A new era of dual camera smartphones

The dual camera trend amongst the smartphone industry is spreading like a wild fire, taking in all the well-known brands along with it. Even though the hype rose to its peak with the launch of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, the history of the dual camera goes as far back as 2011 when LG launched their Optimus 3D. The LG Optimus was the first step towards this technology. A lot of brands did try their hands with the technology but failed to make an impact on the audience.

Before going any further into the details of it, let’s find out the need for dual cameras in smartphones and the reason behind incorporating them.

In DSLRs, there are different lenses of variable focal lengths which give them the power to zoom in and out to a great extent, but, in smartphones, there is only one lens with a fixed focal length resulting in poor zooming capabilities, generally limited to a digital zoom due to which we get pixelated images when zoomed in. However dual cameras in Smartphones can be considered as hybrids, a combination of two different lenses. These lenses are of different focal lengths that give some level of optical zooming capabilities. Let’s say one lens has a focal length of 16 mm and another has a focal length of 32 mm, this set up can provide us with a 2x optical zoom.

All dual camera smartphones from various brands follow a different type of technology for their dual camera setup. Apple iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 28 mm lens and another one of 56 mm lens that gives it the power of 2x optical zoom. This allows the users to capture close and distant shots with same precision. The “bokeh” effect that is famous in DSLRs is now available in a few smartphones, all thanks to their dual camera lenses. Another famous brand that is making a name for itself is OnePlus 5, which uses a similar technology as iPhone 7 Plus.

Panasonic Eluga Ray 500

With such great features comes a price that makes these smartphones beyond the reach of many. But there are brands such as Lava, Micromax, Panasonic Smart Phones, to name a few, that are stepping up with their own set of dual camera devices at a price that won’t burn a hole through your pocket. Eluga Ray 500, a Panasonic Smart Phones’ device works on the same technology as many dual camera phones. It has two different lenses, 13MP and 8MP, one wide-angle lens, and another lens just for close shots. Lava Z60 also has a dual camera setup that lets you click images with the “bokeh” effect, even though it’s more of a software related feature than the dual camera itself. These smartphones fall under INR 10,000 price range and have many other features along with their dual camera setup, making them extremely good value for money.

In a nutshell, even though the technology is not as sophisticated as the brands make us believe it is, it still makes for better image and video capturing than the current single-camera setup. What do you think about dual camera smartphones? Are you up for it? Or would you rather take your DSLR along for those perfect shots?

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