Two is better than one: Phones with dual cameras – CNET

Two cameras are better than one

  Phones with two cameras on the back have been around for years (think 2011’s HTC Evo 3D). Though the trend isn’t completely ubiquitous yet, it may be well on its way. Thanks to a few flagships last year that are continuing throughout this year, the dual-camera setup may soon be here to stay. Read on to see what phones are sporting this doubly trend.

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OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is affordable and super fast, with an 18-hour battery. Its dual camera includes a “telephoto” lens that lets you zoom without degrading quality. It also has a depth-of-field feature that blurs the background of your photos while keeping the foreground in focus. The result is a dramatic effect.

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LG G6

In addition to a standard 13-megapixel camera, the G6 has a secondary 13-megapixel wide-angle lens. This means you can capture more context within each frame.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The water resistant iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras that can capture bokeh-like effect that looks great for portrait shots. Though the effect is hard to execute on many phones, we found the 7 Plus did it best.

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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

The Phab 2 Pro doesn’t have two cameras in the traditional sense (you can only take pictures out of its single 16-megapixel shooter). But as part of Google’s Tango initiative, it does have a whole additional camera setup to measure distances in 3D. From there, it can render virtual and augmented reality environments through your phone — which is still neat.

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Huawei Honor 8 and 8 Pro

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Xiaomi Mi 6

The Mi 6 is stunning to behold and “wow” is usually the first thing you’ll hear from others when showing off the phone. Its premium materials and top-of-the-line hardware means it’s a flagship phone that competes with the best of the best.

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The Essential phone

Created by the founder of Android, the Essential phone is made of titanium and has a magnetic connector in the back that works with an upcoming collection of add-on accessories. 

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro

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Cat S60

The most unique phone in this list is the S60. Not only is it durable and can be submerged in up to 16 feet (nearly 5 meters) of water, but it also has a built-in thermal imaging camera. Just launch the Flir camera app and you can visualize temperatures with some trippy pictures and videos.

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Asus Zenfone AR

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LG V20

Like the G6, the V20 has a second wide-angle lens. The front-facing camera also has a wide-angle feature, so you won’t have to stretch out your arm too far to snap that next “groupie.”

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Huawei Honor 6X

Though it runs an older version of Android, the Honor 6X has a dual rear camera, a ton of advanced camera tools, and it’s way cheap.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

With its two 12-megapixel cameras (one 25mm, one 56mm with 2.3x optical zoom), the ZenFone 3 Zoom emphasizes its camera experience and photo processing, but its whopping 5,000mAh battery also ensures you won’t run out of battery taking all the photos through the day.

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Huawei P10

The compact P10 is comfortable to hold and looks great. Its camera is awesome, and it has oodles of power. Just be warned that it’s expensive and it’s touch-sensitive navigation key is awkward to use.

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Huawei Mate 9

The Mate 9 has more power than you’ll need, a camera that’s great for arty shots and a battery that won’t quit on you by dinner. But its screen is only full HD and its design is forgettable.

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ZTE Axon Pro

The Axon Pro was ZTE’s first flagship phone. The 2-megapixel camera that came on top of the standard camera on the back helps create a “bokeh” blur effect similar to the 7 Plus and OnePlus 5.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus

With its good screen, strong processor and solid 8-megapixel cameras, the Honor 6 Plus was well-equipped for most of your mobile needs. But its outdated software at the time (it ran Android 4.4.2 KitKat when Lollipop was already out) took the shine off.

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HTC One M8

As HTC’s marquee handset of 2014, the One M8 had two cameras for dramatic depth of field effects. HTC included this feature on the Asian-only Butterfly 2 too, though it bumped up the camera specs even more. Even more confusingly, HTC went on to drop the dual cameras altogether in the next M9, but added it back in with the M9+. Talk about a head-scratcher.

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LG G5

In addition to the G5‘s wide angle camera, you could pull out its bottom chin and attach different accessories, like a camera grip (shown here).

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Huawei P9

Sporting the esteemed Leica brand as part of its camera hardware, the P9’s dual-camera setup works really well. It’s just too bad that the phone itself is expensive and its display resolution could be sharper.

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