Camera quality has always been an important aspect of consideration for smartphone users. Lately, since the megapixel rat race has already run its course, OEMs have resorted to using multiple camera sensors to market better camera quality.
The trend is so in that chipset makers have already started upgrading their ISPs with additional interface ports to enable OEMs to add extra camera sensors and crunch feed from them simultaneously.
Let us take a look into the devices, which resort to this peculiar triple camera design.
1. Samsung Galaxy S10+
The Galaxy flagship of 2019 (review) packs 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP Triple Rear setup. The wide-angle shooter and Telephoto depth sensors do their job as expected out of a Samsung crown jewel. Though it lacks a night mode, the image processing handles it pretty well. The metering has improved, AI optimizer over-saturates clicks, pleasant portraits and overall, the optics are impressive, to say the least. The front facade houses a 10MP+8MP within the hole punch cutout.
S10+ cameras support HDR10 video capture and you can shoot clips at 3840 x 1080 resolution at 60fps. Since the Galaxy Camera SDK is open-source to developers, you could expect third party camera apps to work better. The camera also has an Instagram mode that can be used to quickly shoot and share images on the social media platform.
2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a similar triple camera system with Leica optics and it’s fueled by Huawei’s latest 7nm Kirin 980 chipset. While the 40MP primary sensor and 8MP secondary sensor remain same, the 20MP monochrome sensor has been replaced by a 20MP ultra wide-angle shooter.
This is a truly impressive camera system, one that can focus on objects just 2.5cm away. There is no dearth of whizzy tech on the new Mate 20 Pro, and the feature set also includes reverse wireless charging.
3. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition
As evident from the name, the head-turner would be its periscope-style telephoto lens that facilitates 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom with 13MP sensor (f/3.0 aperture). This is part of a panel comprising 48MP(f/1.7 aperture) primary rear Sony IMX586 sensor with LED flash paired with and an 8MP (f/2.2 aperture) 120-degree Ultra Wide Lens.
A side-lifting pop-up selfie camera at the top adds to is cool quotient. The phone supports 4K capture at 60fps with OIS, audio zoom recording and 3D surround audio.
4. Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung Galaxy A80 lacks a hole or notch for the front camera, thanks to the new rotating camera mechanism. The camera panel houses a trio of Main 48MP (F2.0) sensor alongside an 8MP (F/2.2) 123-degree Ultra Wide sensor and finally a 3D Depth sensor.
The triplets serve as both – the front and rear camera. When you wish to click selfies, the camera module slides up and rotates, Kapow! There you have the Galaxy A80s front shooters.
5. Vivo iQOO
Primarily a gaming phone, Vivo iQOO boasts a trifecta in the camera department too. Numerically, this phone packs a 12 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP Triple Rear setup. The primary sensor comes with a Sony IMX363 sensor that was also featured on the Pixel 3. The secondary 13MP one is a wide angle lens while the last one acts as the depth sensor.
The facade features a 12MP selfie snapper dwelling within the waterdrop notch. You could capture 4K videos @ 30 fps.
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6. Huawei P30 Lite
Huawei P30 lite packs three sensors on the rear, namely a 24MP ( f/1.8) primary lens, an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. Upfront, you have a 32MP (F/2.0) selfie snapper.
7. Vivo V15 Pro
Vivo V15 Pro (review) packs a 48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP Triple Camera with autofocus in the rear. The primary sensor uses pixel binning to produce 12MP optimum output. A similar practice is followed with the front camera’s 32MP sensor which creates 8MP photos. However, you could still capture clicks at their highest pixel count. The primary sensors at the front and back bear Samsung image sensors.
You could also check out its base variant: Vivo V15
8. Xiaomi Mi 9
Mi 9 ships with flagship-grade features and Camera is a standout aspect, to say the least. At the back, you would find a vertically mounted triple shooter. The primary one is a 48MP Sony IMX586 camera with 0.8 µm pixel size and 1/2” image sensor that uses Pixel Binning technology to produce 12MP shots. Rest, you have a 16MP secondary Ultra-wide sensor (f/2.2 aperture) and a telephoto lens with 12MP sensor (f/2.2 aperture) for 2X optical zoom.
Mi 9’s rear setup features Laser Autofocus that brings along PDAF and CDAF. As for videos, you get 2160p/30fps and super slow-mo videos at 960 fps.
9. Oppo R17 Pro
Oppo also joined the triple-camera bandwagon in August when they launched their first triple camera smartphone – Oppo R17 Pro. This phone comprises of a 12MP sensor having f/1.5 -2.4 aperture, a 20MP sensor having f/2.6 aperture and a TOF 3D stereo camera.
The Time of flight 3D sensor can capture depth information of objects using IR laser and thus take 3D photos.
10. LG V50 ThinQ
LG has included a triple camera setup (12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP) in its recent flagship device. Coming to the triple camera setup, the Primary rear camera is an f/1.5 aperture 12-megapixel sensor with 1.4μm size pixels.
The second one is an ultra-wide-angle f/1.9 aperture 16MP camera with 107-degree view field, and the third one is a 12MP f/2.4 aperture telephoto/portrait camera, which just adds depth to the pictures and helps give 2x zoom to the images.
LG has also customized its software to make the best use of the troika of rear cameras. They have introduced a new “triple preview” feature which will show you a live preview from all three cameras at the same time, allowing you to quickly pick the right one for the shot you’re trying to capture without having to switch between them.
The video department also boasts a slew of features such as recording at 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, along with 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., HDR video, and gyro-EIS support.
You could also check out: LG G8 ThinQ
11. Sony Xperia 1
This could be a unique Sony smartphone due to the Triple camera panel featuring 12 MP + 12 MP wide-angle + 12 MP telephoto sensor combo. Needless to say, Sony has packed BIONZ X sensors for image processing. You would also like to know that this is one of a kind phone with Eye AF that lets up to 10fps recording with subject-based eye-tracking. So, you could expect exemplary results in autofocus and exposure control.
You could capture videos at 4K @ 30 fps. There is AI optimization, the bokeh shots in selfies and other expected feature-set out of any flagship camera these days.
Upcoming Triple Camera Phones
- OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro Expected specifications
- iPhone XI Expected specifications
- Honor 20i Expected specifications
Best Triple camera phones that you can buy
These are the triple camera phones currently available in the market. Needless to say, this trend is going to continue fervently over the coming years and even the chipset companies are designing their new processors to include multiple camera modules. We will keep updating the list as relevant phones surface in the future.