8 Best Dual Camera Smartphone for Photography

8 Best Dual Camera Smartphone for Photography

8 Best Dual Camera Smartphone for Photography – Dual Camera Smartphones are the new Swag in the market and there are some of the really good Dual camera mobiles available in India/ globally right now. If you are a photography enthusiast there are plenty of options available in different budgets.

We have listed some of the affordable,  mid range and High end Dual Camera smartphones, excellent for photography. While there are many single rear camera smartphones which are excellent for photography.

Best Dual Camera Smartphone

The best camera smartphones you can buy right now are Google Pixel, LG V20 and the Samsung S7 Edge. While there are some really good Dual camera mobiles like the iPhone 7 Plus, Huawei P9 and the Huawei Honor 8 which are excellent choices. LG has also recently unveiled the new Dual Camera smartphone – LG G6 at the MWC 2017.  Recently, Huawei has also refreshed the P series with the new Huawei P10.

Dual Camera on Smartphones Explained – How they  Work

Dual Camera smartphones are the future of mobile photography and are considered to be the next big thing which can make the photography experience superior on the mobile phones.

There are 3 Different type of Dual Camera Setups on Smartphones:

Example 1 –  LG G5 – In this Dual Camera setup there is 1 wide angle lens with lower resolution, for example 8 MP camera lens on the LG G5, and a higher resolution 16 Mega pixel camera to capture more details. Both the lens work independently and only 1 lens capture the image at a time. You can switch to the 8 Mega pixel camera which comes with 135 degree wide angle to click broader shots for capturing landscape and natural scenes.

Most other camera smartphones come with a 75 degree lens, 135 degree is even more than what human eye can see. Close Up shots are better with the more detailed 16 Mega Pixel camera which comes with standard 75 degree field of view. LG G5 Camera switches between the lenses when you zoom in or Zoom out based on the scene you are shooting and you can change the lens with a tap in the camera App.

Example 2 – Huawei P9 – The Huawei P9 uses both the camera lens simultaneously to capture the image. It is actually a double rear camera shot while G5 has two lenses which can’t be used together. In Huawei P9 there is a monochrome lens which captures the details in black and white (it is able to capture more details) the second lens captures the color details and both the images are merged and processed by the Image signal processor.

Both the lens working together can capture more light upto 3X which helps in getting more details and also helps with a DSLR like focus effect. Add laser auto-focus to the system and you can capture details faster, but notable thing is image processing takes a bit of more time than a single shot captured by other smartphones like an S7 Edge.

Example 3 – iPhone 7 Plus – The Dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is great and uses a similar technique like the Huawei P9 but there are subtle differences in the implementation. The iPhone 7 Plus camera come with two 12 Mega pixel lens. But unlike Huawei P9 which have same focal length for both the lenses Apple has used one 23 mm lens and the other 56 mm lens. The 23 mm lens captures a wider image while the 56 mm camera captures a more zoomed in image for better portraits.

The software identifies the subject (a human being) and the surroundings. The software optimization creates a more beautiful bokeh effect while stitching both the images.

Bokeh Effect – Shoot On an iPhone 7 Plus

Shot on iPhone 7 Plus Dual Camera

In this Dual Camera phones list we have most phones with Dual rear camera while the Vivo V5 Plus comes with Dual Front Camera.

Here is the list of Top 8 Best Dual Camera Smartphones to Buy in 2017, starting with Coolpad Cool 1 –

CoolPad Cool 1 Dual (13 MP Dual Rear Camera)

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual is one of the cheapest Dual Camera smartphones which are available in the market. The smartphone is priced at Rs 13,999 and was launched in January 2017.

Cool 1 Dual Camera Smartphone

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual comes with Dual 13 Mega Pixel cameras with LED Flash and Auto-focus support.  The camera has a f/2.0 aperture lens made by Sony.

One camera is a monochromatic lens which captures the black and white image and the other lens captures colors. Both the images are merged by the image signal processor.

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual comes with one of the most powerful processors – Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and also has 4 GB of Ram.

The smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the EUI 5.8

Major specs for Coolpad Cool 1 Dual (4GB ram, 32GB storage)

  • Screen- 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with Full HD Resolution
  • Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Processor clocked at 1.8 GHz.
  • RAM- 4 GB
  • Storage- 32 GB internal, upto 128 GB external
  • Rear Camera- Dual 13 MP f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera- 8MP f/2.4 aperture
  • OS- Android Marshmallow v6.0 with EUI 5.8 skin on top
  • Battery- 4000 mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor- YES
  • USB TYPE C- YES
  • Connectivity- 3G/4G/LTE and Volte support
  • Price- ₹13,999

Huawei Honor 8 (12 MP Dual Rear Camera)

Honor 8’s glass body is a complete departure from the metallic build found in Honor 7. It retains the 5.2 inch FHD IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved glass on top.

Dual Camera Kirin 950 Powered Huawei Honor 8 Launched in India

It features dual 12MP cameras at the back. Unlike Huawei P9, the Honor 8 doesn’t sport a dedicated B&W (Monochrome) sensor. Although, there’s a B&W mode in the camera app to get the similar effect. An 8MP front camera for crisp selfie shots.

It runs on their own in-house Kirin 950 processor with 4GB of ram and is available on Flipkart and Amazon for ₹29,999. Competing with the OnePlus 3T.  

Major specs for Honor 8 (4GB ram, 32GB storage)

  • Screen- 5.2 inch IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Processor- HiSilicon Kirin 950
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 32GB internal, upto 128GB external
  • Rear Camera- Dual 12MP f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera- 8MP f/2.4 aperture
  • OS- Android Marshmallow v6.0 with EMUI 4.1 skin on top
  • Battery- 3000mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor- YES
  • Fast Charging- YES
  • USB TYPE C- YES
  • Connectivity- 3G/4G/LTE support
  • Price- ₹29,999

 Huawei P9 (Dual 12 Mega Pixel Rear Cam)

Huawei P9 is their first smartphone with dual camera setup. There’s Dual 12MP rear camera, one with RGB sensor and the other with Monochrome sensor.

It houses Kirin 955 SOC with only 3GB of ram. There’s also a gesture based fingerprint sensor placed at the back of the phone.

The P9 looks and feels premium because of its metal body and a compact design. As it flaunts a 5.2 inch FHD IPS display.

There’s a 3000mAh battery pack powering the smartphone. It doesn’t come with any fast charging capabilities.

It is available exclusively on Flipkart for ₹39,999. Competing directly with Moto Z.

Major Specs of Huawei P9 (3GB ram, 32GB storage)

  • Screen- 5.2 inch FHD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Processor- HiSilicon Kirin 955
  • RAM- 3GB
  • Storage- 32GB internal, upto 128GB external
  • Rear Camera- Dual 12MP f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera- 8MP f/2.4 aperture
  • OS- Android Marshmallow 6.0 with EMUI 4.1 skin on top
  • Battery- 3000mAh
  • Fingerprint sensor- YES
  • Fast Charging- NO
  • USB Type C port- YES
  • Connectivity- 4G/LTE support
  • Price- ₹39,999

Huawie Honor 6X (12 MP + 2 MP Rear Camera)

Best Dual camera smartphones under Rs 15,000 – Honor’s released the 5X successor, 6X with a dual 12MP and 2MP camera set-up for a price of ₹12,999 for the 3GB variant. While the 4GB variant costs a bit higher at ₹15,999.

Huawei Honor 6X Price12999 Flipkart

It houses a metallic body with a more curvier design. There’s a 5.5 inch FHD display along with 2.5D curved glass on top.

It runs on their in-house Kirin 650 processor along with Mali-T830MP2 GPU. The processor is based on 16nm structure, the presence of 3340mAh battery gives the 6X a stellar battery life.

Key Specs for Honor 6X( Dual camera setup, 3340mAh battery)

  • Screen- 5.5 inch FHD IPS display
  • Processor- HiSilicon Kirin 960
  • RAM- 3G/4 GB
  • Storage- 32 GB/64 GB internal, upto 128 GB external
  • Rear Camera- 12 MP and 2 MP with LED flash
  • Front Camera- 8 MP
  • OS- Android Marshmallow v6.0 with EMUI 4.1 skin on top
  • Battery- 3340 mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor- YES
  • Fast charging- NO
  • USB type-C port- NO
  • Connectivity- 4G/LTE support
  • Price- ₹12,999 and ₹15,999

iPhone 7 Plus (Dual 12 MP Rear Camera)

Looks wise there’s not a drastic change when compared the iPhone 6 & iPhone 7. Where as Hardware decisions is where it seems a huge upgrade.

iPhone 7 Plus Dual Rear Camera

Its now features Dual 12MP rear camera. Where one lens is a wide angle lens and the other is a telephoto lens. The latter allows user to optical 2X zoom or even further utpo 10X zoom digitally.

There’s IP67 rating and stereo speakers for the first time in the history of iPhone.

The physical home button has been replaced to a static home button found on Android phones such as OnePlus 3, HTC 10. They’ve also removed the 3.5mm audiojack as well.

It’s available for a whopping price of ₹92,000 for the highest 256GB variant.

Major Specs on iPhone 7 Plus (Dual 12MP camera, 256GB storage)

  • Screen- 5.5 inch FHD IPS display
  • Processor- Apple A10 Fusion SOC
  • RAM- 3GB
  • Storage- 32GB/128GB/256GB
  • Rear Camera- Dual 12MP with f/1.8 aperture
  • Front Camera- 7MP with f/2.2 aperture
  • OS- iOS 10
  • Battery- 2900mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor- YES
  • Fast charging- NO
  • Connectivity- 4G/LTE support
  • Price- ₹72,000/ ₹82,000/ ₹92,000 for (32GB/128GB/256GB) respectively

Vivo V5 Plus (Dual Front Selfie Camera) 

While other smartphones are busy including dual camera set-up at the rear, Vivo has done the same upfront.

Vivo V5 Plus (Dual Front Selfie Camera)

The V5 Plus is souped version of the recently released V5. It is priced at ₹27,980. Mobile features a traditional 16MP rear camera and Dual 20MP + 8MP selfie shooter.

It sports a 5.5 inch FHD IPS display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0. Vivo V5 Plus also houses a fingerprint sensor upfront integrated within the home button.

The Dual camera mobile runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SOC and 4GB of ram. It comes with only single 64GB storage capacity which unfortunately cannot be expanded.

Powering the device is a 3160mAh battery with Quick charging support.

Major Specs of V5 Plus (Dual front camera, 4GB ram)

  • Screen- 5.5 inch FHD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 64GB, non-expandable
  • Rear Camera- 16MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • Front Camera- 20MP+8MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • OS- Android Marshmallow v6.0 with FunTouch OS 3.0
  • Battery- 3160mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor- YES
  • Fast charging- YES
  • Connectivity- 4G/LTE support
  • Price- ₹27,980

LG V20 (16+8 MP Dual Rear Camera) 

LG V20 is direct successor to the V10 which was released back in 2015. It was in the news for its ruggedness and robust build quality. The V20 continues this legacy in a more premium way.

LG V 20 Dual Camera Mobile

It flaunts a complete metal body with no plastic, primer or paint like the one found in G5. It’s still MIL-STD-810G certified (military grade certified to bare multiple and intense drops from certain height), despite of having premium metal body.

LG has managed to have a removable back as well with just a push of a button placed at the right side.

It has one more trick up it’s sleeve. The V20 features 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC audio output. It’s B&O Play certified and has 24-bit audio recording capability. A media consumption experience, which is unheard of when considering smartphones.

Major Specs for LG V20 (Quad DAC)

  • Screen- 5.7 inch QHD (1440×2560) IPS LCD display
  • Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 32GB/64GB, expandable upto 256GB
  • Rear Camera- 16MP + 8MP with f/1.8 and f/2.2 aperture respectively
  • Front Camera- 5 MP with f/1.9 aperture
  • OS- Android N with LG UX v5.0 skin on top
  • Battery- 3200 mAh
  • Fingerprint & Fast Charging- YES
  • USB TYPE-C- YES
  • Connectivity- 3G/4G/LTE support
  • Price- Rs 54,999

Gionee S9 (13 MP + 5 MP Dual Camera)

Gionee has been in the market for long time. They’re now focused more and more on selfie performance and raw battery power. The S9 is also on the same path. Its made of all metal body and features dual rear cameras.

Gionee S9 Dual Camera

It has tapered edges and a Gionee logo imprinted on the fingerprint sensor at the back itself.

The S9 also packs in 24-bit audio output which would easily satisfy the normal users along with audiophiles.

There’s 13MP + 5MP camera sensors at the back allowing users to click photos with denser depth of field and bokeh effect. Powering the phone is decently sized 3000mAh battery.  

Major Specs of Gionee S9 (4GB RAM, 64GB storage)

  • Screen- 5.5 inch FHD IPS LCD display
  • Processor- MediaTek Helio P10
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 64 GB internal, up to 256GB
  • Rear Camera- 13 MP + 5 MP
  • Front Camera- 13MP
  • OS- Android Marshmallow 6.0.1with Amigo OS v3.5
  • Battery- 3000mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor- YES
  • USB type-C – NO
  • Connectivity- 3G/4G/LTE support
  • Price- Approx Rs 29,000

Huawei Honor Magic (12 MP Dual Rear Camera)

Best Dual Camera Smartphones – Huawei has always been in the limelight for their dual camera setup. Honor Magic is widening the spectrum even further. The phone flaunts a futuristic design with prominent curves all over the edges. The glass smoothly melts to meet the flat aluminium sides.

Huawei Honor Magic Dual Camera Mobile

There’s dual 12 MP with f/2.2 aperture rear cameras. Accompanying the front 5.1 inch QHD AMOLED display is the 5 MP with f/2.0 aperture selfie shooter. The dual 12 MP serves the same depth of field effect executed on Huawei’s own P9 series.

It’s powered by Kirin 950 SOC coupled with 4GB of RAM. Interestingly, it features front-mounted fingerprint sensor compared to rear mounted sensor found on many Huawei devices. It ships with Android Marshmallow & Magic Live UI skin on top. Which is totally different from the EMUI skin from other Huawei phones.

Major Specs of Honor Magic (4GB RAM)

  • Screen- 5.1 inch QHD AMOLED display
  • Processor- HiSilicon Kirin 950 SOC
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 64GB, non-expandable
  • Rear Camera- Dual 12 MP with f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera- 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • OS- Android M with Magic Live UI
  • Battery- 2900mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor- YES
  • Fast Charging- YES
  • USB type-C- YES
  • Price- Approx Rs 36,000

There are some more new Dual Camera smartphones which we plan to add to the list like the recently launched LG G6 at the MWC 2017. More smartphones from Huawei and other brands are expected to come with more advanced Dual Camera technologies and even some will come with triple camera to take advantage of AR (Augmented reality features).

Recently Lenovo has launched the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro which comes with 3 cameras at the back and 1 front Selfie camera. If you have any favorite Dual camera smartphone , do share with me in the comments below or if you want us to add any new smartphone with Dual camera , do share your feedback.

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Source – Dual Camera Explained, Dual Camera Phones 

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