It’s simply not possible to judge Camera performance without first-hand experience. As spec-sheets are often misleading, consumers should rely on reviews, at least to access camera performance. Truly impressive smartphone cameras are still exclusive to high-end segment, but you can surely score a decent snapper for under 10K these days. Here are some options you can consider in this budget if camera performance is top priority.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser


As the name suggests, the Zenfone 2 Laser includes laser assisted 13MP Auto-focus camera with f2.0 lens and dual tone flash that can speedily focus on nearby objects. The camera performance is pretty good, though in broad daylight, images look a bit over exposed.  The front camera does a decent job too.

Besides camera hardware, there is a lot to like in this affordable Zenfone model. It offers smooth performance for basic and moderate users along with decent battery backup. You can also for the 3GB RAM variant if you are looking for more horsepower.


  • Good and laser guided camera hardware
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Great battery life
  • 4G LTE support


  • Maximum display brightness is low
  • Many preloaded apps

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Xiaomi Mi4i


This festival season Xiaomi Mi4i is selling for 9,999 INR which is a great deal. With Mi4i, you get a splendid display and great camera hardware. Again the camera performance is excellent in natural lighting, but indoors, images are noisy.

The handset is powered by second gen Snapdragon 615 chip, brandishes a neat and compact design and is running Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 6 out of the box (MIUI 7 update available).


  • Gorgeous display
  • Compact and neat design
  • Great software
  • 4G LTE supported


  • Limited storage space

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Coolpad Note 3


The Coolpad Note 3 is quite popular these days. The handset lists promising hardware and also, Coolpad has managed to fit in a fingerprint sensor which works like a charm. The handset also includes a 13MP rear camera which performs surprisingly well in good lighting. The camera is quite snappy, but you will have to keep yourself stable for the best shot.


  • Excellent fingerprint sensor
  • Decent battery backup
  • Reasonable camera
  • 4G LTE supported


  • Design is without frills
  • Limited availability as of now

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Lenovo K3 Note


Lenovo K3 Note includes a decent performing 13MP rear camera which is deft at reproducing colors accurately, i.e., in good lighting. Performance acceptably deteriorated under lowlighting, but the K3 Note is still one of the best options if you are restricted by an under 10k budget.


  • Great display
  • Efficient day to day performance.
  • Reasonable battery life
  • 4G LTE on both SIM (You can use 4G on only 1 SIM at a time)


  • Low speaker volume
  • Reflective display glass

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime

xiaomi redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is the easiest recommendation these days for anyone looking for an under 7K smartphone. The handset offers a very gripping price-performance ratio and is also the best camera smartphone if you are looking for something around 6K.


  • Great display
  • Easily manageable design
  • Smooth performance
  • 4G LTE


  • Base software is slightly dated Android 4.4 Kitkat

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Some other worthy recommendations


In this price budget, you will have to balance your expectations when it comes to camera performance, especially in low lighting. However, smartphones in the list above won’t disappoint you when you are clicking images outdoors on your next vacation trip.


  1. How could you forget Yu Yureka Plus and Yuphoria and also the Infocus M350, these devices have got the Sony Exmor Rs sensor, and at least their cameras are better than the Karbonn Titanium March 5 and the Samsung On5.

    • Hi Manish,
      I haven’t tested Note 2 Prime personally, so its hard to comment on that. Out of the other two, I am more inclined towards K3 Note (both are close). There were times when Coolpad Note 3 shot really impressive pics, but Lenovo K3 Note is more consistent performer.


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