint scanner, 4,000mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6 out of the box. The Realme X2 price in India starts at Rs 16,999 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The phone’s 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variants are priced at Rs 18,999 and Rs 19,999, respectively.
10. Realme X2 Pro
Realme has added another 64MP camera phone called the Realme X2 Pro to its portfolio in India. The handset has an array of cameras at the back, which includes Samsung GW1 64MP primary sensor, 13MP telephoto lens with 20x hybrid zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 115-degree field-of-view and 2.5mm macro lens, and a 2MP depth unit for portrait shots. The Realme X2 Pro is also the cheapest smartphone with 90Hz display in India yet. The handset price in India starts at Rs 29,999 for the base 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, while 12GB RAM and 256GB storage option costs Rs 33,999.
The Realme X2 Pro is the first-ever flagship offering from the brand. The handset sports a 6.5-inch Full-HD+ Fluid AMOLED screen with HDR10+ support and in-display fingerprint scanner. At its core lies gaming-centric Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, aided by up to 12 gigs of RAM and 256GB storage onboard. A 4,000mAh battery with impressive 50W fast-charging support rounds off the specs sheet of the Realme X2 Pro.
11. Redmi Note 8 Pro
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is Xiaomi’s first smartphone that rocks 64MP shooter and has been launched in India already. Like its arch-rival Realme XT, the Redmi Note 8 Pro features a quad-rear camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor, 8MP secondary lens, and a couple of 2MP sensors for macro shots and depth-effect. The front camera of the phone gets a 20MP shooter atop the 6.53-inch LCD screen for selfies and video calling.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has MediaTek’s gaming-focused Helio G90T chipset ticking at its core. The phone comes in as many as three RAM and storage configurations: 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB. Software-wise, it comes running MIUI 10 with Android 9 Pie out of the box. As for the Redmi Note 8 Pro price in India, it costs Rs 14,999, Rs 15,999, and Rs 17,999 for the 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB variants, respectively.
12. Realme XT
The Realme XT was launched as the first smartphone in the Indian market with a 64MP camera. The company introduced the phone back in August, and it comes with as many as quad cameras at the back. The primary camera of the Realme XT sports Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor paired with 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro sensor. The phone features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display that bears in-display fingerprint scanner and a waterdrop notch as well.
The Realme XT is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 SoC, aided by up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. A 4,000mAh battery with 30W VOOC fast charging tech fuels the handset, while Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS takes care of software side of things. The Realme XT prices in India are Rs 15,999, Rs 16,999, and Rs 18,999 for the 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 8GB + 128GB variants, respectively.
13. Redmi K30 Pro (POCO F2 Pro)
The Redmi K30 Pro, globally known as POCO F2 Pro, is an elder sibling of Redmi K30 smartphone, which was launched in India as POCO X2. The ‘Pro’ model also packs 64MP quad rear cameras with 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, capable of 8K recording, a 13MP ultra-wide shooter (123 degrees), 2MP depth sensor, and 5MP “telephoto macro” lens. There is also a Zoom edition of the phone that swaps out 5MP camera for an 8MP 3x telephoto shooter. Meanwhile, a 20MP pop-up shooter handles selfies on Redmi K30 Pro.
Unlike its sibling, the Redmi K30 Pro comes with pop-up selfie camera design instead of punch-hole display and flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC chipset. The handset features a 6.67-inch OLED panel (FHD+) that tops out at 60Hz compared to 120Hz seen on the standard Redmi K30. The K30 Pro is driven by a 4,700mAh battery with 33W wired charging support. The phone has only been launched in China, with no word on its global availability yet.
14. Nokia 8.3 5G
Nokia 8.3 5G is the brand’s first-ever 64MP phone. If you’re looking for a stock-Android phone with 64MP camera, there isn’t a better option than the Nokia 8.3 5G at the moment. The handset rocks quad-rear cameras with 64MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 4K ultra HD support, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Upfront, the smartphone gets a 24MP selfie camera. The Nokia 8.3 5G also supports an Action Camera mode and ZEISS cinematic effects.
The Nokia 8.3 5G is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 765G SoC and runs Android 10 out of the box. It sports a 6.8-inch punch-hole display with an FHD+ resolution and always-on HDR support. The handset employs up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a 4,500mAh battery that supports fast charging over Type-C. There is no word on Nokia 8.2 India launch at the moment.
15. Realme X50
The Realme X50 is a souped down version of the X50 Pro smartphone. The handset was introduced in back in January in China and is yet to make its debut in India. Of course, it packs 64MP quad rear cameras, which is aided by 8MP f/2.3 ultra-wide-angle lens, 12MP f/2.5 telephoto lens, and 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. On the front, the Realme X50 houses dual selfie cameras, comprising of 16MP + 8MP sensors for selfies and video calling. The rest of the specifications of Realme X50 are almost the same as the Realme X50 Pro.
16. OPPO Reno 3
The Chinese OPPO Reno 3 smartphone packs a 64MP primary camera. The handset utilises an array of sensors at the back and chief among them is Samsung’s GW1 snapper with 64MP resolution. This is paired with 8MP 116-degree Ultra Wide Lens with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro, and 2MP mono lens with f/2.4 aperture. The front camera of the phone, meanwhile, ships with a 32MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
In addition to the cameras, the OPPO Reno 3 touts a MediaTek’s latest Dimensity 1000L SoC with 5G connectivity, up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage onboard. Other highlights include a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED screen, with waterdrop notch atop and in-display fingerprint scanner, 4,025mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 30W fast charging support, and Android 10-based ColorOS 6 running out of the box.
17. Vivo NEX 3
Vivo has joined the bandwagon of 64MP camera phones with the launch of its flagship NEX 3. The Vivo NEX 3 smartphone features triple rear cameras, which comprises of Samsung GW1 64MP primary sensor, 13MP f/2.48 telephoto lens with up to 20x digital zooming, and a 13MP f/2.2 with 120-degree super wide-angle lens. The front camera sports a 16MP snapper with f/2.09 aperture for capturing selfies, video calling, and facial recognition.
The cameras aren’t the only highlight of the Vivo NEX 3. The handset features a 6.89-inch Super AMOLED screen that bears a staggering 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio. At the phone’s core lies Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, aided by up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage onboard. The NEX 3 also comes with 5G connectivity and houses a 4,500mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging support.