There was a time when 13 megapixels were supposed to be more than enough for a phone camera. Today, however, the megapixel wars have begun afresh. 48 megapixels seems to be the new magical figure for phone cameras, delivering very high resolutions and amazing detail when well handled. No, they won’t replace the DSLR in your bag, but will give your trusty point and shooter plenty of reason to sweat nervously. Tempted? You can choose from these four 48 megapixel champs across price bands:
Honor View 20 – The Flagship!
It was actually one of the first phones to feature a 48-megapixel camera, but it was overshadowed by the punch hole notch on its front. But in terms of quality, the Honor View 20 has perhaps the best 48-megapixel shooter on a phone out there in terms of writing. We got some amazing detail and very vivid (sometimes too vivid) colours from the rear shooter. We just wish Honor had added a proper second camera to it, instead of having a ToF sensor. In terms of hardware too, this is easily the most powerful device of the lot, with a flagship level HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, and also a very good front-facing 25-megapixel camera. Round that off with a 6.4 inch full HD+ display, a very well crafted frame (with light forming a V patten on the back) and a massive 4000 mAh battery, and this is perhaps the best option for anyone wanting a lot of megapixels in camera terms and high-end performance in phone terms.
Vivo V15 Pro – Loaded with Megapixels…and Features
If it is megapixels you are chasing, the Vivo V15 Pro serves up a truckload of them. For some people, the pop up 32 megapixel selfie camera and the designer, gradient back of the phone might be its most eye-catching features, the photographers will however be too busy shooting with the 48 megapixel rear camera which paired with a 5.0-megapixel secondary sensor, delivers some staggeringly good photographs in terms of details, although colours at times seem a little too poppy for comfort. As a phone, the Vivo V15 Pro comes a very close second to the View 20 in this list, packing in an excellent 6.39 inch Super AMOLED display which also has an in-display fingerprint scanner, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, backed up by a 3700 mAh battery, with support for fast charging. Of the four, the V15 Pro perhaps has the most cutting edge tech on board – the pop-up camera, the in display fingerprint scanner, the fast-charging battery. A great option.
Oppo F11 Pro – The Low Light Master
The Oppo F11 Pro has made headlines for a very high profile ad campaign and also its “rising selfie camera,” which emerges from behind the display. But while that selfie camera is kind of cool, if you are REALLY into photography, what you will really appreciate is the 48-megapixel main camera on the back, which is accompanied by a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera. In best Oppo tradition, these blend in to deliver some very good photography, particularly in low light where we got some amazing detail. It is a very good performer in normal light too, although its handling of colours is a bit unrealistic and tends to lean towards brightening things a bit too much. It also comes with a large 6.53 inch full HD+ display and a large 4000 mAh battery which also gets charged very fast, thanks to Oppo’s VOOC technology. Where it is let down a little is in the processor department – it comes with a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, which is a good processor, but perhaps the least able of those mentioned in this list. It also comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and that 16-megapixel front facing camera takes great shots too. A great option if you want a very good camera for low light snapping.
Redmi Note 7 Pro – Megapixels on a Budget
A 48-megapixel camera at THAT price? Well, Xiaomi ruffled a lot of competition feathers when it released the Redmi Note 7 Pro at a price of Rs 13,999, with a powerful 48-megapixel camera, combined with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. And if any corners have been cut by the company, it is certainly not in terms of camera performance. It can be a little inconsistent at times, but in terms of performance, the 48-megapixel sensor delivers some staggering results, especially in terms of detail (colours sometimes can appear a little washed out). The phone also comes with some very good hardware – a good 6.3 inch display, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and a base configuration of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage (there is also a 6 GB/ 128 GB variant), as well as a large 4000 mAh battery with support for quick charging (although the charger for this will have to be bought separately). The 13-megapixel front-facing camera is adequate and honestly, is the weakest of the four devices mentioned here. But rather remarkably, the Note 7 Pro also looks very good with a glass back and gradient finish and comes with splash resistance. At that price, however, it is the best option for anyone who wants to play around with a lot of megapixels!