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Best smartphones with dual rear cameras | April 2017

24 April 2017 6

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. So, we decided to compile a list of best smartphones with dual rear cameras that you can go and buy right now.


The first smartphone in the list is the LG G5. It is the current-generation flagship device from the South Korean giant. The phone has a 16MP and 8MP cameras at the back which act as primary and secondary camera respectively. The 16MP sensor comes with f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and optical image stabilization (OIS). As for the 8MP sensor, it has a f/2.4 aperture with 135-degree wide-angle lens.

As 16MP sensor is the primary camera, it is your go-to camera for clicking pictures but you can always use the 8MP sensor whenever you would like to capture a wide-angle shot like a landscape. The good thing is that you can switch between the two sensors on-the-go with just one tap. The camera has a Pro mode as well as support for RAW format photos which means you have all the freedom to play around with the photos to give them the perfect professional photography touch.

The remaining specs of the LG G5 include a 5.3-inch Quad HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, and 4GB RAM. The phone has an 8MP front shooter and offers 32GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB. The whole package is powered by a 2800mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and runs on Android Marshmallow. There is also a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port. Another interesting thing about the phone is that it has a modular design and comes with various modules and accessories known as LG Friends.

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus

Huawei is a Chinese smartphone maker which got popular around the globe, especially in the western markets, after the release of the Nexus 6P last year. The company has a number of good smartphones under its portfolio to show off and it decided to go for dual rear camera route with the launch of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. It partnered with well-known camera brand Leica which did result in some controversy for which both the companies issued official statements later.

But talking about the camera setup, the Huawei P9 comes with 12MP dual rear cameras with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED flash. One of the sensors is aimed at capturing RGB (color) shots and another one is dedicated to capturing monochromatic (black and white) photos. Both the photos are then merged by the software which, theoretically, results in a better image with more details. Another good thing is that Huawei has managed to put the two sensors without creating any bulge around them.

Other than the dual cameras, you will get a 5.2-inch Full HD display with the Huawei P9 which increases to 5.5-inch for the P9 Plus. The remaining specs are somewhat similar and include Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. The front camera has an 8MP sensor with a f/2.4 aperture in the P9 and f/1.9 aperture in the P9 Plus. Both the phones are powered by a 3000mAh and 3400mAh battery respectively along with a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port.

Honor 8 Pro

Here comes another 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, you get a dual camera system 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.

LG V20

LG has one more smartphone under its portfolio which feature dual rear cameras. The first device, LG came with the same approach was the modular smartphone and then the company announced LG V20. It packs 16MP rear camera with f1.8 aperture accompanied by the second camera 8MP with f2.4 aperture. The first lens is the normal 78-degrees while the second one is the 135-degree wide-angle lens, hence aims at helping you capture landscape photos without missing out anything in the frame. LG V20 also features phase detection and laser along with contrast autofocus tech.

The smartphone is a complete package of performance and all the necessities. For instance, with the best-in-quality dual-rear cameras, it also has the killer audio recording capabilities.

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.

Micromax Dual 5

Here’s something for Indian customers, this is the smartphone from Micromax featuring two cameras at the rear. The Dual 5 by Micromax has two 13MP cameras at the back. The processing of the photos is done after the capture. The phone’s software processes the captured image outputs into a single image, though the processing time is quite long.

It’s being believed that Microsoft could improve this processing time via some software updates. The two sensors are used to capture focus and depth-of-field information. Both cameras have f/1.8 apertures, and support phase detection autofocus (PDAF). Micromax Dual 5 is a perfect smartphone with dual rear cameras for under 25K if you live in India.

The close-up shots taken by Micromax Dual 5 are great and bright; color reproduction is commendable. Low-light shots vary in different situations; a few shots were impressive, sometimes you’ll find a lot of noise in low-light samples, but it should be noted that not all smartphones are capable of performing ​excellently in low-light situations.

Honor 8

Here comes another smartphone with dual rear 12MP cameras from Huawei. Honor 8 includes color and monochrome sensors. The camera quality of the smartphone is great, in fact, it is one of the highlight features of the smartphone which Honor is pushing. It is not as great as Huawei P9 that has a lens designed by Huawei in partnership with Leica. But, it does have the same Sony-made IMX 286 sensors.

The rear sensors have an aperture of f/2.2. The sensors produce good background blue and you can even enhance it with ‘Wide aperture’ mode. One can adjust the amount of background blur using a slider near the focusing reticule. The cameras do the decent job as long as your subjects are in one plane. The autofocus is very fast.

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei has many smartphones with dual rear cameras and the Mate 9 is the latest entrant in this category. Launched earlier in November 2016, the device came with high-end specifications along with its one limited edition variant. Again, the highlighted feature of the device is dual rear cameras and due to the same profile, it's often compared with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Huawei Mate 9 captures great pictures and one of the samples we have seen already.

Huawei Mate 9 has a 12MP standard RGB sensor and is accompanied by a 20MP monochrome sensor. The latter sensor helps to improve the contrast and low-light shooting. The Mate 9 offers up a 2x “optical” zoom feature which is very similar to the 2x zoom offered in the iPhone 7 Plus.

Like the Huawei P9, the Huawei Mate 9 also includes the Leica-branded camera at the back. Huawei Mate 9 through its dual camera setup offers decent depth and accurate colors. Sometimes, the Huawei Mate 9 lacks the quality in low-light situations, but the monochrome sensor tends to produce good images in bright light.

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Honor 6X

If there's any brand that produces the maximum of smartphones with dual rear cameras profile then it's Huawei or it could be even its sub-brand Honor. After getting a great success with Honor 8, the company recently announced the Honor 6X smartphone, which is an affordable device over others in the same category.

Honor 6X comes with a 12MP camera and a 2MP camera at the back, producing in-depth shots and quality pictures. Had you been looking for a low-cost or affordable smartphone with dual cameras at the back, then Honor 6X is the device to go for. The device often compared with its counterparts due to the price range. The device offers great picture quality when compared with the newly launched Redmi Note 4. So, you hardly need to think twice if you want an affordable smartphone with great camera picture quality.

Honor 6X works more like the Huawei Mate 9 than the iPhone 7 Plus. But instead of offering the zooming functionality, the second 2MP sensor tries to add depth to the pictures. Colors produced in the pictures are reasonably accurate, thanks to the 12MP sensor. Bokeh effect can be produced by altering the aperture of the lens. You can learn more about the device by going through its preview. And, had you wanted to compare it with Honor's other dual rear camera phone Honor 8, then we have you covered here too. Look at the difference between Honor 8 and Honor 6X.

Lenovo Phab2 Plus

Yes, even Lenovo has worked in this category and launched their Phab2 Plus smartphone with two cameras at the back. The Lenovo Phab2 Plus has two 13MP camera sensors, laser auto-focus (AF), and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The second camera is supposed to add some depth to the pictures, but the device misses it sometimes and even fails many times.

The picture quality is good, but expectations are high, considering it has dual rear cameras and their combination ought to produce some great shots. You can read the Phab2 Plus vs the Huawei Mate 9, considering they fall into the same category.

Phab2 Plus doesn't produce the true Bokeh effect. it rather artificially blurs the background. The camera responds fast but it should produce great results in low-light situations. Compared to the distant photography, the Lenovo Phab2 Plus offers great results in close-up and that's how macro shots are also great.

Coolpad Cool 1

Another smartphone in the affordable segment with dual rear cameras is the Coolpad Cool 1. Just as the Lenovo's offering, the Coolpad Cool 1 also has two 13MP cameras at the back, with one has a color sensor while the other is used for monochrome data. The device struggles in the low-light situation also the subject lacks sharpness too when in focus. The Phase Detection Autofocus offers sometimes a hit or a miss. There are some visible noises in the pictures taken in the daylight.

Coolpad Cool 1 overall performance in terms of the camera is good, but it's not great. Considering the price point, Coolpad Cool 1 offers reasonably good results, but you shouldn't expect it to work like Huawei P9.

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.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Huawei, this year chose the MWC event and launched the P10 and P10 Plus flagship smartphones. Huawei had launched its predecessors and a few previous models somewhere in April but, this time, Huawei came a little earlier and took the wraps of its latest smartphones which hold the Leica-branded dual rear cameras. The camera setup uses the same combination of the sensor - one is monochrome and the other adds colors to the images.

Huawei P10 mobile snapper offers a 20MP monochrome lens and a 12MP color lens, complete with Optical Image Stabilisation (on the color lens at least), PDAF and a two-tone LED flash.

Huawei P10 Plus also has a dual-camera setup, combining 12MP and 20MP shooters, the former using an optically stabilized color sensor, and the latter being a monochrome sensor for added detail.

We are yet to see real-life camera samples clicked by Huawei P10, but we did attempt a hands-on review with the two devices - Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, so in case you want to have a look, you can see the new premium gadget from Huawei.

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LG also took the wraps of their latest flagship G6 at the MWC event held in Barcelona. The LG G6 holds two cameras at the rear, the standard has an optical image stabilization to tackle the blurred images, while the other is the wide-angle lens offers a 125-degree angle.

LG claims that have found an algorithm that lets you zoom between the two cameras smoothly without a software lag. These cameras can record up to 60fps at full HD quality, and in ultra HD at 30fps.

LG this time, ditched the modular concept as found in the G5 and rather worked on the essentials and there's no doubt in saying that LG is giving tough competition to not only the newly launched Huawei P10 and P10 Plus but also some of the best-selling Android phones including the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro

ZTE too has a smartphone with dual-rear cameras. Coming from its Blade series, Blade V8 Pro has two 13MP rear cameras at the back, one of which is a monochrome camera that can shoot in black and white. Talking about the second camera lens, it's used for taking Bokeh effects. It blurs the background and highlights the subjects.

The responsibility of the second camera of the Blade V8 Pro is different to the other ones. For instance, the second camera of the V20 is used for wide-angle shots, while the same in the Phab2 Pro measures the depth and distances for the Augmented Reality.

ZTE has able to provide the strong camera performance at such a low price with the help of the two cameras of the Blade V8 Pro.

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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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