Having dual cameras at the back of the phone is no longer a fancy feature. It’s slowly becoming a standard now. However, sifting through several models for the one that can deliver good results is challenging. Every phone maker has at least one model with dual cameras. However, all of them take a different approach that yields a variety of results.
A higher megapixel count doesn’t mean better quality. It takes a combination of at least the lenses, the image sensors, Image Signal Processor, and post-processing algorithms to get a quality photo right. While dual cameras are still in the initial phase of becoming a de facto, only a few phones pack handy features and promise reliable results.
Here’s a list of dual camera smartphones that cost under Rs 20,000 for you to check out. Do note that the list has phones in a random order.
Xiaomi Mi A2
If you want a no-nonsense dual camera phone, the Xiaomi Mi A2 with 20-megapixel+12-megapixel is an excellent option. Xiaomi packs PDAF, HDR, and Dual LED flash for making the cameras usable in most situations. You can even shoot 4K videos with it. The 20-megapixel selfie snapper at the front will let you click great looking portrait shots, and it also has an LED flash as well as Auto-HDR mode to help out.
The Honor Play has 16-megapixel+2-megapixel dual cameras driven by AI. Keeping the AI part aside for a bit, you get capable dual primary cameras with excellent Electronic Image Stabilization, and PDAF. The front facing 16-megapixel camera can click great selfies and even faux portrait shots. Don’t set your hopes too high for the 4K videos as it delivers mostly acceptable ones.
The 20-megapixel+2-megapixel dual primary camera pair on the Honor 8X also promise the AI-powered shooting features. However, you may get photos with over-saturated and punchy colors. You can always turn it off and continue clicking without any AI help. The front facing 16-megapixel camera will let you click those fancy bokehs and use the Beauty mode to tweak the skin textures digitally.
Samsung Galaxy A6+
Samsung’s Galaxy A6+ features a dual primary camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel where the latter captures the depth data. The 24-megapixel selfie snapper with a dedicated LED flash also puts in an exciting mix for the loyal Samsung phone fans. The phone offers plenty of standard options with different names. However, you’ll have to play around a bit to find your sweet spot with a trial and error method.
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia 6.1 Plus tries to step out from the crowd with the dual-sight feature for super-imposing shots taken from the front and rear cameras. Needless to point out that the primary cameras consist of a 16-megapixel camera paired with a 5-megapixel monochrome camera. The images captured during the daytime offer a decent dynamic range, but the real challenge comes in low-light situations.
Vivo V9 Pro
The stylish design and competitive hardware packing Vivo V9 Pro sports a dual camera pair comprising of a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 and a 2-megapixel depth sensor camera with f/2.4 aperture. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. Like most phones, the phone captures detailed shots in ample lighting but takes a beating in the low-light performance.
Realme 2 Pro
The new Realme 2 Pro offers an imaging performance that’s quite close to the Vivo V9 Pro. A slight shutter lag might annoy you while shooting fast moving objects. Otherwise, the 16-megapixel primary camera teamed with a 2-megapixel sensor for depth calculation can result in decent portrait shots. The front-placed 16-megapixel camera with screen flash is only half good with bokeh shots and HDR in low-light situations. Still, you can count it the cameras for usable photos.
Xiaomi is in the meanwhile gearing up to launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India on November 22. That phone will also feature dual cameras, and we expect that primary camera pair to deliver exceptional results. That’s the only reason why Redmi Note 5 Pro is not part of this list even though it deserves a spot.