The Best Camera Phones Under 10000 in India

by Oct 23, 2019

As technology is growing phones in today’s modern-day world have become more than a communication device. The so-called smartphones are now becoming an all in one device competent of more than just calling or messaging. They are now fitted with great cameras and immersive displays which are now cutting down the need for carrying cameras or DSLRs.

But the problem arises as there are so many companies offering a tonne of different models to choose from, so if you are looking to grab a great smartphone with nice cameras under Rs 10000 then check out our list below of ten best smartphones right on the budget. In this list, you will find a blend of both performances as well as how the cameras perform in real life scenarios.

The 6 Best Camera Phones Under 10000

1.

Realme 5

Realme 5
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (720 x 1600)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Quad 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Overview

Realme has acquired a stronghold in the Indian smartphone market since its arrival a few years back. The company has launched some great smartphones in the past for the entry-level or mid-segment consumers posing a threat to other smartphone brands.

The Realme 5 is made of polycarbonate and has a laminated plastic back. The rear side of the phone has a crystalline pattern all around it giving the phone an attractive and standout appearance. The build quality is substantial and feels premium.

On the front, the device comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ display having 720x1600pixels resolution. The bezels are scraped down and on the top, a dewdrop notch houses the front camera. The display is bright although not as sharp. The viewing angles are also not that bad.

The phone gets its power by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 an 11 nm chipset along with an Adreno 610 GPU. Realme are offering three versions of the smartphone- one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage, while the second being 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of inbuilt storage, and lastly 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of inbuilt storage a dedicated slot is also available in case of more memory upgrades.

As far as the performance is involved, Realme 5 is a stable device and can effortlessly pull off common tasks. It is also proficient in handling heavy games and there aren’t any heating issues as such. The RAM is also able to manage to multitask and switching between app is fluid.

The camera section is where things get fired up as the company is offering a quad-camera set up, making this the first phone to offer such a configuration under Rs.10000. Besides the usual 12 megapixels f/1.8 primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, it features an 8 megapixel ultrawide as well as a 2-megapixel camera for macro shots.

Now as for the day time conditions, the images are moderately good but it failed to capture distant objects as they needed details. The close-up shots from the camera are where the Realme 5 transcends others, the images look genuine and have great details and even edge detection is managed expertly. However, low light conditions are a weak point but it manages to perform reasonably well.

The phone runs on ColorOS 6 which is based on Android 9 and will receive an upgrade to Android 10. The phone has a tremendous 5000 mAh battery and is great for daily usage. The phone has no support for fast charging.

Additional Features

Other than the basic Android functionalities the ColorOS also offers a tonne of interesting additional features as well. It has a Game Space feature that clears the background memory thus boosting the RAM and mutes all the notifications when a game is launched. The Realme 5 has a Real Sound Technology feature intended to improve the audio quality to some extent when earphones are plugged in.

Verdict

If you are a photoholic and looking for a smartphone with some insane camera setup in a budget then Realme 5 is the phone to consider. The phone has a nice display, good battery life, first in the class quad-camera setup, and can be upgraded to Android 10 as well. However, the camera can also be deceiving as the overall performance is a bit average and below expectations. But it gives some serious competition to other smartphones in the segment.

What We Loved

  • Premium design
  • Nice display
  • Overall the phone performs well

What We Didn’t Like

  • The cameras could have been better
  • Average battery life
  • No fast charging
2.

Redmi Note 7S

Redmi Note 7S
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Xiaomi has gained a lot of popularity and attraction from Indian consumers since its arrival. The Chinese giant has also acknowledged that and launched some great and super affordable smartphones to attract more customers. The company's most popular budget series is the Redmi line up which has amassed a lot of people in. The Redmi Note 7s which was released in May this year has performed pretty well and the company plans to further expand its user base in the country.

The phone holds a glossy finish almost making it seem like a glass back but rather adopted a plastic frame. This glossy finish maintains the phone to achieve a premium look, however, the back is inclined to smudges and dust particles. It features a 6.3 inch ( 1080x2340 pixels) IPS LCD panel and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It has a pleasing amount of brightness with sufficient sharpness and color. The display manages to achieve nice details as well but viewing angles are not very helpful and the display can be hard to read in bright outdoor situations.

It comes fitted with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset and an Adreno 512 GPU. The performance achieved from the processor is satisfactory for daily usage although it lacks power when matched against the Snapdragon 675 which is present on Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is being made obtainable in two variants- the base model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage, and the top-end model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of inbuilt storage.

In the optics department, the device owns a primary 48 megapixel Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.8 and a 5-megapixel secondary camera for depth sensing. The camera is AI-enabled which is competent in identifying plants, buildings, and other things. Though the images miss out on details and color quality. But distant shots are noticeable. In low light, the camera failed to make an impact and the images are mediocre and contain noise. On the front, a 13-megapixel selfie camera is present which delivers decent selfies and also owns AI beautification. However, the camera over smoothes the images.

The Note 7S has a 4000 mAh battery with an ordinary battery backup and supports fast charging ( Quick Charge 4). The company's custom skin MIUI 10 can be found running on top of Android 9 (Pie).

Additional Features

MIUI provides customization options to the user which includes installing new themes, icon packs and also has an assortment of apps from the company like Mi Drop, Mi Pay, Mi Store, etc that comes pre-installed with the phone. The phone has a Widevine L1 DRM feature that allows the user to stream content from Netflix and Amazon Prime in HD resolution.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 7S emphasizes on its 48-megapixel camera and other minor feature improvements. While the phone is pretty solid and delivers satisfying day to day performance but the camera is where the phone raises some doubts. It is an ordinary camera and doesn't bring anything new or extra to the table. If you are in the market for a camera-centric phone then you should skip this one.

What We Loved

  • Good display
  • Impressive performance
  • Nice battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • MIUI has lots of ads
  • Average cameras
  • No dedicated SD card slot
3.

Vivo Y91

Vivo Y91
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.22" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4030 mAh

Overview

Vivo has always managed to gain the spotlight by releasing innovative smartphones. The company's Y series which is a budget segment smartphone lineup has garnered a strong user base in the past few years. The Y91 was launched in late 2018 with a stylish and elegant design.

Speaking of design, the Vivo Y91 has a polycarbonate chassis which nearly every smartphone in this segment offers painted with glossy dual-tone gradient colors which looks astonishing and classy. The build quality is also not negotiated with and the phone is strong.
There is a 6.22 inch IPS panel having 720 x 1520 resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:2. The screen has good viewing angles while the colors are also nice. The only thing bad about the display is the sharpness and low resolution that causes the images on the screen to pixelate and appear dull.

Under the hood, the Y91 packs a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset with 2/3 gigs of RAM. As for the storage, with the 2 GB model, 16 GB of storage is provided and with 3 GB model, 32 GB of storage is provided with further expansion capability up to 256 GB via an SD card. The phone can carry out normal daily tasks with ease and shows no problems. However, if you are planning on having gaming sessions with the phone then you can face heating issues, lags, and stutters.

The phone has 13 + 2 megapixels rear camera system the latter being a depth sensor. The camera can take ordinary pictures with fair details and colors though it requires edge detection and the images are somewhat blurry. Low light situations are a problem too as the camera had a hard time getting the focus right and the images had a lot of noise. On the front, the 8-megapixel selfie shooter can be appropriate for uploading pictures on social media but nothing much can be expected. It also has a Beauty Mode which smoothens out the image to a great extent which is not admissible either.

One of the strong points of the phone is its battery. The phone has a 4030 mAh battery which can easily last a day on mild useage. There are modes like Super Saver and Low Power Mode aimed to extend battery life even more. The company has combined it's custom Funtouch 4.5 skin on top of Android 8.1 (Oreo).

Additional Features

The device has some cool additional features which make using the phone more comfortable and interactive. It has a game mode, bike mode, smart split which splits the screen into two halves thus enabling multitasking. A face unlock is also present in addition to the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Verdict

The Vivo Y91 is a stylish and modern looking smartphone with a massive battery. Yet the low-resolution display, an outdated chipset, and average cameras do not make it a nice contender in the current smartphone scenario as brands like Realme, Xiaomi, and others offer better value.

What We Loved

  • Great battery life
  • Large display
  • Responsive fingerprint and face unlock

What We Didn’t Like

  • Outdated processor
  • Low-resolution display
  • Very average cameras
4.

Realme 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh

Overview

Realme is presenting the Realme 2 Pro as the "Pro" and advanced version of Realme 2 which already had turned a lot of heads after it's launch last year. The Pro version offers a lot of extra features and some spec bumps and the price kept well under budget.

The phone arrives with multiple layers of lamination which creates an illusion of a glass panel although it is built out of hard plastic. The company calls it a "crystal-like dewdrop effect" though the back panel is apt to a lot of dust and smudges when used without any protection or cover.

The phone has a slightly bigger 6.3-inch full HD+ display and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display is somewhat bright and offers convincing results in outdoor conditions. The high pixel density ( ~409 PPI) benefits the display in creating sharp images although sometimes it misses out on details.

The company has introduced good specs with the device when compared to the non-pro version. There are three versions available which all use an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. The customer can choose between 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and a massive 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This records the first time a Realme phone to possess an 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Some other specs include dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5, a gyroscope, proximity sensor and so on. The phone is a reliable performer and runs pretty smoothly. There are no problems even while multitasking and phone can manage tasks with expertise. Although the UI can be a little laggy other than that it performs suitably.

A primary 16-megapixel camera having f/2.0 aperture while a second 2-megapixel depth sensor is present on the rear side of the device. The camera renders great images with a good amount of colors and details. The wide aperture can take pleasing close-up range shots in Bokeh Mode. Though when aimed at fast-moving objects like cars, or animals shutter lag can be observed. The 16-megapixel selfie camera comes with a screen flash option for low light conditions, although it is not a very useful feature as it couldn't capture important details.

The 3500 mAh battery of the Realme 2 Pro can comfortably last a whole day once fully charged and used for basic purposes like calling, messaging, surfing, watching videos, and so on. When used heavily, the phone is capable of lasting for up to 10-12 hours which is also not that bad either. Out of the box, the phone has Realme's custom skin ColorOS 5.2, which is based on Android 8 (Oreo) but can be further upgraded to ColorOS 6 that is Android 9.

Additional Features

Realme 2 Pro has the common Game Space feature which aims at improving the gaming performance in real-time and offers improved response rates. It is a nice feature and works well too. The phone comes with pre-installed apps like ShareChat, WebNovel, etc. which can be deleted if or when required. It also has Face Unlock for greater security.

Verdict

The company has done a great job with the device and the Realme 2 Pro is worth the money. It is a powerful phone with good looks and a decent set of cameras. The camera has some issues in low light conditions but overall it is a solid phone for the price and a good upgrade from Realme 2 as well.

What We Loved

  • Fresh design
  • Great performance
  • Face Unlock is quick

What We Didn’t Like

  • Mediocre Cameras
  • Plastic body
5.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Mi A2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.99" (1080 x 2160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

After the huge success of Xiaomi's Mi A1, the company's first Android One based smartphone the Mi A2 was launched just the year after.
One of the significant changes in Mi A2 is the build quality. Instead of using conventional plastic, the phone has a uni metal frame which not only enhances the sturdiness of the body but also gives the phone a premium feel. The phone is a little hard to grip and tends to slip out.
The 5.99 inches full HD + display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution and 403 PPI of pixel density produce sharp and vivid images. For protection, the screen uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as well.The viewing angles are not impressive and brightness is an issue as well.

Powering the Mi A2 is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage with no SD card option. It also has an Adreno 512 GPU. The Snapdragon 660 packs a lot of power and can comfortably handle everyday tasks without breaking a sweat. With 4 GB of RAM, the phone has the ability of multitasking as well as delivering smooth and stable frame rates when playing heavy-duty games. But heating is an issue which one has to deal with.

Xiaomi has made great improvements in the camera section when compared to its predecessor. A 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 20-megapixel secondary camera that uses 4-in-1pixel binning with larger 2-micron pixels and f/1.75 aperture is located at the back of the device. In bright outdoor conditions, the camera performs admirably and the images from the camera are rich in both colors and details even when zoomed in. The camera can detect and lock focus promptly. In lowly lit conditions too the images have a satisfactory amount of details. The 20-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.2 aperture can capture great images and it also supports HDR mode.

The Mi A2 possesses a 3000 mAh battery with not so appreciable battery life. The phone can last for only 8-9 hours which is below average. It does support Qualcomm's Quick charge but doesn't ship with a fast charger. So if you are an avid user better buy a fast charger.

Verdict

If you are in the market for a high-quality camera phone with decent everyday performance and on a tight budget then there can't be a much better deal than the Mi A2. The phone has some best in class cameras and can deliver great images while not compromising on the performance as well.

What We Loved

  • Great cameras
  • Excellent performance
  • Solid build quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average display
  • Ordinary battery life
  • No SD card support
  • No fast charger included
6.

Samsung Galaxy M10

Samsung Galaxy M10
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.22" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3400 mAh

Overview

Samsung is a South Korean multinational electronics manufacturing company that has been selling smartphones for a long time now. It has earned an enormous audience in the Indian smartphone market and had a stronghold in the entry-level and mid-budget segment of smartphones in India before brands like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo came into the race. Samsung announced a fresh new M series lineup targetted at the entry-level and mid-segment Indians. The Galaxy M10 which is the first phone from this series was released earlier this year.

It owns a waterdrop style notch for the front-facing camera which has become a trend now. The phone has a thin black border around its screen. The back and the sides of the phone are made out of plastic and have curved edges and corners giving it a premium look and feel.
The Galaxy M10 has a 6.22-inch HD+ resolution Infinity V TFT display. The resolution on this thing is 720×1520 with a pixel density of 270ppi. It has an edge to edge design. The screen is not sharp due to low pixel density and appears to lack colors at full brightness level which is a point of concern.

The chipset used in the Galaxy M10 is the Exynos 7870 which is an octa-core chipset based on the 14 nm architecture clocking at 1.6 GHz. It also features a Mali- T830 MP1 GPU. The M10 has two alternatives one with 2GB of Ram and 16 GB of onboard storage and other with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage. The good thing to note here is that the Galaxy M10 has a dedicated microSD slot which can be expanded up to a massive 1 TB.

As for the camera, the Galaxy M10 includes a dual-camera setup on the rear with a 13-megapixel primary camera having an f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The phone also has provision for ultra-wide-angle photography which can be accessed through the built-in camera app. The images are neither too good nor too bad. It captures decent images but on closer inspection, the images appear to be rough. A 5-megapixel selfie camera with an f/ 2.0 aperture bearly does the job but images can be posted on social media sites or shared among friends. Both the front and rear cameras are proficient in full HD recording.

It has a 3,400 mAh battery and comes with a 5 W charger in the box. It also has a 3.55 mm headphone jack and supports FM radio. This phone will be running on ONE UI which is Samsung's new UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It can be upgraded to Android 9.0 (Pie).

Additional Features

The Galaxy M10 introduces lock screen stories feature which displays different kinds of lock screen images, stories, and news information. A dual messenger option lets the user have two occurrences of Whatsapp so he/she can log into two different accounts at the same time. It also supports face unlock, although it is not as snappy and takes a considerable amount of time to unlock.

Verdict

The M10 is a refreshing and a brand new offering from the Korean giant with a new display and a whole lot of much-needed improvements. Yet there remains a lot of holes to fill up like the display which is not that effective, performance remains an issue and cameras are not very impressive. Overall the company has failed to leave a mark and the phone is not worth the price.

What We Loved

  • New design
  • Huge expandable storage
  • Decent battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cameras
  • Outdated chipset
  • Inferior display