Best Mid Range Dual Camera Smartphones – Battle Of The Champions
After being a flagship feature in high-end phones, the dual camera has slowly trickled down to premium mid rangers. A primary camera with an extra sensor is a great addition to harness the best of smartphone photography.
The dual camera hardware, with time, has slipped into the affordable mid-range flagships. In case you are planning for one, here are the best dual camera mid-range options available in the market, not in any particular order though.
Coolpad Cool Play 6 (Sales Start On 4th September)
The newly launched Coolpad Cool Play 6 from the Chinese tech brand made some tailored changes for the Indian unit. The device sports a dual rear camera setup, Snapdragon 653 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and huge 4000mAh battery. On the back, it has two 13MP Sony sensors. Both of the sensors come with f/2.0 aperture, but the first one features an RGB (colour) sensor, and the other features a monochrome (black and white) sensor. The camera can take some good shallow depth of field shots. It can also record videos in 4K. At Rs. 15,000/- it makes an excellent buy.
The Honor 6X has stayed in the market for a long time now, fighting some top mid-range flagships. It comes with a surprisingly good dual camera setup, which offers a 12MP + 2MP setup at the back, and does a good job to blur the background or foreground for a Bokeh effect. It is powered by Kirin 655 octa core processor coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM, has a 32GB/64GB on-board storage and packs in a 3340 mAh battery. Honor 6X starts at Rs. 11,999.
Lenovo K8 Note
The Lenovo K8 Note is the newest kid on the block. It features a dual camera setup on the back, which has a 13MP Purecel sensor with a 5MP BSI sensor. The dual rear setup can take some good shots with a shallow depth of field effect. It has a built in professional mode available for you to take control of the depth of field and lighting. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, packing in MediaTek Helio X23 deca core chipset under the hood with a big 4,000mAh battery.
Moto G5S Plus (Sales Start on 1st September)
The next G series models on board are – Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. The G5S Plus runs stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and sports a dual camera setup on the back. Under the hood it packs an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Moto G5S Plus packs in two 13 megapixel rear sensors. One is a RGB (colour) sensor, and the other one is a monochrome (black and white) sensor. You select the object to focus on and add the blur effect accordingly to the picture. You can even adjust the blur strength in post processing.
Coolpad Cool 1
The Coolpad Cool 1 sports a 13MP dual cameras with an RGB (colour) and a Monochrome (black and white) sensor. You can play around with colours as you want. The phone captures some great shots with smooth blurring and shallow depth of field effect. With the dual sensors, you can even add a tailor-made background Bokeh effect, and focus where you want to. Under the hood, it carries a Snapdragon 652 chipset coupled with 3GB/4GB of RAM and packs a big 4050mAh battery.
Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus
The big screen Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus, is a monster budget phablet, which comes with a dual camera setup. It packs in two 13 megapixel rear sensors, which includes features like refocusing, background focus swap, manual settings and has a special Augmented Reality (AR) mode. With a big 6.4 Full HD display, it is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT 8783 octa-core SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM, and packs in a 4050 mAh battery.
Honor 8 has had a bumpy ride in the country. Launched at Rs. 29,999/-, the phone is now available for Rs. 17,999/-. At this price, it has some interesting features and makes it a great buy. With that premium glass construction, it offers two 12MP sensors. One is an RGB (colour) sensor, and the other one is a monochrome (black and white) sensor. You can take some good shots. It has a great shallow depth of field with close to perfect Bokeh effect.
Mi 5X (Launching on 5th September)
Slotted for a September 5 launch, the Mi 5X will be the first dual camera phone by Xiaomi in India. Mi 5X has a dual rear camera setup, with two 12 megapixel sensors. One is a wide angle lens to capture landscape shots and the other is a telephoto lens for optical zoom and for taking great portrait shots. The wide angle lens has a 1.25 micron pixel sensor and comes with an f/2.2 aperture. The telephoto lens has a 1 micron pixel sensor with an f/2.6 aperture.