Not too long ago, if you wanted a great camera phone, you had to spend over Rs. 20,000 at the very least. While more expensive phones continue to have better cameras, technology has now evolved to a point where everyone can enjoy taking decent pictures, irrespective of the price point.
If you are looking for a budget smartphone with a great camera, solid user experience, and impressive specifications, here are best camera phones under Rs. 10,000 available in the Indian market. It’s worth noting that the selections we have made have been done on the basis of our in-depth reviews of the handsets. We’ve also restricted ourselves to recent launches so that users can enjoy the most future proof experience with their smartphones.
Here are the phones listed in alphabetical order.
Asus ZenFone Max
The ZenFone Max was one of the first launches from Asus this year, and while the company stressed on the phone’s battery prowess, we found in our detailed review that the Asus ZenFone Max also had a very capable camera that takes good indoor and low light shots.
We have to confess that the ZenFone Max (Review) was very similar in terms of specifications to its sibling, the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser, and that’s the case with its camera performance as well. The ZenFone Max uses the same 13-megapixel camera and laser autofocus system as the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (Review). The 5-megapixel front camera is also the same, and both cameras are capable of recording 1080p video. One can find plenty of camera modes and manual settings for both stills and video, and effects such as slow motion, HDR, time lapse, panorama and beautification continue to offer plenty of great options for camera lovers.
Pictures clicked on the ZenFone Max were good in indoor settings, be it well-lit or dark, though outdoor shots were slightly washed out in brighter areas. Heavily sunlit areas often appeared completely white, but the rest of the colour spectrum was accurate and clear, with pictures being sharp, detailed and dramatic when properly composed. The laser autofocus system on the ZenFone Max worked wonders when shooting close-ups and indoor shots, with the phone quickly and accurately focusing on the subject matter. Overall, the camera on the ZenFone Max remained competent indoors with slight weaknesses when shooting outdoors. It was launched at a price point of Rs. 9,999.