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Best smartphones with dual rear cameras | September 2018

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There was a time when people had to hire photographers or buy expensive professional cameras if they wanted to click photos and capture the moments they wanted to preserve. This changed with the rise of smartphones and their powerful cameras as now, anyone can be a photographer and start clicking photos instantly. It is true that smartphones are way behind if they really want to surpass the capabilities of a professional camera but modern smartphones can get the job done for you. But with time, OEMs have practically reached the limits of offering a powerful sensor while keeping the smartphones slim enough.

It is the reason that OEMs have started to look for ways to offer improved and better cameras without making phones thick and for the moment, their best solution is to offer dual rear camera setup. It means there will be two different camera sensors at the back to help you click that perfect shot. While this approach was first attempted by the HTC One M8 in 2014 , it is appearing to get mainstream in the current scenario. The market has now welcomed smartphones that have dual front cameras, as well, so you can take a look at them too.

We have compiled a list of best smartphones with dual rear cameras that you can go and buy right now.

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 is the latest to embrace the two cameras on the rear. It has a 16MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX519 sensor, OIS, EIS and a secondary 20MP camera with Sony IMX376K sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 480 fps slo-mo at 720p, 240 fps at 1080p, 4k at 60 fps.

OnePlus has increased the size of the sensor on the main 16MP camera by 19% compared to OnePlus 5T, and it now has a 1.22um pixel size (up from 1.12um). The larger pixel size pulls in more light and thus perform better in low-light conditions.

The combination of OIS and EIS on the rear 16MP camera helps in reducing the shakiness. The cameras have now been shifted to the middle and they are placed vertically.

Overall, the OnePlus 6 is a great smartphone to buy. The device includes that display notch but you do have an option to hide it. The device offers great performance with the help of Snapdragon 845 processor and its nearly-stock Android experience makes everything smooth.

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro packs not only 2 but has triple rear cameras. It packs 40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture). The third lens zoom into a scene without using digital zoom. The 3x zoom camera can take some great pics and renders more detail.

The standard 40MP RGB camera and 20MP monochrome camera work together just like the dual-camera pairing on the Huawei P10 to deliver images of greater dynamic range with lower noise. The device has even achieved the second-highest mobile camera rating on DxOMark scale.

The phone is powered by Huawei’s own octa-core 2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage.

HTC U12+

The HTC U12+ has 12MP main camera with f1.75 aperture and a 16MP secondary camera with f2.6 aperture. The main camera has Ultraspeed Autofocus 2 (Phase detection + Laser autofocus). It supports optical zoom1.85x to 2x and digital zoom up to 10x. It has OIS support and has Bokeh mode, AR sticker. It can record 4K video at 60fps; supports Sonic Zoom, Audio Boost, and 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones.

The phone has a 6-inch Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440) Super LCD 6 display and it doesn't have that display notch. It comes with a new pressure-sensitive button and a new touch feedback experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched at the company's Unpacked event. The smartphone has a 12MP dual-camera setup with f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture and support for 2x optical zoom. The camera is exactly the same as that seen on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The camera of the Galaxy Note 9 adjusts to the light in the environment, thanks to its variable aperture.

The 12MP dual rear camera system comes with a wide-angle lens with switchable apertures and a telephoto lens for zooming in closer on the subject or creating portrait blur effects.

Honor 9/ Honor 9 Lite

Honor 9 essentially has the camera tech as you see on Huawei P10. There's a 12MP main sensor and monochromatic 20MP secondary sensor (both f/2.2). Huawei has so many smartphones under its portfolio that possess dual cameras. Also, its sub-brand also includes so many of the same category and Honor 9 is just the latest one to add.

The 20MP black and white sensor is used to capture more detail in your images. Honor has also stuffed some of the great camera features into the Honor 9.

The device's camera can supposedly capture photos that look brighter than previous-gen Honor phones in the same category.

Honor 9 Lite is yet another Android smartphone with dual rear cameras from the company for mid-range lovers. However, the device also offers dual cameras on the front side as well. The 13MP+2MP combo is available on the rear as well as on the front side. The rear cameras are accompanied by LED and PDAF for autofocus.

The focus is fast and the bokeh effect is also decent for a budget smartphone. The selfie lovers get a bokeh effect on the front cameras as well and this makes this device the​ best budget handset. ​

Honor 8 Pro

Here comes Honor smartphone with dual rear cameras. The Honor 8 Pro is similar to Huawei P10 but with stronger specs and better pricing. The setup of dual rear cameras is similar that comprises of one RGB sensor and another Monochrome sensor, though the Leica branding is missing only. The RGB takes care of the color information while the Monochrome sensor manages to extract the details from the shadows as well as highlights.

Honor 8 Pro has two 12MP cameras with f/2.2 aperture, laser autofocus, LED flash, and 4K video recording There seems no difference between the Honor 8 and the 8 Pro. There isn’t any difference in the image processing too, though there’s an improvement in the shutter lag. It seems like the better processor and RAM combination is giving an edge over the Honor 8. HDR mode is better and focusing is also pretty much quick.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

So, our list is not about only the Android smartphones possessing dual rear cameras. The list does also include the latest iPhone that has fed the success to the bag of Apple. iPhone 7 Plus is grabbing attention due to the two cameras placed at the back. It features dual 12MP camera sensors with one being the 28-mm wide angle lens and the second one being the 56-mm telephoto lens. These two cameras feature f/1.8 and f/2.8 aperture respectively. The sensors are accompanied by optical image stabilization, new image signal processor (ISP), and Quad-LED True Tone flash.

Apple’s first iPhone with dual rear cameras uses two lenses together that allow the phone to offer up to 2x optical zoom with no image qualify loss. Both the rear cameras of iPhone 7 Plus are active at the same time, hence making an easy task for us to switch to the higher optical zoom instantly. Just double tap on the camera app interface and there will be a haptic feedback which will alert you that 2x optical zoom has been enabled. Interestingly, iPhone 7 Plus will allow you to shoot a Bokeh effect via an update. This effect focuses on the object and blurs out everything else in the background. The dual camera setup of iPhone 7 is helping Apple in grabbing the maximum chunk of the market share.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first device from Samsung coming with double cameras at the rear. The device features two 12MP sensors on the back, while the primary sensor is the wide-angle 12MP module with f/1.7 aperture, the secondary camera is the 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras setup comes with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Bright colors really pop up on the device, though it's not as good if we consider the low-light capturing.

The camera interface offers many great modes that offer their own individual characteristics. For instance, there's Food Mode, Pro Mode. If you like to cook and like to flaunt your dishes on social media then this mode comes in handy and lets you focus on the dish precisely. The Pro mode lets you edit your shots with the best effect you may want to include.

Yes, slow-motion is also there so that you could live your captures while viewing them.

Nokia 6.1 Plus

The Nokia 6.1 Plus features 16MP and 5MP camera sensors on the back with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) along with HDR and a bokeh mode. Also, the AI integration helps the camera in recognizing the objects and deliver better results. It's powered by Snapdragon 636 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It comes with 3060mAH battery and has a 5.8-inch full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.

Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of the best dual rear camera phones from HMD Global.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has its own existence, well the plus versions of Galaxy S series were always having that but this time, there's something that uniquely defines it or makes it a different offering from the standard Galaxy S9 variant. This time, the plus variant doesn't only differ in terms of display size and battery capacity. The Plus version now owns two cameras on the rear side and this makes the Galaxy S9 Plus a much different device.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has 12MP main shooter accompanied by a 12MP telephoto lens for optically zoomed-in photos without distortion. The video recording has considerably improved as well. The device does the slow-motion video at 1080p at 240fps and is also able to capture slow-motion 720p video at 960fps. It comes with a Live focus mode with bokeh blur. The camera offers the live translation of signs and texts when you point the camera at them.

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

Another smartphone in the segment is Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom and it's often regarded as the camera phone or photography phone, though the device is yet to be available. It has two 12MP cameras at the back to offer you that perfect background Bokeh effect. Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the dual rear cameras on the Zenfone 3 Zoom are mounted horizontally and both of these sensors are made by Sony. While one offers a f/1.7 aperture, the other has a 2.3x optical zoom, and interestingly, both have Asus’ SuperPixel technology.

According to Asus claims, the Zenfone 3 Zoom offers two-and-a-half times better light sensitivity than the iPhone 7 Plus. For now, there are lesser details on the dual cameras of the Zenfone 3 Zoom but Asus' claims sound quite bold and we believe that the device would definitely offer great quality, if not the exact ones but at least near to Asus' verdict.

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ offers a refined design, a wider screen, and great features over its predecessor G6. There are two 16MP cameras on the back placed vertically and the secondary is again that wide angle lens that helps in capturing the wider shots. The camera fitted on the G7 ThinQ is said to be the AI Cam which offers ​19 shooting modes that have been kept to enhance the captures from the dual rear camera setup.

The AI algorithms are touted to adjust the camera settings automatically when capturing shots in low light. It also comes with a Portrait mode that blurs the background to enhance the foreground subjects. It generates this Bokeh effect either using the standard or the Super Wide Angle lens of the rear camera setup that comes with a f/1.9 aperture and 107-degree of view. Also, Using the smartphone’s face recognition technology, one can generate 2D and 3D overlays. The Live Photo mode on the device helps in recording a scene one second before and after the camera shutter is pressed. LG G7 ThinQ also has a dedicated Google Assistant button so as to invoke the assistant quickly.

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6 launched last month holds dual cameras at the back. The device may not be captivating in looks but has been built from premium materials and this makes it unique. Encased in a four-sided curved 3D glass, Xiaomi Mi 6 holds a premium profile.

The device is splash-resistant as well, so you don't need to worry of those sudden drizzling of rains or accidental splashes of water. Xioami MI 6 has dual rear camera setup - 12MP wide-angle lens + 12MP telephoto lens with optical zoom. Thanks to the new depth-of-field mode, one can blur the background and take beautiful shots.

The dual rear camera setup features a 10X digital zoom with ISP algorithm. Also, it comes with the 4-axis OIS feature that takes steady shots as it detects accelerometer, vibrations, and gyroscope. Xiaomi Mi 6 is undoubtedly the best phone with dual cameras at the back.

Moto Z2 Force

This is the latest high-end flagship phone from Motorola joining the league of mobile phones with double cameras. Launched in July, the device is available on all the major carriers in the US - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

The smartphone features a large 5.5-inch display and powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor.and coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. It has a dual 12MP rear cameras setup. It pairs a 12-megapixel color sensor with a 12-megapixel black and white sensor. The cameras lack OIS, so you can expect a bit of blurriness. The dual cameras click bright pictures in the day time but struggle a bit in low-light conditions. The overall experience is good it's not great.

Moto Z2 Force also supports the existing Moto mods and the newly launched 360 camera from Motorola.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

Huawei Mate 20 Lite went official at the IFA 2018 event. The device includes dual rear and front cameras as well. It includes 20MP and 2MP rear cameras set up and on the front, it has 24MP+2MP cameras. The 2MP camera lens on both the sides is depth sensor and both camera setups are backed by AI.

The selfie camera and its depth sensor are also responsible for face unlock. The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is powered by Kirin 710 SoC and has 4GB RAM with 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) TFT LCD panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Some of the AI-supported features on the Mate 20 Lite include AI Shopping Assistant, AI noise cancellation, AI smart gallery, and more. It has 3750mAH battery with support for quick charging.

Nokia 8

HMD Global came up with its first smartphone Nokia 8 having two cameras at the back. The device packs high-end specifications, like Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB RAM. It has two Zeiss optics 13MP cameras on the back. The primary sensor is a color sensor with OIS whereas the secondary lens is the monochrome lens. On the front side, it has a 13MP wide-angle selfie camera. Nokia 8 comes with a very great feature, called Bothie, which can bring a new trend in the tech market. Bothie means, you can take the video using both the cameras at the same time and have both the sides included.

Nokia 8 is also IP58 certified and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. It features a 5.3-inches LCD display with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels protected by Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

This smartphone doesn't need any introduction in terms of the camera quality. Just like the iPhone 7 Plus, the latest iPhone also rocks a dual 12-megapixel setup, with the normal lens at an aperture of f/1.8, and the other telephoto lens at f/2.8. Only the normal lens include the OIS, which means you can expect good non-blurry shots.

However, iPhone 8 Plus gets an upgrade here with a Sony sensor, which is more efficient. iPhone 8 Plus results show better white balance than the shots taken with the iPhone 7 Plus. The dual camera setup of the iPhone 8 Plus also performs better in the low-light situation compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. But this doesn't mean, iPhone 7 Plus has completely lost to its new member. It's still among the best phones with dual rear camera setup.

Apple iPhone X

Just as the iPhone 8, this is also the latest iPhone from the company, just a little info if you have been under the rock for some time now. In fact, Apple iPhone X is the most important part of the company's innovations; it's close to their hearts as it also marks a big milestone for the company.

Here, in the iPhone X, the dual rear camera setup gets the vertical orientation. The dual cameras setup is similar to what the iPhone 8 Plus has. However, there's a tiny difference. Both feature a 12MP wide-angle lens with a f/1.8 aperture, but the 12MP telephoto lens has a wider f/2.4 aperture over the 8 Plus’ f/2.8 aperture. This should help in low light situations with 2x optical zoom.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

So, this year, Huawei has also come with an iteration of the Mate 9 and launched the Mate 10 Pro smartphone with dual rear cameras. Once again, the two cameras are Leica certified but the placement of these cameras is now switched to vertically. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has 12MP+20MP dual cameras on the back, while one is the RGB lens, the other is a monochrome one. And, both of them have a f/1.6 aperture. Only the RGB lens come with the OIS to stabilize your pictures.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

Xiaomi has launched yet another Android phone with two cameras on the back. On DxOMark, the Mi Mix 2s gets an overall score of 97, which is purely accentuated by the photo score, which is 101. It includes dual 12MP sensors, primary of which has the Sony IMX363 sensor. The setup comes with dual pixel tech to provide great portrait shots. The new multi-frame noise reduction feature takes care of the quality of the camera in the low-light conditions. As the name implies, the multi-frame system will capture a number of shots and combine them into one to bring an amazing shot.

The Mi Mix 2s camera is associated with several AI features that further enhance its productivity. For instance, it can do real-time translation and currency conversion. Apart from the strong and promising camera, the device comes with strong hardware configuration for a great overall experience.

Honor 10

Honor 10 is another mid-range smartphone in the tech market coming with double rear cameras. It has a 16MP (RGB) primary camera with LED flash, secondary 24MP (Monochrome) rear camera, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF. It's powered by Kirin 970 processor and has a massive 6GB RAM. So, with impressive camera setup, the device does have a powerful profile.

The cameras of Honor 10 are infused with the goodness of AI that helps in getting good shots even if you're not a very experienced photographer. The Honor 10 optimizes the image settings after recognizing the object or scene being shot. At the moment, the smartphone can detect 22 different types of objects and over 500 types of scenes.

Also, the camera app offers a 3D Portrait lighting mode similar to the one found on the iPhone X.

Moto Z3 Play

Moto Z3 Play is the latest Android phone coming with 2:1 AMOLED display and has two cameras on the back for under $500. The mid-range device has glass and aluminum sandwich design. The fingerprint scanner is located on the right edge of the phone. It has a 12MP primary camera accompanied by the secondary depth sensor of 5MP. The best part of this mid-range device is that both the rear and the front cameras can take the Portrait mode shots. The device has a thin profile and one of the highlights that the company touts is the long battery life.

These were the best smartphones with dual rear cameras that you can buy at the moment. You found every type of phone in this category, from an affordable phone with dual rear cameras to the expensive one. So, you aren't going to find any difficulty in getting the best one according to your budget. If you have any questions or anything to say or add to this story, feel free to get in touch with us using the comments section below. We would like to hear from you.



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