5 facts about dual-camera smartphones



It’s amazing how smartphones have become the breeding ground for the latest camera technology. Dual-camera setups, in particular, have raised phone photography to yet another level.

Like adding more processing cores to a phone’s chipset, the idea of having two cameras at once came from the need to push past the physical limits of a single module, and introduce a whole new world of features in the process.

Now that it’s becoming the norm, we have to sort out some facts and myths about the latest trend.

The dual-camera setup isn’t exactly new

It may only be taking off now, but dual-cam setups have been around for a long time. In fact, the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Evo 3D, which were the first smartphones to introduce the feature, came out way back in 2011.


The first-ever dual-camera smartphone, LG Optimus 3D

Their implementations were different from what we’re experiencing today, however. Five years ago, 3D content was a thing, and both television and smartphone manufacturers produced compatible devices like the two aforementioned phones. Everyone eventually agreed that 3D technology was best left in the past, and the idea of having more than one camera on a handset took a backseat for several years.

Not all dual-cameras are the same

Even though brands advertise their phones as having double the number of cameras, you need to look a little closer at how the modules work in tandem.

One of the more popular executions is the Leica-infused Huawei P9. It uses a pair of color and monochrome image sensors to produce sharper photos with greater clarity when operating together. You can also choose to rely solely on the black-and-white sensor to create stunning imagery.

Huawei P9

The Leica-branded Huawei P9

Another well-designed implementation is on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. Its cameras have different focal lengths, meaning one has the usual wide-angle look while the other provides further zoom, so it’s like having a zoom lens sans the clunky mechanism.

LG’s flagship V20 and G5 smartphones have a similar style to Apple’s. The difference is in the length of the zooms, wherein there’s an ultra-wide-angle lens instead of a zoomed-in unit. This makes LG’s version better suited for landscape photography and large group pictures.

It’s not a gimmick or passing fad

Equipping two cameras addresses several limitations in smartphone photography, such as introducing optical zoom without adding bulk and improving image quality on already-tiny sensors.

In order to add camera functionality while keeping the frame as slim as possible, the only currently known solution is to add more modules side by side. If anything, we could be seeing more lenses on smartphones someday, and look back at twin setups as prehistoric tech.

More lenses doesn’t mean more expensive

It’s easy to associate such an innovation with high-end handsets, such as the $769 iPhone 7 Plus and $559 Huawei P9, but entry-level smartphones have been feeling the love, too.

Huawei P9 and iPhone 7 Plus

The Huawei P9 (left) and iPhone 7 Plus (right)

Huawei’s more budget-friendly Honor sub-brand released the dual-cam-equipped Honor 6X for only $150; before that, there was the US-bound Honor 8 retailing for $400. Chinese rival Xiaomi also offers a $225 Redmi Pro, which is the company’s first phone to have a dual-camera setup — even before the mighty Mi 5s Plus.

There’s more to improving image quality

On the topic of existing technologies, it’s important to note there are several other factors that contribute to image quality. For one, the size of the image sensor matters; a larger one can take in more light and may produce a shallower depth of field for creamier backgrounds behind subjects.

Another important element is aperture. By having a larger maximum lens opening, more light can pass through, and, in turn, enable you to have a higher shutter speed for capturing fast-moving objects without too much motion blur.

iPhone 7 Plus zoom

Real-time zooming with the iPhone 7 Plus

Finally, we have image stabilization. It comes in two forms: optical, which utilizes a physical mechanism to steady shots, and electronic, which uses software magic to predict shaky hand movements. When using either of the two, photos normally turn out a lot less blurry, as long as the subject stays in place.

With more and more smartphone manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon, we can’t wait to see what radical designs there’ll be next year.

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This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Innity Philippines.


GoPro HERO12 Black: Making heroic shots with the new HERO

Small but not terrible




The HERO of action cameras is back! And no doubt, the GoPro HERO 12 Black is one of the hottest action cameras around.

Not only does it provide great video output, it’s also packed with features and improvements that make it stand out from the crowd.

Packed Inside and Out

If you’re already planning to purchase the new GoPro HERO 12 Black, here’s what you should expect with its thicc packaging.


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If you’re here for the nitty-gritty new features of the brand’s latest action cam, you can see all the specifics in this article.

Keep on reading for the actual hands-on experience..


With the continuous rise of Reels and/or TikToks, having to shoot vertically is the way to go.

This is where the new Vertical Framing feature comes handy as it can shoot vertical videos for you without actually turning the device — as opposed to other action cameras including its older counterparts.

Make It Even Wider

The GoPro HERO 12 Black, just like any other action camera, comes with a default lens that it’s enough to shoot wide enough footage.

But with the optional Max Lens Mod 2.0, it makes shots even wider.

You can choose between three lens views: the default Wide (16-34mm), Max SuperView (middle ground), and the Max HyperView (the extremest view).

Just remember, you can only apply these when shooting in the default horizontal orientation.

If you’re shooting for Reels or TikTok and want this super wide look, you can stick with the default FoV (Field of View) of Vertical Mode. Otherwise, you can shoot in Horizontal Mode and just rotate it during post-process (or via GoPro’s Quik app available in both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store).

Also, don’t forget to enable it in its drop-down quick settings menu. This way you can fully-maximize its full-blown super-wide angle view whenever, wherever.

Memento Making

I enjoyed using the combination of the new lens and vertical shooting of this wonder cam during the duration of my travel. And with just one press of the top button, it instantly starts recording.

Several swipes also enables it to shoot photos or record timelapses.



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Compact Camera Companion

The GoPro HERO 12 Black is fantastic for recording and keeping travel mementos. But other than that, it’s also be good for documenting your everyday life.

The thing I love about the GoPro HERO 12 Black is that it features a built-in mount that can be flapped out within seconds.

My former action camera relies on its case before it can actually be mounted.


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Despite the continuous advancements of smartphone cameras and their video-making improvements and capabilities, the ultra-wide lenses aren’t the best performers when you’re trying to shoot videos. This is true even if you rock the latest flagship Android smartphone or even the maxed out iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The GoPro continues to exist to fulfill that vital role in shooting. Its compact form, ease of access, easy usability, and rugged-readiness are more points to consider on owning a GoPro HERO12 Black. It’s better than actually pawning your phones just to shoot UWA (ultra-wide angle) footages in the harshest conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The GoPro HERO12 Black is being sold for PhP 24,990 (US$ 399.99 / EUR 449.99 / GBP 399.99 / SG$ 580). Meanwhile, the HERO12 Black Creator Edition retails for PhP 36,990 (US$ 599.99 / EUR 679.99 / GBP 599.99 / SG$ 890).

The Max Lens Mod 2.0 is a separate purchase for PhP 7,490 (US$ 99.99). A special bundle is available for other regions. Visit for specific pricing and other bundle offers in your respective regions.

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On the other side of the race course

What is it like to be a race photographer?



I’ve always wondered what being on the other side of the race course is like. As an athlete competing in endurance races, I would get giddy whenever I heard the shutter clicking as I ran.

Stumbling upon a sports photographer on the race course gives me enough boost whenever my legs are tired from running. I always imagine what my photos would look like after it gets published.

Would I look exhausted? Is it going to be an epic action shot? The possibilities are endless.

I haven’t covered sports and events in a while, since I’ve been a product photographer for over half a decade. I try to shoot during community workouts at Bridgetowne Obstacle Park, ensuring my skills don’t get rusty.

After my Elite race at Spartan Stadion, I applied to be a photographer for Spartan Race Philippines. I’ve been wanting to satiate my curiosity on what is it like to become a race photographer. A month later, I got accepted and I didn’t realize my life would turn around after that opportunity.

Going back to my first love

When I got accepted by Spartan Race Philippines’ media team, I felt puzzled that everyone was using Canon for their gear and equipment. This prompted me to reach out to Canon Philippines, having them lend me the Canon EOS R8 along with a telephoto lens (RF 70-200mm) and a wide lens (RF 15-30mm).

I’ve been using a mirrorless Sony camera for almost a decade, but my first love was a Canon DSLR. It helped me ace my photography class back in my uni days and paved the road for my current career.

Going back to Canon coincided with the desire to go back to my roots. I’ve been yearning to cover sports and events, and I finally got the opportunity to do it again.

My familiarity with Canon helped in navigating the camera. It’s like going back to an ex-lover where too much time has passed and you just got a chance to see each other again. But this time, you’re both better.

Alexa, play “Maybe This Time” by Michael Murphy.

Time to gear up

My first assignment was the biggest Spartan Trail event for the year. Dubbed the Trailfecta Weekend, Spartan Race Philippines hosted three races in one weekend: 50 km, 21 km, and 10 km.

The event was mounted in the mountains of Bacnotan, La Union — a 30-minute drive from the San Juan, La Union which is also known as the Surfing Capital of the North.

During our orientation, we were briefed that celebrities and high-profile individuals would also grace and partake in the competition.

To make sure I wouldn’t miss out on any shots, I brought out two more SD cards and four more battery packs. I was nervous yet excited at the same time to be part of the race I used to compete in.

Under the hellish heat

On the first day, I was deployed at the 42nd mark of the 50-kilometer trail. I was the last photographer before the participants reached the finish line.

The media team used a buddy system but I insisted on moving further to find an enthralling background for the subjects I’ll be taking photographs with.

I ended up sitting at the 43rd-kilometer mark. Nevertheless, I found a good spot. I was sitting in a corner side of a paved road, snuggled under an umbrella while braving the hellish heat. I brought the Canon EOS R8 and the RF 70-200mm to capture every racer from a distance.

My goal at that time was to make sure I took the best shot of every athlete passing through me. Being situated at the near-end part of the race course meant athletes wouldn’t be crowded and I’d get a single shot of everyone.

Thankfully, it turned out excellent even if I was burnt from the scorching heat of the sun. Here are some of the best photos.

Elizabeth Dangadang

Andy Borras

Roy Dela Fuente

Aries Atienza

Keziah Loreto

Simon Adriano

In slopes

After the 50-kilometer race, we went back to our hostel to rest, recover, and prepare ourselves for the second day. The 21-kilometer and 10-kilometer races were more grueling than the 50-kilometer due to the sheer volume of racers attending.

An estimated 300 racers attempted the 21-kilometer race while around 600 racers ran through the 10-kilometer trail.

I was deployed early in the morning for the 21-kilometer race. My co-photographer Rox and I rode and stood at a pick-up truck, anxiously wanting to find a spot early.

One of the Philippines’ best trail runners was competing and we knew right away he’d be the first person to cross the finish line.

Deployed at the 10th-kilometer mark, we still went down on a slope to find a good spot. Our exploration at around the 9-kilometer mark was halted when we saw Randolf Gonzales, Merrell’s Ambassador, and the country’s elite trail runner, running easily on an uphill. Behind him were athletes from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

We had no choice but to stop and position ourselves as the athletes passed through us. Right then and there, we decided to station on the slope since the racers were coming.

Here are some of the photos I took on the half-marathon race.

Randolf Gonzales

Melissa Campos

Imman Villapando

Rufino Herrera

Jara Pallana

Ceddrick Moreno

Joj Agpangan

Up to shoot for more

The cut-off time for the half-marathon was too early, based on my experience. At 8 in the morning, we were asked to come back to the aid station. Seeing that it was still early in the day, we asked to be deployed for the 10-kilometer race.

We arrived at the last aid station around the 9-kilometer mark. Around twenty minutes later, the podium contenders for the 10-kilometer race were running on the trail we were stationed on.

I was positioned in the bush to sneakily take their photos. Some were surprised after passing through me. In this race, I felt being toasted by the sun. I was wearing my Straw Hat from Netflix’s One Piece, but it wasn’t enough to cool my head while on the trail.

Nevertheless, here are some of the photos from the 10-kilometer race.

Fjay Awa

Wellington “Beef” Co

Christian Tiu

Tinoy Borromeo

Jaco Benin

At the Workout Tour

Two weeks later after the race in Bacnotan, La Union, I also got an assignment to shoot for the second leg of the Spartan Workout Tour. It happened in Arca South in Taguig City, after the Spartan Kids race in the morning.

Though it was only a half-day event, the weather was erratic and bizarre, I almost feared for my gear. It was insanely, scorching hot, and then a heavy downpour came in during the start of the program. After half an hour, it stopped raining and it was insanely hot again. I had to use an umbrella to cover the Canon EOS R8 and the RF 15-30mm from the weather.

I forgot to use the telephoto lens since I used the RF 15-30mm to take photos of the Next-Gen Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4×4 at Poro Point in La Union, prior to the race. Luckily, the race course inside Arca South was cramped, and opting for the wide lens was more appropriate for the setting.

I stationed myself in the obstacles that would be best captured wide: Beater, Monkey Bars, Multi-Rig, and Rope Climb.

The Spartan Workout Tour photos I took are as follows:

Welcome back, my first love

Being a race photographer brought me back to my roots. I remember how I loved being the one behind the cameras, directing people on what to do and making them comfortable as I took their photos. I enjoyed the thrill of capturing an athlete’s performance in fleeting moments. The rapid anticipation of my heart racing from nervousness if I can even do a good job.

I’d say I did fine, seeing how I’m still part of Spartan Race Philippines’ official photographers team. Having the Canon EOS R8 allowed me to unleash my potential as a sports photographer.

It can shoot with a swift burst rate so I don’t miss any moments on the race course. It’s also responsive whenever I need to switch modes to find the more appropriate setting while shooting.

It certainly kept up with me at all times, regardless of the shooting conditions. It’s just versatile enough to bring along on the race course.

I’m still mulling over completely switching to the other side, both on the race course and using Canon as my main camera. I still enjoy being an athlete and competing in the Spartan Race, and jumping over from Sony to Canon is a big leap. But who knows? Maybe, just maybe, we find ourselves coming back to the brand we first loved.

For now, I’m just elated to be with fellow race photographers. It’s a pivotal experience that I’m going to treasure for the rest of my life.

SEE ALSO: Disconnecting in Taiwan with the Canon EOS R8

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DJI launches OSMO Pocket 3

Best pocket camera right now?



OSMO Pocket 3

Pocket cameras seem to be all the rage in 2023 and DJI isn’t about to lose its foothold on the category. Enter the DJI OSMO Pocket 3. The latest from DJI features a 1-inch CMOS sensor, a 2-inch rotating screen, with the ability to shoot in 4K/120fps.

See more, shoot more

A notable inclusion on the OSMO Pocket 3 is its 1-inch CMOS sensor. With it, you can be sure of producing great image quality even in challenging lighting conditions. But it’s more than just hardware. Its specialized image quality optimization lets you bring low-light scenes to life with clarity and authentic color.

The camera will fine-tune the exposure for different skin tones to deliver a clear and glowing complexion in every frame.

For more experienced users, the pocket camera offers 10-bit D-Log M and 10-bit HLG color modes. The 10-bit D-Log M explore up to one billion colors and experience rich detail in every shot. Meanwhile, the 10-bit HLG HDR provides a higher dynamic range.

More features

OSMO Pocket 3

The pocket camera is also home to many features that will help you shoot better. Its 2-inch full-color OLED rotatable touchscreen offers effortless control at your fingertips. You can shoot horizontally or vertically. It’s all up to you!

It also has full-pixel fast focusing for sharp focus even with fast-moving subjects. There’s a Product Showcase mode for smooth livestreaming and product showcasing. It’s also equipped with three-axis mechanical stabilization for a smooth and steady shot.

ActiveTrack 6.0 offers multiple follow modes such Face Auto-Detect and Dynamic Framing. The built-in three-mic array reduces wind noise and captures omnidirectional stereo sound. DJI Mic 2 compatibility enables dual-person recording for vlogs, interviews, and livestreams.

Glamour Effects 2.0 adds personalized beauty options, while its automatic axis locks secure the gimbal in storage position.

It can be charged to 80% in just 16 minutes. When fully charged, it can record up to 116 minutes of 4K/60fps footage or up to 166 minutes of 1080p/24fps footage.

Shooting modes

OSMO Pocket 3

The pocket camera offers a range of creative modes and features that are just a few taps away. These include:

  • SpinShot: Get 180° smooth camera movements with one hand.
  • Motionlapse: From sunrises to city traffic, capture the gorgeous and surreal flow of time.
  • Digital Zoom: Up to 4x digital zoom lets you get closer in any shot.
  • Panorama: Give sweeping landscapes and scenes the full detail they deserve.

Edit with LightCut

When producing videos, shooting is just one part of the equation. Another is video editing. Take the footage you shot on the pocket camera and edit with the LightCut app.

There’s a One-Tap Edit feature for simple content creation. It uses AI intelligent recognition to find highlights from your footage and instantly generate shareable 4K videos.

But if you want to handle the editing yourself, you can do so with a wide range of video templates. It features everything from vlogs, travel, food to family gatherings, parties, and more.

Additionally, the app’s efficient editing process eliminates the need to download footage during editing, preserving valuable storage space on your smartphone.

OSMO Pocket 3 Accessories

You can level up your shooting capabilities by adding these accessories to the OSMO’s latest pocket camera.

  • Black Mist Filter
  • Wide-Angle Lens
  • Osmo Mini Tripod
  • Battery Handle
  • DJI Mic 2 Transmitter
  • Magnetic ND Filters Set
  • Expansion Adapter
  • Carrying Bag

Price and availability

The Osmo Pocket 3 is available to order from and authorized retail partners. It comes in the following configurations:

The pocket camera retails for SG$ 729. It includes the Osmo Pocket 3, a Type-C to Type-C PD Cable, a Osmo Pocket 3 Protective Cover, a DJI Wrist Strap, and a Osmo Pocket 3 Handle With 1/4″ Thread.

The Creator Combo retails for SG$ 929. It includes the Osmo Pocket 3, a Type-C to Type-C PD Cable, a Osmo Pocket 3 Protective Cover, a DJI Wrist Strap, a Osmo Pocket 3 Handle With 1/4″ Thread, a DJI Mic 2 Transmitter (Shadow Black), a DJI Mic 2 Windscreen, a DJI Mic 2 Clip Magnet, a Osmo Pocket 3 Battery Handle, a Osmo Mini Tripod, and Osmo Pocket 3 Carrying Bag.

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