Best Camera Smartphones Under 15000 (October): Realme 5 Pro, Mi A3, Vivo Z1 Pro, Galaxy M30s, Realme 3 Pro, Note 7 Pro, Moto One Action

Looking for the best smartphone under 15000? Here’s the complete list of the best camera smartphones under 15000 featuring all the top devices. All the top three camera smartphones under 15000 list are powered by the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor.

Best Camera Smartphones Under 15000 (October): Realme 5 Pro, Mi A3, Vivo Z1 Pro, Galaxy M30s, Realme 3 Pro, Note 7 Pro, Moto One Action

Realme 5 Pro tops the list with a quad camera system powered by the 48MP Sony sensor, followed Mi A3, new Galaxy M30s, Redmi Note 7 Pro and more.

The October edition of the top camera smartphones under 15000 rupees is largely the same for a few additions. The list features different smartphones with quad cameras, triple cameras and dual cameras. Here goes our latest October list of the top camera smartphones under 15000.

The camera smartphones are listed based on camera performance, daylight picture quality, low light shots, sensor-usability for different purposes and image processing.

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.

Rear Camera: 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.

Front Camera: Upfront the device comes with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 selfie camera.

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.

Mi A3

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.

Rear Camera: 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. 

Front Camera: Upfront, Mi A3 features a 32-megapixel selfie camera. It can take some great wide-shots, even in low-light.

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).

Samsung Galaxy M30s

Samsung has finally unveiled the latest variant of the it’s hit Galaxy M30 smartphone in the country, Galaxy M30S. An upgrade over the predecessor, Galaxy M30S comes with a humongous 6,000mAh battery, 48MP powered triple camera system, new Exynos 9611 chip and more. Galaxy M30S has been launched at a similar price as the old M30 smartphone, starting at Rs 13,999 in a single variant.

Rear Camera: The triple camera system on Galaxy M30 features a 48-megapixel primary shooter coupled with an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor and a 5MP depth sensor with support for Live Focus.

Front Camera: Upfront, Samsung Galaxy M30s comes with a 16-megapixel wide sensor.

Camera Performance: The Galaxy M30s offers some great camera performance on a budget. The 48MP camera sensor do a good job with the details. It matches the likes of Note 7 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A3, 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.

The smartphone runs on Samsung’s own in-house Exynos 9611 SoC octa-core chip coupled with 4GB of RAM. Galaxy M30s runs on Android Android 9 Pie with One UI on top backed by a massive 6,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging (ships with the fast charging supported adapter in the box). The base model of Galaxy M30s starts at Rs 13,999.

Redmi Note 7 Pro

Starting with the most-popular smartphone in the list, Redmi Note 7 Pro continues to top the list of current best smartphones under 15,000 rupees. The top mid-range smartphone from Redmi comes with a premium glass design body on the out sandwiched between Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body. Redmi Note 7 Pro on top has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ dot notched display.

Rear Camera: 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.

Front Camera: Upfront, Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a 13-megapixel wide shooter.

Camera Performance: It’s the only smartphone to come 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 runs on the 11nm Snapdragon 675 processor with on MIUI 10 top based on Android 9 Pie backed by a 4,000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charge (ships with the standard 10W charger in the box). The smartphone is available starting at just Rs 13,999 via Flipkart and Mi.com for the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Vivo Z1 Pro

The newly launched Vivo Z1 Pro is the latest to join the under 15,000 list. house a massive battery powered by fast charging capabilities. The smartphone comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display offering a screen-to-body ratio of 90.77 per cent and a punch-hole inside the display. Z1 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor with a 3 camera system at the back panel.

Rear Camera: Coming to optics, Vivo Z1 Pro uses a 16-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel super-wide secondary sensor and finally a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Front Camera: Upfront, the Vivo phone packs in a 32-megapixel selfie shooter.

Camera Performance: Vivo Z1 Pro does a good job for its price in terms of overall photography. Maybe not be better than Note 7 Pro, but not bad either. The contrast is great, details are fine, colors are great and the sensors do their job well. HDR improves dynamic range and the wide-angle camera does use the lens correctly to come in handy at times.

Vivo Z1 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie with Funtouch 9.0 on top. As a plus, Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a huge 5,000mAh battery. It supports 18W fast charging technology and also packs in a fast charger inside the box. It takes around 2 hours to fully charge from 0 to 100 perfect. Charging it for around 40 minutes can ease you through the day.

Moto One Action

The latest Motorola smartphone comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2520 pixels in a tall 21:9 aspect ratio, known as CinemaAction display. Moto One Action has a punch-hole design to put in the front camera without a notch at the top left corner. Moto One Action runs on an octa-core Samsung Exynos 9609 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz.

The device has 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage with support for expandable storage via an additional microSD card.

Rear Camera: At the back, Motorola One Action features a triple camera system. It has a 12MP primary sensor coupled with a 5MP secondary depth sensor for clicking pictures and a dedicated 16MP camera for videos.

Front Camera: Upfront Moto One Action comes with a 12MP selfie shooter inside the punch-hole.

Camera Performance: Starting with the major USP of Moto One Action, the device comes with a dedicated super-stabilised wide angle action camera, something you would get on a high-end flagship as Samsung Galaxy S10. If you are someone who’s looking for a budget smartphone with a very good camera for videos, then Moto One Action is your answer.

One Action shoots clean, stabilised and very smooth-looking footage with the while running, moving or riding. As the name suggests, it has an ‘Action Camera’. The photos also are good and above average, be it the front or rear dual shooters.

The best part of Moto One Action is its seamless UI. The smartphone runs on stock Android based on Pie, and being an Android One device, you are guaranteed to get Android upgrades and updates from time to time.

The device supports Moto Actions like twist to open the camera, chop to turn the flash on, Moto Always-On Screen and more. The whole package is backed by a reasonable 3,500mAh battery without a fast charging inside the box. Moto One Action is a perfect camera smartphone under 15000 who wants professional like videos from a budget smartphone.

Realme 3 Pro

Up next, Realme has it’s mid-range winner under 15,000, the Realme 3 Pro. The super budget smartphone from Realme scores high in almost all the departments. Realme 3 Pro comes with a high polycarbonate body on the featuring a 6.3-inch full HD+ water drop notched display on top. It has added Gorilla Glass 5 with a gradient design at the back.

Rear Camera: At the back, the smartphone has a dual camera setup featuring a 16MP Sony IMX 519 sensor. The main sensor has an f/1.7 aperture coupled with a 5MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. It’s the same camera as OnePlus 6T.

Front Camera: Up front, Realme 3 Pro uses a 25MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture.

Camera Performance: Pictures taken in normal model come out sharp. They are well detailed with great contrast, but the colors are not exactly accurate. It uses AI to boost up the colours. 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.

Running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, Realme 3 Pro available in two variants with the new ColorOS 6.0 on top based on Android 9 Pie. The whole Realme 3 Pro package is backed by a 4,045 mAh battery supporting VOOC 3.0 fast charging (20W) with a Micro USB powered brick inside the box. Realme 3 Pro is available starting at Rs 12,999 via Flipkart.

Lenovo K10 Note

The recently released Lenovo K10 Note comes with a standard 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a small notch up top housing the selfie camera. The Lenovo handset is powered by the much-stable Snapdragon 710 chip coupled with upto 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The smartphone is available in two storage options: 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.

Rear Camera: Lenovo K10 Note comes with a triple camera system at the back sporting a 16-megapixel primary sensor, a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x zoom.

Front Camera: Up front Lenovo K10 Note comes with a single 16-megapixel shooter for selfies.

Camera Performance: Lenovo K10 Note can take some good shots from the rear camera capturing high amount of details in daylight. Even low-lit conditions work in favour with almost accurate colours and white balance. The image processing is very balanced and shots aren’t over-sharpened.

The camera suffers a bit in low-light, but the details captured are above average. Selfies come out well too. In all, Lenovo have done a good job.

The device is backed by a sizeable 4,050mAh battery. Lenovo K10 Note ships with an 18W fast charger in the box with a Type-C cable. Lenovo K10 Note runs on in-house ZUI atop Android 9 Pie. For a smartphone under 15000, Lenovo K10 Note does a good job with a glass sandwiched design on the out, good camera, battery, Dolby Atmos-powered speakers and much more.

Samsung Galaxy M30

Taking the list further, it’s the hit Samsung Galaxy M30 smartphone next on the list. Samsung Galaxy M30 earlier was one of the only smartphones in list to feature a triple camera setup at under Rs 15,000. Galaxy M30 dons a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display featuring a water drop notch on top called the Infinity-V display. On the outside, it’s a high-quality plastic polycarbonate body with gradient finishes.

Rear Camera: The triple camera system on Galaxy M30 features a 13-megapixel f/1.9 primary shooter coupled with a 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a third 5-megapixel depth lens.

Front Camera: Upfront, Samsung Galaxy M30 comes with a 16-megapixel wide sensor.

Camera Performance: The Galaxy M30 offers some great camera performance on a budget. One of the only smartphones to come with a three camera setup, the price justifies for the performance it offers. It matches the likes of Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 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.

The smartphone runs on Samsung’s own in-house Exynos 7904 SoC octa-core chip coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Galaxy M30 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with One UI on top backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging (ships with the fast charging supported adapter in the box). The base model of Galaxy M30 now starts at Rs 9,999 with 32GB storage.

Honor 20i

The newly launched Honor 20 series has a perfect camera smartphone at under 15000. A toned-down model of the original Honor 20, the new Honor 20i comes with a three camera setup at the back along with a super 32MP camera sensor upfront. On top Honor 20i has an edge to edge water drop notched display measuring 6.21-inches.

It’s a Full HD+ display offering an immersive experience with a thin chin down under. Honor 20i is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset running on Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9 skin on top.

Rear Camera: Honor 20i sports a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 24MP primary lens, an 8MP wide angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor.

Front Camera: Up front, the Honor phone has a 32MP camera.

Camera Performance: In broad daylight the shots come out well offering a lot of details and good contrast. The colors are a bit artificial at times and are almost without any noise. AI plays a big role. Overall, it’s good even it artificial and low light. There’s also a special dedicated night mode for long-exposed shots. 

The Honor 20i comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB memory, backed a considerable 3,400mAh battery. Currently, after the price cut, Honor 20i is available at under 15,000 rupees starting at Rs 14,999, making it a perfect option for an all-round performance along with some great camera performance.

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