Two years ago, finding a budget smartphone with a good camera would have been possible only if you went the seconds route and bought a used smartphone. Fast forward to 2019, though, and the entire scenario has changed for good.Still, it is easy to get lost in the megapixel race. Smartphone makers try to one-up each other by offering higher resolution cameras, but not all megapixels are created equal. A good camera smartphone is a function of many things like the sensor size, image processing algorithms, other software optimisations and the camera resolution is only one aspect of this.With that being said, there are several very good camera smartphones in the budget segment in India now.We have prepared a list of smartphones with impressive cameras under Rs 20,000 that you should look out for.
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With a 64MP quad-camera setup, the Realme XT joins this list as one of the most versatile smartphone camera packages on a smartphone. It is also the first phone in India to sport a 64MP sensor. The others include an ultra-wide lens, a macro lens and a depth sensor.Not just that, it brings great performance to the mix with the Snapdragon 712 SoC and up to 8GB of RAM. This is also one of the few devices to offer a Super AMOLED display in this segment, with an in-display fingerprint scanner. It has a starting price tag of Rs 15,999 and is available in two colour options.
Xiaomi has dominated the budget and entry-level smartphone segments for a long time now. This is no different this year either – the launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro changed the market dynamics yet again. Offering a high-resolution, premium-grade 48MP camera at budget prices was the primary clincher for the Redmi Note 7 Pro.Apart from its imaging capabilities, the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a great bang for your buck thanks to the great display, a well-balanced chipset and battery life that we’ve all grown to expect from Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series.Topping it all off is the glass design which gives it a premium look.It has a great value for money quotient which is why the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the phone to buy.Read our full review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi’s smartphones have been a hit in the budget segment and that trend has continued for years. However, not everyone is a fan of MIUI and Xiaomi has acknowledged that with the launch of its Android One series of smartphones.The Mi A3 is the latest in this line of smartphones. It runs on clean, stock Android and should get updates faster than other phones. It also offers a decent camera experience, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a big battery at very aggressive prices, making it a great option if you want all these features.
The Poco F1, the only launch so far from Xiaomi’s first sub-brand Poco is a feature packed mid-range device. It is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 powered device in India and with the recent price cuts, it offers even more value for your money. While the device’s design is something that the company has compromised on, the Poco F1 is durable with a sturdy plastic build.If you prefer performance over looks, the Poco F1 is the device for you. It is priced starting at Rs 17,999 in India.Read the full review: POCO F1 Review
The Samsung Galaxy A50 has a lot going for it. The device features a glossy finish and sports an attractive display, a triple camera setup that includes a good daylight camera, and decent battery life with fast charging support all make it a phone that’s worth considering when you go out to buy a new smartphone.While the Galaxy A50 performs well in daylight, its low-light images are not up to the mark. If you are a heavy gamer, you might want to skip this device and look at the other devices mentioned in this list.The device is available starting at Rs 18,490 in Black, Blue and White color options.Read the full review here
The Realme 5 Pro is the latest kid on the black and it truly represents Realme’s aim of taking on established smartphone makers in India. Featuring a mid-range Snapdragon chipset and offering a quad-camera setup in the budget segment, Realme 5 Pro could be your next smartphone.If you want a smartphone that offers great value for money and if you don’t want to use MIUI again (we’ve all been a Xiaomi user at some point of time), the Realme 5 Pro is worth considering.
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