Best camera phones under Rs 20,000 in India for January 2021

Gone are the days when you had to spend over Rs 40,000 or buy a super costly flagship smartphone to get a  good camera experience. The budget and mid-range smartphones have gotten better over the last couple of years. They offer a great camera experience and some of them even feature flagship-grade camera sensors

best camera phone under Rs 20,000

1. Poco X3

2. Realme 7 Pro

3. Samsung Galaxy M31s

4. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

5. Motorola One Fusion Plus

It’s 2020 and you get at least a triple camera setup, if not a quad-cameras on a mid-range smartphone. The primary sensor will more likely sport a 48MP or a 64MP snapper. However, megapixel-count doesn’t always reflect on-camera performance. It is refreshing to see a telephoto lens in some of the phones under Rs 20,000. 

As said earlier, the most common camera array in the current best camera phones under Rs 20,000 will be a primary camera followed by an ultra-wide-angle lens, a macro, and depth/telephoto cameras. We have picked the top 5 camera phone within Rs 20,000 right now in India. The complication includes phones from Xiaomi, Realme, Poco, Moto, and Samsung. In the coming days, Realme X7 series with Dimesity chipset and Redmi Note 10 series is likely to arrive in India.

If you are looking for a phone under Rs 25,000 that has a balanced set of features, we've got you covered. Check our list of best phones under Rs 25,000.

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

Back to basics

Display: 6.6-inch LCD, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 732G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 6000mAh, 33W charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP

120Hz display
Excellent battery life
Reliable cameras
Great for gaming
Heavy
LCD panel
Not the fastest charging

With Poco X3, you get 120Hz smooth LCD panel and 64MP (Sony IMX682) quad-camera setup clicks excellent pictures. By default, it produces images in a 4:3 aspect ratio with a 16MP resolution. The results are fairly detailed with great colour reproduction, good sharpness and accurate white balance. The dynamic is also pretty good, but be sure to turn it on as it is off by default. 

The ultra-wide lens gets a welcome upgrade to a higher resolution 13MP sensor. Images have a surprising level of detail and dynamic range, though the white balance can be different than the primary camera. The dedicated 2MP macro camera is tricky to master as the resolution and plane of focus leave little leg space for adjustments. More often than not, using the primary camera at 64MP and cropping in will yield a more usable image. Low light images are also the best in the segment. Power users will also appreciate the barrage of shooting modes and filters available. 

It is powered by the Snapdragon 732G chipset for great gaming performance, has capable cameras, a big 6,000mAh battery with support for fast charging. With all the internals packed in the phone is quite heavy at 230 grams and if that's not an issue for you, then this phone is for you. 

Read our Poco X3 review

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Realme 7 Pro

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Realme 7 Pro

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Realme 7 Pro

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Realme 7 Pro

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Realme 7 Pro

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Realme 7 Pro

Two steps forward, two steps sideways

Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+ Super AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4500mAh, 65W charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

Insanely fast charging
Super AMOLED display
Great cameras
Stereo speakers
Plastic back
60Hz refresh rate
Costlier than its predecessor

The Realme 7 Pro won the best budget phone of the year at the recently concluded TechRadar India Awards 2020., thanks to the all-round performance. As for the cameras, the Realme 7 Pro comes with second-gen camera stack with a flagship Sony image sensor at the heart.

The primary shooter is a 64MP f/1.8 Sony IMX682 image sensor that employs pixel-binning to produce 16MP photos. The results were way better than what we’re used to seeing in this segment (except the Poco X3) with great dynamic range, decent colours and ample details. It doesn’t shy away from raising the shadows to yield brighter images, but that sometimes takes a toll on the contrast. The 8MP ultra-wide lens was fairly consistent in terms of the colour profile, bringing a surprising amount of sharpness when cropped in. 

Low light photography via both of these lenses was exceptional too. The Realme 7 Pro also boasts of one of the most exhaustive camera packages when it comes to shooting modes — Pro Nightscape, astrophotography, ultra-steady video, pro 64MP, night filters, portrait mode, realtor filters, AI colour portrait video, over the usual options that exist. These features make smartphone photography easier and more capable. A telephoto lens would’ve been nice but it didn’t seem like we were missing a lot.

Apart from the camera, you get an excellent Super AMOLED screen and an insane 65W fast charging support. It is powered by Snapdragon 720G chipset and comes in a really nice design and colour options as well. 

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Read our Realme 7 Pro review

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Samsung Galaxy M31s

Been there done that!

Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ | Processor: Exynos 9611 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera: 64 + 12 + 5 + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 6,000mAh, 25W fast charging

Display
Good battery 
Camera performance
Performance

The successor to the vastly popular Galaxy M31, the Galaxy M31s features a 64MP primary Sony IMX682 sensor of an f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor of an f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro sensor. On the front, the phone has a 32MP selfie camera of an f/2.2 aperture.

The images produce ample amounts of detail. The primary 64MP Sony sensor was able to produce amazing images when the lighting was sufficient. Samsung has also added a single take feature from the flagships to this mid-segment phone. This feature lets users capture 10 seconds of footage in various modes with the wide-angle lens and is helpful for users who are unsure about how to capture a certain moment. 

You get a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O screen with Full HD+ resolution. It is powered by the Snapdragon 9611 chipset. That is paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. There is a massive 6,000mAh battery pack with support for 25W fast charging over USB Type-C. It also supports reverse charging via Type-C to Type-C cable that's included in the box.

Check out Samsung Galaxy M31s on Amazon

Read our Samsung Galaxy M31s review

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

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Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Weight: 209g | Screen size: 6.67-inch Full HD+ | CPU: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5020mAh | Rear camera: 64 + 8 + 5 + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

Impressive quad camera
Exceptional battery life
Reliable performance
Heavy
Ads in UI

The star of the show is the rear camera array, sporting a 64MP primary camera and an 8MP ultra-wide shooter. Along with a new processing algorithm, there's also a ton of shooting modes and a very comprehensive manual mode too. 

The latest budget phone from the house of Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is a beast in all aspects. It retains the usual big display and big battery of the series and takes them to the next level to provide exceptional battery backup. 

Check out Redmi Note 9 Pro Max on Amazon

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Motorola One Fusion Plus

Weight: 210g | Dimensions: 162.9 x 76.4 x 9.6mm | Screen size: 6.5-inch Full HD+ | CPU: Snapdragon 730G | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP

Versatile camera
Big battery
Near stock Android
Not very fast charging
60hz display
Plastic body

The Motorola One Fusion Plus comes with a full-screen 6.5-inch Full HD display with 91% screen to body ratio. You get a 16MP pop-up camera. Over at the rear, you get a 64MP quad-rear cameras setup with an 8MP ultra-wide camera followed by a 5MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera performance is decent enough for most people out there.

The device is powered by Snapdragon 730G chipset with 6GB RAM and 128Gb internal storage. The device is backed by a 5,000mAH battery and 15W fast charging via Type-C port. It runs on Android 10 OS and features Moto display and Moto actions like Quick capture, three-finger screenshot, screenshot toolkit, flip for DND, Pick up to silence, and Media controls.

Buy Motorola One Fusion Plus on Flipkart 

Best camera phones under Rs 20,000 in India

Device Price
Poco X3 Rs 16,999
Realme 7 Pro Rs 19,999
Samsung Galaxy M31s Rs 19,499
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Rs 18,499
Motorola One Fusion Plus Rs 17,499

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