The Indian Gadget Awards, the country’s biggest tech awards, are back and are bigger than ever before with 18 jury members, 28 award categories and over 150 nominees. For this category, we looked at devices priced below Rs 30,000 to judge the best smartphone for shooting selfies in the mid-range segment. Take a look at the winner.
Winner: Vivo V25 5G
These were the nominees for the Best Selfie Phone of 2022 under Rs 30,000.
Motorola Edge 30
Along with the distinction of being the world’s thinnest 5G phone, the Motorola Edge 30 also boasts of being a really good selfie shooter. It’s got a 32MP front camera, which works with Quad Pixel technology to combine four pixels into one for better low-light sensitivity. The result is crisp and accurately coloured selfies in all kinds of lighting conditions. The Motorola Edge 30 has a killer rear camera setup as well, consisting of dual 50MP cameras and a depth sensor.
TECNO CAMON 19 Pro Mondrian
Here’s another phone with the 4-in-1 pixel binning technology on its selfie camera. The TECNO CAMON 19 Pro Mondrian carries a 32MP front snapper, which guarantees high-quality selfies to its users. The phone also impresses with its flashy design that’s inspired by the works of artist Pier Mondrian. Multiple rectangular panels on its rear surface show different colours under different lighting, imitating Mondrian’s abstract paintings.
Redmi K50i 5G
The 16MP front camera onboard the Redmi K50i 5G excels at capturing natural skin tones and apt levels of sharpness. And with so many distinct selfie-focused features present in the Camera app, this phone is a selfie shooter’s delight. It’s also a great overall smartphone, seeing as it runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset and carries a 64MP triple camera setup on its back. The phone’s 6.6-inch 144Hz Dolby Vision-certified display is also a big advantage.
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G
The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G created quite a disruption in the mid-range space by holding a 108MP quad camera setup on its rear surface. But its front camera was also a big highlight, with its 32MP Sony IMX 616 sensor. Not only does it offer magnificent selfies under all kinds of lighting but it also does a fairly decent job in portrait mode. The Galaxy M53 5G’s other highlights include a 120Hz Super AMOLED Plus display, a 5,000mAh battery, and the powerful Dimensity 900 chipset.
OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
While the Nord 2T 5G’s 32MP front camera is known to do a bit of oversharpening when it comes to faces, it’s still an incredibly impressive selfie shooter. You get accurate skin tones, splendid portrait shots, and an array of distinct features that enhance the selfie-clicking experience. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G holds a 50MP triple camera setup on its rear surface, which is also very impressive. Another headlining feature is the 80W fast charging offered on its 4,500mAh battery.
Realme 9 Pro+
The Realme 9 Pro+ offers great value for money. It gets everything right in all departments, including the selfie camera. It’s a 16MP unit that’s complemented by Realme’s Clear Fusion Algorithm that enables amazingly bright and clear selfies, even in low light. Moreover, this feature also intelligently focuses on everyone in the frame to keep all the faces sharp and detailed. Its 50MP rear camera setup is also equipped with a number of similar cutting-edge technologies that make the photography experience a breeze.
OPPO Reno8 5G
It wouldn’t be a Best Selfie Phone category without an OPPO device in it. The Reno8 5G ships with a 32MP front camera, which is exquisite when it comes to capturing selfies in daylight as well as in low light. Additionally, even selfie portraits come out incredibly detailed thanks to the high-end capabilities of this shooter. It uses the Sony IMX709 sensor that’s powered by OPPO’s RGBW technology for delivering accurate colours. And then there’s the DOL-HDR feature that enables 4 times better dynamic range in your selfies.
Vivo V25 5G
Vivo has equipped its Vivo V25 5G with a 50MP selfie camera. This sensor is able to return sharp and colour-accurate selfies under all kinds of lighting. Moreover, there’s Vivo’s AI HD Algorithm that promises rich detail in all your shots. This camera is also known for offering enhanced clarity that brings out the natural beauty of the subject. Moreover, the selfie camera onboard the V25 5G is a vlogger’s delight, as it enables 4K video capture, among other things.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Another smartphone on this nominee list with a 32MP camera is the Galaxy A53 5G, which lets you capture beautiful self-portraits thanks to the powerful sensor. A brilliant feature that this phone’s selfie camera enables is the Fun mode, which lets you experiment with Snapchat Lenses from within the main camera app. The Galaxy A53 5G is a magnificent phone otherwise as well. It’s got a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, a 64MP quad camera setup, and a 5,000mAh battery to boast about.