Smartphone cameras have become so good that most of us can take great pictures. Now, you can buy camera phones under 30,000 INR which can take photos better than even some of the dedicated cameras in that price range. I also love the fact that camera phones make it very easy to take photos. All you need to do is point and shoot with a steady hand and your camera phone will take care of the rest. That said, not all camera phones are made equally and there are some camera phones which are better than others. In order to help our readers find the best camera phones, we are listing down the 10 best camera phones under 30000 INR which they can buy to capture their lives’ favorite moments:
Best Camera Phones Under 30000 INR (December 2018)
1. Galaxy A7
Samsung launched the Galaxy A7 a while back and the phone has some of the best cameras in its price range. The Galaxy A7 brings a triple rear camera featuring a 24MP + 8MP + 5MP set up on the back that’s capable of taking amazing shots. In good lighting, the Galaxy A7 takes shots that have remarkable colors, detail, and dynamic range. Plus, even in low light, the Galaxy A7 manages to capture a lot of light, thanks to its Super Pixel technology. The pictures are a bit on the softer side, but they’re still pretty impressive and don’t leave a lot to complain about. Plus, the 8MP wide-angle camera enables some pretty impressive shots that usually look really cool.
On the front, the Galaxy A7 features a single 24MP selfie camera and this too takes impressive photos. In good lighting, you’ll get selfies with ample detail and great colors. Plus, there’s a software enabled portrait mode on the front, but even though it’s not supported by a dedicated depth sensor (such as the 5MP sensor on the rear camera), it does manage to take great portrait selfies. It’s in low light where the front camera fizzles out. Images are usually noisy and the camera definitely has problems focusing in low light. It’s still the best camera phone under Rs. 30000 and you should check it out.
Galaxy A7 Camera Samples
Buy the Galaxy A7 from Flipkart (Rs. 23,990)
2. Poco F1
There’s no denying the fact that Poco F1 is the best value for money smartphone out there as it is bringing a Snapdragon 845 processor at a very reasonable price. However, many people don’t know that the smartphone also packs the best cameras in the price range. The primary camera on the smartphone uses a great dual 12MP + 5MP sensor at the back which takes good photos. The daylight shots are full of detail and have accurate colors. The same holds good when we look at pictures taken in natural lighting but indoors. The rear camera does a commendable job of keeping the details intact, even in a dim ambiance.
Even the 20MP front camera sensor does a great job of capturing selfies. Besides rich details and great color of selfies, the Poco F1 does exceptionally well in terms of selfie portrait and easily beats competitors in this area. Overall we were quite happy with the smartphone’s camera performance. Other features of the smartphone include an Adreno 630 GPU, a 6.18-inch LCD display, unto 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, and a massive 4000 mAh battery among other things. The smartphone is a beast with great cameras and you should definitely consider this.
Poco F1 Camera Samples
Buy From Flipkart: ₹20,999
3. Vivo V11 Pro
Vivo is yet another company which focuses a lot on its selfie camera performance. The new Vivo V11 Pro is a nice smartphone for all the selfie lovers to buy. The smartphone is packing a 25MP camera at the front allowing you to take some amazing and detailed selfies. The selfies have great detail and very low noise. The smartphone is also able to take good selfies in low-light conniptions which are not something every smartphone can do. The primary camera is not half bad either with its dual 12 MP + 5 MP camera taking decent pictures.
When it comes to processing capabilities, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor which is being paired with Adreno 512 GPU. There’s also 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which will really come in handy. On the front, there’s a 6.41-inch display which sports a tear-drop notch which looks almost beautiful. The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 402 PPI. Finally, there’s a 3400 mAh battery powering the setup which should be enough to last a whole day.
Vivo V11 Pro Camera Samples
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 25,990)
4. Asus ZenFone 5Z
Taking the second spot on the list is the latest flagship to enter the market, the Asus Zenfone 5Z. The device not only undercuts the OnePlus 6 when it comes to pricing, but also features a significanlty better camera setup. On paper, the Zenfone 5Z has a 12MP f/1.8 primary + 8MP f/ 2.0 wide-angle secondary camera setup on the back with PDAF, OIS and EIS which makes the camera both stable and snappy. The camera not only takes great pictures from the get go, but also has a very comprehensive pro mode to go along which will allow you to adjust even the most minute of details before you take a picture. However, the device does tend to over-sharpen images a bit, which creates a bit of noise in the end result.
While the Zenfone FZ does have portrait mode, it’s barely usable as the edge detection is pretty bad. We hope Asus can fix that in a subsequent software update. Up front, the Zenfone 5Z has an 8MP f/2.0 shooter with EIS which delivers great selfies and is also good for recording videos or making video calls as the video output is pretty stable. The front camera also has a portrait mode, but just like the rear cameras, it’s barely usable. Another downside of the front camera is its low light performance, the camera isn’t able to capture sufficient amount of light and the photos clicked in low light conditions turn out noisy and over exposed.
ZenFone 5Z Camera Samples
Buy from Flipkart: starts at Rs. 29,999
5. Honor View 10
Honor View 10 is my favorite camera phone on this list as it brings a primary camera which boasts of a 16MP+20MP dual-camera setup and can take some really amazing photos. However, the thing which I think gives the Honor View 10 an edge over other capable camera phones on this list is the aperture size of those lenses. The Honor view 10 offers a wide aperture ranging from f/.95 to f/16 which is just crazy. This helps the smartphone in capturing images with rich colors and pixel-perfect sharpness. The megapixels help in generating highly detailed images which don’t lose quality even while zooming at high levels.
If you want you can also check out our full review of the device which will give you an in-depth look at the camera performance along with camera samples. When it comes to the front-facing camera, the View 10 features a 13MP sensor which is great for selfies. That said, the Vivo V9 does have a slight advantage over the View 10 when it comes to front-facing camera shots. Still, the overall camera performance of Honor View 10 is undeniably great and you cannot go wrong with this camera phone.
Honor View 10 Camera Samples
Buy From Amazon: ₹29,999
6. Oppo F9 Pro
Oppo F9 Pro is a great smartphone for all the selfie lovers out there. The smartphone packs a 16MP + 2MP dual-camera sensor at the back while the front facing one brags of a whopping 25MP sensor which can take some amazing selfies. The primary camera on this phone takes quite good photos, however, there’s no denying the fact that the selfie camera is the USP of this device. The selfies taken with Oppo F9 Pro have great details and they are quite color accurate. I also love the fact that the selfie camera captures a wider area than your normal smartphones which makes this great for group selfies.
When it comes to the guts of the smartphone, it is being powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor along with the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. While these are not the fastest processors in the world, they are no slouch either. The phone is plenty fast and can handle almost everything that you can throw at it. The F9 Pro pairs this with 4/6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The front sports a 6.3 inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. I also love the tear-drop design of the notch on this smartphone. Not only it looks unique but also beautiful.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹23,990
7. Vivo V9
We will start our list with a phone from the smartphone company which made its name in India because of its camera phones. When Vivo entered India, the smartphone market was already crowded. Hence to differentiate itself from the competitors, the company focused and highlighted the cameras in their smartphones. As a result, Vivo makes some decent camera phones in the market and Vivo V9 is a prime example of that. The Vivo V9 brings a dual-camera setup with a 16MP and a 5MP sensor. The smartphone takes some really stunning photos. The camera offers various features including slow motion, AI face beauty, time-lapse photography, live photo, bokeh mode, AR sticker, AR stickers, 4K video, and more.
I especially love the portrait shots that I take from this smartphone as they offer very good subject identification with natural blurs in the background. The smartphone also packs a 24MP front-facing camera which is great for selfies. Whether you take pictures of others or you love taking your own selfies, this camera phone is not going to disappoint you. Apart from the camera, the smartphone also packs 6.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory which not only makes the Vivo V9 a great camera phone but also a very good overall smartphone.
Vivo V9 Camera Samples
Buy From Amazon: ₹22,990
8. Nokia 7 Plus
When HMD Global announced Nokia 7 Plus, we were eagerly waiting for the smartphone to launch in India as it had everything that a mid-range flagship device should bring. After making us wait for a long time, Nokia finally released the Nokia 7 Plus a few weeks back and to be frank, the smartphone impressed the hell out of us. The phone has everything going for it. From its beautiful display to excellent build quality to crazy performance, everything about this phone screams premium.
When it comes to the cameras itself, the 7 Plus brings a dual-camera setup with dual 12MP sensors with f/1.75 and f/2.6 apertures. Needless to say, the camera takes great photos and videos. The only problem that we found with the phone’s camera was its low light performance, however, that too has improved overtime with software updates. The front-facing camera brings 16MP (f/2.0) camera which takes great selfies. One of the best thing about Nokia 7 Plus’s front-facing shooter is that even it can toke portrait shots which is just incredible. Overall, the smartphone is a beast with really good camera performance.
Nokia 7 Plus Camera Samples
Buy From Amazon: ₹25,999
9. Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei Nova 3i is turning out to be one hell of a smartphone. Not only it packs respectable specs but it is also one of the first mid-range smartphones to bring dual-camera sensors both at the back and at the front. The smartphone packs a 16 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP sensors as its primary camera along with a 24 MP + 2 MP dual-camera sensor serving as the selfie shooter. As you can see, at its price, it is really hard to beat the Huawei Nova 3i. While we have not tested these cameras yet, if Huawei’s past is any indicator, the Nova 3i will blow its competitors out of the water.
Apart from the cameras, the smartphone also brings a fairly respectable spec-sheet. Firstly, the Huawei Nova 3i is being powered by Huawei’s latest Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor which is built-on Huawei’s latest 12 nm construction. What this means is that not only the processor is powerful, it is also power efficient. The smartphone also packs a beautiful 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving it a pixel density of ~409 PPI. The display looks really nice and is certainly one of the best displays in its price range. Overall, the Nova 3i is a great smartphone, however, its unique selling point is its cameras and that’s why it’s on this list.
Huawei Nova 3i Camera Samples
Buy from Amazon: ₹20,990
10. Nokia 8
When the Nokia 8 first launched in India, it was priced at Rs. 36,999, but the phone has since received price cuts and is now available for just Rs. 29,999. At that price, the Nokia 8 brings in a 13MP + 13MP dual rear camera set up with one monochrome sensor and one RGB sensor. The phone takes pretty good pictures in all sorts of conditions. In good lighting, the pictures have great colors and details and are pretty good. In low light too, the phone manages to take decent pictures, but it does sometimes have issues with overexposing areas of the image in low light.
On the front, the Nokia 8 features a 13MP selfie shooter that too performs pretty well, especially in good lighting where selfies from the Nokia 8 have good colors and sharpness. In low light, things do take a hit, but selfies from the Nokia 8 are still pretty usable even when taken in low light, so it’s nothing to worry too much about.
Nokia 8 Camera Samples
Buy the Nokia 8 from Amazon (Rs. 29,999)
Take Awesome Pictures With The Best Camera Phones Under 30000 INR
Smartphone cameras have improved a lot in the recent years, giving even the non-camera enthusiasts to take great pictures. If you want to capture the fleeting moments of you life, these camera phones are just for you. Do let us know which one is your favorite by writing in the comments section below.