Had we been written on this topic a couple of years ago, recommending a good camera phone under Rs 20,000 would have been a little difficult. Today, it’s easy to find a great camera phone at a fraction of the price of a flagship. Mobile phones under Rs 20,000 now capture images that are comparable with, if not better than, shots captured by premium devices out there. And this improvement is thanks to the new high-resolution 48MP/ 64MP sensors, improved image processing, and a variety of cameras. Most of the camera phones under Rs 20,000 these days feature either a triple or a quad-camera setup, comprising macro, ultra-wide-angle, depth, and telephoto lenses.
Below is a list of the best camera phones under Rs 20,000 in India right now. These smartphones have been tried and tested by our expert reviewers, who were truly impressed by these camera phones’ imaging prowess. So let’s begin!
Best camera phones under Rs 20,000
1. Realme 6 Pro – Rs 17,999
Realme 6 Pro (review) is among the best camera phones under Rs 20,000 available in the market right now. The handset houses a quad rear camera set-up with a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter, a 13MP telephoto lens that offers up to 20x hybrid zoom, and a macro shooter that can focus on objects as close as 4cm. On the front, the Realme 6 Pro rocks dual selfie cameras comprising 16MP primary shooter paired with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor. Though the images this camera phone under Rs 20,000 captures were a bit over-saturated for our taste, the phone handled details, dynamic range, and exposure quite well.
Realme 6 Pro also touts a 90Hz punch-hole display, Snapdragon 720G chipset, and a 4,300mAh battery with a 30W charging solution. Software-wise, the phone runs Realme UI atop Android 10 out of the box. The Realme 6 Pro price in India starts at Rs 17,999.
2. POCO X2 – Rs 16,999
POCO X2 (review) is another smartphone worth considering if you’re looking for the best camera phone under Rs 20,000. The handset punches well above its weight (or price in this scenario) thanks to its impressive 64MP Sony IMX686 quad rear cameras. The cameras are rated as “best in class” by our expert reviewer Kshitij Pujari; however, the 8MP ultrawide camera takes a beating in the lowlight environment. The phone’s 2MP macro and depth sensor are as good as they get. Like Realme 6 Pro, the POCO X2 also ships with dual selfie cameras. The selfie camera setup consists of a 20MP selfie shooter paired with a 2MP depth sensor.
As for the other key hardware and specifications, the POCO X2 sports a display with 120Hz refresh rate, making it the most affordable smartphone with this flagship feature. Other features include the Snapdragon 730G chipset, 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast-charging, up to 256GB storage, and Android 10-based MIUI 11 skin. The handset’s price in India starts at Rs 16,999 in India.
3. Realme X2 – Rs 17,999
Although Realme X2 (review) is a selfie-centric phone, it clicks decent images from its primary cameras as well. The handset features quad rear cameras, with the same 64MP primary sensor as the Realme 6 Pro. It’s paired with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro lens. For selfies and video chats, this camera phone under Rs 20,000 features 32MP shooter on the front.
The handset rocks 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display instead of LCD and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G chipset under the hood. It comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and runs Android 9 Pie (upgradable to Android 10-based RealmeUI) out of the box. Lastly, a 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging support rounds up the specifications of Realme X2. As for the price, the Realme X2 is retailing starting at Rs 17,999 in India.
4. OPPO F15 – Rs 19,990
OPPO F15 (review) also makes it to the list of best camera phones under Rs 20,000. You’ll get respectable images from the handset’s quad rear cameras, which comprise a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle sensor that can double up as the macro sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and finally, a 2MP monochrome lens. The front camera of the phone gets 16MP sensor for selfies and video calling.
The OPPO F15 is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. It packs a 6.4-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop notch atop. A 4,000mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging support drives the entire handset, while Android 9-based ColorOS 6.1 takes care of its software side of things. The OPPO F15 price in India is set at Rs 19,990.
5. Redmi K20 – Rs 19,999 (during e-commerce sales)
Redmi K20 (review) also finds a spot in the list of best camera phones under Rs 20,000 owing to its reliable 48MP triple rear cameras. Although the Redmi K20 is officially priced in India at Rs 21,999 for the base variant, it’s easily available under Rs 20,000 on the frequent e-commerce sales. The handset clicks images that are pretty much at par with its pricier sibling, the Redmi K20 Pro. The cameras comprise 48MP primary snapper, a 13MP secondary shooter, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. For selfies, there is a 20MP elevating camera.
As for the performance, the Redmi K20 is powered by Snapdragon 730 chipset aided by 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage onboard. The handset touts a pop-up selfie camera design and a 6.39-inch AMOLED Full-HD+ display. The K20 houses 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support and runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 out of the box.