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 S20 Series
The S20+ setup includes a 12MP Wide, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide and 0.3MP TOF 3D depth sensor. The S20 Ultra on the other hand, includes a staggering 108MP wide sensor clubbed with 48MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide sensor and a 0.3MP TOF 3D depth sensor. What’s the use of TOF sensor you might be wonder? Well, as per Samsung it is used for effective depth mapping (used for portraits and to enhance AR emojis).
The S20 series is Samsung’s most powerful falgship till date. Apart from S20 Series, The Galaxy Note 10+ (review) also packs four rear cameras and is worth considering especially if you are a multitask-er.
2. Xiaomi Mi 10 5G
Xiaomi Mi 10 5G also features a quad camera setup with some really interesting choice of sensors. The flagship phone from Xiaomi also profoundly opts for a 108MP primary camera with assistance from 13MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth camera.
Other than wild optics, the Mi 10 also has some really neat hardware on board. The phone includes a 90Hz FHD+ screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 856 chipset, 4780mAh battery with 30W wired and wireless charging support. The Mi 10 is also Xiaomi’s first 5G phone to launch in India.
3. OnePlus 8 Pro 5G
The OnePlus 8 Pro is first phone from the brand with never settle tagline to include a quad-camera setup. Having said that, OnePlus has taken slightly distinctive approch with optics choice.
The OnePlus 8 Pro quad camera setup features two 48MP sensor to allow you capture wide angle and ultra-wide frames, an 8MP telephoto lens for 3X optical Zoom and a 5MP color filter lens which has been little controversial. The 5MP colour filter sensor weirdly manages to see through plastic and other thin surfaces like clothes which has raised some privacy concerns.
4. Huawei P30 Pro
Although, the Huawei P40 series is announced globally, we don’t have it here in India. Therefore, the P30 Pro continues to be the best camera phone from Huawei in India. The P30 Pro (review) camera system includes four sensors on the rear.
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.
5. Realme X50 Pro 5G
Realme has been one brand that has endorsed 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 X50 Pro, offers loads of covetable features and for a very aggressive price.
The Realme X50 Pro quad-camera setup includes a 64MP Primary sensor, 12MP, 8MP and 2MP. It also has a 32MP and 8MP dual selfie camera setup on front. The X50 Pro 50W includes a 90Hz HDR10+ AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s leading Snapdragon 865 5G chipset, and a 64MP sensor led quad camera. Disruptive indeed!
Other Realme quad-camera phones are:
Realme X2 Pro | Realme X2 | Realme 6 Pro | Realme 6
- Realme X2 Pro
- Realme X2
- Realme 6 Pro / Realme Q
- Realme 6
- Realme XT
- Realme 5 Pro
- Realme 5s
- Realme 5
- Realme Narzo 10
6. Poco X2
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.
7. iQOO 3
iQOO 3 is the first smartphone from Vivo spin-off brand in India. The phone packs very powerful innards with a capable quad-camera setup that too under Rs 35,000. It’s powered by Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset paired with up to 12GB RAM, 256GB storage and offers 55W Flash fast charging.
As for the cameras, the quad setup includes a 48MP Samsung sensor as the primary camera, a 132MP shooter for telephoto shots, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and a basic 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the X2 gets a 16MP selfie camera.
8. Vivo V17 Pro
Vivo V17 Pro is the current V-series 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:
9. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has the usual quad-camera specs – 64MP primary + 8MP wide-angle + 5MP depth + 2MP macro – and it certainly offers a great camera experience for its price.
The handset brandishes an elegant design and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM. You further get a 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging, Gorilla Glass 5 on front and rear, a reliable capacitive side-mounted fingerprint reader, and a 32MP front camera.
- Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Redmi Note 9
- Redmi Note 8 Pro (review)
- Redmi K30 Pro (upcoming)
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 Best Quad Camera Mobile Phones You Can Buy in 2020
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 in 2020
|Best Four Camera Phones||Price (in rupees)|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||92,999|
|Xiaomi Mi 10||49,999|
|OnePlus 8 Pro||54,999|
|Huawei P30 Pro||55,990|
|Realme X50 Pro 5G||39,999|
|Vivo V17 Pro||25,191|
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Max||16,999|
|Oppo Reno 3 Pro||30,149|