"Looking for a smartphone with a great camera? Our roundup has the best options."
As point-and-shoot digital cameras face a slow death, our daily photography needs are increasingly being handled by our smartphones instead. The grainy VGA cameras of the past have given way to sophisticated snappers and apps crammed with DSLR-like controls. While most smartphones can take a decent photo these days, there are a select few that can take truly exceptional images. Here’s our roundup of the best camera phones priced under Rs 30,000.
Samsung’s flagship smartphone of 2014 may have seen a plummet in price in the last year, but it’s still one of the best camera phones out there. It features a 16MP primary camera with an ISOCELL sensor and an LED flash, as well as a 2MP snapper up front. The camera app offers a range of modes including HDR, macro, burst mode and selective focus. It also features fast auto focus for great action shots.
Of all the smartphones on the list, the Honor 6 Plus gets full marks from our end for innovation. It features not one, but two parallel lenses at the rear, both with 8MP resolution. They are assisted by a dual-LED flash. The lenses shoot in tandem, and work together to create 13MP images. This not only improves low-light quality, but also makes for a more natural HDR processing. The camera also offers a Wide Aperture mode, letting you adjust aperture between f/0.95 to f/16 while shooting or later in the gallery. Thanks to the two sensors, the camera can sense depth, hence enabling you to change the focus point while creating a realistic depth-of-field effect. It even lets you adjust the blur intensity to your liking. Another interesting addition is Super Night Mode, which keeps the shutter open for 15 seconds to create impressive images in darker conditions. Apart from the two primary cameras, the Honor 6 Plus also features a third 8MP sensor in the front that can take great selfies and comes with a beautification tool too.
As the name suggests, the vivo Xshot is a camera-focussed smartphone. Handling the main photography duties is a 13MP primary camera with a dual-tone LED flash. The camera uses a Sony Stacked CMOS sensor, which is designed to reduce grain in low light. It features six lenses with a wide aperture of f/1.8, enabling you to take better low light photos. It also gets Optical Image Stabilisation for blur-free shots. Among the modes on offer are Quick Shot, Bokeh Mode, Children Mode and Msport Mode. Additionally, the vivo Xshot also features an 8MP front camera with a front-facing LED flash and a Face Beauty mode.
The OnePlus One’s cameras may not dazzle on paper, but they don't shy on performance. There's a 13-megapixel camera at the back with a Sony IMX 214 sensor and six-element lens. The snapper features a large aperture of f/2.0 to let in more light, as well as a dual-LED flash for stronger illumination. The camera app has a user-friendly interface, with a range of filters and modes you can swipe through for real-time previews. It features a highly effective HDR mode, as well as the usual range of manual controls that can be accessed in settings. A 5MP front camera handles selfies and video calls, and comes with a beauty mode to enhance images.
The Nokia Lumia 930 might not be the latest phone in this lineup, but it’s nowhere close to being out of date. Its flagship quality specs aside, the Lumia 930 features the acclaimed PureView camera with a 20MP sensor, six-element Carl Zeiss lens, Optical Image Stabilisation and f/2.4 aperture. It also features a dual-LED flash, and a 2MP front camera. The Lumia Camera app has a range of manual controls like white balance, ISO, focus and shutter speed, adjustable via easy sliders. In addition, you also get access to a range of lenses such as Panorama, Refocus, Cinemagraph, Glam Me, etc.
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