As a smartphone owner and reviewer, I am constantly being surprised by the fact that every year the smartphone companies are able to pack more and more tech inside smartphones at very reasonable prices. Just take a look at the cameras the so-called budget devices pack. You are getting dual cameras, portrait mode, great low-light photography and much more. The cameras in budget smartphones are getting better at a faster pace than the ones in the flagship devices. These days, if you want a good camera phone, you don’t need to splurge a huge amount of money. In fact, you can find some really good camera phones under 20000 INR. Don’t believe me? Well, here are the 10 best camera phones under 20000 INR you can buy:
Best Camera Phones Under 20000 INR
1. Huawei P20 Lite
Huawei just launched three new smartphones in 2018, the P20, the P20 Pro and the P20 Lite. While the first two are flagship devices, the P20 Lite is priced just below INR 20,000 and is our first choice for this list. The Huawei P20 Lite packs a dual primary camera setup with a 16MP and 2 MP sensor. Not only the camera takes great daylight photos, but it also takes really great photos in low light, and don’t forget the portrait shots. I mean, just use this phone and you will be amazed by its camera quality.
The smartphone also packs a 24MP front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture which can take awesome selfies. What’s best is that it can also take portrait selfies and can execute the 3D portrait lighting effects, like the iPhone X. If you are looking for a good camera phone under 20000 INR, your search ends here.
Buy From Amazon: ₹19,999
2. Honor 9 Lite
Honor smartphones have always been known for their great picture quality and Honor 9 Lite, is probably the best of them. The smartphone is a true camera phone as it not only brings the dual camera at the back but also at the front. Both the primary and the secondary camera setup consists of a 13MP and 2MP cameras, which can take some really cool photos. The smartphone performs well in both daylight and lowlight situations and takes amazing portrait shots. The fact that the smartphone is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 659 processor which is really great at post-processing works also helps its cause. With the Honor 9 Lite, you are getting a whole lot of camera phone at quite a reasonable price.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹14,999
3. Redmi Note 5 Pro
If there is one company which knows how to manufacture and sell quality smartphones at reasonable prices, it’s Xiaomi. Xiaomi dominates, the budget section of Indian smartphone market, and for good reasons. Their phones not only bring exceptional build quality and specs, but they also are really good camera phones. One of the best smartphones Xiaomi has ever made is their new Redmi Note 5 Pro which has everything that you can desire in a smartphone. Apart from bringing a 5.99-inch FHD+ screen, a 4000 mAh battery and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, the phone also packs exceptional cameras.
The primary camera in the Redmi Note 5 Pro packs a 12MP+5MP dual sensor with a 20MP shooter at the front. We have already reviewed the device and found the cameras to be really good. In fact, the smartphone has received quite a few updates after we reviewed the device which made the cameras even better. The daylight photography is great. The quality does suffer as the ambient light decreases, however, the results are still good. The smartphone can also take portrait shots with both back and front cameras and they are good enough. Overall, it’s not only a good camera phone but a great smartphone which checks all the right checkboxes.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹14,999
4. Mi 6X / Mi A2
Many stock Android fans have been waiting for a device from Xiaomi which brought stock Android experience in place of the MIUI interface which the company packs on its devices. Their prayers were answered with the launch of Mi A1 in India last year, and the smartphone sold like a hot cake. However, not many users know that the Mi A1 was already launched in China with the name Mi 5X. Why am I telling you all this you ask? Well, it’s because Xiaomi just launched the Mi 6X in China which will be coming as Mi A2 in India, later this month.
We already know that the Mi A2 will be packing a powerful 12MP+20MP dual camera combo. While the 20MP camera is using the Sony IMX376 sensor, the 12MP sensor is Sony IMX486 with f/1.75 aperture, large 1.25μm pixels. This means that the smartphone will not only take great low light pictures but it will also record videos at 4K. The smartphone will also bring a 20MP selfie camera, with the same Sony IMX376 sensor as the rear, and a flash on the front. With these specs and Xiaomi’s previous track record in mind, there’s no doubt that Mi A2 will be one of the best camera phones you can buy.
5. Moto G6 Plus
Just like the Mi A2, the Moto G6 Plus is not available to buy right now but have already been announced and will be released in the coming few weeks. The top-end Moto G6 Plus features a 5.9-inch IPS panel with a modern 18:9 aspect ratio display in Full HD+ (1080p) resolution. The processor here is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC which is clocked at 2.2GHz which is paired with 4 or 6GB of RAM.
When it comes to cameras the Moto G6 Plus will bring a 12MP+5MP dual rear camera with Dual Autofocus Pixel technology. The bigger 12MP sensor will have a f/1.7 aperture and 1.4um pixel size which will help in lowlight photography. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera which is nothing exceptional but will get the job done. It’s the primary camera setup that has us excited as not only it will be great for photos, but it will also be able to record videos at 4K. I won’t blame you if you want to wait for Moto G6 Plus to become your next camera phone.
6. Vivo V9 Youth
Vivo was probably one of the first companies that made camera phones popular in the budget category and their new offering Vivo V9 Youth keeps the tradition alive. The smartphone brings one of the best camera setups in the budget price category. The smartphone packs a dual 16MP+2MP primary camera sensor along with a 16MP secondary shooter. The primary camera sensor take some really good pictures. You get features like portrait mode, slow-mo and time-lapse video recording, filters, and more. The front-facing sensor is great for selfies and the camera captures great details. It also brings smart AI selfie features which will enhance your selfies. Vivo smartphones are known for their selfie photography and this one is no different. If you take a lot of selfies, this might be the camera phone for you.
Buy From Amazon: ₹18,999
7. OPPO F5
Just like Vivo, OPPO is another company which became popular in India because of its camera phones. The OPPO F5 is a true selfie camera phone as it not only brings a 16MP primary shooter but also a 20MP front-facing camera. We have used OPPO F5 in our offices and can attest to its camera prowess. The smartphone captures sharp pictures with a ton of details. Even in low light, there is no to minimal noise. That said, the highlight of this smartphone is its front-facing camera which takes some amazing selfies. The smartphone also utilizes its 20MP sensor to bring face unlock feature. Other features include Mediatek MT6763T Helio P23 processor, 6-inch screen, 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM, and a 3200 mAh battery. This is one of the best camera phones you can buy in sub-20,000 category.
Buy From Amazon: ₹19,990
8. Honor 7X
Honor 6X was one of my most favorite budget smartphones of last year and I was so happy when Honor launched its successor, the Honor 7X this year. The smartphone brings all the usual features including an 18:9 display, 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM, and 2.36GHz Kirin 659 octa-core processor along with some really great cameras. Just like most of the smartphones on the list, the Honor 7X packs a dual-camera sensor (16MP+2MP) along with an 8MP secondary shooter. I have personally used this smartphone for a few weeks and I can say that I was never disappointed by its camera performance. The smartphone captures pictures with great dynamic range and detail. For a smartphone which costs so less, the cameras are better than any I have seen on a smartphone in its price range.
Buy From Amazon: ₹12,999
9. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
I had a lot of contradictory feelings when it came to including this smartphone on this list. The fact that it only costs INR 10,999 wanted me to keep it off the list, however, the device packs such a heavy punch when it comes to cameras that I could not keep if off the list. You can read all about its camera performance in our full review, however, the TLDR version is that the cameras on this phone gave a tough completion to the one on Redmi Note 5 Pro. Seeing how the phone costs 1/3rd of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, that is a huge achievement.
The phone that we reviewed came with a with a 13MP+5MP dual camera sensor at the back and a 8MP camera at the front. The primary camera took great daylight shots. Even the portrait mode shots came out great. However, the phone did suffered in lowlight conditions. Also, the front camera cannot compete with some of the other smartphones on this list. That said, seeing the price of this device, I really don’t have much complains. You should also consider the fact that the Zenfone Max Pro has a higher priced version which upgrades the cameras. At the time of writing this list, that version is not available to purchase, however, you should definitely keep an eye out for that.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹10,999
10. Samsung Galaxy On Max
Although the Samsung Galaxy On Max was launched last year, it made our list as the smartphone packs great cameras. The phones boasts of a 13MP front and rear cameras with the rear one bringing f/1.7 aperture which gives this smartphone a superpower when it comes to lowlight photography. Since the phone was released last year, it means that you can get it right now for just INR 13,999 which is a great deal if you factor in how the good the cameras on this smartphone are. If you take a ton of photos in low light conditions, this is certainly the phone for you. Other specifications of the phone include MediaTek MTK6757V octa-core processor, 3300 mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹13,900
Take Great Photos with These Awesome Camera Phones
That ends our list of the best camera phones you can buy under 20000 INR in India. We have included the best camera phones out there in this price range. Some are great at selfies, some offer great lowlight photography, and some offer a great overall camera experience. Do let us know your favorite camera phone of the bunch by dropping its name in the comments section below.