Investing in the absolute best camera phones may seem daunting, especially with the rising prices of smartphones these days. But for those on a budget, this isn’t a time to despair and wtg has got your back. As technology has improved so have budget camera phones, giving way to some incredible cameras at surprisingly low price points.
Below you can find our full run down of the best budget phones for 2019 so whether you’re a photographer on the go or someone who just wants to take stunning snaps without breaking the bank, this is the place to find your next affordable camera phone.
Weight: 176g | Dimensions: 157 x 75.3 x 8.3mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2270 | CPU: Snapdragon 636 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 5MP | Front camera: 12MP
Combining affordability with top notch camera ability, the Motorola Moto G7 easily makes the list. For any creatives on a budget, this handset allows you to get a cheap phone while still getting all of the features you would expect from a more expensive phone. Fast charging, a hefty 3200mAh battery and a dual camera set-up.
It comes with a primary 16MP camera boasting an f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilization and a host of shooting capabilities. And despite its price tag, the Moto G7 Plus manages to perform in both light and dark situations.
And for those who use their phones to produce videos, the Moto G7 can shoot 4K video, a rare feature at this price point. You can even make use of portrait mode with the secondary lens for easy high-end portrait shots.
Take a Look: Motorola Moto G7
Weight: 147g | Dimensions: 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2220 | CPU: Snapdragon 670 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MP
Released as an affordable alternative to the immensely popular Google Pixel 3, the Google Pixel 3a massively drops the price while still holding onto one crucial feature – the Google Pixel’s camera capabilities.
The Google Pixel 3 has consistently been regarded as one of the best camera phones on the market, and the Pixel 3a is an excellent extension of the Google Pixel 3 family, especially for creatives on a budget. A key shared attribute is that the Pixel 3a camera has the same megapixels as the Pixel 3, so expect high quality photo shoots.
Take a Look: Google Pixel 3a
Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | OIS: Yes | Rear camera aperture: f/1.7 | Autofocus type: Phase detection | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | Storage: 64GB
When Samsung releases new phones, the old flagship models don’t get forgotten about – they just become fantastic affordable phones. That’s exactly what has happened to the Samsung Galaxy S8. First and foremost, the consistency of the quick automatic main camera never ceases to be impressive. Point and click was never so easy. But above and beyond the normal, Samsung brought in a remarkable host of features and settings to the S8, including a brilliant selfie mode. And, not to be underestimated, the Galaxy S8 is the ideal shape and size in the hand to use for photography.
Take a Look: Samsung Galaxy S8
Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | OIS: No | Rear camera aperture: f/1.8 | Autofocus type: Phase detection | Weight: 167g | Dimensions: 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm | Storage: 64GB
Look around the web and you’ll see the Moto G6 crop up again and again at the top of best budget smartphone lists. Combining excellent quality across the board (display, battery, design), it’s easy to see why. The cameras are a big contributory factor to it’s success and popularity. It starts things off with a dual main camera set-up on the rear. The 12MP and 5MP sensors team up to enable the auto mode to take consistently attractive snaps.
Take a Look: Motorolla Moto G6
Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera: 8MP | OIS: No | Rear camera aperture: f/2.0 | Autofocus type: Phase detection | Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 145 x 67 x 8mm | Storage: 32GB
Sony has a notable dynasty in photography and so it’s no surprise to see it coming up with the goods on the wallet-friendly Sony Xperia XA1. On specs alone, the rear camera has a similar look to dedicated standalone compact cameras with a 23MP sensor of 1/2.3-inch size. On a day-to-day basis that means generally fabulous looking photos. It even succeeds in darker climes, with Sony’s brightening smarts achieving excellent quality.
Take a Look: Sony Xperia XA1
Rear camera: 20MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP + 2MP | OIS: No | Rear camera aperture: f/1.8 | Autofocus type: Phase detection | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 158.3 x 75.3 x 7.6mm | Storage: 64GB
Huawei has become a name well set in the public consciousness in an incredibly short amount of time. The Huawei Mate 20 Lite has epitomized what can be achieved with a budget camera phone.
With a 6.3-inch screen, it’s larger than most of the other smartphones on this list. And check out the specs of the cameras – there’s a reliable 20MP and 2MP set-up on the rear for photos that pop with color, and 24MP and 2MP on the front for excellent selfies that even let you achieve that sought after bokeh effect.
Take a Look: Huawei Mate 20 Lite