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Best budget smartphones for photography

Best budget smartphones for photography
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A strong camera can influence the decision between skipping and purchasing a smartphone. We are lucky enough to have come a long way through the course of technology that extremely smart AI along with solid hardware is available in smartphones that are considered affordable – something that would have been exclusive for top-tier smartphones.
It’s hard to pick the best budget camera phones out of the bunch with so many devices out in the market in 2022. This is why we’ve put together a list of the best affordable camera phones you can buy.

How we do our research


Our ranking criteria


We consider each smartphone’s features, including specifications, budget, display out, screen size, ergonomics, battery life, storage space, camera quality and client review, also, most of the listed devices are reviewed by our team members.

Things to look for while buying


When looking for a budget smartphone for photography the most important thing to consider is the camera. Look for a camera with features such as autofocus, night mode and more. Other than this, looking for a battery with a higher mAh capacity, fast charging, the latest chipset and expandable memory.

Features compared



SmartphonesCameraProduct link
Realme Narzo 50A50MP+2MP+2MP Primary Camera | 8MP Front CameraBuy On
Redmi Note 10 Lite48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP |16MP front cameraBuy On
Samsung Galaxy M2148MP+8MP+5MP | 20MP front cameraBuy On
Redmi Note 10S64MP+8MP+2MP | 13MP front cameraBuy On
OPPO A5550MP+2MP+2MP | 16MP front cameraBuy On


Realme Narzo 50A

Best budget smartphones for photography
The Realme Narzo 50A has decent camera chops for a phone at its price. It comes with a 50-megapixel primary sensor accompanied by a 2-megapixel macro sensor and another 2-megapixel monochrome camera for better portraits. The main speciality of this phone is the Super Nightscape mode that helps you capture better pictures at night. At the front, you get an 8-megapixel AI selfie camera with HDR. Along with this, you also get a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Realme Narzo 50A is a highly recommended budget phone for photography enthusiasts.


Redmi Note 10 Lite

Best budget smartphones for photography
The Redmi Note 10 Lite has a squarish quad-camera module that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and two 2-megapixel super-macro and portrait cameras respectively. In terms of camera software, you have Night Mode, Pro Color and Pro video modes. For clicking selfies, you have a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Other notable features of this smartphone include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and a 5,020mAh battery. The Redmi Note 10 Lite is a good value for money option.


Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 Edition

Best budget smartphones for photography
Samsung’s Galaxy M21 2021 Edition has a youth-friendly design, a big 6,000mAh battery and a respectable triple camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary, 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 5-megapixel depth camera configuration. It also comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display at the front and under the hood, it is powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9611 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 Edition has a good looking design for a budget photography phone.


Redmi Note 10S

Best budget smartphones for photography
The Redmi Note 10S is another budget phone for photography from Xiaomi. You get a quad-camera module that houses a 64-megapixel primary camera along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 2-megapixel tele-macro and 2-megapixel portrait sensors. For selfies, you have a 13-megapixel camera that sits in a circular cutout. The MediaTek G95 powers this smartphone backed by up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Further, the phone has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display and a large 5,000mAh battery. This phone is also recommended for photography on a budget.




Oppo A55

Best budget smartphones for photography
The Oppo A55 is a good looking smartphone with a triple camera setup that comprises a 50-megapixel primary, 2-megapixel monochrome and 2-megapixel macro cameras. At the front, you’ll get a 16-megapixel camera and a 6.51-inch HD+ display. Further, it’s powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC paired with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It has a 5,000mAh battery and it ships with an 18W fast charger. The Oppo A55 can be considered for its design in addition to cameras.
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