“These smartphones let you capture priceless moments without breaking the bank”

Until a few years ago, having a camera on your phone was considered to be a novelty, let alone having a powerful camera. But things have now changed, and how – today we have affordable smartphones that are equipped with dual cameras, offer fast autofocusing, optical image stabilisation, and more. If you are in the market for a capable cameraphone that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of top camera phones available in India that can capture impressive images, all priced under Rs 15,000.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is a beast of a device when it comes to imaging as it marks the debut of the Redmi Note series in the dual-camera arena. The smartphone comes with a 12MP main sensor with a pixel size of 1.25-microns, which is accompanied by a 5MP depth sensor. The combination offers hardware-based bokeh imaging. That’s not all, the phone also gets an impressive 20-megapixel front shooter with software-based depth-of-field effect and a dedicated selfie LED flash. As for the core specs, the device offers a 5.99-inch FHD+ 18:9 display, Snapdragon 636 SoC, Android Nougat and a 4,000mAh battery.

Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro review

Moto G6

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The Moto G6 is the second smartphone in the G series which comes with a pair of cameras on the rear panel. The newest offering from the company comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera, paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensing shooter. For selfies, the handset offers a 16-megapixel shooter on the front with a single LED flash for low-light imaging. Both camera modules on the handset get Pro mode as well as portrait modes for bokeh imaging. As for the other specs, the G6 sports 5.7-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 450 SoC, stock Android 8.0 Oreo and 3,000mAh battery.

Related read: Moto G6 first impressions

Honor 7X

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The Honor 7X is yet another dual camera-laden smartphone in the budget segment. The handset comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear panel accompanied by a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. Not only the smartphone offers the ability to capture bokeh shots, but it also lets the user switch the aperture between f/0.95 and f/16. There is an 8-megapixel selfie camera, which also supports portrait mode thanks to the software processing. Moving on to the spec sheet, the 7X has been equipped with a 5.93-inch display with an FHD+ resolution, HiSilicon Kirin 659, 4GB RAM, 3,340mAh battery and Android 7.1 Nougat (upgradeable to Oreo).

Related read: Honor 7X review

Xiaomi Redmi Y2

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Xiaomi recently launched the second-gen Y series smartphone – the Redmi Y2 in India. The handset comes with the similar 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel setup on the rear panel as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. For selfies, the Y2 offers a slightly watered-down 16-megapixel camera, which can click good selfies in all lighting conditions, thanks to the dedicated LED flash module. Apart from this, the smartphone comes with a 5.99-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels. Driving the performance of the handset is a Snapdragon 625 chipset backed by Adreno 506 GPU. Other features include a fingerprint scanner at the rear, face unlock, MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo and a 3,080mAh battery.

Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Y2 review

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1


The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes as the first smartphone from the strategic collaboration between Flipkart and ASUS. The smartphone flaunts a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel module on the rear for bokeh imaging and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. However, the handset doesn’t have the typical stock Android camera interface but ships with the Snapdragon camera UI instead, which offers easy access to various modes, as well as features like live filters and the ability to adjust the blur effect. As for the core specs, the Max Pro M1 flaunts a 6-inch full HD+ display, the Snapdragon 636 chip, 3- or 4GB of RAM and a massive 5,000mAh battery.

Related read: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 review

So, these are the best value-for-money smartphones that are capable of taking care of your photography needs. 

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