Xiaomi Mi A2 to Redmi Note 5 Pro: Top camera phones under 20,000

Looking for a phone with good camera? Here are our top recommendations.

| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 10:29 IST
Xiaomi Mi A2 has the best camera performance in the sub  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,000 segment.
Xiaomi Mi A2 has the best camera performance in the sub 20,000 segment. (HT Photo)
Xiaomi Mi A2 has the best camera performance in the sub  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,000 segment.
Xiaomi Mi A2 has the best camera performance in the sub 20,000 segment. (HT Photo)

Smartphone cameras are getting better. The good thing is that you no longer need to spend a bomb on expensive phones to experience good mobile camera. Modern budget and mid-range phones come with dual cameras, allowing users to get DSLR-like shallow depth of field effects in their photos. There is also a significant improvement to the front-facing cameras which are now optimised for Indian skin.

If you are looking for a new phone under 20,000 with excellent camera, here are our top recommendations.

Xiaomi Mi A2
Xiaomi Mi A2 has arguably the best camera in the mid-range segment. Featuring a dual-camera setup, Xiaomi Mi A2 delivers excellent results in the day light conditions. Its low-light performance is also commendable. Xiaomi A2 sports 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual cameras with large f/1.75 aperture. For selfies, it has a 20-megapixel front camera, which is powered by Artificial Intelligence.

Apart from good camera, Xiaomi Mi A2 offers stock Android experience as it is based on Google's Android One platform. The affiliation means you're assured to receive future Android updates and security patches from Google on priority.

Key specifications of Xiaomi Mi A2 include a 5.99-inch FHD+ 18:9 full screen display, Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual cameras, 20-megapixel front camera and 3010mAh battery. Xiaomi Mi A2 is available for 16,999.

Nokia 6.1 (2018)
Even as HMD Global has launched an improved Nokia 6.1 Plus, the company earlier this year introduced Nokia 6.1 (2018) phone with Zeiss optics. The phone comes with dual-tone flash and up to 4K video recording support. On the back it sports a 16-megapixel camera. For selfies it offers an 8-megapixel camera. Apart from high resolution camera, Nokia 6.1 (2018) offers a few software features like dual-sight mode for using both front and rear cameras together and ability to live stream to Facebook and YouTube, directly from the camera.

Key specifications of Nokia 6.1 (2018) include 5.5-inch full HD display, 3,000mAh battery, 64GB storage, 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 430 processor. The smartphone is available for 14,000 (top-end model).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Along with solid performance, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro also impresses with its camera quality. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras with f/2.2 aperture and f/2.0 aperture respectively. The 1.25um sensors allow the phone to capture more light. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also impresses in low-light conditions. There's a 20-megapixel selfie camera which does a good job well.

Key specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro include 18:9 display with full HD+ resolution, Snapdragon 636 processor, up to 6GB of RAM, and a large 4,000mAh battery. Redmi Note 5 Pro is available in India at a starting price of 14,999.

Honor 9N
Honor 9N is a big improvement over Huawei's 9 Lite. The phone also has two camera setup, featuring 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors on the back. Up front, it houses a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The phone comes with a few software-based features like 3D contouring, effects like changing the background image, and smart and gender beautification.

Key specifications of Honor 9N include 5.8-inch full HD+ display, Kirin 659 octa-core processor, Android Oreo-based EMUI 8.0, and 3,000mAh battery.The top-end variant of Honor 9N is available for 17,999.


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First Published Date: 29 Aug, 08:02 IST