The camera is a very important element of a smartphone today. As such, it’s a no-brainer for smartphone makers to double down on their camera tech and make it further accessible.
With the rise of dual and triple cameras on a phone, the sub-Rs 20,000 budget category has perhaps the largest range of products for users to choose from. But not every phone that’s marketed as a camera phone has decent cameras.
We have prepared a list of smartphones with impressive cameras under Rs 20,000 that you should look out for.
- If you are looking for a phone under 25K that has a balanced set of features, we’ve got you covered. Check our list of best phones under 25K.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 675 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP
Impressive front camera
Value for money
Hybrid SIM card slot
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Starting at Rs 13,999, the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a great camera which appeases photography enthusiasts. Further, it brings down the Sony IMX586 sensor to the budget segment which allows the camera to create pictures with 8000 x 6000 pixels resolution effectively translating to 48MP.
The camera on the Note 7 Pro preserves good amount of details with textures, accurate colours and contrast. It is able to capture great dynamic range and with the inclusion of AI-based features such as scene detection among others, the Note 7 Pro definitely sets a benchmark in mobile photography.
Read our full review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi Mi A2
OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4GB / 6GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB | Battery: 3,010mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 20MP | Front camera: 20MP
Great day light camera
No 3.5mm jack
The Mi A2 succeeds the very successful Mi A1 from Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. Similar to its predecessor, the highlight feature of the Mi A2 is its camera, which has been rated as the best low-light camera under a budget.
Not just that, the Mi A2 competes against much pricier handsets when it comes to camera. The Mi A2 captures some really impressive images in good light, and doesn’t disappoint in low-light either. It manages to click well exposed photos with good detail and optimum saturation.
Read the review here: Xiaomi Mi A2 Review
POCO F1 64GB
OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.18-inch | Resolution: 2246 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP
Value for money
The POCO F1 is, again, from Xiaomi’s family. It’s the most talked about budget flagship around the globe, which brought the flagship level hardware as low as Rs 19,999. It not just offers a powerful chipset, but also consists of an impressive set of lenses for photography. To recall, it is the same handset that beat the likes of iPhone XS in MKBHD’s blind test.
The camera results are somewhat close to what Mi A2 has to offer, but the results aren’t as natural. It is a wise choice if you are looking for a camera that can produce social-media friendly pictures and don’t want to get into the nitty gritty of tones, colors and details.
Read full review: POCO F1 review
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 75.5 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.26-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP
Long lasting battery
The Asus Max Pro M2 is the successor that the M1 deserved. More so, because the camera on M1 was one are where it was relatively fell short against the competition. The Max Pro M2 brings major improvements in the camera department and is one of the best cameras one can get at this price. On top, you get a great set of hardware, massive battery and a good UI.
Honor 10 Lite
Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 154.8 x 73.6 x 8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.21-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Kirin 710 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 24MP
Good day-light camera
MicroUSB port is dated
Need to buy a good looking phone with a camera that impresses in good lighting conditions? The Honor 10 Lite is the best in the range. It offers a staggering range of shooting modes – from Automatic, to AI mode for advanced scene detection, right through to semi-automatic and a 100% manual mode, called Pro Mode.
The social media addicts will find the 24MP front camera well suited for good looking selfies.
Read full review: Honor 10 Lite