Best Budget Camera Phones (2022) | Top 8 Favourites Reviewed
After all, these beer cans im gon na post pictures of themselves on the internet, so people can see what im slowly destroying my liver. With this given week and its imperative that i fill up, my google drive storage with endless identical photos of my cats, of course. For some reason, the good news is that these days, you dont have to spaff out the best part of a grand on some fancy. Pants flagship to get a semi decent, smartphone camera now in recent times, ive reviewed dozens of budget friendly handsets and heres. My pick of the ones with the best cameras slapped on that back end for a budget of around 400 pounds, 300 pounds and even stretching down to around the 200 pound mark youll, find full videos, unboxings and reviews on all these smartphones mentioned right here and for More on the latest and greatest tech, please do poke, subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers now. First up is one of the freshest budget phones launched in february 2022, the real me 9 pro plus at 350 quid. This boasts some pretty impressive specs which stretches all the way to that clever camera tech. The primary camera sensor is a 50 megapixel sony imx 766, with built in optical image stabilization, and this really does capture impressive photos for this price point. Its a step up from many rivals in strong light, youll, occasionally get a bit of saturation, but the real me9 pro plus can cope admirably with sharp contrast.
These test shots serve up more detail than the competition, especially in the darker areas, even indoors. The detail levels dont noticeably drop while color reproduction is still close to natural in ambient light. Moving subjects do occasionally look fuzzy if they are in motion, thats, no real, surprise, oh and just a minor randomer size never ever get a chocolate orange beer, even if its just a quid its kind of like an umpa lumper just threw up in a can. The real me 9 pro pluss 8 megapixel ultra wide lens, also does in shock struggling to produce as natural looking results as the primary sensor, but its handy for fitting more into the frame, and yes, real me like xiaomi and many others feels obligated seemingly to slap. A macro lens on the back end of its smartphones as well so uh yeah youve, got one of those here too yippee hooray celebrations. Youve also got a big old bag of bonus modes, including a night mode which can brighten up your subject effectively as long as theyre, completely still, of course – and there is a full on pro mode on here as well. If you want to tinker with all of the settings and get a very precise kind of shot for your horn movies, you can record 4k video at 30 frames per second and thats, the setting that i stuck with, and even if color reproduction isnt exactly entirely natural. You will get sharp visuals as well as clear audio from all directions.
Images do get a little softer indoors and in the evenings, pretty typical from mid range mobiles, but nothing too shocking and even the stabilization isnt actually dreadful at that 4k resolution, when youre bopping, along and shooting simultaneously and last up, if youre an instagram a fan that 16 meg selfie, shooter isnt anything special, but itll do the job as long as again, you wont test it with any particularly troublesome conditions. However, if you do want to shoot a bit of video using that front facing camera, it does max out at full hd resolution, and you know the quality is absolutely fine again. The audio pickup is all right. Nothing particularly stunning on the visuals side of thing, but its fine for a bit of basic vlogging, so the real me, 9 pro plus definitely one of my favorite camera phones out there right now at a budget price point. But if its just a little bit above your budget, there is the standard realme 9 pro, which is a bit cheaper, comes in at under 300 quid, although this uses different optics, so the camera results shouldnt be quite as good, so i havent done a full review Of the real me 9 pro, unfortunately, but stay tuned for that now it may be getting on a bit, but the poco f3 from last year is still a mighty fine phone for an extremely affordable asking price. You got beefy performance, which is ideal for gaming, while movie fans can enjoy their flicks on a big, bold, beautiful, 6.
67 inch, amoled screen, and yet nine months on, i am still happy with the poco f3s camera tech as well. Its skills havent really changed up much at all these past few months, admittedly, but that 48 megapixel primary sensor still spits out some good looking 12 meg picks in pretty much any kind of conditions, even nine months on its still one of the better mid range mobiles. For those optics coping well, when the light gets dim, even without having to rely on the night mode, its probably just as well, because that mode is generally ineffective, live and breathing subjects are usually captured cleanly, even when they wont sit still as long as that, lighting Is decent otherwise yeah you can expect some fuzzy results and that portrait mode is a good in as well adding a good bit of flair to your photos when required. Meanwhile, apocalypse 8 megapixel ultra wide angle. Snapper is nothing special serving up the usual alternative viewpoint, while also sacrificing some detail and tonal accuracy, pretty standard fare and then the final lens youve got slapped on the off end of the poco f3. There is a five megapixel telemacro effort which, to be honest, i just completely ignore youve got very few issues with the video recording at this price point as well. You can capture 4k footage with strong enough details, so the picture looks good on your telly. As long as the lighting is all right, it does suffer a bit when youre shooting indoors in what ambient environments, while audio, is also clear from all directions.
As long as it isnt too breezy and you can swap to the ultra wide angle lens if you want by dropping to full hd resolution, but definitely dont really bother it, just it just aint a good time and yes, yippee, hooray youve got a 20 megapixel selfie Shooter, which is perfectly respectable as well capturing all the sags and bags a little too easily skin tones look natural, even in soft light or strong contrast. So the pockwetf3 accurately makes me look like an exhausted apparition with decent portrait results on top and another gun. Now that its dropped in price, a bit is xiaomis 11 light 5g ne bit of a clunky name, but this is another all round. Cracker bossed in a dolby vision, display incredible battery life and a feature packed miui experience as well as, of course, a competitive camera. The 64 megapixel primary sensor can grab 16 meg snaps and, while the picture quality cant quite touch rivals such as the pixel 4a and again that ear 52 s5g its not half bad shoot something in decent light and youll enjoy realistic, colors and fine detail. And in your photo as long as you leave that ai mode, while alone, even in more ambient light, the results are decent if youre not trying to shoot anything in motion, so kittens and sugared up. Kids are right out now. The night mode doesnt do a huge amount to boost the brightness when the lighting is crap, but it does make a small difference and, as usual, with xiaomi smartphones, youve got plenty of other bonus mods to play around with here, including good, old, pro mode.
Of course, if you want to tinker with the white balance, all that shenanigans and a portrait mode, that does a great job with living subjects and disembodied mannequin heads smearing out all of that background clutter, so they really stand out the xiaomi 11 light 5g ne also Serves up an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle, shooter that, like most ultra wide angle, lenses sacrifices, tonal accuracy for a broader scope, and yes, youve got a 5 megapixel telemacro lens. If you want to shoot weird close ups for all your video needs, this mobile can record up to 4k resolution footage at 30 frames per second and again, i was happy enough with the results. As long as that lighting holds up, the visuals are sharp enough. So you can enjoy your footage on a big screen, while the audio capture is also nice and clear, and the 20 megapixel selfie shooter will do a decent enough job. As long as you do, two things turn off that stupid, beautify bollocks and avoid strong light as youll just end up with oversaturated results, otherwise, its perfectly fine with excellent portrait, smarts and next up, another smartphone with a thrilling title, its the samsung galaxy a52s5g and its Just further proof that samsung can spaff out a perfectly good mid range smartphone as well as those super premium priced flagship blowers. Youve got pretty much the same highly enjoyable, one ui experience as those top end blowers, as well as some smooth running and long battery life and the camera tech appears unchanged here on the a52 s5g versus that older a52 model once again, spearheaded by a 64 megapixel Shooter with optical image stabilization, and this proved ideal for everyday family snaps, both indoor and out capturing bright, crisp, detail, packed photos with natural, looking colours and contrast.
The portrait mode adds a gorgeous bit of bokeh style focus feed when youre snapping fellow human beings, and even when said human beings wont, stand still for a bloody milliseconds, its rare for picks to be ruined by blurry limbs and the like, unless youre shooting at night And even at night you can grab some respectable snaps even on that auto mode and also a shout out as always to samsungs single, take mode which is a hell of a lot of fun to play around with when youre, snapping, kids and pets and the like. This thing spurts out all manner of filtered pics and random clips, which are usually at the very least entertaining, and yes, you also have samsungs fun mode and boy howdy. Let me tell you theres nothing. My dark hateful soul enjoys more than whatever. This is samsungs. 12 megapixel ultra wide angle, snapper also did a fine job, colors arent, quite as accurately captured with this secondary lens, but i still liked most of the results i saw as long as the lighting wasnt too dim at night time. This lens really struggles with motion and detail levels or low, so just give it a pass and if you like, shooting bugs and other gross things in your back garden, the 5 megapixel macro lens is worth a squint thats, all the main stuff. The last lens in this quad length setup here on the back end of the galaxy a52 s5g, is a simple five megapixel depth sensor used for those portrait snaps for your home movies.
You can shoot 4k video at 30 frames per second or full hd at 30 or 60 fps and again i was happy with what i saw even when i was trying to shoot a complicated dance routine indoors with fairly ambient light. The samsung a52 s5g does a decent job of capturing audio from all directions, while blocking out wind and other unwanted noise image. Stabilization is pretty good too, although at night the results are rather grainy and ugly, and last up the galaxy a52s 5gs 32 megapixel selfie snapper is good for bright, daylight picks with the option to zoom in on your face and blur the background. If you want to dazzle everyone on insta with that award winning smile, but the camera is rather pants in the light turning out grainy blurry picks so just dont even bother another favorite budget from the camera phone of mine is the oneplus nord 2, which again sports A slick amoled screen, smooth everyday performance and dependable battery life slapped on that os end is a 50 megapixel sony. Imx 766 camera sensor same as the real me 9 pro and its once again, a good and in most circumstances the usual quad pixel bin in shenanigans means you get 12.5 megapixel photos by default, and that is enough detail to keep your picks looking crisp when blown Up, although finer detail and is often lacking and in stronger light, you will occasionally see some bleaching, but the node 2 often does all right with a bit of contrast for a mid ranger that upgraded dimensionally, 1200 ai chipset allows the oneplus note 2s camera to detect And differentiate between 22 different subject types that is as long as youve actually got the ei mode active in the camera app and yeah.
I did find that this often produced less natural, looking results in feature of more vivid picks, but if youre not a fan of that, you can always just knock it off for living subjects. You can long press the shutter button and burst shot and then choose your favorite or let the phone pick for you instead, and this definitely does the job for any less obligated subjects who just wont bloody stand. Still i found that indoor and more ambient shots came out well too. The optical image stabilization helps to prevent blurry soft results caused by slight hand. Tremors and detail levels are perfectly respectable. Even moving subjects are usually handled pretty well once again, and the portrait mode usually turns out attractive snaps with a gorgeous bit of bucky action as for extreme low light, while the phones focus still copes and that nightscape mode can ensure that you get brighter results. So its well worth the pop, if again, unfortunately inferior to that pixel 4a, the node 2 serves up a couple of bonus lenses, including an 8 megapixel ultrawide angle effort that does a decent job. Colour reproduction is similar not entirely accurate, but not bad and yes, theres a 2 megapixel model lens. If you want to shoot black and white photos to feel like youre all arty and on the video front, you cant shoot 4k footage at 60 frames per second. But i was happy enough with my 30 fps home movies.
Viewed back on a monitor or a tv youve got a commendable level of detail, packed into every frame, just dont, try and fight the light and youll get a good overall picture, although colors can once again be somewhat smothered when youre recording outdoors image. Stabilization is good, though, even at that ultra hd level, so you can move and shoot without puke inducing results. An audio pickup is generally clear from all sides, while wind distortion is too bad, so overall, definitely good stuff. Last up that node 2 selfie shooter uses a 32 megapixel imx615 sensor and this doesnt quite do skin tones full justice. I swear that even my northern skin isnt this bloody pill all of the time, but it is otherwise fine again it does a good job with portrait. Shots and youve got nightscape support for low light snaps. If you want to avoid that screen, flash shiny face syndrome now, if youre tempted, but that oneplus note 2, is still just a little bit out of your budget. Well, no worries. Oneplus has also launched the slightly more wallet friendly nord ce2, where the ce stands for core edition. This slashes some of the specs to reach that more budget friendly price, while the camera tech has been swapped out for a more basic 64 meg sensor, the same tech as found on the original oneplus nord ce – and this is a bit more limited, struggling with more Ambient conditions, but it is fine with your everyday shots as long as you just take a little bit of care and if the full review isnt live right now on techspert as youre watching this video will hopefully be coming soon, but otherwise ive got a full unboxing.
If you want an in depth tour of this bad boy now, another mobile manufacturer, who often serves up great value smartphones for a wallet friendly budget price, is more to roller and one of its best ones. Right now, from the 200 pound price point is, the moto g60s highlights include a whopping grit 6.8 inch 120 hertz display plus incredible battery life, boosted by the 50 watt fast charge. Support and slapped on the arse end is a 64 meg primary sensor, which can shoot some good looking everyday snaps, helped along by mode rollers, clever ai tools which can crop into and straighten up your shots to make them even more pleasing to your peepers. Otherwise, if you can afford a bit more scratch well mode, roller has also sparked out the excellent moto edge. 20 light costs a bit more closer to 300 pounds, but definitely upgrades that camera tech, some really nice everyday photos and home movies and ive got full unboxings of both of these motor blowers live right now now one affordable camera phone that i sadly havent had a Chance to test out is googles, pixel 5a, which is only for sale in select regions like the us, not here in blighty and like the fourier before it. This delivers a flagship style, camera experience for a fraction of the price of the pixel 6. and if youve personally used the pixel 5a or any other smartphones, which you feel pack a really good bit of camera tech for a lower budget price point.
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