After the fingerprint sensor, the next tech innovation that’s all set to become a smartphone staple is the dual camera. And for good reason too.
After all, an engaging camera is something that all classes of users appreciate on their phones and an extra sensor is a great way to compensate for smartphone photography constraints. Besides, a simple browse through your social media feed will tell you that people are indeed fond of shooting in portrait mode.
Slowly and steadily, the reasonably good dual-camera hardware is now seeping down to affordable Android phones. And if that’s precisely what you have been hankering for, here are the best dual camera phone options available under 20,000 INR.
1. Moto G5s Plus
Lenovo’s Moto G5s Plus too comes with two rear camera sensors – one color and one monochrome. Together the two sensors gather more light to enhance image details. Besides, the second sensor is also used for depth sensing for adding bokeh effect (aka portrait mode).
The portrait mode is still work in progress, but the regular shots from the phone are pretty good. The G5s Plus also boasts of a quality 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage.
2. Xiaomi Mi A1
Recently launched Xiaomi Mi A1 (quick review) is the first dual camera phone from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. Xiaomi for a change will be ditching its MIUI and will be running on stock Android in this phone.
The phone will be a part of Google’s Android One ecosystem and all future updates will be handled by Google. The search engine giant has promised an Android Oreo upgrade before the end of 2017.
Optics wise, the Mi A1 (back cover and cases) packs a 12-MP dual camera set on the rear side. The implementation is similar to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5. It offers 2X optical zoom and portrait mode for bokeh effect.
3. Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi markets Redmi Note 5 Pro as India’s camera beast. The phone has a 12MP rear camera paired with a 5MP depth sensor to back its portrait mode. Xiaomi has improved its portrait mode algorithms and also the Beautify mode that works for both front and rear cameras.
On the front, the phone has a 20MP selfie camera that should make it captivating for selfie enthusiasts. Other than the impressive camera hardware, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also benefits from a very efficient Snapdragon 636 mobile platform paired with 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM.
4. Lenovo K8 Note
The newest outing by Lenovo features a 13MP + 5MP rear camera combo, where the latter can be made use of for depth sensing. A 13MP selfie snapper (f/2.0 aperture, LED flash) greets you up front, while a professional mode is available for use both at the front as well as the back.
The rear camera and even the overall K8 Note experience is quite good, but the dual camera has to be perfected with software updates. The rest of the notable specifications of the phone include a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and a 4,000mAh battery with Turbo Charging facilities.
5. Coolpad Cool Play 6
Coolpad Cool Play 6 is the latest offering of the Chinese brand. The company claims it has made some India specific changes to the device which is already retailing in the China. The phone USP of the phone is its dual rear cameras, Snapdragon 653SoC, 6GB RAM and 4000mAh battery.
The dual rear camera system (13MP+13MP Sony sensors). Though both sensors come with f/2.0 aperture, the primary camera features an RGB (colour) sensor while the other is a monochrome (black and white) sensor. The rear camera is also capable of recording 4K videos. There is an 8MP selfie sensor on the front. The phone is priced at Rs. 15,000, which makes it a good buy.
6. Huawei Honor 9i
Huawei Honor 9i has dual cameras on both front and rear. The dual camera systems are, however, used only for Portrait mode, or background blur shots. The camera performance is pretty decent, though.
Other Honor 9i highlights include a gorgeous full metal unibody with an 18:9 display panel, Kirin 659 mobile platform, 64GB internal storage and 3340mAh battery.
7. Honor 9 Lite
Honor 9 Lite is one of the sought-after phones in the affordable smartphone segment. The phone accommodates all contemporary trends – a full vision display, dual-cameras both front and back, and premium metal and glass body. The 9 Lite has been priced in India at a starting price of Rs. 10,999 for its base variant.
Besides, the generic use of dual sensors on Honor 9 Lite is to add bokeh effect in the picture clicked. The other hardware used in the handset includes Kirin 659 chipsets, 3000mAh battery, and 5.63-Inch Full HD+ display.
8. Honor 7x
The Honor 7X is another mid-range smartphone which offers a surprisingly good dual rear cameras experience. The handset includes a 12MP + 2MP rear cameras and is the successor of Honor’s last year, 6X. In Honor 7X, the dual camera prowess is used conventionally for blurring the background or the foreground.
Other notable features include HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor, 5.93-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, and 3450mAh battery. The Honor 7X retails in India exclusively on Amazon.in for Rs. 12,999 and 15,999.
9. Oppo F3
Oppo F3 is currently the only phone priced under 20,000 INR that wields two selfie cameras on the front. The primary 16MP snapper is accompanied by 8MP wide angle shooter, and together the two can shoot 8MP wide-angle selfies. This is a good option to have if you prefer to have detailed backdrops for your selfies or find yourself often clicking groupies.
The display resolution has been increased to Full HD. Other hardware and design is similar to Oppo F1s.
10. Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie (Dual Camera)
Asus new Zemfone 4 series is targeted at selfie enthusiasts. The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie flashes a dual-front facing camera – 12MP+8MP sensors with f/2.0 aperture. The company has priced the phone in India at Rs 14,999.
Inside, the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie rocks on Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage space, which you can expand to up to 128GB via SD card.
Best Dual Camera Phones Under 15,000 INR in 2018
Apart from the few that we have mentioned above, there are other dual camera options too but most of them are work in progress. The point being, that even when dual cameras are a worthy feature to hanker for, you still need not place them on top of your priority list.
Last updated on 15 February 2018.