Reasons why Vertical Dual Camera is in play, Check list of smartphones with Vertically stacked Dual camera

Dual camera became buzz of town in last two years and now, most of the mid-ranger to premium smartphones are featuring it either on front panel or rear panel. Few phones featured double dual cameras like Huawei Honor 9 Lite and Honor 9i, which packed dual camera setup on both sides. A new topic of debate emerged after the release of Apple iPhone X, as it sported a vertically stacked dual camera setup. Fans started comparison between this vertical camera setup or side by side camera setup, which is better among these two and much more discussions are going all over the web.

When iPhone X came with such placing of shooters, it was attributed that space inside the device forced makers to put it in vertical direction. And that is true to some fact but it has much more value than just space. If innovators like Apple has tried this position, then it is sure that there is something more to it rather than just components shuffling.

Manufacturers are often seen experimenting with the position of dual rear camera, some feature it horizontally and some started with vertical mounting. However, they did not find any ideal position for the same. Did the position of dual camera have any effect on performance or quality? Is vertical camera have advantages over horizontal positioned camera? All these questions need to be answered, so we are listing out reasons that justify that vertical dual rear camera is better than horizontal one.

Better Augmented Reality and 3D features

Suppose if you want to watch a Virtual Reality video on your phone, you need to put your phone in VR headset and place it in front of your eyes in horizontal direction. Do you know how most of the videos over the internet are shot, I mean in which orientation? Landscape Mode is the answer. A vertical camera is vertical only if it hold in North-South direction, when holded in East-West direction, it automatically transition its direction. While, same is not true in case of horizontally positioned dual camera on smartphones.

The most of apps that companies would like developers to build for AR will be in landscape mode. AR is the future of virtual reality. The new position for snappers will allow to shoot 3D videos in landscape mode, which is not possible in traditional approach. Confused? Let me explain it in more better way

To shoot a video in 3-dimension, you need to place two lenses side by side (just like orientation of your eyes), so that both lens work altogether to create more depth of field. Now, your horizontal aligned cameras, turns to a vertical alignment in landscape mode. (hold your phone in landscape mode and see the position of camera). In case of vertically-placed dual rear camera, if you hold phone in landscape position, your cameras are now perfectly aligned to capture 3D shots and videos.

So, The vertical camera is a better way to enhance AR and VR capabilities during landscape mode.

Edge-to-Edge Display needs shuffling

Yes, it has to do something with internal component shuffling. Large display in same compact frame is advantageous over the traditional aspect ratio 16:9. In order to achieve 18:9 or 19:9 aspect ratio displays, you are required to ditch several components such as earpiece, proximity sensors and front shooting lenses on the front panel or accomodate them all in a very small space in top front.

If you are moving fingerprint sensors and other components from front to the back side in order to provide edge-to-edge displays to the customers. To properly fit these components on the back side, space is required. So, it is better idea to position the dual lens camera in vertical direction as it consumes more space in case of horizontal positioning.

Iphone 8 plus internal parts image

Above image is of iPhone 8 Plus’s internal comonents. See that Horizontal dual camera module? See how far it comes toward the center of the device? Now think about two more facts: the iPhone 8 Plus is exactly 7.2mm wider than the iPhone X, and the dual camera module in the iPhone X is considerably larger than the iPhone 8 Plus module because it has the flash and microphone placed in-between the cameras. So space is surely is the sole reason behind it.

Also, central positioning of the front camera is crucial to ensure accurate alignment in selfie shots and while using the Face Unlock feature, as claimed by the OnePlus founder. So to use Face ID very accurately, Apple may have opted for a notched design and due to spacing problem, the crucial step of realignment of camera position might have came into play.

Still, I think that position has very small role to play in photography. It’s about wider field of view, that is achieved better in landscape mode, like Panoramas are shot in landscape mode. But with vertically stacked dual camera you can explore out on vertoramas – A new way to shoot Panorama vertically. Vertoramas are specially taken to cover very taller objects and with this new trend, it can be captured with wide field of view in vertical mode as well. Hope now things are clear. Do lets us know in comments, which one is your preference.

List of smartphones with Vertical Dual Camera

iPhone X vertical dual camera

  • 5.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual: 12 MP + 12 MP rear camera | 7 MP selfie camera
  • li-ion 2716 mAH battery
  • Hexa-core 2.39 GHz (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral) Apple A11 Bionic processor
  • 3 GB RAM | 64 GB/256 GB ROM

Redmi Note 5 Pro vertical rear dual camera

  • 5.99 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual: 12 MP  + 5 MP rear camera | 20 MP selfie camera
  • li-po 4000 mAH battery
  • Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Processor
  • 4 GB/6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM

Micromax Dual 5 vertical placed rear dual camera

  • 5.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual: 13 MP + 13 MP rear camera | 13 MP selfie camera
  • li-ion 3200 mAH battery
  • Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53) Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 processor
  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM

Vivo V9 - vertical dual camera

  • 6.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual: 16 MP + 5 MP rear camera | 24 MP selfie camera
  • li-ion 3260 mAH battery
  • Octa-core 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
  • AI Face Access | Attention Sensing | AI Bokeh Mode | AI HDR

LG Optimus 3D Max vertical camera

  • 4.3 inch 3D LCD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual: 5 MP rear camera | selfie camera
  • li-ion 1520 mAH battery
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 TI OMAP 4430
  • 1 GB RAM | 8 GB (5.3 GB user available) ROM

Huawei P20 Lite - vertical camera

  • 5.84 inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual: 16 MP + 2 MP rear camera | 16 MP selfie camera
  • li-po 3000 mAH battery
  • Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) HiSilicon Kirin 659 Processor
  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM

Huawei P20 vertical dual rear camera setup

  • 5.8 inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual: 12 MP + 20 MP rear camera | 24 MP selfie camera
  • li-po 3400 mAH battery
  • Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Hisilicon Kirin 970 Processor
  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM

Huawei P20 Pro vertical triple rear camera

  • 6.1 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display
  • Triple: 40 MP + 20 MP + 8 MP rear camera | 24 MP selfie camera
  • li-po 4000 mAH battery
  • Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Hisilicon Kirin 970 Processor
  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM
  • Leica Optics
  • Android 8.1 Oreo


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