If you want a purchase a great camera phone in India, check out this list. Here, we list smartphones available to buy in India with camera ratings of 8 or above, priced under Rs. 30,000. This means, all the devices on this page will offer great photo and video quality to users, from the front or rear cameras, both. The list has been arranged as per rating and recency of launch. You can also expect a great overall experience from the smartphones on this list, as they have an overall rating of 8 or above.
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The LG G8X ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a tiny water drop notch at the top. The bezels are thin on the sides of the display while the bottom chin is slightly thicker. It has a dedicated Google Assistant button and is among the few phones to still retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. LG also bundles a dual screen accessory with the device which helps connect a similar display to the phone.
The LG G8x ThinQ smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and it comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It packs in a 4,000mAh battery and has support for fast charging. The LG G8X ThinQ runs LG UX 9.0 on top of Android 9 Pie. The device also has a Hi-Fi DAC feature and supports DTS:X 3D Surround sound. It offers good performance and the device is capable of handling anything you throw at it.
LG has stuck with a dual-camera setup on the LG G8X ThinQ with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 13-megapixel wide-angle-camera. The phone clicks decent photos in daylight and low-light photos were also good. Video recording is another strong point for the LG G8X ThinQ.
LG isn't a big player in the smartphone market anymore but is still trying. The new LG G8s ThinQ was first unveiled at MWC 2019 but has launched in India several months later, so it now competes against several newer and more feature-rich models. The styling is dated, especially with the extra-wide notch, although that was necessary to fit in a Time-of-Flight 3D sensor and infrared dot emitter for security. Build quality is excellent though, and you get an IP68 rating plus Gorilla Glass on the front and back.
LG has overstuffed this phone with software features and customisations. Air Gestures are particularly gimmicky and we found them frustratingly difficult to use. There's a lot of bloatware and unnecessary animation that seems to bog this phone down a bit. However, performance in games and benchmarks was pretty good.
The display is impressive and we liked the stereo speakers on the LG G8s ThinQ. Battery life was just average. The three rear cameras take excellent shots, even in very low light.
The new OnePlus 6T introduces an in-display fingerprint sensor that is sure to draw attention and be the one feature that you really want to show off. It also has a smaller notch, bigger screen and higher capacity battery, but loses the notification LED and 3.5mm audio jack. Nearly everything else is the same as it was with the OnePlus 6. There's still no wireless charging or IP rating, which are the only ways in which this phone doesn't feel like a true flagship. Camera performance is pretty good, though it suffers at night. The battery will get you through a full day. The OnePlus 6T replaces the OnePlus 6 but isn't necessarily a compelling upgrade.
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ features a metal and glass design, with tapering edges on both sides. It has a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Touch response and colours are superb and it also supports HDR. In India, the phone uses an Exynos 9810 octa-core SoC and comes with 6GB of RAM a choice of 64GB or 256GB internal storage, which is expandable. The stereo speakers delivers good sound quality and there's wireless charging here too. The main highlight is the camera, which features a variable aperture, super slow motion videos up to 960fps and AR Emojis. Camera performance is good too, especially in low light. There's also a second telephoto lens for shooting portraits and for optical zoom. The 3500mAh battery supports fast charging and should easily last an entire day on a single charge.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 features a metal and glass design, with tapering edges on both sides. It has a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Touch response and colours are superb and it also supports HDR. In India, the phone uses an Exynos 9810 octa-core SoC and comes with 4GB of RAM a choice of 64GB or 256GB internal storage, which is expandable. The stereo speakers delivers good sound quality and there's wireless charging here too. The main highlight is the camera, which features a variable aperture, super slow motion videos up to 960fps and AR Emojis. Camera performance is good too, especially in low light. The 3000mAh battery supports fast charging and should stretch an entire day on a single charge.
The iPhone 8 Plus is a larger version of the iPhone 8, with a larger screen and battery, more RAM, and a secondary telephoto camera on the rear. It's powered by the same A11 Bionic processor as the iPhone X, which has been shown to be exceptionally powerful, especially in tests that can utilise all six cores at the same time. The display now supports True Tone which adjusts its colour temperature to match ambient lighting. You get 64GB of storage on the base variant but can choose a 256GB option which costs more. Your only choices of colours this time around are Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. The iPhone 8 models also feature new glass backs to support wireless charging, while maintaining the IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Fast wired charging is supported but you only get a basic charger in the box. You can get through a full day of use with a little power to spare thanks to the large battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the smaller of the two options launched as the company's 2017 flagship. Its main attraction is a nearly borderless screen with a taller than usual aspect ratio. In terms of industrial design, this phone is absolutely stunning, with curved glass and a futuristic look. However, the fingerprint sensor is forced into an awkward spot and grip takes some getting used to. Performance is top notch thanks to an Exynos 8895 SoC, and the cameras produce stunning stills. This is a worthy flagship phone, if you're willing to spend this much.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ appears to be nothing more than an elongated S6 Edge at first glance but dig a little deeper and you’ll find some nifty additions. The new additions include 4GB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.2 on the hardware front, for a bit more future-proofing. Samsung has also added Pro mode in the camera app which now lets you save pictures in RAW format as well as give you manual options to adjust your photo, before you take the shot. The new Live Broadcast feature also lets you livestream to your YouTube channel. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a well-rounded phone but Samsung is charging a premium over the S6 Edge, which makes you think twice before taking the plunge.
Huawei's latest flagship smartphone under the 'Honor' brand is the Honor 6 Plus and it boasts of dual 8-megapixel cameras on the rear. Huawei's claim that these cameras can capture pictures as good as a DSLR may not be true but it is a great shooter nonetheless. It can shoot some really great low-light shots with good amount of details. Huawei has also managed to improve upon the design of the Honor 6. The overall performance of homegrown Hisilicon Kirin 925 SoC inside the phone is also really good. If there is one thing lacking with the phone it has to be the audio performance. Also, the Honor 6 Plus could have benefited greatly if it had a lower price tag.
The Galaxy A52 is a part fo the A series and was launched alongside the Galaxy A72. The new Galaxy A52 has a big 6.5-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a hole-punch display. It also has a fast 90Hz refresh rate. The build is mainly plastic which isn't the case with its competition. The Galaxy A52 is IP67 rated and you will find a rubber seal around the SIM tray to help keep water and dust out. The smartphone has a 4,500mAh battery and is manageable for single-handed use. The battery is capable of fast charging at 25W but you only get a 15W charger in the box.
The Galaxy A52 has a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The camera performance is acceptable in daylight but the wide-angle camera does not capture as much detail as the primary camera. Close-up were good and the Galaxy A52 clicks some good portraits. The macro camera too was good in delivering a crisp output. Selfies taken from the selfie camera were good and the camera did a good job in most lighting conditions.
The Galaxy A52 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 processor which is a decent processor. It is capable of delivering good performance and coupled with 6GB of RAM, multitasking too is easy. Compared to some of the direct competitors of the Galaxy A52, the chipset feels underpowered.
The 4,500mAh battery delivers good battery life and the phone went for about a day and a half with our usage. Charging times weren't too long either with the charger topping the phone up in about an hour and a half.
Just like the Vivo V20, the Vivo V20 Pro focuses on design and cameras. The patterns created on the Sunset Melody colorway when light hits the back panel look very funky. The display on the Vivo V20 Pro is once again very similar to that of the V20. It is a 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel with Schott's Xensation Up cover glass. Colours are rich, it gets very bright, and there's HDR support too.
Videos look great on the Vivo V20 Pro thanks to the vivid AMOLED panel. HDR videos on YouTube play smoothly. The Vivo V20 Pro is a good phone for gaming since the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G can handle even demanding titles fairly well without overheating. Funtouch OS 11 on the V20 Pro is packed to the gills with shortcuts and customisation options.
The Vivo V20 Pro boasts of impressive camera specifications. For selfies, you get a 44-megapixel primary camera with a f/2.0 aperture and autofocus, and an additional ultra-wide-angle 8-megapixel camera. Compared to the OnePlus Nord, the V20 Pro offers slightly sharper selfies and more interesting shooting modes, however the Nord does have a slight edge when it comes to video performance.
If you're looking for a mid-range 5G smartphone that's not a OnePlus Nord, the V20 Pro gets our recommendation.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is an affordable version of the Galaxy Note 10 series. While it is more affordable, it still houses the S-Pen stylus that is bundled with the Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite sports a big 6.7-inch display and has an in-display fingerprint scanner. Samsung has packed in a big 4,500mAh battery which makes it a little heavy at 199g.
Powering the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is the Exynos 9810 SoC which is the same chip powering the Galaxy S9 phone. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is available in two variants and 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite runs One UI 2.0 running on top of Android 10.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite delivered god performance and it was quite efficient as the battery could last over a day easily. The stylus is also very useful to jot down notes on the device. It has a triple camera setup at the back and does a good job in different lighting conditions. Video recording is good during the day but needs some improvements for low light.
The Vivo V17 Pro is a unique offering, with two pop-up selfie cameras and four more at the back. It's well built and looks premium, despite the all-polycarbonate build. It's a little chunky and heavy but still quite manageable. The 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display is bright, has good colour saturation and viewing angles. There's also Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.
The in-display fingerprint sensor works well but face unlock is only used as a last resort and can't be used as the primary method for unlocking the phone. The phone has two SIM card slots but nothing for a microSD card. You also get a 'smart key' button which can be customised to perform different functions.
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The SoC is a little weak for the price but is fairly capable of handling apps and games. Keep in mind that it does make the phone quite hot with prolonged camera use or gaming.
The rear 48-megapixel camera shoots good quality oversampled shots in both daytime and in low light. The ultra wide-angle camera captures more in the frame and is also used for shooting super macros. There's a telephoto camera too which offers 2x optical zoom. The V17 Pro also has a depth camera, which helps when shooting bokeh portraits. The 32-megapixel selfie camera captures pleasing selfies and also supports Night mode. The secondary 8-megapixel wide-angle camera lets you get a lot more people in one frame.
Battery life is very good. The 4100mAh battery easily lasts for a day and half. There's fast charging too, which charges the battery fully in about two hours.
The Oppo Reno 2 is one the three smartphones recently launched as the part of the Reno 2 Series in India. This smartphone has a shark-fin module which houses the selfie camera, earpiece as well as the secondary microphone. The Oppo Reno 2 packs a quad-camera setup at the back and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC.
The Reno 2 sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display without any notch. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner that is quick to scan and unlock the smartphone. The display has good viewing angles and gets bright enough when viewed outdoors.
We were happy with the performance of the Snapdragon 730G as it could handle our day-to-day tasks easily. Oppo offers only one variant of the smartphone with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage further but at the cost of the second SIM slot.
It has a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor with 20x digital zoom; a 13-megapixel telephoto camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera. The fourth sensor on the Reno 2 is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Image quality from the rear sensors were quite good under most lighting conditions. The selfie camera was a bit average, overexposing the shots most of the time.
The 4,000mAh battery on the Reno 2 delivers good battery life and gets a 20W charger in the box. The Oppo Reno 2 runs ColorOS on top of Android 9 Pie
The OnePlus 7 Pro features a brand new design, with a glass back and front and curved sides. The phone feels very premium but’s it’s also very heavy. The Nebula Blue variant looks slick but it’s quite slippery, which makes single-handed use a real challenge. It has a massive 6.67-inch ‘Fluid AMOLED’ display with a QHD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and support for HDR 10+ content. The display produces vivid colours, deep blacks and has good viewing angles.
The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is said to be more power efficient than the previous one. Performance is excellent as the phone can handle heavy apps and games with ease. The new OxygenOS 9.5 debuts some new features such as Fnatic mode for prioritising games over notifications, an in-built screen recording, screenshot editor and more.
You also get stereo speakers here, for the first time in a OnePlus device. However, there’s no wireless charging or IP-rated waterproofing. The OnePlus 7 Pro also gets a new camera setup. The main 48-megapixel sensor captures detailed landscapes in both day and night, but we did find the autofocus to be a little inconsistent when shooting macros. The 8-megapixel telephoto camera offer 3x optical zoom, while the 16-megapixel wide-angle camera captures more of the scene in from of you. You also get a 16-megapixel, pop-up selfie camera, which snaps decent selfies. Finally, the 4000mAh battery easily lasts for a full day on one charge and there’s fast charging support too.
The Vivo Nex is a smartphone from the future which is gorgeous, immensely powerful, and loaded with impressive technologies like the pop up camera. However, the software has niggles, the in-display fingerprint scanner is unreliable, and many flagship features such as waterproofing and wireless charging are conspicuous by their absence. As of now, the Vivo Nex is best looked upon as a technology showcase, rather than owned as a daily driver.
The ROG Phone is a gaming smartphone launched by Asus. It sports a 6-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and an FHD+ resolution. Powering the ROG Phone is a specially binned Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC that has a higher clock speed of 2.96GHz. It has 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage which is non-expandable. The ROG Phone runs ROG UI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. It houses a 4000mAh battery and gets a 30W charger in the box. It also gets an AeroActive Cooler which has a fan to keep the device cooler. The ROG Phone is a dual SIM device and has support for dual 4G as well as dual VoLTE.
The OnePlus 6 brings a new glass back with your choice of three different finishes, the Snapdragon 845 processor, and a bigger screen with a notch. It takes on today's biggest flagships, some of which cost over twice as much. Performance is great, and the display will keep most people happy. The phone looks and feels good too, and you can definitely show it off. The cameras are slightly underwhelming, and some people will miss the creative options that other manufacturers offer. Battery life was good enough to get us through a full day with some power left over. You don't get all the bells and whistles of a top-end phone, but the OnePlus 6 has more than enough to keep most people happy.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco features a 5.5-inch Quad HD pOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5. Colours are vibrant but they can look a little too exaggerated at times. The body is made from stainless steel and the thanks to the glass back, there's support for Qi wireless charging. The phone uses a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Software is up to date too, as you get Android 8.1 Oreo and the most recent security patch. The main 12-megapixel sensor captures good details and the second telephoto lens lets you get closer to the scene. Battery life is also good and there's fast charging too.
After concentrating only on the high end for a year, Google has decided to launch a new mid-range Nexus phone which will appeal to those looking to upgrade from a Nexus 4 or Nexus 5. The new Nexus 5X, made by LG, brings pure Android 6.0 and the native Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor. It also has a really good camera, a fast six-core processor, and reasonably good battery life. Long-time Nexus fans will have to do without wireless charging though. Despite a few quirks, the Nexus 5X is a solid phone with a lot of appeal.
The HTC Desire 820s doesn't differ much from the Desire 820, except for the new Mediatek MT6752 SoC under the hood. This makes a massive difference in performance, with the Desire 820s offering excellent performance. It retains the things we loved about the Desire 820, including the decent camera set, the great looks and the dual front-facing speakers. The Desire 820s is HTC's answer to all of the invite-only and flash-sale smartphones that populate the mid-range. It's a smartphone that's easy to buy, easy to like and satisfying to use.
It seems that you can't buy a high-end phone today unless it has a screen larger than 5 inches. Thankfully there is at least one exception. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is just what its name suggests - a compact version of the flagship Xperia Z3. Unlike its peers, Sony hasn't hobbled the Z3 Compact's specifications just because it's a smaller phone. This phone is easy to hold and carry, and it has most of the features and specifications that also make the Xperia Z3 a winner. Sony's Android skin is just as cluttered as ever, but the Z3 Compact makes up for that with a great camera, good screen, and of course loads of power.
Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro is a phablet with a huge 6-inch screen with QHD resolution and quite possibly one with the most compact form-factor. Also, Lenovo doesn't make any compromises with its innards since this is the company’s flagship device at the moment. The phablet is running the latest software with Vibe UI 2.0 skin on top of it and it has a nice trick up its sleeve in the form of allowing users to switch to stock Android if they prefer it.Though we like the device overall, Lenovo could have taken care o the heating issues we faced during testing.
The LG G7+ ThinQ is the company's flagship offering for 2018. It features a 6.1-inch, QHD+ display with excellent brightness and colour saturation. It even supports HDR 10 standard. It's IP68 certified for dust and water resistance and is shockproof thanks to the MIL-STD 810G specification. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. App and game performance is very good but the entire back of the phone gets very warm when stressed. The primary 16-megapixel camera doesn't capture the sharpest stills but its f/1.6 aperture helps it in low-light. The secondary 16-megapixel wide-angle sensor is great for landscape shots and has very good stabilisation for video. The 3000mAh battery offers decent battery life but it's tough to get an entire day's worth of usage on a single charge.
|Best Camera Mobile Phones Under 30000 in India||Price in India|
|LG G8X ThinQ||Rs. 27,990|
|LG G8s ThinQ||Rs. 29,999|
|OnePlus 6T||Rs. 25,500|
|Samsung Galaxy S9+||Rs. 29,990|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||Rs. 26,999|
|Apple iPhone 8 Plus||Rs. 29,999|
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Rs. 28,900|
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus||Rs. 26,999|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+||Rs. 28,000|
|Honor 6 Plus||Rs. 26,499|
|Samsung Galaxy A52||Rs. 26,499|
|Vivo V20 Pro||Rs. 29,990|
|LG Wing||Rs. 29,999|
|Google Pixel 4a||Rs. 29,999|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite||Rs. 27,999|
|Vivo V17 Pro||Rs. 27,990|
|Oppo Reno 2||Rs. 25,990|
|OnePlus 7 Pro||Rs. 26,999|
|Vivo Nex||Rs. 28,500|
|Asus ROG Phone||Rs. 26,499|
|OnePlus 6||Rs. 29,999|
|Nokia 8 Sirocco||Rs. 29,990|
|Google Nexus 5X||Rs. 25,990|
|Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual||Rs. 29,990|
|LG G4||Rs. 25,999|
|HTC Desire 820s||Rs. 27,999|
|Sony Xperia Z3 Compact||Rs. 26,499|
|Samsung Galaxy Note Edge||Rs. 30,000|
|Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro||Rs. 29,999|
|LG G7+ ThinQ||Rs. 27,000|
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