Buying a smartphone is pretty daunting these days. The cheesy advertisements and the confusing benchmark numbers make us change our thoughts in no time. And among all those numerous smartphones riddled with myriads of specs and features, choosing a good camera smartphone is cumbersome. So to guide you to find the best camera smartphone in the midrange section, we have done an in-depth analysis of some popular and noteworthy camera smartphones in the market. Decrypting their features and unveiling the potential, we have come up with five best mid-range camera smartphones in Nepal, which outdid the others available in the similar price range.
5Xiaomi MI 8 Lite
This new phone in the Nepali market is actually like some other phones we’ve seen before. And it bears an uncanny resemblance to the MI 8 SE in terms of camera. The MI 8 Lite packs a 12 MP primary camera accompanied by a 5 MP depth sensor at the back.
The picture quality from the MI 8 Lite is not just great, but certainly good enough to earn itself a place in this list. The colors in the pictures are quite good, and the ones from the normal camera are decent, nothing extraordinary. Its HDR mode is pretty good though. And of course, this phone too packs the AI features, which gives you some punch in the photos. But we’ve seen better AI cameras elsewhere.
The portrait mode is also only okay because while the foreground comes out good, the background blur seems a bit off. And of course, there’s a bit of poor edge detection. Night shots are also only very average.
The selfie camera is what is great about this device. Its 24 MP selfie camera gives you good results, and some pictures are better than from the back camera actually! So, this combination of cameras and picture quality with its price is just enough to put this phone on our list. The Mi 8 Lite is, currently, priced at Rs.31,999.
4Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei Nova 3i is the only smartphone on the list that comes with a quad camera setup. The phone enjoys a dual camera setup at the back. It also boasts a camera pair on the front, right on the top of the display.
On the back, the phone has a 16MP + 2MP camera. Normal pictures from the rear camera are punchy and vibrant in terms of colors and they pack in good details. However, the portrait mode is not particularly impressive as the edge detection gets jittery at times. With AI cameras, your sceneries are enhanced making them look more appealing. Other than greenery, the phone detects the objects and scenarios pretty well and enhances them. So the results images look very pleasing to the eye. But despite all the good things, night time shots from the phone are not particularly impressive. Low light images contain a substantial amount of noises and grains and the images tend to lose details.
Talking about the selfie camera, a camera pair of 24MP and 2MP sensors resides on the notch. In terms of details and colors, one can barely complain about the ability of the selfie camera on the Nova 3i. With plentiful details and natural like colors, selfies from the phone look absolutely incredible. There is an HDR Pro mode, which enhances colors. Since the selfie camera is also AI-powered, it really helps to enhance the pictures alongside the beauty mode, which just smoothens the skin and makes fairer. If you are wondering about the price, the phone is tagged with the price of Rs. 35,990 (MRP). But you can get it for Rs. 35,000 or less in the retail stores.
The Vivo V11 is yet another not-so-new mid-ranger device from the company. But in the camera department, it does have some aspects that shine against some others. It also packs dual cameras at the back comprising of a 16 MP camera and a 5 MP depth sensor, like most phones in 2018.
The cameras capture great photos with top-notch saturation and details. The dynamic range is covered pretty well, with it preserving good details in highlights and shadow details. The pictures do come out with a slight pinkish tint, but that’s ignorable and not very noticeable either. In terms of portrait images, there are better camera phones out there, but not in this price range of course! But the portrait photos from this one are great too. Night time or low-light images result in slightly warmer pictures, but in terms of details, it does a good enough job.
The 25 MP selfie camera is even better than the rear ones. It gathers enough light, and you’ll like the selfies on this one. The only problem is that the camera tends to smoothen the face even with the beauty mode off. Overall, this one is a great camera phone.
And the price of the phone, currently, is Rs.37,790, but you will get this phone for Rs.35000 with discounts that Vivo phones offer.
2Xiaomi MI A2
Xiaomi MI A2 is really appealing when it comes to looks. But design is not the only aspect where the MI A2 excels, the phone also shines on the camera department.
When looked into its back, we can see a pair of cameras aligned in a vertical configuration. 12MP and 20MP sensors, both equipped with f/1.8 lenses are used on the phone to form a dual camera setup. With this camera duo, the phone edges out its competitors and shines on a lot of scenarios. The images captured from the phone have plenty of details. The captured images also boast a good dynamic range and enjoy natural colors in them. So the photos from the phone look true to life.
The portrait images from the phone also impress its users in a similar way. With proper edge detection and adding a proper amount of blurs, MI A2 imitates the high-end DSLRs quite closely. But to capture portrait images, there must be a proper distance between the subject and the camera, which can create problems at times. Also, talking about the low light portrait images, they are not really much appealing.
Despite being great on many aspects, Xiaomi MI A1 was not so impressive in terms of selfies. But with this phone, it has changed. The Xiaomi MI A2 comes with a 20MP selfie sensor over the 5MP sensor on its predecessor, and it is not The selfie shooter on the MI A2 is not just high in terms of the megapixel count but is also remarkable when it comes to quality. It captures amazing selfies with a great amount of details and clarity. And this phone also allows you to take portrait selfies, which are good enough even if it’s just software.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is currently priced at Rs.31000.
1Samsung Galaxy A6+
Samsung smartphones have always been the top contender at its price when it comes to the camera and the Samsung Galaxy A6+ is no exception. The phone comes with capable cameras both on the front and on the back to do the job sophisticatedly.
It comes with dual rear cameras which is a combination of a 16MP sensor with f/1.7 lens backed by a 5MP depth sensor with an f/1.9 lens. The primary camera on the phone is absolutely remarkable as it captures still images with great sharpness. The photos so captured are also well saturated, possess decent dynamic range and enjoy natural colors as well. Low light shots from the phone are also praise-worthy since they preserve the details without inviting much of noises and grains in the images.
It’s depth sensor, too, really does a good job on the edge detection and on segregating the foreground and backgrounds for portrait shots. Alike all the Samsung smartphones with dual camera, the Galaxy A6+ also has a handy feature with which users can adjust the blur intensity and the focus area, which can be done both before and after taking photos. This is really a cool feature because it lets us obtain the perfect images according to our needs.
Samsung always seems to have compromised on the selfie camera. Even on its flagship handsets like the Galaxy S9+ and the Note 9, the smartphone maker has provided a merely 8MP sensor. But on the A6+, Samsung has provided a top-quality 24MP sensor. With this front shooter in action, the Galaxy A6+ captures amazing selfies with plentiful details. When it comes to the pricing, the phone demands a price of Rs. 34,890 on the purchase.
So, there you have it. If you’re looking for a good camera mid-range phone, then, these can be your best option.