Phones With Optical Zoom

Top Phones With Optical Zoom with iOS and Android and Best Cameras

Looking for Phones With Optical Zoom? Currently, there is hardly any smartphone without a camera or say a high-quality camera for capturing quality images. However, there are only a few, which comes with optical zooming lenses. Compared to digital zoom camera, optical zoom possesses several advantages. Some of them are even capable of capturing high-quality photographs that can be printed out.

Digital Zoom:

Digital zoom is kind of fake zoom since it does not do anything to the lens or the camera. All it does is to enlarge the image on the screen and cropping it to fit in. In such zoom, image quality is significantly reduced since a few pixels are stretched over the more prominent area. The quality of such image would be way lower compared to the actual potential of your smartphone’s camera sensor.

Optical Zoom:

On the other hand, optical zoom makes the lens move for enlarged view and image. As the lens moves, the magnification of the picture is changed for capturing high-quality photos from a closer perspective of the primary object. The main benefit of optical zoom is that it allows taking closer shots without compromising image quality. Since the lens would move to adjust magnification, the image quality would be maintained.

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Now that you know how an optical zooming lens is beneficial to let us go to the main discussion. We have crafted a list of top smartphones that offer a camera with optical zooming lens. So without any delay, here we begin with the list:

Here is our List of Phones With Optical Zoom

Since it has been a while we wrote about this, there has been a lot of new entrants on the market which offers optical zoom. So, we have an updated list of phones which offers this functionality. Here it goes!

<2018 List>

In 2018, almost all mid-range to top-end phones went with dual-rear lens element where one camera is dedicated for telephoto. Even though this is not consistent with all the phone manufacturers, they all offer noiseless zoom in some form or the other.

Redmi Note 5 Pro

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If you are looking for a great camera with optical zoom below the midrange, Redmi Note 5 Pro could be an excellent option for you. Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor powers it. It is available in two configurations – 4 GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage and 6 GB RAM with 64 GB inbuilt storage. It is a dual SIM smartphone that supports up to 256 GB micro SD card in SIM 2 slot. It features a 5.99 inches full HD IPS LCD with 18:9 aspect and relatively thin bezels.

Out of the box, it runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. As far as the camera is concerned, it has a dual 12 MP + 5 MP camera on the rear side and a 20 MP selfie camera on the front. The dual camera setup on the rear offers 2 x optical zoom and better focus on the objects; the front camera shoots terrific selfies. It also gets Bluetooth 5.0 for even faster data transfer and more range. Under the hood, a 4000 mAh battery gives good backup. Overall, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the best package that you can get at this price. Still, few things could have been better which are a  Type-C port and fast charging support.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications
Display5.99 inches IPS LCD
1080 x 2160 pixels resolution
403 PPI density
18:9 aspect ratio
77.4% screen-to-body ratio
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPUAdreno 509
RAM4/6 GB
Storage64 GB, microSD card up to 256 GB (Hybrid slot)
Rear CameraDual: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25µm, PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), dual-LED flash
Front Camera20 MP (f/2.2, 1/2.8″, 1µm), LED flash
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.2 (Nougat)
SensorsFingerprint, compass, accelerometer, gyro, proximity
OthersBluetooth 5.0
Weight181 g
Battery4000 mAh

Xiaomi MI A2

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Back in 2017 when Mi A1 was launched, it was praised for the great dual camera at such a competitive price. Mi A2 is the successor of the Mi A1 and is far better regarding CPU performance and camera capabilities. It has a large 5.99 inches full HD LTPS IPS LCD which is same as in Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor which is so far the best processor for the midrange smartphones. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, stock Android version.

This smartphone comes in three configurations- 4 GB RAM with 32/64GB storage and 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage. There is no card slot to expand the RAM further. The dual rear camera packs 12 MP + 20 MP sensors with PDAF and 2x lossless optical zoom. For selfies, there is a 20 MP front-facing camera.

Surprisingly, this time Xiaomi has introduced the Type-C port in a below mid-range smartphone. You will also get a fingerprint scanner on the rear side, Bluetooth 5.0 and a Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter. Mi A2 packs a 3010 mAh battery which gives decent backup and does not support fast charging.

Xiaomi MI A2 Specifications
Display5.99 inches IPS LCD
1080 x 2160 pixels resolution
403 PPI density
18:9 aspect ratio
77.4% screen-to-body ratio
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPUAdreno 512
RAM4/6 GB
Storage32/64/128 GB
Rear CameraDual : (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm) +
(20 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.8″, 1.0µm, PDAF)
Front Camera20 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.8″, 1.0µm
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo); Android One
SensorsFingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
OthersBluetooth 5.0
Type-C Port
Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
Weight168 grams
Battery3010 mAh

Nokia 7 Plus

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Nokia 7 Plus is quite praised for its great camera, robust build and looks. Unlike most of the phones, it does not come with a notch but still, Nokia 7 Plus looks better than most of the other phones of its range. It has a large 6 inches full HD IPS LCD protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is equipped with Snapdragon 660 and Adreno 512 GPU which can easily handle intensive multitasking and gaming with ease. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo; Android One which makes it butter smooth. Moreover, it will be among the first smartphones that will get the Android P update.

It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage which is further expandable up to 256 GB. One the rear side, it features a dual rear camera with 12 MP + 13 MP sensors both together provides 2x optical zoom and better detection of the depth. The front section gets a 16 MP selfie camera. Talking about the picture quality, no doubt Nokia 7 Plus offers one of the best camera setups of its range. Moving ahead, it has Bluetooth 5.0, Type-C port and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It is powered by a 3800 mAh battery and fast support charging.

Nokia 7 Plus  Specifications
Display6.0 inches IPS LCD
1080 x 2160 pixels resolution
403 PPI density
18:9 aspect ratio
77.2% screen to body ratio
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPUAdreno 512
RAM4 GB
Inbuilt Storage64 GB,  microSD up to 256 GB
Rear CameraDual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 25mm, 1.4µm) + 13 MP (f/2.6, 1.0µm), gyro EIS and dual-pixel phase detection, Carl Zeiss optics
Front Camera16 MP (f/2.0, 1.0µm)
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 (Oreo); Android One
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Fingerprint
Weight183 g
Battery3800 mAh

Asus Zenfone 5Z

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Asus Zenfone 5Z is the cheapest smartphone in the market that will let you experience the seamless performance of the Snapdragon 845 processor. It has 6.2 inches full HD IPS LCD with a notch on the top for the speakers, sensors, and camera. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. You can choose from three variations 6 GB with 64/128 GB and the top model 8 GB RAM with 256 GB internal storage. NO matter which one you buy, you can further add a microSD card up t0 512 GB in the SIM 2 slot. So storage space won’t be a problem.

As far as the camera is concerned, Asus Zenfone 5Z has a dual rear camera with 12 MP + 8 MP sensors with 4-axis OIS and PDAF. For selfies and video calling, there is an 8 MP camera with gyro-EIS for video stabilization. That’s not all, Asus has introduced AI features in the camera that helps in the better image processing by identifying the objects. As a result, even in low light pictures have good details and considerably low noise. If looks of the phone matter a lot to you, you will love this phone even more. Th front is almost all glass, and the rear side is made of high-grade aluminum with a shining pattern. Under the hood, it packs a 3300 mAh battery with fast charging support. Long story short, Asus Zenfone 5Z offers all the flagship features and performance at a very competitive price.

Asus Zenfone 5Z Specifications
Display6.2 inches IPS LCD
1080 x 2246 pixels resolution
402 PPI density
18.7:9 aspect ratio
83.6% screen to body ratio
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6/8 GB
Storage64/128/256 GB
Rear CameraDual: (12 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, PDAF) +
(8 MP, f/2.0, 12mm, 1/4″, 1.12µm, no AF)
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, 1/4″, 1.12µm
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 (oreo)
SensorsFingerprint, compass, accelerometer, gyro, proximity
OthersBluetooth 5.0
Weight155 grams
Battery3300 mAh

OnePlus 6

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OnePlus 6 is another great option and an affordable beast. It features a 6.28 inches full HD Optic AMOLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Out of the box, it runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo). This Oneplus flagship phone is powered by the Qualcomm’s best processor Snapdragon 845 octa-core 2.8 GHz processor. It comes in three variants, 6 GB RAM with 64 GB, 8 GB RAM with 128/256 GB storage space. There is no card slot to expand the capacity further, so whatever comes inbuilt is the last limit.

One thing for which the OnePlus phones are known is the camera capability of the phone. This time OnePlus has again improved the camera quality to deliver the same picture quality as the high-end phones that cost way more. The rear section has 16 MP + 20 MP camera on with OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom, and dual LED flash. While on the front side there is a 16 MP camera with gyro-EIS for electronic image and video stabilization. OnePlus is powered by a 3300 mAh battery and supports Dash Charge

OnePlus 6  Specifications
Display6.28 inches Optic AMOLED
1080 x 2280 pixels resolution
402 PPI density
19:9 aspect ratio
83.8% screen to body ratio
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6/8 GB
Inbuilt Storage64/128/256 GB, no microSD card slot
Rear CameraDual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.6″, 1.22µm, gyro-EIS, OIS) + 20 MP (16 MP effective, f/1.7, 1/2.8″, 1.0µm)
Front Camera16 MP (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/3″, 1.0µm), gyro-EIS
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Oxygen OS 5.1.8)
SensorsFingerprint, accelerometer, compass, gyro, proximity
Weight177 g
Battery 3300 mAh Li-Po

Huawei P20 Pro

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Huawei P20 Pro is unique because of the triple camera on the rear side. The P20 Pro is an IP67 certified which means it is dust and waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. A 6.1 inches full HD AMOLED display with a notch on the top covers most of the front section leaving some space on the bottom for the fingerprint scanner. That fingerprint scanner could have been on the rear side or under the display to reduce the bezel further. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) and powered by Hisilicon Kirin 970 coupled with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU.

The processor is equipped with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB inbuilt storage without any card slot. The rear camera of the phone offers 3x optical zoom thanks to the triple 40 MP + 20 MP + 8 MP camera on the rear side with Leica Optics, while the front gets a single 24 MP camera. There is a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and Huawei has also ditched the 3.5 mm headphone jack in this phone. But you will get a Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter in the box. A 4000 mAh battery keeps the phone running for the whole day and support fast charging. And with all this, it just weighs 180 grams which is a plus point.

Huawei P20 Pro Specifications
Display6.1 inches AMOLED
1080 x 2240 pixels resolution
408 PPI density
18.7:9 aspect ratio
82.0% screen to body ratio
CPUHisilicon Kirin 970
Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUMali-G72 MP12
RAM6 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage128 GB, not further expandable
Rear CameraTriple: 40 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/1.7″) + 20 MP B/W (f/1.6, 27mm) + 8 MP (f/2.4, 80mm), 3x optical zoom, OIS, Leica optics
Front Camera24 MP (f/2.0, 26mm), 1080p
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)- EMUI 8.1
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, color spectrum, Fingerprint, compass
Weight180 g
Battery4000 mAh Li-Po

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

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If you want something without a notch and a great camera with optical zoom, Huawei Mate 10 Pro could be the phone. It has a large 6 inches full HD AMOLED display which is HDR10 compliant. It runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) and powered by HiSilicon Kirin 970, which is so far the best processor made by Huawei. It comes in two models 4 GB RAM with 64 GB internal space and 6 GB RAM with 128 GB inbuilt storage.

Talking about the camera, the rear section gets a 12 MP + 20 MP  with OIS, PDAF, laser AF and 2x lossless zoom. For selfies, there is an 8 MP camera with AF. The Mate 10 Pro has a USB 3.1 Type-C port which is used for charging, data transfer, and music. There is no 3.5 mm headphone jack, but you will get a Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter. It has a 4000 mAh Li-Po battery with fast charging support.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Specifications
Display6 inches AMOLED
1080 x 2160 pixels resolution
402 PPI density
18:9 aspect ratio
80.9% screen to body ratio
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970
Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUMali-G72 MP12
RAM4/6 GB
Storage64/128 GB, no card slot
Rear CameraDual: (12 MP, f/1.6, 27mm, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, OIS, PDAF & laser AF)
(20 MP B/W, f/1.6, 27mm, OIS, PDAF & laser AF)
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.0, 26mm, 1/3.2″, 1.4µm, AF
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
SensorsFingerprint, compass, accelerometer, gyro, proximity
OthersBluetooth 4.2
USB 3.1, Type-C reversible connector
HDR10 compliant
NFC
Weight178 grams
Battery4000 mAh

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was a huge success in 2017 and still a great option. It has a large 6.3 inches full HD Super AMOLED display which is HDR10 compliant. It is IP68 certified which means it is dust and waterproof up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Out of the box it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo). It is equipped on with the Snapdragon 835 processor or its equivalent Exynos 8895 octa-core processor. It comes in three configurations 6 GB RAM with 64/128/256 GB which is further expandable up to 512 GB using the SIM 2 slot.

As far as the camera is concerned, it has dual 12 MP + 12 MP sensors on the rear side with 2x optical zoom, dual pixel PDAF, OIS and much more. The front has an 8 MP camera with dual video call support and video recording at 1440p at 30 fps. Also, it has Bluetooth 5.0, Iris scanner and heart rate monitor. It is powered by a 3300 mAh battery which gives decent backup but could have been a little more. But the fast charging support compensates it and makes it a great deal who needs a big display, seamless performance, and a fantastic camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications
Display6.3 inches Super AMOLED
1440 x 2960 pixels resolution
521 PPI density
18.5:9 aspect ratio
83.2% screen to body ratio
CPUExynos 8895 Octa
Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) – EMEAQualcomm Snapdragon 835
Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA – USA & China
GPUMali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
Adreno 540 – USA & China
RAM6 GB
Storage64/128/256 GB
up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Rear CameraDual : (12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS)
(12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom)
Front Camera8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1 (Nougat), Android 8.0 Oreo Update available
SensorsIris scanner, fingerprint, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, accelerometer, gyro
OthersBluetooth 5.0
Type-C USB Port
HDR10 compliant
Weight195 grams
Battery3300 mAh

Samsung S9 Plus

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Samsung’s flagship phone of 2018 the S9 Plus features one of the best camera setup ever in an Android smartphone. It features a large 6.2 inches full HD Super AMOLED display with more than 84% screen to body ratio. The S9 Plus has an amazing display; the colors are vivid and soothing to the eyes. Out of the box, it runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS. It packs a Snapdragon 845 processor or its equivalent Exynos 9810 which depends on the location where you are buying it from. The processor is coupled with 6 GB of RAM and three storage options 64/128/256 GB. Storage space won’t be an issue as it also supports a micro SD card of up to 512 GB.

The S9 Plus is also dust and waterproof like its predecessors, which is a must for such a premium phone. This time the S9 Plus comes with a dual rear camera that enhances the capabilities of the camera to a whole new level. It can shoot DSLR like images with better edge and object detection. Moreover, you will get a 2x optical zoom, unlike the lossy digital zoom. The front camera is an 8 MP shooter with autofocus and HDR support. It is powered by a 350 mAh battery which supports fast charging.

 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Specifications
Display6.2 inches Super AMOLED
1440 x 2960 pixels resolution
529 PPI density
18.5:9 aspect ratio
84.2% screen to body ratio
ProcessorExynos 9810
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEAQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM
GPUMali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China
Internal Storage64/128/256 GB, expandable up to 512 GB ( (uses SIM 2 slot)
RAM6 GB
Primary CameraDual: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1µm, AF),
Secondary Camera8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm), [email protected], dual video call
SensorsIris scanner,  accelerometer, gyro, proximity, fingerprint, compass, barometer, SpO2 heart rate
OthersBluetooth 5.0
NFC
HDR10 Compliant
IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery 3500 mAh
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 (Oreo )
Weight189 g

Apple iPhone X

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The phone that has changed the display architecture of the Android phones is the Apple iPhone X. After the iPhone X notched display, every second phone in the Android market has a notched display. The iPhone X has a 5.8 inches Super AMOLED display 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution and 458 PPI density. It has nearly a screen to body ratio of 82.9%. It runs on iOS 11.1.1 and upgradable to iOS 11.4.1. It is powered by Apple A11 Bionic Hexa-core 2.39 GHz processor coupled with Apple GPU graphics.

It gets 3 GB of RAM and believes me you don’t need more than that, unlike the Android devices. It comes in two variants where only storage space differs, 64/256 GB. On the rear side, it gets a dual 12 MP + 12 MP sensors with OIS, PDAF, and 2x optical zoom. And the front gets a 7 MP camera which can shoot at 1080p at 30fps. Along with this, it has Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, no radio and no 3.5 mm headphone jack. It is powered by a 2716 mAh battery with fast charging support that can charge 50% in 30 minutes.

Apple iPhone X Specifications
Display5.8 inches Super AMOLED
1125 x 2436 pixels resolution
458 PPI density
19.5:9 aspect ratio
82.9% screen to body ratio
CPUApple A11 Bionic
Hexa-core 2.39 GHz (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
GPUApple GPU (three-core graphics)
Internal Storage64/256 GB
RAM3 GB
Primary CameraDual : (12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, OIS, PDAF )
(12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom)
Secondary Camera7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, proximity, compass, barometer, gyro
Others IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery2716 mAh
Operating SystemiOS 11.1.1, upgradable to iOS 11.4.1
Weight174 grams

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  1. Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL:

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Despite a bunch of attractive specs, the most appealing factor for buyers is the 2.3x optical zoom. Besides a good build, sharp OLED screen and loudspeakers, there is a camera with wide angle lens supporting decent optical zoom. The front camera is capable of taking sharp selfies probably because of Sony sensor of 16 megapixels its features. Following are some important specs:

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Display5.5 inches display with 1080 x 1920 resolution

AMOLED capacitive screen with 16M colors

10-point multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

Chipset   /ProcessorQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset

Octa Core 2.0 GHz Cortex A53 Processor

Internal Storage32/64/128 GB, expandable up to 256 GB using SIM 2 slot
RAM4 GB RAM
Primary CameraDual 12 MP camera with 25mm+59mm, OIS, f/1.7+f/2.8 aperture, laser/phase detection autofocus, 2.3x optical zoom, dual tone LED flash
Front Camera13 MP with f/2.0 aperture, 1/3” sensor size, and 1080p resolution support
Battery CapacityNon-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  1. LG G6:

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Most of the users praise the interface of this smartphone. The camera performs quite well in both outdoor and strong indoor light situations. The screen feels quite smooth. Despite not being as bright as note 4 or S7, it is decent for daily use. Colors feel realistic. The thumb security scanner is quite fast and accurate, tap it with the right finger, and the phone is unlocked. Overall, the phone is light and fast, with comparatively good battery life. Plays games or watch movies for hours, and it still manages to stay cool. Here is a quick look:

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Display5.7-inch display with 1440 x 2880 resolution

IPS LCD capacitive with 16M color support

Multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Chipset   /ProcessorQualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset

Quadcore 2x 2.35GHz, 2x 1.6GHz processor

Internal Storage32/64 GB internal memory

Expandable up to 256GB with SIM2 slot

RAM4 GB RAM
Primary Camera13 MP dual camera with f/1.8+f/2.4, phase detection, OIS and dual tone LED flash
Front Camera5 MP with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p resolution
Battery CapacityNon-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat or N
  1. Apple iPhone 7 Plus:

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The iPhone 7 Plus uses dual lenses, however acting like one just like Huawei P9 and LG G6 we just reviewed. 28mm wide angle lens paired with a 56mm telephoto lens lets you zoom in without losing quality and keeping details high. It supports 2x optical zoom. Both of these camera work quite closely with each other, however, they are not equal. With a lower aperture of f/2.8, the telephoto camera cannot perform well in dim light. However, works fine since it is paired with another camera. Here is a quick look:

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Display5.5 inches display with 1080 x 1920 resolution

LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive with 16M colors

Multi-touch support

Lon-strengthened glass with oleophobic coating

Chipset   /ProcessorApple A10 Fusion chipset

Quad Core 2.34 GHz [2x Hurricane, 2x Zephyr] processor

Internal Storage32/128/256 GB internal storage

Non-expandable

RAM3 GB RAM
Primary CameraDual 12 MP camera with f/1.8+f/2.8 aperture, OIS, phase detection AF, 2x optical zoom, Quad LED flash
Front Camera7 MP with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p, face detection, HDR, panorama
Battery CapacityNon-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery
Operating SystemiOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.3.2
  1. Asus Zenfone Zoom ZX551M:

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Despite being criticized by many experts, I do not see it as a terrible smartphone considering the price you are paying for it. The build is pretty nice. The screen size is good with sharp 16M colors. The performance is nice. However, there are Moto X Pure and Zenfone 2, probably the main reason this phone getting bad reviews. It supports 3x optical zoom, probably the most by any current generation smartphone. Following is a quick overview:

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Display5.5 inches display with 1080 x 1920 resolution

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors

Multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Chipset   /ProcessorIntel Atom Z3590 chipset

Quad Core 2.5 GHz processor

Internal Storage32/64/128 GB, expandable up to 256 GB using dedicated memory card slot
RAM4 GB RAM
Primary Camera13 MP with 3x optical zoom, f/2.7 aperture, laser autofocus. OIS, Dual LED flash
Front Camera5 MP with f/2.0 aperture
Battery CapacityNon-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0 Lollipop Operating system

Upgradable to 6.0 marshmallow

  1. Samsung Galaxy K Zoom:

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If your daily smartphone use is limited and you are willing to compromise other specs in return for great photography capability, this smartphone made for you only. Despite being an old model, it is one of the rarest smartphones offering 10x optical zoom camera and high-quality photo composition. However, it is not the only appealing factor. Many Android users love to customize their device using external apps. However, the software of this device comes with many customization options. Here is a quick overview:

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Display4.8 inches display with 1280 x 720 resolution

Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors

Multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Chipset   /ProcessorExynos 5260 HEXA chipset

Hexa-Core processor with:

4x 1.3GHz Cortex A7

2x 1.7GHz Cortex A15

Internal Storage8 GB, expandable up to 64GB with dedicated slot
RAM2 GB RAM
Primary Camera20.7 MP with 10x optical zoom, auto/manual focus, OIS, Xenon, LED flash
Front Camera2 MP camera
Battery CapacityRemovable Li-Ion 2430 mAh battery
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4.2 KitKat
  1. Motorola Z & Z2 Play With 4 GB of RAM & 64 GB of ROM

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The Moto Z2 is Levono’s big experiment with modular phones. Amongst the mods currently available, the most useful mods in our opinion are the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Z mod camera. It is a standalone camera and does not use the phone optics. Here are the camera specifications:

  • Up to 10x Optical-Zoom
  • Powerful Xenon Flash for Low Light scenarios
  • Can shoot in RAW format.
  • Works with any Moto Z family of phones.

Here are the links to buy the Hasselblad True Zoom mod for Moto Z / Z2

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If you look at the specs carefully, you will notice that it is a Moto G5 under the hood. Except for the newer Snapdragon 626 (instead of the 625 on the Moto G5) with a higher clock speed of 2.2 GHz, all other specifications remain the same. The build quality is much more superior than that of the Moto G5, considering its price, it ought to be. If you are interested in buying the Moto Mods to extend its functionality, then this phone might be the one for you. Here are the device specifications below:

Moto Z2 Play Specifications
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Display5.5″ 1080p Full HD Gorilla Glass 3

401 Pixels per Inch

Processor Type Snapdragon 626 @ 2.2 GHz Octa-core, Adreno 506 @650 MHz
Internal Storage
 64 Gb & 32 Gb variants (eMMC 2.0, up to 200 Mbps Read)
RAM 3/4 GB DDR3 RAM options
Primary Camera: 12 MP  f/1.7 Aperture & Dual Autofocus. 8x Digital Zoom

Pixel Size: 1.4 µm

Secondary Camera 5 MP Ultra-Wide-angle Lens, @ f/2.2 Aperture size

Pixel Size: 1.4 µm

Battery Capacity 3000 MaH with Quick Charging (Charger Included)
Operating System
 Android Nougat 7.1.1
Warranty One year for mobile and six months for accessories

7. Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom:

Phones With Optical Zoom

 

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It is quite an old model produced by Samsung. However, perfect for people that are into photography and would love to have a phone and digital camera compressed into one device. Well, I can’t think of any better models than this, which is quite a truth indeed. It is a perfect example of a digital camera and cell as a single device.

It fits perfectly in pocket quick easily. It doesn’t fall off jacket pockets like those lightweight smartphones. There would not be much setting/tweaks required. Wherever and in whatever light condition you are, just grab it and start taking pictures. The camera grip is perfect and allows to get the proper stance. Here is a quick overview:

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Display4.3 inches display with 540 x 960 resolution

Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen with 16 M colors

Multi-touch support

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Chipset   /ProcessorPega-Dual + XMM6262 chipset

Dual Core 1.5 GHz Cortex A9 processor

Internal Storage8GB, expandable up to 64GB using dedicated slot
RAM1.5 GB
Primary Camera16MP with autofocus, 10x optical zoom, OIS, Xenon Flash
Front Camera1.9 MP secondary camera
Battery CapacityRemovable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2.2 Jellybean OS

Upgradable to 4.4.2 KitKat

Conclusion

We hope you like our list of the best Phones With Optical Zoom from both Android and iOS. We expect more phones with optical zoom to come up in the near feature. Photography is an important aspect of a smartphone these days, and the optical zoom offers an excellent point and shoots like capability.

We hope you like our article. For questions or suggestions, please use the comment section below. We would be happy to respond to your queries. Cheers!

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