Buying a smartphone is pretty daunting these days. The cheesy lines in the advertisement and the fascinating number in the benchmark 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.
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.
Talking about the rear cameras, the phone comes suited with a pair of cameras embedded to its back panel. The camera duo on the phone is the combination of a 16MP sensor with f/1.7 lens backed by a 5MP depth sensor with a 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, possesses decent dynamic range and enjoys 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.
Since the phone has a secondary camera with a depth sensor, the handset is also capable of capturing portrait images. And it really does a good job on the edge detection and on segregating the foreground and backgrounds. 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. It can be done before taking the images and even after taking the images. 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 of details.
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 that thing changed on its successor. Xiaomi MI A2 comes with a 20MP sensor over the 5MP sensor on its predecessor. The selfie shooter on the MI A2 is not just high in terms of megapixel counts but is also remarkable when it comes to quality. It captures amazing selfies with a great amount of details and clarity. On the top, there is a selfie portrait mode with which users can capture portrait selfies with blurred backgrounds.
3Pocophone F1 (Coming Soon)
Pocophone F1 shook the smartphone world by introducing top-tier specs at a mid-range price. The phone boasts the flagship Snapdragon chipset bundled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone has also been provided with the liquid cooling technology to keep the temperature of the device to the lower values. With these specs, the phone surely battles against the flagship handsets on the performance front. But it is not much of a flagship when it comes to the camera. However, the phone outperforms most of the mid-range smartphones available at its price on the camera front.
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Like all the smartphones in the list, Poco F1 also comes with dual rear cameras. The camera duo on the phone is a combination of 12MP primary sensor followed by a 5MP depth sensor. With these cameras, one can get images with plenty of details, decent color accuracy, and respectable dynamic range. However, the images are great only when captured on the ample light settings. The captured images suffer from a considerable amount of noises and grains when captured in the low light scenarios.
Since there are two cameras on the phone, one can capture portrait images as well. And while capturing the portrait images, Poco F1 does a commendable job. It elegantly detects the edges of the subject and intelligently blurs the background. So the captured portrait images look really fancy.
For the selfies, the phone has been provided with a 20MP front camera. Selfies taken from the phone looks really great with abundant details in them. There is also a beauty mode to enhance your selfies for enhancing the skin tone and removing acne and facial blemishes. There is also the portrait mode on the Poco F1 even on the selfies. This surely takes the mainstream selfies to another level.
Oppo has garnered quite a goodwill as a camera phone because of its “Selfie expert and leader” tagline. Well, that has not been limited to the taglines; the phone also performs remarkably well on capturing the images.
Let’s begin with its front camera. The phone enjoys a 25 MP shooter on its tiny notch on its front, which comes with f/2.0 aperture. With the selfie shooter in action, the phone captures bright and vibrant images, which packs in a good amount of colors. That’s not all, there are a lot of effects for the selfies. Among the bunch of effects, selfie portrait effect is one of them. This effect, however, is purely through the software means and the depth sensing and edge-detection is inaccurate. So the results are not so appealing. Apart from that, there is the HDR feature, which makes the pictures look good in bright environments too. Furthermore, there’s also a super Vivid mode which helps make the pictures more colorful, but sometimes, makes photos look a little too over-saturated.
On the back, Oppo F9 enjoys a camera pair with 16MP + 2MP sensors. The images captured with this setup look really amazing. Photos possess plenty of details so they look true to life. However, the color accuracy is not that great as the colors on the images tend to shift away from the natural state. Since there are dual cameras with a secondary camera absolutely dedicated from depth sensing, one can also capture portrait images from the Oppo F9. The phone also comes with various lighting options in the portrait settings.
Vivo V11 Pro has gained quite an appreciation as it has been the first mid-range smartphone that comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. And the Vivo V11 is the toned down version of the handset, which does not possess an in-display fingerprint scanner but comes with many other impressive features.
Over the years, Vivo has gained considerable goodwill as a camera phone. And the brand did a good job on the Vivo V11 to preserve that reputation. The phone comes with an impressive set of cameras. It features a dual camera at the back with a 16MP primary sensor with a 5MP depth sensor. The rear camera on Vivo V11 captures lively images with well-saturated and accurate colors with plenty of details. Portrait images from the handset are also noteworthy in a similar fashion. The phone almost accurately identifies the subject and backgrounds and does a good job on segregating them on the portrait images.
Talking about the front cameras, a 25MP shooter lies meticulously on the tiny notch on the top. The front camera on the phone does an excellent job as they capture selfies with a great amount of details and color accuracy. Users can readily upload their selfies to the social media platform as well. There is also the beauty mode for those, who seek for beautification in the real time.
6Huawei 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 accommodated 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. Huawei has added Artificial Intelligence (AI) so it is nice to see the phone recognizing sky and enhancing it. 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.
7Nokia 6.1 Plus (Nokia X6)
Nokia 6.1 Plus is the first Nokia smartphone with the notch. The phone not only put a notch on its phone but also quite improved its cameras to stack well against its competitors.
Like every other smartphones in the list, Nokia X6 also comes with a pair of rear cameras. The phone features a 16MP primary camera backed by 5a MP camera for the purpose of depth sensing. With both cameras in action, Nokia 6.1 plus captures some amazing portrait images. However, to get a decent portrait images, photos should be taken at ambient light conditions.
There is nothing much to complain on the normal images as well. They possess plenty of details and colors come out punchy and vibrant. HDR Mode also does a good job on this handset. However, low light images are not really appealing at all. Under low light settings, the phone invites considerable amount of noises and grains and the subject tends to lose details. And the natural colors also seem to be missing in the low light images.
Talking about the selfie camera, the 16MP shooter suffices the need of most of the users. But that’s only when there is a proper amount of light. Under low light setting, it gets really hard to pull out some decent selfies. The phone also has a portrait selfie feature, which blurs the background entirely through the software. So edge detection is not really impressive.