Xiaomi Poco F1 Review

After the fingerprint sensor, the biggest tech innovation has happened in smartphone cameras especially in the budget segment. And for good reason too. After all, an engaging camera is something that all classes of users appreciate on their phones. With multiple sensors becoming a common phenomenon across price segments, even phone cameras under Rs 20,000 great value for money.

With companies trickling down higher megapixels sensor such as 48MP or 64MP, paired with telephoto, ultra-wide, depth or macro sensors to the budget segments, the smartphone cameras 20,000 are versatile and can take some really great shots even in adverse lighting conditions.

A simple browse through your social media feed will tell you that people are indeed fond of shooting with these multi-sensor setups. Slowly and steadily, most of the mobile phones in sub-20,000 segment are shipping with quad-camera hardware in 2020. And if that’s precisely what you have been hankering for, here are the best quad-camera phone options available under Rs 20,000.

ALSO READ: Understanding Smartphone Dual Cameras and How They Work

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

1. Samsung Galaxy M31s

Samsung Galaxy M31s is an upgraded version of the Galaxy M31 (review) which also features in this list of best camera phones below Rs 20,000 mark. Biggest upgrade over the M31 has been its cameras.

The Galaxy M31s quad-rear camera setup includes a 64MP Sony IMX 682 sensor, a 12MP ultrawide sensor, a 5MP macro, and a 5MP depth sensor. As we pointed in our Galaxy M31s review, the camera here is versatile and is capable of clicking some really good shots in favorable conditions.

Screen: 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS Display | CPU: Exynos 9611 SoC | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 6000mAh; 25W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 203g | Dimensions: 159.3 x 74.4 x 9.3 mm | Software: One UI 2.5, Android 10 |

2. Poco X2

Poco F1 (review) was the phone to beat in 2018, at least when it came to camera performance. Naturally, people have been hoping for good results from second Poco phone, the Poco X2 (review) and it manages to find the top spot on this list. The Poco X2 combines a 64MP Sony IMX 686 sensor with 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor for the rear camera. There is no telephoto lens for 2X optical zoom but Poco claims that it will help improve lowlight photography.

On the front, the Poco X2 has a 20MP selfie camera aided by a 2MP depth sensor. The Poco X2 has a lot more working in its favor including a capable Snapdragon 730G chipset, and a 6.6-inch LCD display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate.

Display: 6.6-inch LCD, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 730G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Rear Cameras: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front Camera: 20MP + 2MP | Battery: 4,500mAh

3. Realme 7 Pro

Realme 7 Pro (review) is probably the best phone of the year 2020 under Rs 20,000. It has design, performance, super-fast charging capabilities, and a set of good cameras.

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The Realme 7 Pro boasts of a 64MP primary rear camera paired with a 8MP ultrawide sensor, and two 2MP sensors. Realme has bumped up the selfie camera setup with a 32MP sensor. Also, there’s an improved Beautify mode now works for both front and rear cameras.

Other than the impressive camera hardware, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also benefits from a very efficient Snapdragon 720G mobile platform, 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with corning glass protection. It is offered with up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, and up to 8GB RAM.

Display: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 720G | Software: Realme UI, Android 10 | Rear Camera: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2MP | Front Camera: 32MP | Storage: 64GB/128GB | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Battery: 4,500mAh; 65W fast charging |

4. Realme X2

The X series star – Realme X2 also makes its debut on the best camera phones Under Rs 20,000 list this month. Like most recent Realme phones, it also features a quad-camera setup at the back. The biggest attraction of Realme X2 is the 64MP rear camera and 32MP selfie camera. Apart from a 64MP sensor, the quad-rear camera setup also includes an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor.

Apart from this, the Realme X2 comes with premium aesthetics, Snapdragon 730G chipset, 4000mAH battery with 30W fast charging.

Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC | RAM: 4/6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB, UFS 2.1 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Software: Realme UI, Android 10 | Battery: 4000mAh; 30W Fast Charging

5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is another quad-camera phone available in the sub Rs 20,000 segment. The smartphone comes with an upgraded quad rear camera setup that includes a 64MP  wide sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP sensor which is used for depth sensing.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max launched in India

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is backed by Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Other notable highlights include NavIC support, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 32MP selfie camera, and a massive 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.

Screen: 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS Display | CPU: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5020mAh; 33W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | OS: MIUI 11, Android 10 |

6. Samsung Galaxy M31

Samsung is at the forefront of this megapixel race. From flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra 108MP quad rear cameras setup to the budget offering of the Galaxy M31 with 64MP quad rear camera. Yes, that correct, Samsung also offering quad rear camera phones in the sub 20K segment. The Galaxy M31 (review) comes with 64MP + 8MP ultrawide + 5 macro + 5 depth sensor-packed rear camera module and a 32MP selfie camera sensor on the front.

Samsung Galaxy M31 Review

The handset is powered by Exynos 9611 octa-core processor paired with 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage. Other features include a 6000mAh battery, Android 10 based OneUI, and a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display.

Screen: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED; 1080 x 2400 | CPU:  Exynos 9611; Octa-core | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | OS: Android 10; One UI |

7. Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a slightly trimmed down version of Max phone. The phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 720G chipset coupled with up to 6GB DDR4X and 128GB storage.

The main difference in hardware is a primary rear camera in a quad setup. The Note 9 Pro packs a 48MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP macro + 2 depth sensor as optics at the back and 16MP selfie camera on the front. Unlike with Max version, the Note 9 Pro supports an 18W fast charger included in the box.

Screen: 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS Display | CPU: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5020mAh; 18W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.5 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm | OS: MIUI 11, Android 10 |

8. Motorola Moto 5G

Moto 5G Pro (review) is currently the cheapest 5G phone in the country. The mid-range phone boast of not just powerful innards there’s also a capable set of camera’s in toe. On the rear, you will find a combination of 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor, 8MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front, there is a single 16MP selfie camera.

The Moto G 5G is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset paired with up 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The handset runs the latest Android 10 OS with a touch of Moto customizations. It is now available for 20K.

Screen: 6.7-inch FHD+ Super LTPS Display; HDR10 | CPU: Snapdragon 750G 5G SoC | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh; 20W fast charging | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 212g | Dimensions: 166.1 x 76.1 x 9.9 mm | OS: Android 10 |

9. Realme 7

Realme 7 is another phone from the Chinese brand that makes the cut based on its camera performance. The USP of Realme 7 cameras is its 64MP primary sensor which is paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and customary 2MP depth and macro sensors. The Realme camera app with its AI-based scenes optimization can take some really good images with this shooter.

Unlike the Pro variant, this one rocks a MediaTek G90T chipset coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Under the hood, it also includes a non-removable 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. The Realme 6 battery with the default charger goes 0-100 in just 55 minutes.

Screen: 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS Display; 90Hz refresh rate | CPU: MediaTek Helio G95 SoC | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh; 30W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 196.5g | Dimensions: 162.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm| Software: Realme UI, Android 10 |

10. Moto One Fusion Plus

The Moto One Fusion Plus is another impressive offering from Motorola under Rs 20,000. It packs a 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS display with HDR 10 certification. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.

It also a has capable camera set including a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. For Selfies, it includes a 16MP pop-up camera on top. The Moto One Fusion+ comes running on stockish Android 10 software, and a 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charging.

Screen: 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS Display; 60Hz refresh rate | CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh; 30W fast charging | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 210g | Dimensions : 162.9 x 76.4 x 9.6 mm| Software: Realme UI, Android 10 |

10 Best Camera Phones Under 20,000 INR in 2021

In 2021 we are set to see pithora of 5G smartphones with capable camera sets to flood Indian markets. From Realme 7G to Redmi Note 9 5G all will be made available under Rs 20,000 in the country. As and when that happens we will keep you updated. 

Best Camera Phones Under Rs 20,000 That You Can Buy in India Today

Best camera phone under ₹20,000 Price (₹)
Samsung Galaxy M31s ₹19,499
Poco X2 ₹16,999
Realme 7 Pro ₹18,999
Realme X2 ₹14,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max ₹16,499
Samsung Galaxy M31 ₹15,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro ₹13,999
Moto G 5G ₹19,999
Realme 7 ₹15,880
Moto One Fusion+ ₹17,499



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