In today’s times, the camera in a smartphone is probably the most important feature for buyers. While quite a few people click photos just for memories, a lot of people these days click photos to share on social networking websites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In this list, we have decided to list out the best smartphone camera in each budget – right from Rs 10k to high-end smartphones that cost upwards of Rs 50k.
While phones under Rs 7000 also come with good camera (Xiaomi Redmi Prime 2, for example), we highly recommend that you increase to budget to atleast 10000, if you want to click good photos.
If you want to take printouts of photos and make photo albums, then there are some good phones that come in the Rs 30k range. For top quality photos, the high-end offerings from Samsung Galaxy Series and Google Nexus 6P are excellent Android smartphone options.
When it comes to video recording, Full HD video resolution is sufficient, although video quality is dependent on the quality of lens and not the video resolution. For example, a 720p (HD) video captured on Samsung Galaxy S6 will have much better video quality than 1080p (Full HD) on Lenovo K3 Note.
Although flagship Android phones do come with 4K video recording, they take up too much storage space on the device. We recommend you record videos in 720p (HD) or 1080p (Full HD).
Note: We have not included any Apple smartphone in the list because if your operating system preference is iOS, then your options are pretty simple. iPhone 5S is the Best Camera Phone under 25k, iPhone 6 is the Best Camera phone under 40k and iPhone 6S is the Best Smartphone overall with a price tag of more than Rs 55k.
Best Camera Phone Under Rs 10000 – Lenovo K3 Note (13MP, 5MP)
The pictures shot through the 13MP back and 5 MP front come out good in both outdoor and indoor conditions. Considering the price, the Lenovo K3 Note takes decent pictures, the front camera automatically takes a photo when you wave and take excellent selfies with correct posture.
The videos are recorded in Full HD quality and the
Lenovo K3 note Comes in a sharp 5.5 inch Full HD screen, which is huge advantage. Most of the phones at this price range come in 720p (HD) resolution. It is good for watching movies and playing games.
Sleek and stylish design
Supports 4G LTE
Android Lollipop 5.1 Update available
16GB Internal storage and 32 GB expandable memory card slot
Light weight (150 grams)
At Rs 9999, the phone is reasonable
Good performance with a 1.7 Ghz Processor and 2 GB RAM
Does not come with protective screen (corning gorilla glass)
Heating issue after intensive gaming
Screen is not clearly visible under sunlight
Average battery life even with 3000 mAh battery
Best Camera Phone Under Rs 20000 – Lenovo Vibe X3 ( 21MP, 8MP)
Quality of display is good and clearly visible under direct sunlight
Good built quality (Metallic). Looks and feels premium
The camera is very good too, front facing best amongst Android devices that we have tested
The dual front speakers with amplifiers are crisp and clear. Lenovo has really improved on the speakers and it’s a delight to the ears.
Good battery life (3500 mAh) and supports fast charging technology, however the phone doesn’t come with the quick charger
Phone charges fast – 10% to 100% in 2 hours
Lag free User Interface (Vibe UI)
Features like quick snap to open the camera app and Flip to lock the phone works very well
Phone powered by Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 1.8GHz processor with 3GB RAM doesn’t slow down while multi-tasking
No heating issue after heavy usage and intensive gaming ( Max 40 degree Celsius)
Good for gaming: Games like Mortal Kombat, Dead trigger 2 can be played without any lag.
32 GB Internal memory with 128 Expandable storage
Both sim Support 4G
Comes with corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Supports IR blaster and USB OTG
At Rs 19999, This phone is worth every penny.
At 175 grams, the phone is slightly on the heavier side for a 5.5 inch device
Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box
Hybrid Dual sim Standby this means you have to either use a micro sim or micro SD card in the slot, you cannot use both at the same time
No fast charger provided with the phone, you need to purchase one.
No back lit for capacitive keys
It’s a non removable battery
The pictures taken in artificial lighting is average
Best Camera Phone Under Rs 30000 – Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) ( 13MP, 5MP)
Samsung known for thier cameras, Galaxy A5 does a good job at clicking pictures, Bright colours with good contrast
The 5.2 inch super AMOLED display is bright and sharp with good viewing angels.
Glass and metal build makes it look premium
Dual sim both support 4G
Fast and responsive finger print scanner
16GB internal memory with 128 GB expandable storage
Speakers are loud and clear
The Exynos processor is fast with 2 GB RAM
Android Lollipop 5.1
2900 mAh battery lasts for more then a day
No heating issue
Supports quick charging technology
A bit pricey, At Rs 29000 there are other phones which offers better features then Samsung Galaxy A5. Except for the looks there is nothing much to look for.
Best Camera Phone Under Rs 40000- Google Nexus 6P (12MP, 8MP)
The Google Nexus 6P camera is one of the best in this segment. Although the camera doesn’t come with Optical Image stabilization, It does come with auto focus, which we felt is not that accurate while clicking pictures, However you can manually click by focusing on the object and the picture does come out sharp and good. Even in the artificial lighting the camera takes good picture. The 8MP selfie camera is also good. Feature like double tap on the power button to click a picture within 1.1 second is very responsive and fast.
The video recorded from the phone was quite sharp and smooth. Although at times it becomes blur since it doesn’t have optical image stabilization
The 5.7 Inch super AMOLED display is one of the best displays available within Rs 40000
Good build quality, phone feels and looks premium.
Latest Android update (Android Marshmallow 6.0) and being a Nexus phone, you will get the fastest Android updates
Fast and fluid performance with 3GB RAM
Powered by Snapdragon 810, Octa Core 2.0 GHz processor
Supports 4G and NFC
Fast Finger Print Scanner on the back of the device
Comes with 32GB internal storage
Good speaker output
Games like N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 8 can be played without any lag
Although the phones comes with the Snapdragon 810 chipset which had some heating issues earlier, we experienced no such problems with the Nexus 6P.
Earlier, Nexus devices were not known for battery backup, but the Nexus 6P lasts for more than a full day with moderate to heavy usage.
Supports quick charging technology
Compared to other flagship devices, the Nexus 6P provides excellent value.
No optical image stabilisation, due to which the videos can come out a little shaky if you record on the move.
Like most phones that come with 5.5 inch displays, the Nexus 6P is difficult to use in one hand\
Doesn’t come with MicroSD card, however if you want more storage then you can buy the 64GB version priced at 43000
It’ a single sim phone, doesn’t have a dual sim slot.
Best Camera Phone Under Rs 50000- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (16MP, 5MP)
5.7 inch QHD Super AMOLED display is the best in the market.
The metallic and glass build makes the phone look premium.
Samsung is known for their cameras, and Note 5 doesn’t disappoint. The 16MP captures good pictures in outdoor and indoor . The 5MP front camera is one of the best selfie camera available in the market. Double press the home button to launch the camera app works very well.
The phone excels when it comes to video recording (4K and Full HD). Samsung has introduced a feature called Live broadcasting were in you can directly share the live feed to “You Tube”, this is one of the best feature in the phone.
Performance of the phone with 4GB RAM is exceptionally fast and lag free.
Good speaker output
Unlike previous generation Galaxy phones, the finger print sensor now works flawlessly.
Comes with S-pen which can be very useful for a lot of people.
Powered by Exynos 7420 64-bit, Octa Core
3000 mAh battery lasts for a day of moderate usage
Supports wireless and quick charging technology
32GB internal storage
Excellent for Gaming
No heating issue even after heavy usage.
Unlike most Samsung high-end smartphones, Samsung Note 5 doesn’t come with IR blaster.
The glass back makes it bit slippery. So you need to use a mobile case.