The biggest improvements in photography on mid-range phones past couple of years have been centered around the use of quad-pixel sensors with a higher megapixel count. Employing this tech, Samsung brought its 64MP GW1 sensor in 2019. Although we have smaller and bigger megapixel producers in the market, for the sake of this article, we will be focussing on 64-megapixel shooters only.
Now, high camera resolutions are naturally very easy to market, which is why manufacturers and marketers are zealously taking to these high megapixel counts to distinguish their products. So, before we get to the list of phones with a 64MP sensor, let’s first understand the underlying technology that goes into these Quad Pixel sensors.
Also Check: Best 48MP camera phones to buy
Benefits of 64MP Quad-Pixel sensors
The underlying technology and operating principle for 64MP and for that matter 48MP or 108MP camera sensors are exactly the same. Going by the marketing speak, the quad-pixel sensors combine 4 pixels resulting in one big pixel that can effectively gather more light, thus resulting in better details and better dynamic range.
That’s not entirely wrong, but not exactly how things work in practice.
The individual pixel size gets reduced and four of these are clubbed under one pixel of overlaying Bayer’s filter (resulting in one bigger effective pixel). The overall size of the sensor is still significantly bigger than the usual 12MP or 16MP sensor, and that’s a good thing. For instance, Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor is 33% larger than its 48MP counterpart.
As our experience with 48MP sensors has corroborated, these sensors haven’t been designed for use at full resolution and the 64MP sensors will yield the best results at 16MP resolution. The improvement in image quality of midrange phones using such sensors is primarily because of the software smartly using these theoretical sub-pixels.
In daylight, the software can group the four subpixels in two and shoot an image at different exposures from both halves and combine the capture into one image with a better dynamic range (similar to how HDR works).
Some other 64MP sensor features include enhanced light sensitivity, dual conversion gain (DCG) that allows the sensor to adjust the light intake in a bright environment, high-performance Phase detection Autofocus, better color fidelity.
Ever since Samsung kicked off the trend with the GW1, we have seen 64MP GW2 and GW3 from the South Korean brand, IMX686 & IMX682 from Sony, as well as OmniVision OV64A join the fray. These have already been employed by major Smartphone brands and we shall see some of the best ones down below.
List of phones with 64MP Camera
1. Redmi Note 10 Pro
The Redmi Note 10 Pro sports a 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL GW3 sensor with f/1.9 aperture, 1/1.97″ lens, 0.7µm pixels, and PDAF autofocus. This is paired with an 8 MP (f/2.2) ultrawide sensor with 118˚ FoV, a 5 MP (f/2.4) macro module, and a 2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor.
Upfront, the phone presents a 16MP selfie snapper (f/2.5). Other highlights of the phone include FHD+ sAMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 732G SoC, and a 5020mAh battery with a 33W fast charger.
2. Realme 8
Realme 8 (review), at the time of writing this article, is the cheapest 64MP phone on this list. It’s an Omnivision sensor with a 1/1.73″ lens, f/1.8 aperture diameter, and 0.8µm pixel size. The rest of the rear camera stack comprises an 8MP ultrawide snapper with f/2.3 aperture and a 119˚ FoV, and two 2MP token cameras. But the camera is just the tip of the feature heap that this phone is. The front shooter meanwhile is a 16MP sensor for selfies and video calls.
Apart from the cameras, it also includes a Mediatek Helio G95 chipset, an FHD+ 60Hz sAMOLED display, and a 5000 mAh battery with 30W charging.
3. Samsung Galaxy F62
The Galaxy F62 (review) comes with a 64MP Sony IMX 682 sensor (f/1.8 aperture) with a 1/1.73″ lens and 0.8µm pixels. This primary sensor is coupled with a 12MP ultrawide, a 5MP depth, and a 5MP macro sensor.
The F62 flaunts a 32MP selfie camera punched into the AMOLED screen. It is driven by Samsung trusted work-horse Exynos 9825 (7nm) which ensures it fulfills your day to day performance needs. It houses a 7000mAh battery with 25W fast charging support.
If you don’t care about performance much and want to save some cash, the Galaxy M51 outta be your choice since the major difference between the two devices is the underlying chip. M51 (review) houses an 8nm Snapdragon 730G.
4. Poco X3
Poco X3 (review) ships with a Sony 64MP IMX682 sensor with f/1.9 aperture, 1/1.73″ lens, 0.8µm pixel size. The primary camera is paired with a 13MP ultra wide-angle shooter, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The handset houses 20MP cameras on the front, housed within a display cutout. Speaking of which, this Poco has got a 120Hz LCD panel with FHD+ resolution.
Other highlights include a Snapdragon 732G chipset, 6000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
5. Realme X7
The Realme X7 rocks a Samsung ISOCELL GW2 64MP sensor (f/1.8, 1/1.7″, 0.8µm) as the main camera. The remaining residents of the rear camera setup are an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro sensor. Meanwhile, on the front, you get a 16MP selfie taker housed within an indent.
The X7 (review) offers extremely competitive hardware such as MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G, a 4310mAh battery with a 50W charger, and an FHD+ AMOLED screen.
6. Moto G30
Moto G30 (review)employs a Samsung 64MP tetra cell with a 1/1.97″ lens, f1.7 aperture, and 0.7µm pixel size. Further, there is an 8MP ultrawide snapper with f/2.2 aperture and 118˚ FoV., a 2MP portrait camera, and a 2MP macro camera. Flip to the front there is a 13MP selfie camera.
The handset is steered by the Snapdragon 662 octa-core chipset paired with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. Other highlights include Android 11 software, a 90Hz display, and a 5000mAh battery.
7. Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate flaunts a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor at the back which has got an f/1.8 aperture, 1/1.73″ lens, and 0.8µm pixel size. This is accompanied by a 13MP ultrawide clicker with 125° FoV and a 5MP macro module. Upfront, there is a 24MP shooter.
In the case of ROG Phone 5, as a gaming machine, the camera is the least of the priorities. The device dons a flashy design, along with a slew of accessories support. Inside, it is packed to the brim with stuff like Snapdragon 888, up to 18GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, Android 11 software, a 6000mAh battery (split in two), and backed by a 65W fast charger.
8. Samsung Galaxy A52 And Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A52 (review) wields a 64MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 1/1.7X” lens, and 0.8µm pixel size. It was launched alongside the Galaxy A72. Both phones house the same primary sensor and a 12MP 123° ultrawide snapper. However, the rest of the setup differs.
Both handsets also bag the same 32MP front camera, Snapdragon 720G chipset, and sAMOLED 90Hz displays. Check out their differences here.
9. Oppo Reno 5 Pro
Oppo Reno 5 Pro flaunts a 64 MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 1/1.73″ lens, 0.8µm pixel size. The rest of the rear camera quartet includes an 8 MP 115˚ ultrawide clicker, and two 2MP sensors for macro and depth sensing. The handset has a 6.55-inch sAMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 32MP selfie shooter within a left cornered punch hole.
The remaining paraphernalia consists of Dimensity 1000+ chipset, 4350mAh battery with 65W charger, and Android v11 OS.
10. Vivo V20 and V20 Pro
Both the Vivo V20 and V20 Pro (review) are 64MP shooters. The lens is sized 1/1.72 inches with an aperture size of f/1.9 and 0.8µm pixel size. Even the rest of the camera stack is the same – an 8MP ultrawide sensor with 120˚ FoV, and a 2MP depth unit.
The front game is handled by a 44MP main camera on both phones, although the Pro packs an additional 8MP sensor for a broader field of view. Other things in the mix are a 4000mAh battery with a 33W charger, Snapdragon chips (765G on the Pro and 720G on the standard model), Android 11, 6.55″ AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution.
Best 64MP Camera Phones To Buy In 2021
Currently, we have 64MP sensors from Samsung, Sony, and Omnivision in the market. And there are plenty of phones to choose from in different price ranges. We expect many more 64MP camera phones to be on their way and we will add them to the list as they surface.