Indian Gadget Awards 2022 – Best Camera Phone (Mainstream) nominees: Realme 9 Pro Plus, OnePlus Nord 2T, and more

Here are the nominees for the Best Camera Phone of 2022 in the Mainstream category.

The Indian Gadget Awards are back for another stint with 18 jury members, 28 award categories, and over 150 nominees. Over the past year, we have witnessed a good bunch of smartphone launches in the midrange segment that come equipped with a great set of cameras. On that note let’s take a look at the nominees for the Best Camera Phone of 2022 in the Mainstream category.

Realme 9 Pro+

Realme 9 Pro Plus

The Realme 9 Pro+ takes several cues from flagship smartphones when it comes to cameras. Packing in an OIS-enabled 50MP IMX766 primary sensor, this Realme handset has the capability to deliver impressive night clicks and blur-free stabilised videos. This is the same sensor that has made its appearance in other pricier smartphones as well as Realme’s own GT Neo 3 and GT 2. Besides that, the rear camera setup on the Realme 9 Pro+ also includes an 8MP 119-degree ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP macro sensor.

iQOO Neo 6

iQOO Neo 6

The next phone to make it into the best mainstream camera phone of 2022 nominations is the iQOO Neo 6. This device carries a triple camera layout consisting of a 64MP OIS main camera, an 8MP 116-degree ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. Users can get the most out of the camera system on the iQOO Neo 6 by utilising various unique and fun camera modes such as Party Portrait to capture photos in dim light environments and Super Night Mode for cityscape photography. Coming to the front, there is a 16MP selfie snapper housed within the punch-hole of the display.

Realme GT Neo 3T

Realme GT Neo 3T

The Realme GT Neo 3T not only impresses with its performance and charging speeds but also acts as a decent camera phone for the mainstream audience. With a 64MP sensor as the primary camera, the Realme GT Neo 3T can capture crisp and detailed shots in most lighting conditions without breaking a sweat. Its other cameras include a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP 119-degree ultra-wide sensor for group shots. Furthermore, the Street Photography Mode within the camera app allows users to leverage features such as Instant Focus and Quick Zoom for effortless photography on the go. Upfront, a 16MP camera situated within the punch-hole takes care of group selfies and portrait shots.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G


The OnePlus Nord 2T is another contender for the Best Mainstream Camera Phone of 2022. This phone offers an OIS-equipped 50MP IMX766 wide camera, an 8MP 120-degree field of view ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP mono lens. The Nord 2T utilises the Dimensity 1300’s AI prowess to provide crystal clear and bright shots even in challenging lighting environments. Apart from that, the Sony DOL-HDR technology delivers exceptionally good results when shooting videos in backlit environments by keeping the main subject colourful and natural. As for the selfies, the OnePlus Nord 2T uses the same 32MP front camera found on the OnePlus 10 Pro. 

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G

The Samsung Galaxy M53 is the only phone in this category to offer a quad-camera setup. This camera module features a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and 2MP depth and macro lenses. Moving away from the specifications, the Galaxy M53 boasts of an exciting camera and editing features such as Object Eraser to get rid of unwanted subjects in the image, Background Blur for DSLR-like shots, and Remaster mode to bring about natural tones from a photo. Coming to the front, there is a 32MP selfie snapper that is capable of recording 4K videos in 30FPS which is a rarity among smartphones priced similarly to the Galaxy M53.

Motorola Edge 30

Moto Edge 30

The last nominee for the Best Mainstream Camera Phone of 2022 is the Motorola Edge 30. This handset comes equipped with an interesting 50MP triple rear camera setup which comprises a 50MP primary camera, 50MP 118-degree ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP depth lens. On the front, you may find a 32MP camera that can shoot videos in up to 4K resolution at 30FPS, just like the Samsung Galaxy M53. Coming back to the rear cameras, the Moto Edge 30 can click clear and unshaken pictures thanks to optical image stabilization which also makes up for taking beautiful night shots. Furthermore, despite not carrying a dedicated macro lens, the device can capture detailed close-up shots through the 50MP Macro Vision mode which utilises the ultra-wide sensor.