12 Best Camera Phones Under 20000 INR (December 2018)

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. Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A1 was one of the best smartphones you could buy under the INR 20000 price point and the company has just released its successor, the Mi A2, which is turning out to be quite a good budget smartphone and the best camera phone under 20000 INR. I love the cameras on this smartphone as they can capture really good shots. The primary camera is bringing a 12 MP + 20 MP dual camera combo which is quite powerful. 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 takes great photos in good lighting conditions but it also brings very good low-light performance. The primary camera is also capable of 4K recording which is great. The front-facing 20 MP shooter does a decent job of capturing selfies. While it’s not the best in the business, it’s right there at the top in our price range.

Mi A2

Talking about the other features of the smartphone, I love the stock Android experience which is the biggest benefit of using an Android One device. I mean the smartphone is first in line to receive Android P, what more do you want? The smartphone also brings good processing power. With its Snapdragon 660 chipset which is being paired with Adreno 512 GPU, you will never be disappointed with its speed. Other features include a beautiful 5.99-inch IPS LCD display which has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, a 3000 mAh battery, and more. If you love stock Android and good cameras, this is the phone you should get. Plus, with the release of the new Redmi Note 6 Pro on the horizon, Xiaomi has slashed the prices of the Mi A2 by Rs. 1000, so it’s now available at an even better starting price of Rs. 15,999.

Mi A2 Camera Samples

Buy From Amazon: ₹15,999

2. 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 was one of our first choices for this list. The Huawei P20 Lite packs a dual primary camera setup with a 16MP and 2 MP sensor. Not only does the camera take 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.

Note: We don’t have the camera samples for the P20 Lite yet, but we’ll update the article with those soon.

Buy From Amazon: ₹19,999

3. Realme 2 Pro

Oppo’s Realme, and the Realme 2 may have had underwhelming cameras, but the Realme 2 Pro is definitely a phone that deserves to be on this list. The Realme 2 Pro comes with 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera and it takes great images in almost all lighting conditions. The photos do have some noise in low light, but they’re definitely good for the price. The phone also comes with a 16MP selfie camera that can take decent quality shots. There are issues with overexposed backgrounds in backlit conditions, but still, the selfie camera is satisfactory here. You can check out some of the shots we took with the Realme 2 Pro and see for yourself the way this camera phone performs.

On fronts other than the cameras, the Realme 2 Pro brings in a Snapdragon 660 and comes in three variants, a 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB, and 8GB/128GB. The phone has some really incredible performance and as we said in our full review, “Right off the bat, the device simply blazes past any task you throw at it.” The Realme 2 Pro is definitely a phone worthy of its price tag and the ‘Pro’ tag that Realme has appended to its name.

Realme 2 Pro Camera Samples:

Buy the Realme 2 Pro from Flipkart (starts at Rs. 13,999)

4. Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro is definitely one of the best camera phones under Rs. 20,000. The phone comes with a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera same as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, this time around the main camera has a wider f/1.9 aperture and the performance of the camera has been improved anyway. Photos from the rear camera on the Redmi Note 6 Pro are pretty great in good lighting, but it’s in low light where the f/1.9 aperture of the phone really shines. Low light images from the Redmi Note 6 Pro are quite good, and considerably better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro that earlier occupied this spot on our list.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also the first Xiaomi phone to feature dual selfie cameras. The phone comes with a 20MP + 2MP dual front camera set up, and the front cameras here are pretty great in all types of conditions. Whether it’s in low light or good lighting, images from the front camera on the Redmi Note 6 Pro turn out pretty good. Thanks to the 2MP depth sensor on the front, portrait selfies from the Redmi Note 6 Pro have really good edge detection and the bokeh is just better overall. It’s definitely a phone you can consider if you’re looking for good cameras under Rs. 20,000.

Note: We don’t have the camera samples for the Redmi Note 6 Pro yet, but we’ll update the article with those soon.

Buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro from Flipkart (starts at Rs. 13,999)

5. Honor Play

Another great camera phone under Rs. 20,000, the Honor Play might be marketed as a phone for gamers, but it does come with pretty decent cameras for the price. The phone packs a 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera set up that is capable of taking decent shots. In good lighting, the phone takes some really good photos with ample detail and excellent colors. Plus, if you’re a fan of Samsung-like photos, there’s an AI option that you can use since it basically over saturates the images making them look more punchy. Personally, I prefer natural looking colors, but it’s nice to have the option to get more punchy images if the need arises.

There’s also a 16MP f/2.0 front facing camera on the Honor Play that takes decent selfies. However, there are issues with over sharpening sometimes, and there are definitely times when the background gets overexposed. However, overall, the front camera is definitely nice here, plus it comes with portrait mode and portrait lighting effects similar to what you’ll find on phones like the iPhone XS. That’s quite impressive.

For videos, the Honor Play supports shooting 4K videos at 30FPS and 1080p at 60FPS. The phone has EIS, but that only kicks in for 1080p videos, so videos shot in 4K do have stability issues. Overall than that, the video performance here is rather average, but if that’s not an issue to you, the still photos from the Honor Play are definitely worth considering.

Honor Play Camera Samples

Buy the Honor Play from Amazon (Rs. 19,999)

6. Realme U1

Realme has been launching a lot of smartphones, and the Realme U1 is just one of the Realme phones that come with impressive cameras for its price. The phone features a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera that takes really good pictures. In good lighting, the performance of the Realme U1’s rear cameras is great. There are issues with over sharpening sometimes, but that’s not very common and over all the pictures from the rear cameras on the Realme U1 turn out decently good enough.

On the front, the Realme U1 comes with a 25MP camera that is capable of taking good shots. In good lighting, the performance of the front shooter on the Realme U1 is obviously good, but it even performs really well in low light situations which is definitely impressive. In fact, the selfie camera on the Realme U1 is better than that on the Realme 2 Pro, and that’s saying something since the Realme 2 Pro has impressive cameras. However, if there are light sources behind your subject, the U1’s front camera does tend to over expose them.

In terms of video quality, the Realme U1 can only shoot at 1080p (there’s no 4K support here), and even then, the video quality here isn’t anything impressive. The colors are dull for the most part, and the videos just don’t look all that good. However, unless you’re gonna be shooting a lot of videos, the Realme U1 will not let you down.

Realme U1 Camera Samples

Comments 6
  • Satinder Arora says:

    Realme 2 Pro doesn’t deserve to be in this category at all it has the worst possible camera among all these phone, it’s back camera is so so but it’s front camera is total waste, third class it cannot detect the edges at all in portrait mode & it has too much brightness issue, my old phone Lenovo K5 Note front camera is much much better than this third class Realme 2 Pro front Camera.

  • RAJKUMAR says:

    I THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED POCO F1

  • Rahul says:

    Copy pasted the content. Mi A2 mentioned twice

  • Sunny manoj says:

    Mia1? Not in list

  • Rahul Raj says:

    Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL….only costs 12k and have OIS n EIS feature,,,that no other phone in this price segment offers….both front n rear cameras are gud in day n low light condition

  • Harsb says:

    You people doesn’t no about infinix zero 5 camara f…

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