Best Camera Smartphones Under 10000 (November): Redmi Note 8, Realme 3 Pro, Galaxy M30, Realme 5, Moto One Macro, Note 7S, Vivo U10

Looking for the best camera smartphone under 10000? Here’s a full list of all the top camera smartphones under 10000 you can buy right now in India. We picked the best camera smartphones based on performance, exposure, low-light usability, stability, colour correction and more.

Top Camera Smartphones Under 10000 (November): Redmi Note 8, Realme 3 Pro, Galaxy M30, Realme 5, Moto One Macro, Note 7S, Vivo U10

The newly launched Redmi Note 8 and discounted Realme 3 Pro top the list with very good cameras on a budget.

The November 2019 edition of the top camera smartphones under 10000 changed with new launches and price cuts. The list further includes other budget devices with good cameras: Realme 5, Redmi Note 7S, Vivo U10, Samsung Galaxy M30 and Moto One Macro.

Here are the top camera smartphones under 10000 for November based on performance, exposure, low-light usability, stability, colour correction and image processing.


Redmi Note 8

The all new Redmi Note 8 tops the list with path-breaking features under 10000. Redmi Note 8 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ screen offering 90 percent screen-to-body ratio with a dot drop notch on the front. Note 8 device sports a glass sandwich body with Gorilla Glass 5 support on the front and back as the previous generation Redmi Note 7 series. Redmi Note 8 has a 48MP powered quad rear camera setup. 

Cameras: The four camera system on Redmi Note 8 features a primary 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.79 aperture, 2MP depth sensor, 8MP Ultra Wide lens with 120-degree depth view and a 2cm Macro lens. 

Upfront, Redmi Note 8 comes with a 13MP selfie camera.

Camera Performance: Pictures taken in normal model on the new Redmi Note 8 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. GCam on Redmi Note 8 works like wonder. You will notice that the smartphone uses AI to boost up the colours, which can be controlled to an extent.

Under the hood, Redmi Note 8 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor based on an 11nm architecture. The smartphone will come with the same 4,000mAh battery with support for fast charging (18W charger included) and USB Type C port.  Note 8 will soon get the Android 9 Pie based MIUI 11. Redmi Note 8 is available starting at Rs 9,999 with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM.

Realme 3 Pro

Realme 3 Pro is now available at an unbelievable price under 10000. Launched at Rs 13,999, Realme has now permanently slashed the price Rs 9,999 only. Realme 3 Pro is a super budget smartphone scoring high in almost all the departments. Realme 3 Pro comes with a high quality polycarbonate body featuring a 6.3-inch full HD+ water drop notched display with Gorilla Glass 5 and a gradient design at the back.

Cameras: 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.

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. Chroma 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 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 9,999 via Flipkart, 64GB base model.

Realme 5

Realme 5 still remains the most affordable quad camera smartphone in India. Realme 5 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, Realme 5 come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, built on the 11nm process. The memory can further be expanded via microSD card with a dedicated slot.

Cameras: Coming to the USP of the device, Realms 5 packs in a quad camera system at the back. The four camera system features a 12-megapixel f/1.8 primary Sony IMX 363 primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and two 2-megapixel 4CM macro and depth sensors.

Up front, Realme 5 features an AI-backed 13-megapixel sensor.

Camera Performance: All the four lenses do their bit well. Ultra wide sensor comes handy, while the portrait and macro sensors take some great pictures. Low-light performance is good for the price, while the shots taken by the sensors in different lighting conditions justify the quad camera setup, especially the ultra-wide sensor. 

The whole package is backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery. The device runs on Android 9 Pie powered ColorOS 6 skin. It has a 3D-cut polycarbonate body on the out with the fingerprint sensor placed at the back. Realme 5 is now available starting at Rs 8,999 via Flipkart.

Samsung Galaxy M30

A resized 32GB model of the  Samsung Galaxy M30 smartphone is now available under 10000. Samsung Galaxy M30 feature a triple camera setup, a Super AMOLED display and a big battery. Galaxy M30 dons a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display featuring a water drop notch on top called the Infinity-V display.

Cameras: 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.

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

Camera Performance: The Galaxy M30 offers some great camera performance on a budget. 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.

On the outside, it’s a high-quality plastic polycarbonate body with gradient finishes. M30 runs on Samsung’s own in-house Exynos 7904 SoC octa-core chip coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Galaxy M30 runs on One UI, backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging (ships with the fast charging supported adapter in the box).

Redmi Note 7S

Redmi Note 7S is currently the cheapest 48MP camera smartphone available in India, now joined by the new Note 8. It packs in the same 6.3-inch Full HD+ notched display in an 19.5:9 aspect ratio with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The same level of protection is available on the other side. Redmi Note 7S is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with upto 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage.

Cameras: 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.

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. Overall, it’s good even it artificial and low light. There’s also a special dedicated night mode for long-exposed shots. 

The Redmi smartphone 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 is available starting at Rs 8,999 via Flipkart for the base model with 32GB storage.

Moto One Macro

Motorola’s back onto the top smartphones under 10000 list after a long time. The Lenovo-owned entity lately has been launching multiple smartphones in the budget category to catch up with the competitors. The new Moto One Macro is available under 10000 with some good features onboard. The device primarily focuses on the macro camera with decent specs to offer on a budget.

Cameras: At the back, there’s a triple-lens setup on Moto One Macro featuring a 13MP primary shooter with two 2MP sensors, one being the dedicated macro shooter.

One Macro has an 8MP front camera.

Camera Performance: The macro camera on the smartphone has its own mode. The 2MP sensor can capture good shots in good lighting with enough details. The primary camera does a decent job for the price with steady video results. Even low-lit conditions work in favour with almost accurate colours and white balance. The image processing is quite balanced and shots aren’t over-sharpened.

Moto One Macro features a 6.2-inch HD+ Max Vision display with a water shaped notch on top. Under the hood, Moto One Macro runs on MediaTek Helio P70 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. The package is backed a 4,000mAh battery, shipped with standard 10W charger.

Vivo U10

Vivo recently debuted with U-series which targets the entry-budget and budget category. Vivo U10 is available under 10,000 segment and Vivo aims to offer an array of premium features at a budget pricing. Vivo U10 comes with a 6.35-inch Halo FullView HD+ IPS display with a water-drop notch on top. It has slim bezels with a thick chin at the bottom.

Cameras: Coming to optics, Vivo U10 comes with a rear triple-lens setup featuring a primary 13MP camera coupled with 8MP ultra wide angle sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. 

Vivo U10 features an 8MP front camera inside the notch. 

Camera Performance: In terms of imaging quality, Vivo U10 performs above average. Color reproduction is good with a fast autofocus. The other sensors work well, while the indoor shots come out standard, and HDR helps to add details. The ultra wide shots come out well.

Under the hood, Vivo U10 packs a dependable Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. The chipset couples with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal memory. The system runs on Vivo’s own UI based on Android 9 Pie. U10 is backed by a massive 5,000 mAh battery with support for fast-charging. The company includes an 18W fast charger in the box.

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