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.
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.
If you are looking for such quad camera phones that stand out, here’s a list you can refer to.
List of quad-camera phones in 2019
1. Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
The Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 was the first mainstream quad camera phone. Samsung promoted this phone with four cameras with “4x Fun” tagline. The phone stacks all four camera sensors in a vertical formation where “primary camera” uses a 24MP sensor, a 5MP depth sensor takes the second spot. The phone also features a 10MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom capabilities and a 5MP ultra-wide camera with 120-degrees field-of-view.
Other prominent features of the Galaxy A9 2018 (review) include a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB expandable storage.
2. Nokia 9 PureView
HMDGlobal further experimented with the recent trend with its recently launched Nokia 9 PureView where it packed five cameras on the back. The Nokia 9 Penta cameras are optimized by Sony’s Carl Zeiss for better smartphone photography. Having said that, the Nokia 9 camera received mixed reviews from the tech pundits.
Out of the five cameras on Nokia PureView 9, two features RGB sensors while the remaining three are monochrome sensors. Additionally, there’s a Time of Flight (ToF) camera as well which assists in depth sensing. On the front lies a 20MP camera for selfies.
3. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung, alongside the Galaxy S10, announced a separate 5G phone, which had an extra sensor bringing the tally to 4. The S10 5G camera module features a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.5-2.4 aperture, a second 12MP telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture, a third 16MP ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a fourth ToF sensor for depth sensing.
Samsung has also added dual selfie cameras accommodated within a display hole. The primary one is a 10MP sensor which is assisted by an hQVGA 3D-depth sensing camera.
4. Huawei P30 Pro
It is arguably one of the best camera smartphones in the market today. The P30 Pro 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 20 MP 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 f/2.0 aperture on the front.
5. Lenovo Z6 Pro
Once in the top five smartphone brands, Lenovo phones are now struggling to get customer attention. With hopes of winning the customers back, Lenovo has tried to pack the best hardware possible in its Z6 Pro.
One of the key highlights of the phone is its quad rear camera that includes a 16MP wide angle shooter, a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a dedicated 2MP sensor for video enhancement.
6. Motorola Z4 Quad Camera phone (Upcoming)
A few weeks ago CAD based renders Motorola Z4 surfaced online that clearly show a quad camera at the rear. Though the specs details are still not known, the images reveal four camera sensors arranged in a square module along with Moto branding. One of these cameras is allegedly a 48MP sensor. But of course, we’ll know for sure once the phone goes official.
7. Honor 20 Pro (Upcoming)
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is also reportedly working on a quad camera phone. The upcoming Honor 20 Pro is said to featuring the same camera module that we have seen Huawei P30 Pro. It is reported to feature a customized version ofSony IMX586 48-megapixel where it gets a Red-Yellow-Yellow-Blue (RYYB) filter. Other three rear cameras will be the same as Huawei P30 Pro.
The phone is likely to be based on Kirin 980 with dedicated NPU coupled with 6GB of RAM, and 3,650mAh battery.
The craze of quad camera phones is only going to grow since this is a trend that manufacturers are likely to 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 2019 launched or expected to be announced in 2019
|Four Camera Phone||Specs Score|
|Samsung Galaxy A9 2018||88/100|
|Nokia 9 PureView||89/100|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||96/100|
|Huawei P30 Pro||98/100|
|Lenovo Z6 Pro||89/100|
|Honor P20 Pro||85/100|