I have seen some mobile phone specifications that mention "12MP + 12MP Camera", such as these specs for a Samsung Note 8:

12MP + 12MP Camera
8MP Front Camera
6.3" Display
64 GB Memory
6 GB Ram
2.3 + 1.7 GHz Octa Core

Does "12MP + 12MP" mean that the camera has 24 megapixels in the camera, or just 12 megapixels?


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A quick search indicates that that "12MP + 12MP" means exactly that: two 12MP cameras. One is a "standard" camera, for the other several possibilities exist (depending on maker): monochrome, wide angle, or tele lens. The 8MP is a 3rd camera facing the other way (for "selfies" while watching the screen).

I would expect the phone info tells you what that particular phone has

  • \$\begingroup\$ its Samsung Note 8 \$\endgroup\$
    – RANSARA009
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 8:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ here and here ... \$\endgroup\$
    – remco
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 9:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ is that meens both camera together we can take 24MP pictures? \$\endgroup\$
    – RANSARA009
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 12:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RANSARA009 no, You can take 2x 12MP photos. There is no indication whether both cameras have the same focal length or colors - and they certainly don't have the same position. \$\endgroup\$
    – flolilo
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 17:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ According to Galaxy Note 8 specs at DPReview, one rear camera is 26mm Wide angle with 12MP 1/2.55" sensor (1.4 µm pixel size), F1.7 and OIS. The other is 2x Tele with 12MP 1/3.6" sensor (1.0 µm pixel size), F2.4 and OIS. The front camera is 8 MP / F1.7 front camera, 1/3.6" sensor. \$\endgroup\$
    – xiota
    Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 0:07

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