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The 10 best phones of 2019 with the triple camera

The 10 best phones of 2019 with the triple camera
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Why settle for capturing photos at a certain distance or with a certain viewing angle, when you can have it all? We have selected the best phones whose lenses are the trio of aces of 2019: a large main lens, with telephoto and wide-angle.

What do we ask the camera of mobile in 2019? The current trend is to include lenses specialized in very different tasks. We show you the best phones that have a good main lens, accompanied by telephoto and wide-angle lenses. A trio of aces that will allow you to capture spectacular photographs in the most different situations.

If we look back, it is curious to discover how priorities have changed over the years. In the first smartphones, what mattered most was the definition: the Megapixels or MP offered by the camera. Then the mobiles focused their attention on the selfie, the Portrait modes and Beauty mode. It was about capturing the best close-ups.

When the ability to include several lenses in the mobile phone was developed, a couple of years ago, the secondary lenses in black whites became fashionable, and those that allowed blurring the funds to create the popular Bokeh effect. But in 2019, the trends are very different. All these lenses are prepared to capture photos at a distance and with a similar angle. Why just limit ourselves to that?

This year we have seen numerous mobiles that incorporate different types of specialized lenses. The most popular is the telephoto lens and the wide-angle. Let’s see what they consist of, and which are the best smartphones with this configuration.

Lenses for all situations

If we are going to buy a mobile phone for your camera, it is important to know what each lens is for. So we can decide which one interests us because it is not the same to take pictures of our family or friends during the holidays than to photograph landscapes or animals at a great distance.

We must start with the main lens, which is what will give us the overall quality of photography.

Main lens

The main lens is responsible for capturing the image itself, the rest of the lenses act as support. It is the one that marks its definition, the realism and dynamic range of colors, the capture of light, the absence of noise, etc. It is usually the one with the highest resolution, measured in Megapixels or MP. This value is important when establishing the definition of the photo, that is, the number of points that form it, but it is not synonymous with quality. A lens can have 100 MP but if it captures low light, the photo will look dark or with little detail when it is night.

Having many MPs is fine when editing it. For example, if we have many MPs even if we cut an image and we are left with only a small part that interests us, it will still have a good resolution.

But, as we said, this has nothing to do with image quality. Two other factors intervene here: the pixel size and the lens aperture.

The size of the pixel is just that: what the pixel of the lens measures when the light it captures is converted into a digital photo. In almost all devices, the smaller the pixel, the better, because we will have more detail. But the lens is just the opposite: the larger the pixel, the lighter it captures, and therefore we get more detail, less noise, and more natural colors.

The pixel size of the cameras is measured in microns. They usually vary between 1 and 1.2 microns, but there are lenses with 1.4-micron pixels, and even more.

The third factor is the opening of the sensor, which tells us how much the diaphragm can be opened, to let the light through. As more opening has more light enters and more details capture. This is important in low light situations.

This data is indicated by an f with a decimal value, but it must be taken into account that it is an inverse data. As smaller the larger number is the opening, which is what we almost always want. For example, a sensor with an aperture f / 1.5 lets in more light than one with f / 2.4 as we see in this photo.

In summary, we will have a good main lens if it has many MPs (although it is not a determining value), if it has a high pixel size, and if the value of its aperture is as low as possible.


A telephoto or telephoto lens, in simple words, is a lens that has a very high focal length, with a very small viewing angle. Even easier: capture things that are far away, but only in a small space, because their viewing angle is short. Imagine a telescope focusing on the Moon, and as you can see it very close you can barely see what is around.

Here we can see a normal capture on the left and another in telephoto mode, which brings people who are very far away in the first image, but only captures a small viewing angle:

The telephoto lens is used to capture in great detail specific things that are far away. For example, if you want to take a picture of an animal, but if you get too close it will scare you.

Wide angle

The wide-angle lens is almost the opposite of the telephoto. Capture a large viewing angle but at a shorter focal length. It is designed to get panoramic views of landscapes, or so that when taking close-up photos, for example to a group of people, you can also see what is around.

Here we can see a photo taken with a standard lens and the same shot, with a wide-angle lens. We see how it captures more things in the same space, but with less detail:


Since we have set, we will also describe what a macro lens is. It serves to make macro photos, which are captured in great detail, with the camera very close.  They are used, for example, to photograph insects or the detail of objects:

The previous image with a normal lens would have come out blurry because a macro is needed to focus so close.

Although there are mobiles with macro lenses they do not usually combine with the previous ones, so to make this comparison we will focus on the best mobiles with a good main lens accompanied by telephoto and wide-angle lenses. In addition, some mobiles use artificial intelligence to convert a wide-angle lens to macro, as we will see.

3D ToF

In the last year, 3D ToF sensors have begun to be seen in the leading phones. They are sensors that use infrared rays to capture a 3D image, with depth. This allows people to be separated from the backgrounds in a portrait, for example, or to extract objects from images to manipulate them separately by artificial intelligence.

These are the most used sensors today.

Huawei P30 / P30 Pro

Huawei is the reference brand when it comes to talking about cameras since their phones are always at the top of the benchmark photographic benchmarks.

Most of its high range offers a configuration with the main lens, telephoto and angular gan, as is the case of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.

The most advanced is the P30 Pro, which offers a 40-megapixel main sensor with f / 1.6 aperture, a five-magnification telephoto and a wide-angle 0.6x. The front camera is 32 megapixels with f / 2.0 aperture.

It is a spectacular configuration because at the high resolution of the main lens you have to join one of the largest openings (we have already explained that the greater the aperture, the smaller the number that appears in the f / value), combined with a powerful telephoto that It offers 5 optical magnifications and a wide-angle of great quality.

In addition, the sensors are manufactured by the prestigious German company Leica.

Huawei is one of the companies that more and better uses artificial intelligence to improve image captures.

Another important fact is that the P30 can convert the wide-angle into a macro lens, to capture close-up photos. And all sensors have optical image stabilizer (OIS).

These are the technical characteristics:

characteristics Rear cameras of the Huawei P30 Pro Front cameras
Main sensor 40 MP, f / 1.6, OIS, Dual LED Flash 32 MP, f / 2.0
Telephoto 8 MP, f / 3.4, 5 increases, OIS
Wide-angle 20 MP, f / 2.2, 0.6x, OIS
Other sensors TOF

Huawei Mate 30/30 Pro

The new Huawei Mate 30 Pro, launched just a few weeks ago, further improves the cameras of the P30 range. It is one of the first mobiles that mounts no less than two 40 MP sensors.

The main lens is almost identical to that of the P30 Pro, with 40 MP and aperture f / 1.65. However, the wide-angle is an ultra-wide-angle that doubles the resolution of the P30 Pro, up to 40 MP, and has a greater aperture, f / 1.8, which captures more detail in low light conditions.

The telephoto sensor also has more aperture, f / 2.4, but drops to 3 optical magnifications, and 5 hybrid magnifications. There is a fourth 3D TOF sensor to add depth to the photos.

characteristics Rear cameras of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro Front cameras
Main sensor 40 MP, f / 1.65 (up to 409,600 ISO), OIS, Dual LED Flash 32 MP, f / 2.0
Telephoto 8 MP, f / 2.4, 3x, OIS
Wide-angle 40 MP, f / 1.8, OIS
Other sensors 3D TOF

The rest of the Mate 30 Pro’s hardware is spectacular, with an OLED display, Kirin 990 processor, no less than 8 GB of RAM, and a 4,500 mAh battery. It is possibly the best Android mobile in the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ / Note 10

The flagship of Samsung is a different proposal with respect to what Huawei proposes, in the subject of cameras. The Korean company is committed to lenses with less definition, but as we explained at the beginning, the quality of the photos is not given by the MP.

Samsung is one of the world leaders in the manufacture of photographic sensors, and it shows on their phones.

For the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ opt for a 12 MP main sensor. It may seem little compared to the 40 MP of the competition, but the reality is that when we see the photos on a screen we do it at a resolution lower than 12 MP, and if we print or reveal them, we do it at even less resolution. More megapixels go well to extract clippings from photos or to print at poster size, but the reality is that we rarely need so much resolution.

Samsung prefers to bet on other things, such as its revolutionary variable opening. The main sensor is capable of changing the aperture, between f / 1.5 and f2.4, according to the light requirements we have. This gives a lot of play when it comes to using a lot of opening at night, and less when there is a lot of light, to reduce noise in the image.

It is accompanied by a wide-angle sensor of 16 MP f / 2.2, and a 12 MP telephoto with f / 2.1 aperture and 2X optical zoom. It also has a fourth 3D TOF sensor.

characteristics Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ rear cameras Front cameras
Main sensor 12 MP, f / 1.5 – f / 2.4, OIS, Dual LED Flash 10 MP, f / 2.2
Telephoto 12 MP, f / 2.1, 2x magnification
Wide-angle 16 MP, f / 2.2
Other sensors TOF 3D f / 1.4 VGA

iPhone 11 Pro Max / 11 Pro

For years Apple has been the reference in mobile phones, but in recent times it has been a little on the tow of Asian companies, especially when it comes to cameras. Not so much in quality, because for many the iPhone makes the best mobile photos, but in the use of sensors.

Apple had resisted using more than one lens, but in the last two years, it has given its arm to twist, to the point that the iPhone 11 includes three sensors, which also belong to that three of aces that shape this article.

Both the iPhone 11 Pro and the Pro Max use the same cameras, so you can choose one or the other according to your budget, or what you are looking for in a mobile.

Like Samsung, Apple does not give priority to the definition. Its three sensors do not exceed 12 MP.

You have to be a little careful with the nomenclature since the main Apple sensor calls it wide-angle, and the wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle. In order not to get involved, we have given them conventional names.

Thus, the main lens offers 12 MP with f / 1.8 aperture and OIS. The wide-angle has 12 MP with f / 2.4 aperture. The telephoto lens is 12 MP with f / 2.0 and 2X optical zoom.

characteristics Rear cameras of the iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max Front cameras
Main sensor 12 MP, f / 1.8, OIS, Dual LED Flash 12 MP, f / 2.2
Telephoto 12 MP, f / 2.0, 2x, OIS
Wide-angle 12 MP, f / 2.4 0.5x
Other sensors No

Realme X2 Pro

The Realme company has entered like a hurricane in the smartphone market. Founded by former Vice President of Oppo, Sky Li, Realme aims to outperform Xiaomi in the telephony market. There is nothing.

And arguments are not lacking. Their smartphones feature amazing hardware at a very tight price. Just as Xiaomi started, but taken even further.

In many of its mobiles, which are already sold in Spain, I really bet on using macro lenses. The only one that has the trio of lenses that we are highlighting is the Realme X2 Pro, a smartphone with spectacular specifications: Super AMOLED display at 90 Hz, Snapdragon 855+ processor, 6 to 12 GB of RAM, a battery that charges in 28 minutes … and with a price starting at $522!

The camera section also amazes with the main sensor of no less than 64 MP, and a slightly smaller aperture than the competition, but still more than enough to capture light in dark environments, f / 1.8.

The telephoto lens has 13 MP with f / 2.5, 2X optical zoom and 5X hybrid zoom. The wide-angle is 8 MP with aperture f / 2.2.

Although you probably use them at 64 MP very rarely, the whole set is quite solid, including the extra TOF depth sensor.

characteristics Rear cameras of Realme X2 Pro Front cameras
Main sensor 64 MP, f / 1.8 16 MP, f / 2.0
Telephoto 13 MP, f / 2.5, 2x magnification
Wide-angle 8 MP, f / 2.2
Other sensors TOF 2 MP f / 2.4

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi has broken molds with its new Xiaomi Mi Note 10, its latest (pen) mobile of 2019. At least as far as cameras are concerned. Not only is it one of the first phones with a 108 MP sensor, but it also has five rear lenses, with two telephoto and a macro.

A unique configuration that offers photographic and artistic possibilities that are not available to anyone else.

First of all, we have the main sensor of no less than 108 MP, more than double that of 40 MP sensors, which have almost been released this year. You can also use the Pixel Binning technique to take pictures at 27 MP but capture four times more light because four physical pixels work as one.

Another innovation is that it has not one, but two telephoto sensors. One of 12 MP with 2 increases, and another of 5 MP with 5 increases. These two lenses can work together or separately to create different effects.

The ultra-wide-angle offers 20 MP with f / 2.2 aperture and a viewing angle of 117 degrees.

But one moment … there’s more! A fifth macro lens on the back to take photos at close range with a resolution not very high, 2 MP, but enough to capture small details without distorting or blurring the image. Spectacular!

characteristics Rear cameras of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Front cameras
Main sensor 108 MP (Up to 27 Mpx pixel binning), f / 1.69, OIS, FOV 82 degrees 32 MP, f / 2.0
Telephoto 1 12 MP, f / 2.0, 2x magnification
Telephoto 2 5 MP, f / 2.0 5 aumtentos, OIS
Wide-angle 20 MP, f / 2.2, FOV 117 degrees
Other sensors 2 MP macro

The rest of the hardware is more restrained, since it does not carry a leading processor (the Snapdragon 730G), but it does have 6 GB of RAM and a 5,260 mAh battery. In addition, its price is quite tight within what it offers, as it barely exceeds 500 USD.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

In 2019 Xiaomi has launched mobiles as churros, but in its download, it must be said that they all have a purpose. We have already seen the Mi Note 10 and its unique camera configuration. The new Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, on the other hand, is committed to offering the best hardware of the year but at a price that barely exceeds 350 USD, to compete with OnePlus, Honor, and Oppo.

As far as cameras are concerned, which is what matters to us in this article, it has everything we are looking for.

The main sensor, manufactured by Sony, reaches 48 MP with an aperture f / 1.75, slightly more discreet than the competition.

The wide-angle lens is 13 MP with an f / 2.4 aperture, while the telephoto stays at 8 MP with f / 2.4, and a 2X optical zoom.

characteristics Xiaomi Mi9T Pro rear cameras Front cameras
Main sensor 48 MP, f / 1.75, OIS, Sony IMX586 PDAF Dual Flash sensor 20 MP, f / 2.2 periscope type
Telephoto 8 MP, f / 2.4, 2x magnification
Wide-angle 13 MP, f / 2.4
Other sensors No

The rest of the hardware is among the best you can find this year, with a 6.29-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855 processor, and 6 GB of memory. The battery reaches 4000 mAh.

Sony Xperia 1

As is the tradition in Sony, its flagship for this 2019 offers unique functionalities, but also some associated limitations.

Its super-long 4K OLED screen is ideal for watching videos and movies, but still using frames, and the toll to pay for such a resolution, as well as the powerful hardware, is an improved autonomy.

In the cameras section, for the first time, Sony opts for a triple camera configuration, which has allowed it to enter this list.

The Japanese company is the most prestigious manufacturer of photographic sensors in the world (in fact, Sony’s main gains now come from the sensors and PlayStation), and that is appreciated in the quality of the photos we get with the Xperia 1.

Like Samsung or Apple, Sony does not abuse Megapixels either. The main sensor reaches only 12 MPs, but as we have already mentioned, that is not very significant, because in practice we rarely need more. The opening is f / 1.6, one of the best in the market, with PDAF and OIS.

The telephoto lens has 12 MP with f / 2.4 aperture and optical stabilization. The optical zoom is 2X.

The wide-angle maintains the same configuration: 12 MP with f / 2.4 aperture.

characteristics Rear cameras of the Sony Xperia 1 Front cameras
Main sensor 12 MP, f / 1.6, OIS, PDAF 8 MP, f / 2.0
Telephoto 12 MP, f / 2.4, 2x, OIS
Wide angle 12 MP, f / 2.4
Other sensors No


LG G8S ThinQ

LG is always characterized by launching phones with unique features, and this LG G8SThinQ, ” the mobile that is handled without touching it “, is no exception.

It uses a TOF depth sensor in the front camera to see the hand gestures in 3D, which an artificial intelligence analyzes to interpret orders and use the smartphone without touching the screen.

In the rear cameras section, it has three sensors that meet the characteristics we are looking for.

On the one hand, we have a 12 MP main camera with f / 1.8 aperture and a 1.44um pixel size.

The telephoto sensor has a resolution of 12 MP with f / 2.6 and a 2X optical zoom. The wide-angle lens boasts 13 MP and aperture f / 2.4.

characteristics Rear cameras of LG G8S ThinQ Front cameras
Main sensor 12 MP, f / 1.8, PDAF, OIS FOV 78 degrees 8 MP, f / 1.9
Telephoto 12 MP, f / 2.6, 2x magnification
Wide angle 13 MP, f / 2.4
Other sensors No ToF f71.4

The rest of the hardware reaches a high level, with its 6.21-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 3,550 mAh battery.

OnePlus 7T Pro

Almost all the phones of this year of OnePlus, such as the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T or 7T Pro have the three types of the lens we are looking for. But as we are not staying with the best of the year, we opted for the OnePlus 7T Pro.

Over the years the Chinese company continues to offer premium hardware, but its price is getting higher and higher. The 7T Plus is around 750 USD, although compared to other models of the competition, it is worth it.

Its camera configuration is spectacular. It has a 48 MP main sensor with f / 1.6 aperture and optical image stabilizer (OIS).

The telephoto lens is 8 MP with f / 2.2 aperture and 3X optical zoom.

The wide-angle reach 16 MP, one of the highest in the list, with aperture f / 2.2.

characteristics Rear cameras of the OnePlus 7T Pro Front cameras
Main sensor 48 MP, f / 1.6, OIS, EIS 16 MP, f / 2.0 EIS
Telephoto 8 MP, f / 2.2, 3x, OIS
Wide-angle 16 MP, f / 2.2, FOV 117 degrees
Other sensors No

The rest of the hardware is among the top of the year, with an AMOLED screen that is close to 4K resolution, Snapdragon 855+ processor, and no less than 8 GB of RAM and 4,085 mAh of battery, with fast charging.

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