UPDATED: April 7, 2021 11:46 IST
Smartphone cameras have revolutionised in the last few years. Only in 2019, India had seen the first smartphone with a 48-megapixel sensor. In less than two years, almost every other smartphone comes with a 108-megapixel camera. In between, sits the 64-megapixel camera which is great for photography and doesn’t require you to break the bank. There are a number of mid-range smartphones selling with Samsung’s 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor and Sony’s IMX 686 and 682 sensors. :
Launched last month, Realme 8 is one of the most affordable smartphones with the 64-megapixel camera in India right now. The smartphone is priced at Rs 14,999 for the base variant. The camera setup includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel B&W camera. Up front, it sports a 16-megapixel camera in the punch-hole setup for selfies and video calling.
Other features of the smartphones include a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED display with 1000 nits peak brightness, MediaTek Helio G95 chipset and a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging.
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Redmi Note 10 Pro
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is slightly expensive than the Realme 8 but comes with several improvements in other departments. The main camera has a 64-megapixel sensor, assisted by a second 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a third 5-megapixel macro camera, and a fourth 2-megapixel depth sensor. It has a 16-megapixel front camera.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro offers a greater value because of a 120Hz AMOLED display, HDR10 support, 5000mAh battery, 33W fast charging solution and Snapdragon 732G SoC. The smartphone costs Rs 16,999 for the base variant.
Our verdict – The Redmi Note 10 Pro or Pro Max will offer you an excellent display, great camera performance, decent battery life and amazing audio output. The Pro Max is definitely for those who don’t want to compromise on anything and flaunt the most number of megapixels available but for most users, the Redmi Note 10 Pro would be enough.
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Let us thrown in a wild card here. A smartphone which is not known for its camera but is second to none. The Poco X3 features a 64-megapixel main camera with 13-megapixel ultra-wide-sensor and two other lenses. The Poco X3 is now as affordable as the Realme 8. The smartphone received a price cut after the launch of Poco X3 Pro and now costs Rs 14,999 for the base variant. It has a 20-megapixel sensor on the front.
The Poco X3 Pro has a 6.67-inch FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip and a 6000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
Our verdict – If gaming, a little bit of photography and lots of battery is what you want, then the Poco X3 is just the phone for you. However, if it’s something sleek and lightweight that your pocket desires, then there are better options out there to invest on.
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There is tough to keep Vivo out of any list about the best cameras. It joined the 64-megapixel camera race with the Vivo V20 last year. The setup includes a second 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. Up front, the regular Vivo V20 packs a single 44-megapixel snapper with Eye Autofocus for selfies and video calling. The smartphone has recently received a price cut by Rs 2000 making it an attractive option.
The smartphone features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop-style notch on the top. The Snapdragon 720G chip powers the phone, and it runs on Android 11-based FunTouch OS.
Our verdict – The device also offers above par photography performance and riding on the efforts of its 64-megapixel primary camera at the back and the 44-megapixel selfie camera at the front, it emerges as a very good option for taking pictures and shooting videos.
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Asus ROG Phone 5
Let’s throw in another interesting option which a lot of you might not expect to make the list Asus ROG Phone 5. The gaming-focused smartphone comes with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, 6.78-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate, and 6,000mAh battery. The phone supports 65W fast charging and costs Rs 49,999 for the base variant.
But, it makes the cut because of a quad rear camera setup which includes a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 primary sensor, 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and 5-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies and video calling, it packs a 24-megapixel snapper.