If you have recently bought a smartphone, the first most probable question you will be asked will be either about its price or its camera. Therefore, smartphones nowadays are bought not just to call and text. Smartphones, these days have been a multi-purpose device and camera is one of the features on the phone that is used the most. Having a good camera on your phone will help you do many things with ease. So in order to save your time, we have prepared a list of best camera phones that can be bought under Rs. 30000.
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1Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro & J7 Max
Since both the smartphones are provided with the same camera setup, they will be covered under the same heading.
Sheathed in a metallic body, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro & J7 Max have a stronghold in the camera department. Both the devices have a 13MP camera on the back accompanied by single tone LED flash. An aperture of f/1.7 favors the rear camera, which helps to inlet light in abundance and giving out crisp and well-detailed images even on low lights. We can barely see grains and noises in the images shots on low lights. Even while zooming, the details on the images remain intact. The camera on J7 Max also has fast processing speed and fast focusing capability.
Even while taking selfies, they do not disappoint the users. The 13MP camera does bring out exquisite images. The wide aperture of f/1.9 on the front camera welcomes greater amount of light and evades dark selfies. If the environment turned out to be extremely dark, one can always make a use of LED flash while capturing the moment.
The camera app on the smartphones is also furnished with Social Camera and Live Stickers. The social camera is the feature that lets the users share the captured image instantly on social media like Facebook, Whatsapp, etc. In the Live Stickers feature, the app tracks the face of the user and spices up the selfies embedding lively stickers.
2Coolpad Cool Play 6
Being packed with the cool and playful features in the camera department, Coolpad Cool Play 6 comes with dual lens setup at the back. The twin cameras at the rear comprise of 13-megapixel sensors accompanied by dual tone LED flash. One of them is an RGB sensor whereas the other is a b/w sensor. These two lenses work together to give better quality photos and aid in better low light performance as well. The camera app also has an SLR mode that lets you capture portraits with bokeh effect.
The camera app is pretty straightforward and comes with some useful modes like Night mode, Beauty mode, and the pro mode for full manual control. Coming to the videos, the rear camera is capable of shooting up to 4k videos and shoots 120fps 720p videos in the SloMo mode.
On the front, it has 8-megapixel 80-degree wide angle lens that takes decent selfies under good lighting condition. The front is capable of shooting 1080p videos at the highest.
3Xiaomi MI A1
Mid-range Xiaomi smartphones are often criticized for its camera. The images taken from the Xiaomi smartphones comes out to be washed out lacking the vibrancy and true tones. But with the Xiaomi MI A1, Xiaomi stepped up forward to silent the critics.
This Android One smartphone embraces dual camera setup on the back. The 12MP pair on the back is a combination of a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. The setup is capable of shooting impressive images with the details fitting it into a large sensor having a large pixel size. The rear camera setup is also capable of shooting images up to 2x optical zoom without loss in quality. The setup is also assisted by dual-LED (dual-tone) flash to improve the low light capabilities. Upfront there is a 5MP camera for the selfies.
The iPhone 5s is a proven camera smartphone. Even though the device is a few years old, it can still go up against some of the heavy hitters of the present time.
The iPhone 5s has an 8-megapixel lens with f/2.2 aperture. The dual tone LED flash which is placed at its side, supports the lens in a dark environment to produce a good quality image. The iPhone 5s’ camera had made quite a name and was one of the best camera smartphones when launched. With the price tag it carries, it is sure one of the best camera smartphones in this category.
The iPhone 5s has a 1.2-megapixel primary camera, the only downside of the smartphone. I am not saying that this front-facing shooter is of a low quality, but if this lens was of a better quality, the 5s could be higher up on this list. Oh, and the fact that its software gets updated time and again is a bonus.
The iPhone 5s is currently priced at Rs. 32,500 but with a couple thousand discount, you can easily get it for under Rs. 30,000.
5HTC Desire 10 Pro
The HTC Desire 10 pro was launched just a couple of weeks ago. It has a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera which is supported by dual tone LED flash. For a faster image focusing, the device features laser autofocus as well.
But the primary camera isn’t the only stand-out feature of this device. It also has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter which helps take great selfies as well. Yes, megapixels don’t translate to better image quality, but this camera can take a well-detailed image. It is also capable of shooting a selfie panorama if needed.
However, not everything is perfect. The HTC Desire 10 Pro’s primary camera cannot lock into objects in an instant and suffers under low light with pictures coming out grainy and noisy.
When it comes to Vivo, the smartphone offers big in the camera department. And Vivo V7 is not an exception. In a sleek and stylish body, V7 has been equipped with the 16MP rear camera. Despite the lack of dual camera setup, the camera is capable of shooting some sharp and vibrant portrait shots. The rear camera can also be used to capture Ultra HD photos, whose resolution reaches as high as 64MP.
Talking about the selfies, the smartphone possesses 24MP front shooter. In this price segment, this is the highest resolution in any smartphone. And in the performance too, the smartphone delivers as it promises. Vivo V7 captures remarkable selfies with sharp details and pleasing tones. The shutter button also works fine without any shutter lags. The smartphone is also furnished with the Face beautification feature. The feature promotes natural-looking beautification and could be handy amongst the selfie lovers who desire beautification in the real time.
7Oppo F5 Youth
Don’t let the name fool you. Oppo F5 Youth is the base variant of the Oppo F5 with a slight demotion in the features. Oppo, the brand which claims to the selfie Expert and Leader and yet again tried to embellish this handset focusing on the front shooter.
The selfie shooter on the Oppo F5 Youth comes with the 16MP resolution. The front camera captures astounding selfies and the AI beautification feature also works remarkably most of the times. However, it gathered a foul impression on our review when it removed the mole on the face.
Talking about the rear camera, the smartphone takes decent pictures with its 13MP sensor. Although pinkish tint was evident most of the times while taking images, it did not create a brutal color distortion. The smartphone captures the images with ample details and the shutter button also genuinely snappy.
8Sony Xperia XA1
If megapixel was the only measure of the quality of images from a smartphone, then Sony Xperia XA1 would definitely be the best camera smartphone in this price segment with its 23MP rear camera. But in reality, there are different aspects involved in the quality of the images taken from a smartphone camera. Nevertheless, Sony is obviously one of the best camera smartphones under 30000 in Nepal in the matter of its performance. The rear camera on the phone enjoys f/2.0 aperture assisted by PDAF and LED flash. The larger sensor of 1/2.3″ sucks in plenty of details and spill it out with true tones and impressive color saturation on the images.
The front camera on the device embraces an 8MP sensor accompanied by wide f/2.0 aperture and autofocus. The sensor size is of 1/4″ and this large sensor is capable of bringing in plenty of details in the images with true tones and color saturation close to natural. With this setup on the phone, it is capable of taking impressive selfies.
Oppo, the proclaimed camera phones’ maker, has Oppo F3 as the representative for this list, which is available for Rs. 30,000 in Nepal. Oppo F3 is the only smartphone on the list with Dual cameras on the front. The dual-camera setup on the front includes 16MP with f/2.0 aperture and 8MP with f/2.4 aperture. The dual-camera setup is especially for evading details left out of the frame while taking group selfies. The camera offers great images with natural skin tones and good color saturation. Despite being a selfie-centric phone, the phone lacks LED flash on the front for low-light selfies.
A 13MP camera resides on the back, which has an aperture of f/1.9. The back shooter is assisted by LED Flash. The rear camera takes decent shots but not as nifty as the front when compared. The phone has a RAW photo capturing capability, which is awe-inspiring. In addition, there are manual controls for adjusting the exposure, which makes the user feel like professional. Both the cameras are capable of shooting Full-HD videos at 30fps frame rate.
With the tagline of ‘super selfie, super battery,’ Gionee A1 comes with cameras that lure the photography fanatics. The 13 Megapixel camera on the back bears SONY IMX 258 sensor, which is capable of incarcerating images with lively details. This primary camera is complemented by dual tone LED flash. The camera performance remains intact with good color balance and saturation and fails to disappoint even when shifted to different lighting conditions. On the lowlights, noise on the image will be evident, but the camera inherits night mode, which evades the noise and grains.
The phone’s camera also inherits handy features like Time-lapse, slow motion and GIF, which saves you from the trouble of downloading extra apps to get the job done. Other features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, and HDR. The HDR mode works great with enhanced color tone and gets provoked when needed if set on Auto. On shifting to the Professional mode, users will be privileged to adjust shooting speed, exposure, ISO, and White Balance.
Not just on the catchphrase, Gionee has seriously toiled to make Gionee A1 a selfie-centric phone with 16MP sensor up-front. The broad f/2.0 aperture is capable of accommodating wide views into the frame without missing out details. The phone is capable of capturing nifty photos with and without beautification. The beautification feature is not just limited while taking photos or videos but also for video calls, which seems impressive. The camera is also assisted by LED flash on the front for the selfies.