Top 10 Budget 48MP Camera Smartphones: Pros, Cons & Comparisons (September, 2019 Edition)
Every smartphone buyer now wants a good camera on their device apart from performance, and the 48MP camera remains the most in demand. It came early this year, and the 48MP camera trend continues to grow like haywire. While we already are about to enter the 64MP camera craze soon, the 48MP smartphones will be there in the game for the next part of the year.
Xiaomi was the first brand in the country to launch different 48MP smartphones in the budget segment.
The 48MP sensors remained a premium feature till a few months before being offered in budget smartphones. There are several 48MP budget smartphones available in the starting from Rs 10,000 featuring good camera capabilities. We have listed the best budget 48MP smartphones in the list featuring good cameras.
Redmi Note 7S
The newly launched Redmi Note 7S takes the next spot replacing the standard Redmi Note 7. The new Note 7S from Xiaomi is currently the cheapest 48MP camera smartphone in India. It packs in the same 6.3-inch Full HD+ notched display in an 19.5:9 aspect ratio with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Redmi Note 7S is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 3GB or 4GB of RAM.
At the back, Redmi Note 7S comes with a dual camera setup featuring a 48MP main sensor coupled with a 5MP secondary depth sensor. Do note, it’s the Samsung ISOCELL GM1 48MP sensor, and not the Sony IMX 586 one.
Up front, Note 7S sports a 13MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture supporting AI Beautification, HDR and more.
48MP Camera Performance: In broad daylight the shots come out well offering a lot of details and good contrast. The colors are a bit artificial and are without any noise. The entry-level 48MP sensor does a reasonable job with some problems as over saturation at times and a bluish tint.
Overall, it’s good even in artificial and low light. There’s also a special dedicated night mode for long-exposed shots.
The whole package is backed by a 4,000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charging (without the brick inside the box) running on the latest Android 9.0 Pie based MIUI 10. Redmi Note 7S has been permanently discounted now by a flat Rs 1,000. The smartphone now starts at Rs 9,999 for the base model.
The third generation Mi A3 has been unveiled recently, and the smartphone will sell starting at Rs 12,999 in the country. With a very good 3D curved glass design on the out, Mi A3 feels very premium and compact. It features a 6.08-inch HD+ AMOLED display with a circular drop styled notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The handset comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, full-glass body with gradient finish and a triple camera system.
At the back Mi A3 comes with a triple camera system featuring the 48-megapixel primary Sony IMX 586 sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a 118-degree and a wide-angle 2-megapixel tertiary sensor. Upfront, Mi A3 features a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
48MP Camera Performance: The new Mi A3 offers some great camera performance on a budget. With the three camera setup at the back, the price justifies for the performance it offers. It matches the likes of Note 7 Pro and Realme 5 Pro, and at times better.
The contrast is great, details are good, colors are accurate and natural. The wide-angle lens come in handy at times.
Xiaomi Mi A3 is powered by Snapdragon 665 SoC coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Both the variants of the Mi A smartphone supports UFS 2.1 storage capabilities. The device is backed by a 4,000+mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging (ships with standard 10W charger in the box).
Realme 5 Pro
Realme 5 Pro comes with a high quality polycarbonate body on the out sporting a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ for protection. The device offers a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with a water drop notch on top. Realme 5 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 712 SoC, the same chip which powers Vivo Z1 Pro with 4GB, 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage.
Realme 5 Pro is the only quad rear camera smartphone under Rs 15,000 with a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor. The f/1.8 sensor couples with an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle with an f/2.25 aperture and a 119-degree wide-angle lens.
Upfront the device comes with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 selfie camera.
48MP Camera Performance: Pictures taken in normal model on the new Realme 5 Pro come out sharp and crisp.. They are well detailed with great contrast, but the colors are not exactly accurate, but it can be fixed via some updates. You will notice that the smartphone uses AI to boost up the colours, which can be controlled to an extent. Orelse, it works fine.
The HDR mode works well adding details in shadows and highlights.
Chrome Boost helps to improve the dynamic range and dial up the colours to a huge extent. The last two lenses are a 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel portrait lens with f/2.4 aperture. You can take some good macro shots, while the portraits lack details.
Both the cameras upfront and back offer electronic image stabilisation (EIS). Realme 5 Pro runs on a sizable 4,035mAh battery supporting VOOC 3.0 fast charging along with the compatible 20W fast charger in the box. Overall, it’s a great camera smartphone on a budget offering great results in all the departments.
Redmi Note 7 Pro
On top of the list we have the much-popular Redmi Note 7 Pro, one of the current best smartphones you can under 15,000 rupees. Backed by some top flagship-level features and specs, Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a premium glass design body on the out sandwiched between Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body.
At the back, Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a dual camera system comprising of the 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor as its primary lens coupled with a 5MP secondary depth sensor. Upfront, Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a 13-megapixel wide shooter.
48MP Camera Performance: It comes with the original 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor. All photos come out sharp and well detailed with top contrast and almost accurate colors. At times, the camera struggles to capture details, if you zoom in. The HDR mode works well adding details in shadows and highlights. Colours are very natural compared to rivals.
Redmi Note 7 Pro on top has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ dot notch display. The smartphone runs on Snapdragon 675 processor with on MIUI 10 top based on Android 9 Pie.
The budget bestseller is backed by a 4,000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charge. The primary USP of Redmi Note 7 Pro remains the dual camera setup comprising of the 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor with some good midrange features onboard at a very affordable pricing. The smartphone is available starting at just Rs 13,999 via Flipkart.
Realme finally been launched the much anticipated Realme X smartphone country India last month. It has been trending in the country since then, and the pricing of Redmi K20 has worked as a favour for the new Realme smartphone. Backed by some sleek features, the new Realme X device turns out to be a top contender at under Rs 20,000 with a full-screen AMOLED display, pop-up sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, 48MP camera and more.
Getting straight to the optics, Realme X comes with a 48-megapixel primary Sony IMX586 camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. Upfront, Realme X features a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 selfie camera.
48MP Camera Performance: Realme X can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, the device manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours. Some images come out oversaturated at times due to over-processing. This can be corrected via future updates.
It’s the first Realme notch-less smartphone runs on the Snapdragon 710 chip featuring a full-screen AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the display.
Realme X is available via Flipkart starting at Rs 16,999 for the base model with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. At the back, Realme X comes with dual cameras featuring the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor as the primary shooter. The company also launched a couple of special Realme X variants: Spiderman and Onion Garlic.
Motorola One Vision
The new Motorola handset, the One Vision is the latest to join the 48MP smartphone list in the country. Starting at Rs 19,999, the new Moto device runs on Google’s Android One program offering Pixel-like seamless user interface. The device comes with a 48-megapixel primary Sony IMX586 camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor on the back.
48MP Camera Performance: With the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, Moto One Vision takes some great shots. All photos come out sharp and well detailed with top contrast and almost accurate colors. The HDR mode works well adding details in shadows and highlights. It does a good job managing some great contrast, good details and quite accurate and natural colour procurement.
Moto One Vision flaunts a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with 21:9 aspect taller display ratio and 3D Corning Gorilla Glass on the back. Up front, Motorola One Vision has a 25-megapixel selfie camera.
Motorola One Vision is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9609 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage. The storage can be further expanded with an external microSD card. The device runs on Android 9.0 Pie with guaranteed upgrade till the next two versions, Android Q and Android Q. It houses a 3,500mAh battery supporting 15W fast charging technology.
Xiaomi takes on Realme X in the sub-20,000 segment with Redmi K20. While it still costs Rs 5,000 more than the Realme mid-ranger, it has its own reasons to be sold at a higher price. With a glass body on the out and an extra lens, Redmi K20 does a reasonable job at Rs 21,999. While many would still argue it being overpriced, let’s see how it performs when it comes to photography.
The regular Redmi K20 has the same camera setup as Redmi K20 Pro (except the different 48MP lens).
Redmi K20 packs in a triple rear camera featuring 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor along with 8MP and 13MP sensors. The Sony IMX582 and IMX586 aren’t very different. The only difference is that IMX582 only supports up to 4K at 30fps video, while the IMX586 supports 4K at 60fps.
Redmi K20 comes with the same K20 Pro 20MP selfie sensor. It supports wide-angle shots and rises at under 0.8 seconds.
48MP Camera Performance: Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro offers largely similar photography results. As the K20 Pro has a better processor, you will see some differences in terms of image processing, while everything is almost the same. In bright light, Redmi K20 does a good job while the low light are above average. The Night Mode helps to add in mode details.
K20 runs on Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10 with a 4,000mAh battery backing it supporting 18W fast charging. The Redmi smartphone comes with Snapdragon 730 featuring an 6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage.
Vivo V15 Pro
The Vivo V15 Pro is currently available starting at Rs 23,990, making it a good option under Rs 40,000. Vivo V15 Pro comes with up to 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a rising selfie camera of 32-megapixel resolution, and a triple camera setup at the back. Vivo V15 Pro comes with a 6.39-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Ultra FullView Display and include a Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with 128GB of onboard storage.
V15 Pro features a triple camera setup housing a 48-megapixel Samsung GM1 camera coupled with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide secondary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Upfront the smartphone comes with a rising selfie 32-megapixel camera capable of some great wide-angle shots.
48MP Camera Performance: The primary 48-megapixel shooter does a fair job in capturing above average images in good to decent lighting conditions. The colors are accurate, details are fine, and the texture is above average. It doesn’t beat the Sony 48MP sensor, but the results are satisfactory.
Vivo V15 Pro manages a decent job in all lighting conditions. There’s also a dedicated Night Mode for very-dim conditions.
The device has a 3,700mAh battery along with “Dual Engine” fast charging technology. The device also features a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display screen itself. Vivo V15 is available in two colour options: Topaz Blue and Ruby Red in two storage options: 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage.
Honor View20 is currently available at Rs 24,999, making the Honor device a good option to buy at under Rs 30,000. After being launched at Rs 37,999, it does make a lot of sense the buy the device now. Honor View20 was the first phone in India to come with an in-display selfie shooter in a punch-hole styled display.
Honor View20 runs on an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset, based on a 7nm process with Dual NPU and GPU Turbo 2.0 technology, coupled with 6GB and 8GB of RAM.
Honor View20 comes with a dual-camera setup at the back including the 48-megapixel primary Sony IMX 586 sensor and a secondary ToF depth sensor. Upfront View20 comes with a 25MP selfie wide-angle shooter inside the punch hole.
48MP Camera Performance: The 48MP lens images with Honor’s AI Ultra Clarity shooting option does bring out some awesome results. In good lighting conditions Honor View20 can take great shots with excellent levels of details and colours.
In poorly lit conditions, View20 does an above average job with almost fine textures.
The 6GB RAM base variant comes with 128GB of internal storage, while the 8GB RAM top model comes with 256GB of internal storage. Honor View20 has a 4,000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charging and a 25-megapixel upfront.
Redmi K20 Pro
Xiaomi is currently ruling in entry-premium flagship segment. The company unveiled its first flagship series under Redmi in the country in mid-July, the Redmi K20 Pro, and it turns out to be the best and most value-for-money smartphone in the segment. While it remained in the news for the next few days as fans alleged the new flagship to be overpriced in India.
In spite of being priced higher than China, the Redmi K20 Pro is the most affordable flagship in the entry-flagship range in India.
Talking about the camera performance, the smartphone does a fantastic job. It houses a three camera setup at the back with a pop-up sensor selfie on top.
K20 Pro features a triple camera system at the back housing a 48MP Sony IMX586 camera as primary lens with an f/1.75 aperture, an 8MP telephoto secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and a tertiary 13MP wide-angle sensor with an f/2.5 aperture and a 124.8 degree field of view. Upfront, Redmi K20 Pro comes with a 20MP sensor.
48MP Camera Performance: If compared to other flagships, Redmi K20 Pro misses out on OIS. But still the device manages to capture the right frames and timing for shots. In bright daylight conditions, Redmi K20 Pro does a super job taking bright and crisp images. The device produce accurate details and macro shots are very good.
The wide-angle shots are great, and better than most of the devices we have tested. Coming to low light, it does a fair job, while the dedicated Night Mode does help improve the overall quality and details.
Redmi K20 Pro comes with the latest Qualcomm flagship processor Snapdragon 855 with a notch-less display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The smartphone supports the latest Android Q beta version backed by a 4,000mAh battery supporting 27W fast charging and special gaming features to offer the best of smartphone gaming experience.