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) Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro was the first mainstream triple-camera phone that’s also available in India. The camera module features a 20 MP monochrome lens with f/1.6 aperture, a 40MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 aperture and an 8MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture, OIS, and Telephoto lens for 3X Zoom.
The camera software is smart enough to combine feed from all three sensors depending on the shooting mode. Apart from the sensors, there is 4 way AF (Laser, Phase Detection, Contrast, AF), a colour temperature sensor that can differentiate between the temperature of subject’s skin and the room to add more accuracy. The P20 Pro also ranks first on DxoMarks best smartphone camera list.
- Excellent display quality
- Great cameras
- Feature rich software
- Powerful hardware and AI integration
- Big battery
- No 3.5mm audio jack
- No wireless charging
2) Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The more recently launched Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a similar triple camera system with Leica optics as the P20 Pro 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 While the 40MP primary sensor and 8MP secondary sensor remain same, the 20MP monochrome sensor has been replaced by a 20MP ultra wide-angle shooter.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.
- Excellent AMOLED display
- Fast chipset
- Extremely fast charging
- Battery backup
- Camera performance
- No 3.5 mm Audio Jack
- No AF for selfie camera
- Propriety SD card support
3) 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.
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- Two batteries that combine for long-lasting mileage
- Optimized waterdrop notch display
- VOOC Charging
- No SD card slot
4) Samsung Galaxy A7(2018)
Up until the launch of Samsung A7 (2018), triple camera phones were a costly affair. Samsung Galaxy A7 includes three cameras on the rear and one on the front. The primary 24MP sensor (f/1.7, PDAF) relies on pixel binning (Interpolating data gathered by 4 pixels as 1 for better details), the 5MP sensor is used as a depth sensor to capture portrait mode or Live Focus and the 8MP sensor (f/2.4, 13mm) for shooting in wide angle mode.
The ‘scene optimizer’ in the camera app can also recognize scenes and adjust camera settings accordingly. The primary 24MP rear camera is a very good performer for its price according to our tests.
- AMOLED Display
- Ample RAM and Storage
- Dual SIM Dual VoLTE support
- Indoor camera performance
- An accessible side-mounted Fingerprint sensor
- Only mini version of Samsung Pay
- No fast charging
- Case cover not bundled in the box
5) LG V40 ThinQ
LG has also included a triple camera in its recent flagship device LG V40 ThinQ. Coming to the triple camera setup, the Primary rear camera is a f/1.5 aperture 12-megapixel sensor with 1.4μm size pixels that are 40 percent larger than the camera sensor used on G7.
The second one is a Super-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.
- Hi-fi Quad DAC for audio output
- 3.5 mm jack
- Wireless charging
- Small battery
6) Honor Magic 2
Honor tried hitting two birds with one shot by creating a phone with a pure display by employing slider design and the second one being a triple rear camera module to enhance the photography experience. This Honor Magic 2 packs a triple camera on the back consisting of a 16 MP f/1.8 aperture PDAF primary sensor, a 16 MP, f/2.2 aperture wide-angle lens and a 24 MP f/1.8 aperture Monochrome lens.
On the front as well, Honor has included a 16MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera bolstered with two depth sensors of 2MP each. It sports a Full HD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This display also houses an in-display fingerprint sensor beneath it.
- Full-Screen Display without notch
- Triple camera on the front with 3D Face Unlock
- Latest Kirin 980 Processor
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- No 3.5 mm audio jack
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.