The difference we see between a flagship from 2014 and flagship from 2019 is massive and one of the key difference evident to our eyes is the camera tech used in both these times. Now people brands are opting for devices with a higher Megapixel count. 2019 has all been about 48MP sensors, and the next big thing knocking on our doors now are 64MP sensors. As of now, there are five 64MP smartphones out there in the market. Among them, the promising ones are from Realme and Redmi(which is a sub-brand of Xiaomi). So, here, we will talk about the best 64MP camera phones to buy in 2019.
64MP camera sensor
Qualcomm said that theoretically, their processors can support camera sensors upto 192MP. As of now, we have only seen 48MP sensors as the maximum sensor sizes but Samsung has pushed a step further by developing the world’s first 64MP sensors for smartphones. Samsung has used a tech called tetra-cell where they have put together four pixels together as one big pixel so that it can capture photos with a much better dynamic range. So now the Samsung sensor can capture pictures with different shades of blue, green and red, that too with more accuracy.
We have seen Asus achieve a software constructed 64MP image file before, but since depended heavily on software, the quality was not up to the mark. Here though from the Samsung Sensor, we get an actual 64MP file and not just a 16 or 13 MP software reconstructed file. How the different brands use this new tech from Samsung, we will let time be the judge of that.
Does high megapixel count matters in a phone?
Now the question arises as to whether a higher megapixel count matters? Does it mean better quality pictures? Theoretically yes it provides the potential for better quality images but without a high-quality lens and sensor setup, all the higher megapixel count on that camera means nothing. We can have a top of the line lens and sensor setup camera with a lower megapixel count produce better quality images than one with a higher megapixel count with an average lens and sensor setup. So how this 64MP count camera lens fair against the likes of industry best Huawei P20 Pro and Pixel 3 XL will depend greatly on how the different brands stack up this sensor with different aperture sizes and the software that will be used for processing.
List of Best 64MP Camera Phones
|Phones||Expected Price in India|
|Redmi Note 8 Pro||Rs 14,999|
|Realme XT||Rs 15,999|
|Vivo NEX 3||Rs 50,999|
|Realme X2||Rs 15,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A70s||Rs 28,999|
|Oppo K5||Rs 18,999|
|Realme X2 Pro||Rs 26,999|
1. Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro sports a 6.53-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. With 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 395 PPI pixel density the display of the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It runs on Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top of it. Mediatek Helio G90T processor runs the device. Three variants are available for this device: 64GB internal memory/ 6GB of RAM, 128GB internal memory/ 6GB of RAM, 128GB internal memory/ 8GB of RAM.
A 4500 mAh non-removable battery powers the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The phone offer NFC (Near Field Communication) connectivity which is a first for its Note series.
For photography, the Note 8 Pro sports a Quad camera setup on the rear with 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP camera configuration. And on the front, a single 20MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture camera is present for selfies.
2. Realme XT
Oppo sub-brand Realme announced a new smartphone on its X-series called Realme XT. It features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. Also, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The pixel density of the display is quite good at 403 PPI.
The phone runs on 10nm Snapdragon 712 processor with Adreno 616. It comes in two variants 64GB Internal memory /6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory /8GB RAM with microSD support upto 256GB.
In terms of optics, Realme XT sports Quad camera setup for the rear and single camera setup for the front. The rear Quad camera setup includes a 64MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP with f/2.4 aperture for macro photography and a 2MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture for depth sensing. For selfies, a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture is present in the front.
It is powered by 4000mAh Li-Po battery with support for 20W fast charging (VOOC 3.0).
Connectivity options include USB Type C port, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack and WiFi hotspot.
3. Vivo Nex 3
Vivo NEX 3 is equipped with a 6.89-inch (1080 × 2256 pixels) AMOLED with HDR10, 800 nit brightness, 100% P3 wide colour gamut and 99.6 per cent screen-to-body ratio. For photography, we get a triple camera setup on the rear that includes a 64MP camera with Samsung GW1 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide (120-degree) lens and a 13MP telephoto lens for optical/digital zoom. On the front side, we get a popup 16MP front-facing camera for capturing selfies. It is powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 4500mAh battery with 44W ultra-fast charging. For security, the device comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
4. Realme X2
Realme X2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of ROM. The biggest highlight of the X2 is the quad-camera setup that comes with 64MP (Samsung GW1) as the primary camera. It packs a 6.4-inch AMOLED display (full HD+ resolution) with a dewdrop notch on the front. It also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.
5. Samsung Galaxy A70s
The stunning 64MP camera on Samsung Galaxy A70s lets you shoot amazing photos and videos. With super steady mode, you can shoot pro-grade, shake-free videos and cinematic. Night Mode helps you to capture bright images even in the darkest conditions. 6.7-inch Full HD+ sAMOLED Infinity-U Display takes your viewing experience to a whole new level. The device packs a 4500 mAh battery to keep you going for hours. It also supports 25W Super fast charging to charge the battery fast. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa-Core processor with Adreno 612 GPU that can handle multitasking easily. Also, the AI-powered Game Booster on the device improves gaming performance and frame rate.
6. Oppo K5
Oppo launched Oppo K5 as a successor to the Oppo K3. The K5 is powered by an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G intelligent platform which is built for a powerful gaming experience. It has a high-frequency Adreno 618 GPU. It packs 4000mAh large capacity battery with VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging to charge the battery fully in just 73 minutes. The smartphone has four cameras on the rear that includes 8MP super wide-angle (119 degrees large fields of view), 64MP ultra-clear photo with f/1.8 super large aperture, 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.
7. Realme X2 Pro
The display of the Realme X2 Pro packs Fluid AMOLED 2.5D curved glass, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, 91.7% screen-to-body ratio, 100% DCI -P3 colour gamut and up to 1000nit brightness. The device packs 4000mAh battery (typical) with 50W (10W/5A) SuperVOOC fast charging technology. It has a 64MP primary rear camera with 1/1.72″ Samsung GW1 sensor.