Manufacturers are really zealous about adding extra camera sensors on phones these days. There was a time when a phone with dual cameras on both front and back was referred to as a quad-camera phone, but a few months ago that changed. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
We already have a handful of quad-camera phones and many more are on their way. but do we really need multiple rear or front cameras?
Why do we need four cameras on a phone?
Different brands implement multiple camera systems differently, but the basic idea is to make a camera system more versatile. Unlike DSLRs, you can clip different lens assembly to your phone for particular needs. So OEMs a You’d still be using the primary sensor for basic photography, but in select situations, the Telephoto lens for zoom or the Wide-angle camera for greater field of view might come in handy.
Even when great camera phones like Google Pixel 3 XL defy the trend, we’d say that the concept of stacking multiple camera sensors has some merit to it.
Having said that, like every tech trend, the term quad-camera is often abused. Manufacturers focus on increasing the count to 4 rather than on camera quality. In fact, most OEMs employ the fourth camera for depth mapping – something that can be conveniently accomplished using the other three sensors.
So, just the term quad-camera shouldn’t weigh too heavy in your buying decision. On most affordable and mid-range phones, you’d only be using the primary camera most often.
List of quad-camera phones in 2020
If you are looking for such quad-camera phones that stand out, here’s a list you can refer to.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ also packs four rear cameras – a 12MP primary sensor, a 12MP sensor with a telephoto lens, a 16MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, and a TOF sensor for effective depth mapping (used for portraits and to enhance AR emojis).
Being the current best from Samsung, the Note 10+ gets uncompromised innards packaged in an expectedly big, Note-sy body. Highlights include new video editing chops, a smarter Spen with a gyro sensor, and 45W fast charging.
2. Huawei P30 Pro
The primary camera has a 40-megapixel and 27mm sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second in line is a 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens (16mm) with an f/2.2 aperture. Then there’s an 8MP telephoto lens which allows you to go up to 5x optical zoom. Last but not least is a time-of-flight sensor.
There’s also a 32MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture on the front.
3. Realme X2 Pro
Realme endorses quad-rear cameras in a big way. In fact, the company pledged a stance to stick to 4 rear cameras for the foreseeable future. The current flagship, Realme X2 Pro, offers loads of covetable features and for a very aggressive price.
The Realme X2 Pro offers 50W VOOC fast charging, a 90Hz HDR10+ AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s leading Snapdragon 855 plus chipset, and a 64MP sensor led quad camera. Disruptive indeed!
4. Poco X2 (Xiaomi Redmi K30)
Apart from the Sony IMX686 as the primary sensor, the Poco X2 has an 8MP wide-angle sensor, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Other highlights include dual selfie cameras (20MP + 2MP), 4500mAh battery with 30W fast charging, and a 6.67-inch HDR10 compliant IPS LCD display.
5. Realme X2
Realme X2 is a very powerful mid-range or rather an affordable phone. It’s powered by Snapdragon 730G octa-core chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM and offers 30W VOOC fast charging for a nominal starting price of Rs. 16,999.
As for the cameras, the quad setup includes a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor as the primary camera, a 2MP shooter for macro shots, a 2MP depth sensor and a basic 8MP wide-angle camera. On the front, the X2 gets a 32MP selfie camera.
Other affordable Realme Phones with a quad-camera system:
- Realme XT
- Realme 5 Pro
- Realme 5i (rumored)
6. Vivo V17 Pro
Vivo V17 Pro is the current flagship from the brand, one that emphasizes on-camera performance. The phone has four cameras on the rear and two on the front (housed within a pop-up module).
The camera module includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle shooter, a 13MP 2x zoom camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The handset further offers an immersive AMOLED display, 4100mAh battery, and a fast in-display fingerprint sensor. On the downside, the V17 Pro is let down by its mediocre Snapdragon 675 chipset that certainly isn’t befitting the asking price.
Other Vivo Phones with quad rear cameras:
- Vivo S1 Pro (review)
7. Honor 20
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor was one of the first brands to launch a quad-camera phone – Honor 20. The phone gets a 32MP sensor on the front for selfies and has four different sensors on the back.
The primary sensor here is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586, which is accompanied by a 16MP wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP dedicated macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Other highlights of the Honor 20 include Kirin 980 CPU with dedicated NPU coupled with 6GB of RAM and 3750mAh battery.
8. Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro (review) has the usual quad-camera specs – 64MP primary + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP macro + 2MP depth – and it certainly offers a great camera experience for its price.
The handset brandishes an elegant design and is powered by MediaTek Helio G90T octa-core chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM. You further get a 4500mAh battery with 18W fast charging, Gorilla Glass 5 on front and rear, a reliable capacitive fingerprint reader, and a 20MP front camera.
9. Vivo X30 Pro
Vivo X30 Pro is the first dual-mode 5G phone from the brand and is powered by Samsung’s popular Exynos 980 octa-core chipset. The camera quartet includes 64MP primary camera with OIS, a 13MP 5x Zoom camera with periscope-style lens assembly, an 8MP wide-angle shooter and a 32MP 2x zoom camera.
The handset has a 4350mAh battery with 33W fast charging support, a 6.44-inch HDR-compliant AMOLED display, and a 32MP selfie camera housed in a circular hole-punch.
10. Oppo Reno3 Pro and Reno3
Oppo Reno3 Pro and Reno3 are expected to make it to India sooner rather than later. Both of these phones have quad rear cameras and interestingly the base Reno3 has the higher resolution primary sensor (64MP vs 48MP).
The Pro model obviously gets some extra perks including a 13MP zoom camera, a slick curved AMOLED display, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset.
The craze of quad-camera phones is only going to grow since this is a trend that manufacturers will back with their marketing budgets. Brands like Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, and others are finding innovative ways to use multi-cameras to achieve new possibilities in mobile photography.
List of best four-camera phones launched or expected to be announced in 2020
|Four Camera Phone||Specs Score|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus||95/100|
|Huawei P30 Pro||94/100|
|Realme X2 Pro||93/100|
|Poco X2 (Xioami Redmi K30)||85/100|
|Vivo V17 Pro||83/100|
|Redmi Note 8 Pro||80/100|
|Vivo X30 Pro*||89/100|
|Oppo Reno 3 Pro*||88/100|
*not available in India