Dual rear camera-toting handsets on the cheap.
Dual-camera smartphones – whether with dual back snappers or dual selfie shooters – are part of every handset manufacturer’s catalog nowadays. Once dismissed as a passing fad, these once-upon-a-time oddities are now part of the mainstream – and for good reason too. Two camera sensors are better than one, right? Well, if the two cameras are of decent quality, in tip-top condition, and are working efficiently as a team, then as a general rule, yeah.
For dual camera phones, usually, the main sensor works as a regular camera, decked out with the usual bling-bling features such as autofocus technologies and the like. The main camera captures images in color as best as it can. The secondary camera’s tasks vary depending on the device manufacturer’s intent, but the goal is to compliment the main sensor by providing additional elements and features, such as improved zoom and depth of field, Bokeh, 3D and AR imaging.
Dual-cam handsets are priced at a premium compared to their single camera counterparts, obviously due to the addition of an extra imaging sensor, so it’s best to do your homework first before biting the dual shooter bullet. For those on a tight budget, we’ve compiled a list of the most recent dual rear snapper handsets available in the country under the Php 10K mark.
Cherry Mobile Desire R8 (Php 9,999)
Here’s a middle-end, mid-range dual-camera smartphone from local brand Cherry Mobile. The Cherry Mobile Desire R8 sports a stylish, mostly metal finish with decent hardware underneath. The 5.5-inch handset ships with a 13-megapixel rear camera working in tandem with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Other notable features include a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C port, and Android Nougat out of the box.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro (Php 9.2K+)
Xiaomi’s first ever dual-camera handset, the snazzy 5.5-inch Redmi Pro was launched in August 2016. It features a powerful MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor for its base model and is loaded with plenty of RAM and storage. For its rear snappers, a 13MP Sony IMX 258 sensor acts as the main camera, coupled with a 5MP Samsung camera providing depth information.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro is currently being sold in Lazada and is quite possibly the best bang-for-buck dual-cam handset in the sub-10K tier.
Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Plus (Php 5,999)
The Cherry Mobile Flare P1 Plus comes with a 13MP and 5MP dual rear camera setup, which performed relatively well in well-lit conditions, based on our tests. The phone is clad in a polycarbonate shell, common in phones in this price range. With only a budget MediaTek chipset, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, it’s best to temper your expectations on what this handset can do. Still, for its price and the features you get, the Flare P1 Plus is a decent pick for a dual-cam phone.
Blackview A9 Pro (Php 4.2K+)
Another Lazada-only handset, the Blackview A9 Pro beats with almost the same class of hardware as the Flare P1 Plus, except for its display footprint and resolution, which are at 5.0 inches and HD 720p respectively. Its dual rear cameras and front snapper are also of the weaker variety. However, at only Php 4.2K+, the Blackview A9 Pro is definitely an interesting option, perhaps as a backup phone for photography?
Cherry Mobile Flare P1 (Php 3,999)
The Flare P1 Plus’ smaller and cheaper variant, the Cherry Mobile Flare P1 is the ultimate entry-level dual camera phone. The phone sports budget tier specs, but it does come with a 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear camera setup with autofocus and LED flash. Billed as a photography-oriented budget handset, there’s not much else to say about the phone except that when pitted against the Blackview A9 Pro, it falls short in all areas except its snappers.
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