From DSLR-style bokeh effects to 2X zoom, the second camera has been the biggest playing field for phone brands. And now, with its Galaxy A7, Samsung has brought the wide-angle lens back in the spotlight
1)SAMSUNG GALAXY A7
SAMSUNG needs devices that can help win a key battle that’s brewing in the Rs 20,000-30,000 price band. It’s why it’s unleashed a killer feature on its Galaxy A7 – a triple rear cam with a wide-angle lens. What it brings to the table is a 120-degree field of view (on standard mobile cams it is around 70-80 degrees) that is wider than what the human eye (114 degrees) can capture.
Samsung is riding heavily on the A7’s wide-angle capability. The rear cam stitches together three lenses: a 24 MP lens (f/1.7 aperture), the 8 MP ultra-wide lens (it’s calling card) and a 5 MP depth sensor that also opens up DSLR-style bokeh image capabilities. The A7 also scores on other fronts. It feels quite light despite a large 6-inch Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2220 pixels / 441 PPI). Dolby Atmos gives the speakers extra bite and complements the display with vibrant colours. We like how the fingerprint sensor has been cleverly integrated into the power button on the right spine. The A7’s hardware specs are 2018- proof – a Samsung Exynos 7885 (2.2 GHz Octa-core) processor with 4GB of RAM or 6GB of RAM depending on whether you opt for the 64GB or 128GB internal memory options (with support for Micro SD cards up to 512 GB) and a 3300 mAh battery that won’t let you down. The A7 (2018) is a solid device and Samsung will hope the triple cam will keep the cash registers ringing.
Samsung Galaxy A7 Rs 23,990 (4GB/64GB) /Rs 28,990 (6GB/128GB)
2) LG G7 THINQ
LG’s newest flagship comes with a gorgeous QHD+ display that crams 564 Pixels per inch. It's robust hardware includes the zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor. But it’s the dual rear camera kitted with a 16 MP super-wide angle lens (with a 107-degree field of view) that has our attention. Rs 55,000
3) SAMSUNG A9
Yet another first from Samsung: a quad rear camera with 4 lenses. One of the four lenses is an 8 MP wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view. Samsung hasn't revealed the price yet, but chances are it could sit in the Rs 30,000-40,000 price band.
4)OPPO F3 PLUS
The F3 Plus trumps a number of devices on the camera front with a terrific rear and a selfie camera with that sports wide-angle (120-degree field of view). Just what you need for those ‘groupfies’. Rs 19,900