“Looking for a good camera phone but on a tight budget? Here’s our roundup with the best options”
Taking pictures with smartphones has somewhat rendered digital cameras quite redundant. Most smartphones can take reasonable pictures these days, which does the trick as far as casual photography and image sharing is concerned. However, when it comes to the affordable segment, brands often tend to cut corners in terms of the imaging module. But then there are some smartphones whose cameras don’t make you feel that you own a budget smartphone. Here are the best camera phone options in the sub-Rs 10,000 price range.
The 13MP camera of the Honor 4C is among the better ones in the budget range. The images offer a good amount of detail, good exposure and colour reproduction is on the natural side of things too. Low-light photography is one of its key strengths. The camera offers panorama, face detection, geo-tagging, touch focus and HDR. The 5MP front camera works quite well too, especially in well-lit conditions. It captures natural skin tones well. In terms of core specs, the smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display, is powered by a HiSilicon KIRIN620 1.2 GHz octa-core chipset mated to 2GB of RAM, and provides 8GB of expandable internal storage along with 4G connectivity. The choice of platform is Android KitKat, with EMUI on top.
The Canvas Nitro A311 brings a 13MP autofocus rear camera that has an aperture size of f/2.2, a 28mm wide-angle lens and boasts of a Sony IMX135 CMOS sensor. Its 5MP fixed focus -front camera has an aperture size of f/2.4, a BSI sensor, and a 22mm wide angle lens. What all this means is that you get one of the better packages in the affordable range. Additionally, the device rocks a 5-inch HD display, runs Android 4.4 KitKat, is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor mated to 2GB of RAM and offers 16GB of expandable internal storage.
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The YU Yureka was the one that revised the benchmark for smartphone photography in the sub-Rs10,000 segment. It sports a 13MP autofocus rear camera with Sony EXMOR CMOS sensor and an LED flash. They work in perfect sync to keep shutterbugs happy. Joining in is a 5MP front camera which reproduces good colours and provides a worthy selfie experience. The phablet comes with a 5.5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset mated to 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable internal storage and after the update it recently got, boots Android 5.0.2 based CM12S.Related reads: YU Yureka review | YU Yureka camera review
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G comes forth strongly in the imaging department. The front gets a 13MP autofocus camera which gets features like touch to focus, face detection, LED flash, geo-tagging, smile detection and HDR. The front 5MP camera pitches in quite well and doesn’t disappoint either. As far as specs go, this phablet features a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage.
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The Asus ZenFone 5 A501CG (16GB), despite offering a camera with the lowest resolution out of the pack, performs just as well as far as the imaging performance is concerned. It comes with 5-element lens and an aperture size of f/2.0. Making things sweeter is the PixelMaster tech that results in really good low-light imaging. It automatically detects the lightingconditions and prompts the activation of modes like HDR and low light. A 2MP front camera joins in and is a decent performer to boot. The smartphone brings with it a 5-inch HD display, a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage.
Disclaimer: All prices mentioned were prevalent at the time of writing this article and are subject to change.