Sony’s quad-pixel camera sensors are quite popular on smartphones. The 48MP Sony IMX586 was a raging success, thanks to its impact on mid-range photography. This triggered a rat race of sort where Samsung quickly churned out up to 108MP quad-pixel sensors even before Sony could upgrade to 64MP. Anyhow, the 64MP CMOS sensors from Sony are once again the number one choice for flagship killers and one of the most popular emerging options on mid-range phones is the Sony IMX682.
Sony IMX686 vs Sony IMX682: What’s the difference?
Sony IMX686 and Sony IMX682 are quad-pixel sensors where there are four pixels are layered below one cell of Bayer color filter (instead of 1). The sensor combines data from these 4 tiny pixels into one and this results in one bigger pixel that can capture relatively better details and wider dynamic range.
Both the Sony IMX686 and Sony IMX682 are 64MP resolution sensors and are very similar in terms of features. The only difference is that the Sony IMX686 supports capturing 4K videos at 60fps, while the IMX682 caps 4k@30fps.
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Best phones with Sony IMX682
The Sony IMX682 is quite popular in the affordable and mid-range segment. Here are a few options that employ the sensor.
1. Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G
The handset includes IPS LCD display that refreshes at 144Hz and there is a 5000mAh battery backing up all the hardware. Other highlights include LPDDR5 RAM, MIUI 12 software, and 33W fast charging.
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD 144Hz | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 (MIUI 12) | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 5MP (Mi 10T) | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 216g (Mi 10T) | Dimensions: 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3 mm |Battery: 5000mAh
2. Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51 (review) has a versatile quad-camera arrangement with 64MP Sony IMX652 in the lead. If you are looking for a lower mid-range phone with a decent camera, the Galaxy M51 is a great option.
It’s more popular for its 7000mAh battery and for the fact that Samsung has managed to fit it in while actually maintaining a decent in-hand feel.
Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 730G SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 7000mAh | Weight: 213g | Dimensions:163.9 x 76.3 x 9.5 mm
3. Poco X3
Poco used the Sony IMX686 for the X2 but switched to the Poco X3 (review) for this year’s X3. The handset includes a 13MP wide-angle shooter and a 20MP front camera.
This one has a massive 6000mAh battery and a 120fps IPS LCD display. It’s powered by Snapdragon 732 octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and runs the latest MIUI 12 software.
Display: 6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS; 120Hz refresh rate | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G octa-core CPU | RAM: 6GB/8GB| Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: MIUI 12 (Android 10) | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 225g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm |Battery: 6000mAh
4. Realme 7 Pro
Realme’s image processing on the 7 Pro shows noticeable improvement. Realme uses the Sony IMX682 paired with a basic 8MP wide-angle sensor, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor.
The handset has super-fast 65W fast-charging, an AMOLED display, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core chipset.
Realme 7 Pro specs
Display: 6.4inch FHD+ display; 2400*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G CPU; Adreno 618 GPU | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm |Battery: 4500mAh, 65W fast charging supported
5. Realme 7
This is a good option for gaming if you are restricted by a budget of INR 15,000. The overall camera performance is above average as well.
Realme 7 specs
Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ display (90Hz); 2400*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 196.5g | Dimensions: 162.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm |Battery: 5000mAh, 30W fast charging supported
6. Samsung Galaxy M31s
The rear camera remains the same as on the Galaxy M51 and is one of the best you can get for under INR 20,000.
Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ display; 2340 x 1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core, Exynos 9611 CPU; Adreno 612 GPU Mali-G72 MP3 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10; OneUI 2.5| Rear camera: 64MP (f/1.8) + 12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2) | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 203g | Dimensions: 159.3 x 74.4 x 9.3 mm | Battery: 6000mAh, 25W fast charging supported
Sony IMX682 camera phones
The Sony IMX682 has proved to be quite a capable sensor for affordable phones. It’s already employed in some of the best camera options under INR 25,00 and we expect it to be available on more phones in 2021.