Loads of phones come with dual cameras these days. The technology has almost become standard on high-end smartphones, with companies like Samsung, LG, and Huawei all using it. Additionally, there are also plenty of budget-friendly dual-camera handsets available, so you can capture those fancy bokeh images without breaking the bank.
If you’re in the market for a phone with a dual-camera setup, keep reading. You’ll find the best ones you can get at different price points below.
Galaxy S9 Plus: best sub-$1000 dual camera phone
The Galaxy S9 Plus is Samsung’s second flagship to come with a dual-camera setup — the first one was the Note 8. It’s rear camera features features two 12MP sensors. One is a wide angle, dual-aperture camera, which can alternate between f/1.5 and f/2.4 for taking better photos in various lighting conditions. The other sensor is a telephoto lens. The camera can also capture 4K 60fps videos and can be used to create AR Emojis.
The Galaxy S9 is one of the most powerful smartphonesaround. It comes with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset under the hood — depending on the region — and 6GB of RAM. The handset is equipped with a large 6.2-inch curved display, packs a 3,500mAh battery, and is IP68 rated.
Samsung hasn’t decided to follow the latest market trends and kept the headphone jack on the Galaxy S9 Plus. The company also listened to its users and moved the fingerprint scanner, which now sits below the camera instead of next to it. Unfortunately, the tech giant also increased the price of the device by $15, which means it retails for $840.
- 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 529 ppi
- Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
- 6GB of RAM
- 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
- Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
- Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, 189g
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Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Mate 10 Pro was named the best smartphone of 2017 by Android Authority. It sports two Summilux-H lenses with f/1.6 aperture: one RGB sensor at 12MP and a monochrome sensor at 20MP resolution. They are co-engineered with Leica.
The smartphone is powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, featuring a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU), which enables an AI-powered bokeh mode, AI Motion Detection for reduced motion blur, and a hybrid digital zoom — all of which are above average. It also has a 6-inch Full HD+ display, a massive 4,000mAh battery, and a gorgeous design. Check out our review of the Mate 10 Pro to learn more about it.
LG’s flagship has a different take on dual cameras than most other smartphones — it sports one standard and one wide-angle lens. The main sensor is a 16MP shooter with an f/1.6 aperture, OIS, and laser and phase detection autofocus. The secondary wide-angle sensor has 13MP with a narrower aperture of f/1.9.
The V30’s camera will soon get even better with an update bringing AI features to the device. These include AI Camera, a mode that suggests settings based on image recognition — show it a person and it will adjust its settings to match what it sees. The feature made its debut on the LG V30S ThinQ, an upgraded version of the V30 that’s isn’t available outside LG’s home country yet. Other LG V30 specs and features include a 6-inch QHD+ display, the Snapdragon 835 chipset, and a Quad DAC for an improved audio experience — learn more here.
Honor View 10: best sub-$500 dual camera phone
The View 10 is a high-end smartphone on a budget. It comes with the Kirin 970 chipset under the hood like the Mate 10 and P20 series along with 4 or 6GB of RAM, and it costs just $500.
The View 10's camera has a number of AI capabilities on board.
The dual camera setup features a 16MP f/1.8 aperture shooter and a monochrome 20MP f/1.8 secondary sensor for adding detail to color photos — or taking crisp B&W shots. Thanks to the chipset’s NPU, the camera also has a number of AI capabilities on board. It can recognize objects and scenes in a photo like sunny days, greenery, and even animals, and then adjust its settings to make the image look better.
The Honor View 10 also features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with the popular 18:9 aspect ratio. It packs a 3,750mAh battery, headphone jack, and sports a metal body with thin bezels. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best smartphones you can get at this price point.
- 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 403 ppi
- Kirin 970 chipset
- 4/6GB of RAM
- 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
- Dual 20 and 12MP rear cameras, 13MP front camera
- Non-removable 3,750mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 157 x 74.98 x 6.97mm, 172g
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The LG G6 has a lot to offer. You’ll find a dual-camera setup on the back with two 13 MP sensors — one standard and one wide angle. The standard one has an f/1.8 aperture lens with optical image stabilization and a 71-degree field of view. The wide-angle camera offers an f/2.4 lens with 125-degree field of view, which is lacking in both OIS and autofocus.
The G6 is a big upgrade over its predecessor, which failed to impress with its gimmicky modular design. It features a 5.7-inch QHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, the Snapdragon 821 chipset, and 4GB of RAM. Other specs and features include IP68 rating for protection against water and dust, a 3,300mAh battery, and a headphone jack. The smartphone is currently on sale on Amazon, coming in at just $420.
The Essential Phone hasn’t quite caught on as Andy Rubin hoped, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad phone. It has a gorgeous design, a durable titanium frame with a ceramic shell, and lots of power under the hood. Of course, it also sports a dual-camera setup on the back with two 13 MP sensors (RGB and Mono).
The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, has 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It also has a notch, which might be a deal breaker for some. There’s also no headphone jack on board. The Essential Phone was announced in May 2017 and was initially priced at $699. You can now get it on Amazon for $400.
Honor 7X: best sub-$250 dual camera phone
The budget-friendly Honor 7X comes with a 16MP primary shooter, backed up by a secondary 2MP lens. The purpose of the second lens is to allow for those popular bokeh shots, which blur the background and bring the subject matter into stark focus. It doesn’t do as well as flagship smartphones, but that’s understandable given its affordable $200 price tag. Surprisingly, the 8MP front-facing camera can also add the bokeh effect to images. This is achieved through software trickery, as it lacks a second lens.
In their review, our very own Adam Sinicki and Lanh Nguyen called the Honor 7X “arguably the best value Android device ever made.” The mid-ranger offers a lot for the money, packing in a 5.93-inch Full HD+ display and the Kirin 659 chipset. The U.S. version offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the rest of the world gets the 4/64GB variant. The smartphone also supports expandable storage, has a fingerprint scanner, and sports a metal body that looks and feels premium.
If you’re looking for a phone with dual cameras on a budget, the 7X might be up your alley. You can get it from Honor’s website in three color options: red, blue, and black.
- 5.93-inch IPS LCD display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 407 ppi
- Kirin 659 chipset
- 3/4GB of RAM
- 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
- Dual 16 and 2MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
- Non-removable 3,340mAh battery
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm, 165 g
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Huawei Mate SE
The Mate SE is a slightly upgraded 7X sold under the Huawei brand. It comes with 1GB of RAM more (4GB) than the U.S. version of Honor’s device and double the storage at 64GB. It looks more or less identical but comes in different colors.
The rest of the specs including the display, chipset, and battery remain the same. That means the smartphone comes with a dual-camera setup featuring 16 and 2MP sensors, a 5.93-inch Full HD+ display, and the Kirin 659 chipset. It’s also super affordable, although it costs $30 more than the Honor 7X. You can get it on Amazon for $230 in gold or grey.
Moto G5S Plus
The Moto G5S Plus is another affordable phone with dual cameras, coming in at just $250. It sports two 13MP sensors, allowing you to capture bokeh images. The feature is far from perfect, but that’s to be expected at this price point.
The handset falls into the mid-range category based on the Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3 or 4GB of RAM it packs under the hood. It also has a fingerprint scanner with gesture support, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and a 3,000mAh battery. You can get it from Motorola’s website via the link below.
These are the best phones with dual cameras in our opinion, but there are plenty of other great models out there. Which ones would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!