It’s perhaps erroneous to refer to the front camera as a secondary camera in 2017. In fact, many affordable and mid-range phone give it a higher precedence over the rear shooter. The selfie formula has worked like charm resulting in a mad megapixel rat race for the front snapper.
Over the last two years, OEMs have already marketed as high as 21MP selfie sensors, so where do we move from here? How do we keep milking the still high-yield selfie cash cow? The answer is dual cameras.
Several OEMs are now including an extra shooter on the front, and we have to admit that it does make a difference. The trend of an extra front camera makes more at least more sense than those specious high megapixel count camera sensors.
Let’s enumerate the best dual camera phones out there.
Also Read: Best dual camera phones under 20,000 INR
Asus Zenfone 4 selfie pro
Asus recently launched its Zenfone 4 series in India and the flag bearer, at least for now, is the Zenfone 4 Selfie pro – a phone that brings together all selfie paraphernalia that you’d need or expect in a selfie-centric phone.
You can record 4K selfie videos, shoot HDR selfies, capture background blur images, and even enjoy real-time beautification even while making video calls through third-party social media apps. The phone combines a 12 MP dual pixel and a 5MP sensor with wide angle lens. You can switch to the 120-degree wide angle mode aided by the dual cameras to capture groupies.
The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro has a 7mm thin full metal body, is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Oppo F3 Plus
The Oppo F3 Plus includes two 16MP 1/3-inch sensors on the front each with f/2.0 aperture optics. The dual camera implementation is same as the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. You can either shot normal selfies or switch to the other wide angle lens camera from the camera app to capture groupies.
The Oppo F3 Plus is powered by 2.0GHz Snapdragon 653 processor assisted by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The 16MP camera on the rear has a wide f/1.7 aperture.
Huawei Honor 9i
Huawei Honor 9i makes room for almost all the contemporary smartphone trends like the slim metal body design, 18:9 screen aspect ratio and the dual-cameras both at the front and back.
The four cameras on the Honor 9i include 16MP+2MP sensors on the back and 13MP+2MP sensors on the front. You can use both front and rear dual cameras for adding background blur.
Talking about the specification, the 5.9-inch 18:9 panel with Full HD+ resolution smartphone is powered by 2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 659 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, driving Android Nougat based EMUI 5.1 software.
Vivo V5 Plus
The Vivo V5 Plus is the only phone on this list that uses the second camera(20MP+8MP, F/2.0 aperture) for depth sensing. Using the Bokeh mode in the camera app, you can click self-portraits with blurred background. The selfie camera performance is quite good.
Vivo V5 Plus has a full metal body with U-shaped antenna bands and looks quite attractive. On the inside, it’s powered by Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone also has a 3160mAh battery and 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Asus Zenfone 4 selfie
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie is, at the time of writing, the cheapest phone with dual selfie cameras. There are 20MP and 8Mp dual selfie cameras, with the extra shooter capable of shooting wide-angle group shots.
The handset is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and is also guaranteed to receive Android 8.0 Oreo. It’s a slim phone with 5.5-inch HD display and 3000mAh battery.
Oppo F3 uses a 16MP primary selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture in combination with an 8MP, f/2.4 aperture wide-angle sensor. The phone has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by 1.5GHz MT6753T MediaTek octa-core processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Once again, you can dual selfie cameras enable you to click wide angle selfies or selfie images where you’d also like to highlight the background. You can also try and buy it at offline stores.
Last updated: October 10, 2017
These are the best Dual Selfie camera phones to buy in 2017
Yes, the use of the second sensor for wide angle shots looks like a winning combination for selfies. We might also see a selfie phone that combines a monochrome and color sensor to gather more light sometime later, but this particular dual camera implementation isn’t yet available for selfies. If you are looking for a dual selfie camera phone, these are the ones you can choose from.