Smartphones are increasingly giving DSLRs a run for their money when it comes to ease of photography. A lot of this comes down to the dual-camera setup we are seeing on smartphones these days. Two camera lenses work together to click DSLR-like photos with bokeh effect (where the subject is in focus, but the background is blurred).
What started out as a feature restricted to premium flagship-level smartphones, has lately percolated to devices that are not heavy on one’s pockets. This year we have seen smartphones like the Coolpad Cool 1 and the Honor 6X boasting a dual-rear camera setup, and yet they are priced in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. If you are on the lookout for a smartphone and photography is one of your requirements, here’s a list of dual-camera devices that are priced under Rs 30,000. DON’T MISS: Vivo V5 to Gionee A1: Top 5 selfie-centric smartphones in India, priced under Rs 20,000
The Honor 6X, with prices starting at Rs 12,999, is currently among the most affordable smartphones in India boasting a dual-camera setup. The setup on this smartphone includes a 12-megapixel sensor to capture photos, and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor to capture depth information. Both work together to let you click photos with bokeh effect, and you can even add or remove blur effects after clicking a photo.
Coolpad Cool 1
With a recent price drop, the Cool 1 joins the Honor 6X as the most affordable smartphone to boast a dual-camera setup. The functionality, however, differs a bit. The Coolpad Cool 1 includes a pair of 13-megapixel rear snappers — one clicks photos in RGB, while the other in monochrome. The information collected by both snappers is then merged that results in a photo with plenty of details. The setup also lets you add bokeh effects to your photos. RELATED: Honor 6X vs Coolpad Cool 1: Camera comparison
LG X Cam
Launched last year with a price tag close to Rs 20,000, the LG X Cam is currently available for less than Rs 15,000. The smartphone’s dual-camera setup includes a 13-megapixel sensor to capture regular 78-degrees photos, and a 5-megapixel sensor that in combination with the primary sensor can capture 120-degrees wide-angle photos. The setup is similar to what we had seen last year on the LG G5. LG has also added effects like fisheye, black and white, lens blur and vignette.
Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus
Towards the end of last year, Lenovo launched the PHAB 2 Plus, priced at Rs 14,999. The smartphone’s dual-camera setup includes two 13-megapixel snappers with f/2.0 aperture, Fujitsu Milbeaut ISPs, laser auto-focus, PDAF support, and dual-LED flash. You can use the smartphone to click photos with bokeh effect, and there’s also a slider that let’s you control the amount of blur you want in the photo. RELATED: Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus hands-on and first impressions: The big is in, again
Reliance Digital LYF Earth 1
Reliance Digital’s LYF Earth 1 was launched towards the beginning of last year. Now the smartphone is available online for less than Rs 20,000. The smartphone’s dual-camera setup includes a 13-megapixel snapper and a 2-megapixel snapper. As seen on other devices, the 13-megapixel snapper clicks photos, while the 2-megapixel snapper captures the depth information. Other camera features include PureCel Technology, LED flash, and features like HDR, ChromaFLash, Re-Focus, Fast Focus, Foregrounder, and Optizoom. RELATED: Reliance Digital LYF Earth 1 Hands-on and first impressions
The Honor 8 was launched with a price tag of Rs 29,999, but it is now available online for less than Rs 25,000. For photography, the smartphone comes with a pair of 12-megapixel sensors, where one captures photos in RGB and other in monochrome. The rear camera setup with f/2.2 aperture further includes laser auto-focus, LED flash, and is capable of 4K video recording. ALSO READ: Honor 8 Review
Micromax Dual 5
The newest smartphone in this list is the Micromax Dual 5. Dual is the company’s new series, and the USP of the smartphones will be the dual-camera setup. Priced at Rs 24,999, the smartphone comes with three 13-megapixel snappers on board. The dual-camera setup at the back includes one sensor that captures photos in RGB, and one sensor that captures photos in monochrome. Together the two sensors are able to capture enough information that results in sharp looking photos. RELATED: Micromax Dual 5 Review: Premium smartphone with tricks up its sleeve