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Top 5 budget Camera Smartphones

Here we have selected the smartphones from well-known brands which are available in India under Rs 15,000.

A good camera is essential for capturing those memorable moments, and a lot of us today are dependent on our mobile phones for the same. Thankfully, these days you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a decent camera smartphone. There are many smartphones from well known brands which are available in India under Rs 15,000.

Here we have shortlisted 5 phones that will never let you down when it comes to capturing pictures offering quality imaging. Our list also includes one smartphone i.e Honor 6X which comes with dual rear camera setup. The devices with dual camera setup feature a combination of either two different or same megapixel dual camera sensors. The secondary camera at the back of the device is to provide enhanced depth of field (DOF) or BOKEH effect. DOF, also called focus range or effective focus range is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appears acceptably sharp in an image. Read on to find out more.

Honor 6X

Earlier, this year Huawei launched the Honor 6X smartphone with dual-camera set up for Rs 12,999 for the 3GB RAM variant and Rs 15,999 for 4GB RAM variant. The device comes in two variants, a 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and a 4GB RAM + 64GB variants and is available exclusively via Amazon India.

The main highlight of the device is the dual-camera setup at the back. Honor 6X comes with a dual-camera set up at the back with one sensor being a 12-megapixel sensor and other being a 2-megapixel sensor. The set up comes with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), LED flash etc. At the front, there is an 8-megapxel sensor for selfies. The set up lets you dig into and play with shallow depth of field and one can change the focus of an image post clicking it.

The secondary camera at the back of the device is to provide enhanced depth of field or bokeh effect. However, you have to be very careful at times to get that perfect shot. If done right, the shot comes out to be really natural and the software also allows you to select the focal point after you have clicked the image. The camera is though impressive in low-light, but the camera manages to dig out pretty good selfies in daylight.

See Huawei Honor 6X Camera Samples

As far as other specifications are concerned, Honor 6X runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI v4.1 on top. Other than that, it comes with a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection. On the inside, the device is powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) chipset with Mali-T830MP2 GPU paired with 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage or 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage. In both the cases, the internal storage is expandable via microSD card. There is 3340 mAh battery inside and the smartphone also offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, Compass etc.

You can read its review here: Huawei Honor 6X More than just a swagphone

Coolpad Note 5

Coolpad launched its Coolpad Note 5 smartphone in India last year. The smartphone is retailing at Rs 10,999 and is available in black and gold colours. The phone is exclusively available on Amazon India.

Top 5 budget Camera Smartphones

The Coolpad Note 5 has a 13-megapixel auto-focus camera that comes with CMOS Sensor and f2/2 aperture. The rear camera comes with HDR, panorama, wtarmark, GIF, professional mode and various features. The front 8-megapixel selfie camera comes with f2/2 aperture and has the backing of an LED flash light as well. The front camera allows creating GIFs and Water Mark the photos. Besides, it has HDR, Beauty levels and various filters for the front camera. Both front and rear cameras can record videos in full HD, HD and 480p resolution. The phone comes with a front LED flashlight as well to help users take selfies in low light conditions.

Coolpad Note 5 has a metal unibody and a 5.5-inch display that comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (full HD). It has the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor which is paired with Adreno 405 GPU GPU, 4GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The phone can hold a micro SD card of up to 64GB. The Note 5 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and has a customised user interface – Cool UI 8.0. Most importantly, it has a huge 4010 mAh battery. The smartphone also comes with dual-system (dual space feature) feature, same as of older Coolpad Max, which allows its users to have two accounts on WhatsApp, Facebook, Line, BBM, and other social media applications on a single smartphone with a BiLogin feature and the phone has a multi-screen feature as well.

The Coolpad Note 5 also has a fingerprint scanner, which is placed on its back panel, and as per the company, it is quite fast and can unlock the phone in just 0.5 seconds. The handset comes with hybrid dual SIM and support for a 4G network with VoLTE. Besides, the smartphone offers WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, Geomagnetic Sensor Proximity Sensor, and Light Sensor. The handset measures 152*75.7*8.85mm and weighs 173.4 grams.

You can read its review here: Coolpad Note 5 Review – Just everything is right about it


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

This smartphone from Xiaomi is probably one of the best smartphones we have seen till now when we consider ‘Value for Money’ proposition. The device scores high marks in the design department and packs the latest hardware, making it a one-stop for all your needs. The phone come in different configurations starting with 2GB RAM + 32GB internal storage for Rs 9,999, 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage Rs 10,999 and 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage for Rs 12,999.

Top 5 budget Camera Smartphones

To start with, the device comes with metal unibody design which gives a sturdy look. It is basically Mi Max in smaller chassis, which itself is a premium-looking smartphone. It comes with a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) 2.5D curved glass display, which gave some decent performance in our testing period. For hardware, it is powered by a 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU, which is enough to handle most of the tasks including high-end games, streaming, multitasking without breaking a sweat.

The smartphone offers a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash while on the front we get a 5-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera. The camera interface on the Redmi Note 4 is neat and quick. You get a bunch of modes such as Panorama, Manual Mode, HHT (hand held twilight) mode, beautify mode and other various filters.

Colour reproduction is accurate and most of the images in daylight or artificial lighting capture good amount of detail. The video shooting capabilities of the Redmi Note 4 is decent, however, the camera doesn’t come with auto-focus functionality while in the video mode. Also it can only record video upto 1080p.

You can read Redmi Note 4 review here

On the battery front, the device comes with 4100mAh battery, which gives a decent output all thanks to the Snapdragon 625 processor which is battery efficient. It comes Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-loaded and support connectivity options like 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS with AGS/GLONASS and USB Type C. The handset measures 151 x 76 x 8.35mm and weighs 175 grams. So if planning to buy a new smartphone for the One, then you should consider this one.

Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G4 Plus was launched in India last year along with Moto G4. It comes in two versions – one with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal at Rs 12,499 and another with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of ROM at Rs 13,999 available exclusively on Amazon India.

Top 5 budget Camera Smartphones

The Moto G4 Plus has 16 MP camera with PDAF, auto focus, laser auto focus for low light, Omni vision Pure sensor, professional mode, Auto HDR, panorama, and drag to focus exposure features. It has a 5 megapixel front camera.

Moto G4 G4 Plus has a 5.5 inch display with full HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone is just 7.9 mm thick and has 3000 mAh battery with turbo charger that claims to offer 6 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging.

The Moto G4 Plus has 4G LTE connectivity, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and FM radio. Moto G4 Plus is armed with 1.5 Ghz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 617), Adreno 405 graphics processor and the latest Android Nougat operating system. The G4 Plus also has a fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking.

Also Read: Motorola rolls out Android Nougat for Moto G4, G4 Plus in India

Also Read: Honor 6X vs Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Lenovo K6 Power

Lenovo has launched K6 Power in India last year for Rs 9,999 which is available exclusively on Flipkart. Earlier, this year Lenovo launched a new variant with 4GB RAM at Rs 10,999.

Top 5 budget Camera Smartphones

The major USP of the device is the 4000mAh battery backup which the company claims can offer up to 649 hours of standby time. The battery comes with an ultimate power saver mode which helps the battery to last 3 times longer. Other than this, the device sports a fingerprint sensor at the back, which can unlock the phone in just 0.3 seconds and supports TheaterMax technology as well.

On the camera front, the smartphone flaunts a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX258 sensor and PDAF. On its front, it has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies with a Sony IMX219 sensor and a wide-angle lens. The K6 Power can record videos at full-HD resolution.

Lenovo K6 Power comes with a metal unibody design and is available in Dark gray, Gold and Silver colour options. The device sports a 5-inch full HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. On the inside, it is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor along with Adreno 505 GPU and comes equipped with 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable memory up-to 128GB via microSD card.

On the camera front, the smartphone flaunts a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX258 sensor and PDAF. On its front, it has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies.

Also Read: Lenovo K6 Power now available via open sale

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