Dual Cameras Come of Age

Smartphone devices with a dual-camera feature aren’t new by any stretch of imagination. However, only recently have dual cameras started to grab consumers’ attention.

Dual-camera phones have become much more powerful and affordable in the past few years. That said, it’s important to note that there are variations in the kind of implementations on the market. With an array of options at camera makers’ disposal, we have spotlighted the different dual-camera features available.

1. Color + Color

The advantage of the color + color camera setup is that it allows the smartphone to capture more light data than a single camera would; it’s basically built on the idea that “two is better than one.” Our first dual-camera smartphone, the Redmi Pro utilized this arrangement.

Another popular case for this arrangement was 3D pictures and video, which again didn’t happen to be a favorite with consumers.

Other smartphones offer a color + color sensor arrangement which leverages narrow- and wide-angle lenses to offer some flexibility to consumers.

2. Color + monochrome

Another popular dual-camera design is a color + monochrome lens. The main advantage of this arrangement is the level of detail captured in every picture; data from both sensors is combined, resulting in pictures with a higher level of detail than standard single camera phones. Most phones with this set-up also allow the user to use the monochrome sensor as a standalone feature.

Until about a year ago, the color + monochrome feature was only found on high-end phones, but is now becoming increasingly popular on phones that are affordable to a greater number of people, for example, Mi 5S Plus.

3.Wide angle + telephoto

While other arrangements couldn’t quite satisfy consumers in producing good enough photos, this wide angle + telephoto implementation helped deliver what consumers really want—pictures that can get thousands of likes on social media.

This arrangement allows smartphones to focus on subjects in the foreground while blurring the background, giving pictures an effect that was previously only possible on a DSLR. The result is achieved by the combination of a wide-angle lens along with a telephoto, which work in conjunction to bring out pictures with a blurred background. Other implementations do achieve this effect mainly through software, but the wide angle + telephoto setup will produce a more natural look.

Because of the hardware involved, this implementation is also the most expensive between the three, and generally produces images that are most pleasing (out of the arrangements mentioned here) to consumers’ eyes. Mi 6 and Mi A1  as well as iPhone 8 Plus are some examples of phones that use the aforesaid arrangement.

Without a doubt, advancements in mobile photography technology will result in even better dual camera solutions in smartphones. The possibilities are endless, and we will continue pushing boundaries in this area.