2020 continues to be the year of 64MP camera phones
Samsung widened the horizon of smartphone photography with the launch of its 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor in 2019. Sony soon followed it with its 64MP camera sensor, called IMX686/ 682, which competes with Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP and HMX 108MP sensors. Life-like clarity and details are no longer a wild chase but a reality. And everyone from Realme and Xiaomi to Samsung and gaming-focused brand ASUS ROG wants a share of this. We’ve compiled a list of the best 64MP camera phones that were launched in India in 2020. But, before we get down to the list, here’s what you need to know about the new 64MP camera.
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Is a 64MP camera good?
Samsung 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 and Sony IMX686/ 682 sensors both come with pixel binning technology that merges four 16MP pixels into one. This is similar to the 48MP sensor, but Samsung claims that its new 64MP camera offers 34 percent more optical information and better results in the low light environment compared. The 64MP smartphone camera also has a large f/1.7 aperture lens and uses a remosaic algorithm to produce results with more details. The other features of the 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.
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List of best 64MP camera phones
1. POCO X2 and X3
These 64MP camera phones come with Sony sensor instead of the Samsung GW1 64MP sensor. The POCO X2 (review) and X3 both rock a quad-camera setup at the back that bears a 64MP primary sensor, a couple of 2MP snappers, and 8MP and 13MP ultra-wide sensor respectively. At the front, the X2 sports a dual selfie camera comprising a 20MP primary sensor + 2MP depth sensor, whereas the POCO X3 (review) employs a single 20MP selfie camera.
Additionally, both POCO X2 and X3 are gaming-focused devices with 120Hz refresh rate screen, mid-range processors, and a beefy battery that can be juiced up quickly using a 33W fast charging solution. The smartphones run MIUI atop Android 10 out of the box. The POCO X-series is selling in India at a starting price of Rs 14,999.
2. Realme 7 series
Realme 7i (review), Realme 7 (review), and Realme 7 Pro (review) all come with quad rear cameras, which consists of a 64MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a couple of 2MP snappers. The Realme 7 Pro is the most premium offering in the lot. The handset’s specifications include a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 720G SoC, 32MP selfie camera, and 4,500mAh battery with a 65W fast charging solution.
The Realme 7 and Realme 7i are a bit more affordable with 6.5-inch HD+ LCD screens that bear 90Hz refresh rate and 16MP selfie camera. The handsets are driven by a 5,000mAh battery. While the Realme 7i rocks Snapdragon 662 SoC, the standard Realme 7 has MediaTek Helio G95 SoC ticking at its core.
3. Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51 (review) is the only 64MP camera phone out there with a monstrous 7,000mAh battery. The smartphone is a mid-range offering from the brand with 64MP quad-camera setup at the back, Snapdragon 730G SoC ticking at its core, and a 6.7-inch FHD+ sAMOLED 60Hz display. The phone supports a respectable 25W fast charging solution and 32MP front camera for selfies and video calling.
4. Motorola One Fusion+
Motorola One Fusion+ (review), which runs near-stock Android 10 out of the box, highlights quad rear cameras, comprising 64MP primary sensor. This is supported by an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone packs a 16MP snapper in a pop-up mechanism, which means the screen is all edge-to-edge with no notch or cut-out whatsoever. The Motorola One Fusion+ sports a 6.5-inch HD+ screen.
Other specifications of the phone include Snapdragon 730G SoC, 5,000mAh battery, 18W fast charging support, and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
5. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the 64MP camera phone from the house of Xiaomi. The handset ships with an 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, which supports 33W fast charging, and runs on Android 10-based MIUI 11 out of the box.
6. Samsung Galaxy F41
This 64MP camera phone from Samsung is a rebadged version of Galaxy M31. The Samsung Galaxy F41 (review) specifications, including RAM, chipset, storage, and battery remain the same as the M-series variant. The handset ships with 64MP + 8MP + 5MP triple camera setup at the back, Exynos 9611 SoC, 6,000mAh battery, and 15W fast charging solution.
The Samsung Galaxy F41 packs a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED Infinix U display with a small cut-out atop for a 32MP selfie camera. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. The handset is available for sale exclusively on Flipkart.
7. Vivo V20 series
Vivo joins the bandwagon of 64MP camera phones with its Vivo V20 (review) and V20 Pro smartphones. The handsets sport triple rear cameras with a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. Up front, the regular Vivo V20 packs a single 44MP snapper with Eye Autofocus for selfies and video calling, whereas the Vivo V20 Pro (review) flaunts 44MP + 8MP dual front-facing cameras with 4K video recording support at 60 fps.
Other specifications of Vivo V20 and V20 Pro include a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, a 4,000mAh battery, and 33W FlashCharge fast charging support. That said, V20 Pro is 5G capable with Snapdragon 765G SoC ticking at its core. The regular Vivo V20, on the other hand, is powered by slightly downgraded Snapdragon 720G 4G chipset.
8. Realme X3 series
Realme X3 and X3 SuperZoom both highlight 64MP quad camera setup at the back with up to 60x digital zoom. They are affordable flagships from the brand with Snapdragon 855+ SoCs and liquid cooling tech under the hood. The Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom (review) also highlights 120Hz refresh rate screens, punch-hole designs, 4,200mAh battery, dual selfie cameras, and 30W fast charging solutions.
9. ASUS ROG Phone 3
The gaming-centric ASUS ROG Phone 3 (review) ticks all the specifications, including 64MP camera. The handset highlights triple camera setup at the back, with 64MP primary sensor, 13MP wide-angle sensor, and 5MP macro sensor. The phone is also among the few options out there to come with 144Hz screen refresh rate and 5G-capable Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC.
The ASUS ROG Phone 3 has ample RAM and storage too, and it can last for days with its built-in 6,000mAh battery that supports 30W hyper charging support. The handset’s other features include dual front-facing speakers with GameFX and Dirac HD Sound, as many as four microphones with noise reduction technology, and HyperFusion technology to manage Wi-Fi and mobile connections, as well.
10. Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ (review) 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 a 4,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging support, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ rocks a slightly bigger 4,500mAh battery.