“Get the shutterbug in you out with these affordable camera phones”
Lately, the budget segment in the Indian handset market has exploded with various Chinese and Indian brands on the forefront. Such is the level of competition that features like biometric sensors and bigger displays have become a mainstay in the market. However, the most basic query that still remains while selecting a phone is ‘how is the camera on the phone?’ Therefore, we’ve addressed the elephant in the room and have curated the list of top camera phones priced under Rs 10,000 in India.
Coolpad and LeEco have joined hands to launch the Cool1 Dual, which packs in enough to take on stalwarts like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Honor 6X. Just like the Honor 6X, the Cool1 Dual also boasts a dual camera module on the rear panel. It sports two 13MP snappers in RGB + Monochrome configuration, which is the same implementation as on the flagship Huawei P9. The two cameras on the rear work together to offer features like optical and digital zoom combination, ultra-wide perspective and maximised Bokeh effect. The other specs of the handset include a 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC mated to 3GB RAM, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 4,000mAh battery.
Related read: Coolpad Cool1 Dual review
This year’s budget offering from Xiaomi, the Redmi 4 has also received accolades for its imaging prowess. It comes with a 13MP primary snapper with f/2.0 aperture, which clicks impressive images in the daylight and decent enough in low light. Xiaomi has also equipped the camera with features like live filters and shooting modes such as HDR, Panorama, Manual, and Beautify. The 5MP front camera also shoots good selfies. The handset comes loaded with Snapdragon 435 SoC (an octa-core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz), so performance is not an issue. It is being offered in 2GB + 16GB, 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB options. Being one of the most value for money devices on the market at the moment, it definitely deserves consideration if you are confused about your next smartphone purchase.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review
Ever since the sub-Rs 10,000 segment of smartphone market has erupted in India, Lenovo has been pretty active in this zone. It launched the K6 Power as a compact offering with a massive battery, as the name suggests. However, the underrated feature of the device happens to be 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor which has an f/2.0 aperture. The mainstay of the camera is the Pro mode, which offers control over aspects like ISO, exposure, white balance, and other settings. The front camera is an 8MP unit, which captures decent selfies. In essence, the cameras of the handset set it a notch apart from other smartphones in this price range. On the specifications front too, K6 Power flaunts Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC with 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage (expandable up to 128GB) and 4,000mAh battery.
Related read: Lenovo K6 Power first impressions
ZTE’s sub-brand nubia launched the Z11 Mini in the Indian handset market last year with innovative FiT (Frame interactive Technology). This feature lets users perform tasks or trigger a specific apps by simply simply swiping up and down on either edge of the handset. However, the star of the package is the 16-megapixel rear shooter with a Sony IMX298 sensor. It comes loaded with features like f/2.0 aperture, 6P lens and phase detection autofocus. The front 8MP shooter is also worth a mention here as it features Sony IMX179 sensor, f/2.4 aperture and 80-degree wide-angle lens. Looking at it now, the device is certainly capable when it comes to imaging. Under the hood, there is octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage and 2,800mAh battery. This is the most powerful camera smartphone at this price and is worth that if you take a lot of pictures using your smartphone.
Micromax’ sister concern, YU recently brought the iPhone-esque design and jet black finish in the budget segment with Yureka Black. Running the dated Android Marshmallow, this handset is powered by Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor that works in tandem with 4GB RAM to provide good user experience in terms of speed and performance. The handset also features 13MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front, respectively. Both snappers on the device are accompanied by LED flash, so low light photography is a breeze. If you want a device that is a looker and also makes you look good in photos, the Yureka Black is the answer.
Related read: YU Yureka Black first impressions
These are our top picks priced under Rs 10,000 which will appeal to all those shutterbugs out there who want a camera always handy. Can you suggest any other smartphones that should be in this list? Tell us in the comment box below.