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Best Camera Phones in India

Times are such that cameras on smartphones are getting incredibly good, to the tune that most people prefer to shun digital cameras and travel with just their phones in their pockets. We’ve arrived at this juncture due to significant improvements in camera technology that is being developed by companies like Apple, Google, Samsung and Sony. If you’re looking for something which will satisfy your need for a powerful smartphone and also the need for taking excellent quality photos and videos, then you've come to the right place. We've compiled a list of some of the best camera smartphones you can buy in India right now in 2018 based on our reviews and general feedback from our readers. This is a definitive list of the top rates camera smartphones in India right now. We will refresh this list with new smartphones and their updated price and photos once there are new launches in the coming months.

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Last Updated in Apr'18 (Updated Monthly)
Buyer’s Guide List at a Glance

Google Pixel 2 XL

EXPERT PICK
★★★★★
★★★★★
588 User Ratings
9.1
Google Pixel 2 XL

This one’s a no-brainer. Perhaps the best camera phone in the world right now, the Pixel 2 XL ticks all the right boxes when it comes to camera performance. Its unprecedented HDR technology gives you sharp, detailed and uniformly exposed images. Moreover, with the help of its large pixel size and a f/1.8 aperture, the camera on this phone gives amazing low-light photos as well. Both its front and rear cameras feature a Portrait mode which blurs the background while clicking photos of people. Videos on the Pixel 2 XL benefit from a combination of OIS and EIS which together contribute to the super-steady footage. 

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Pros
  • Brilliant HDR capabilities
  • OIS + EIS for videos
  • Portrait mode on both front and rear cameras
  • Lightening fast performance
Cons
  • Weak display
  • No headphone jack
  • Not waterproof
Photo 10
Video 10
Front Camera 9
Camera Features 8
Phone 8
56,980 BUY NOW
58,999 BUY NOW
73,000 BUY NOW

OnePlus 5T

VALUE FOR MONEY
★★★★★
★★★★★
3,193 User Ratings
9.1
OnePlus 5T

For a few years now, OnePlus has been a company offering flagship-grade specs at considerably low prices. Its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5T is no exception. It embraces not just the trend of dual cameras but also of tall 18:9 displays. This phone’s shooter offers a Portrait mode, but it is a bit on the weaker side when compared to other phones from the list. There’s EIS onboard as well, apart from OnePlus’ very own Intelligent Pixel Technology which claims to aid low-light photography. And with snappy performance and the super fast Dash Charge functionality, there’s just too much on offer at a very low price.

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Pros
  • 2x optical zoom
  • Portrait mode
  • Super fast dash charge
  • 18:9 display
Cons
  • Sub par low light performance
  • Not waterproof
Photo 8
Video 9
Front Camera 8
Camera Features 9
Phone 9
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

★★★★★
★★★★★
432 User Ratings
9.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

If you’re someone who has a taste for large phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is for you. It’s got one of the finest dual camera setups in the industry. It uses both these cameras to offer 2x optical zoom, and it is to be noted that both these snappers are accompanied by OIS to counter the minor shakes which spoil your photographs. The dual camera assembly also lets it offer crazy bokeh effects on portraits. And the incorporation of an f/1.7 aperture lens results in great low-light images. Plenty of additional features have made their way into the Note 8, including a Food mode, a Pro mode with RAW support and of course, a stellar Slow Motion mode.

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Pros
  • 2x optical zoom
  • Dual OIS for steady photos and videos
  • Lots of nifty camera traits
  • Amazing display
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • Weak speakers
Photo 9
Video 9
Front Camera 8
Camera Features 9
Phone 9
67,900 BUY NOW
67,900 BUY NOW

HTC U11

★★★★★
★★★★★
242 User Ratings
8.8
HTC U11

Just like the Pixel 2, the U11 does not feature two cameras on its back surface. The one that it does carry however, is enough to provide spectacular photos and videos. The f/1.7 lens on this shooter combines its prowess with HTC’s proprietary HDR technology to help it reduce the noise in low-light images. This helps the phone get sharp and well-lit images in the darkest of conditions. Its videos benefit from OIS and EIS both, while there’s an additional feature called ‘Acoustic focus’ whichemploys all four of the device’s microphones while shooting a video, to isolate subjects from background noise.

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Pros
  • Stunning low-light camera performance
  • OIS + EIS for videos
  • Squeezable frame
  • Waterproof
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • Drab looks
  • No headphone jack
Photo 9
Video 9
Front Camera 8
Camera Features 8
Phone 9
43,999 BUY NOW
51,990 BUY NOW

Apple iPhone X

★★★★★
★★★★★
831 User Ratings
8.5
Apple iPhone X

Apple sure knows how to create special commemorative products. The iPhone X is Apple's way of celebrating the 10 years of the iPhone, and what a gorgeous phone it is. The dual cameras on the iPhone X offer incredibly fast and resposnive shooting. Both the lenses come with optical image stabilisation, which works wonderfully. Apple's Portrait Mode is impressive as is the HDR mode, but what is most fun is the 240-fps slow-motion video capture

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Pros
  • Incredible camera performance
  • Ultra-fast speeds
  • Dual OIS
Cons
  • Average front camera
  • Single SIM slot
  • Very Expensive
Photo 8
Video 9
Front Camera 7
Camera Features 8
Phone 9
98,999 BUY NOW
104,000 BUY NOW
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Buyer's Guide

With most high-end phones providing great cameras these days, the killer factor comes down to minor points which make a huge difference sometimes. These include HDR capabilities, low-light performance, video quality and more.

A phone having dual cameras does not always mean it’s good. There are plenty of devices with two cameras which fall pale in comparison to those with just one camera.

List at a glance

PRODUCT NAME PRICE
PHOTO
VIDEO
FRONT CAMERA
CAMERA FEATURES
PHONE
EXPERT RATING
Google Pixel 2 XL 56,980 10 10 9 8 8 9.1
OnePlus 5T NA 8 9 8 9 9 9.1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 67,900 9 9 8 9 9 9
HTC U11 43,999 9 9 8 8 9 8.8
Apple iPhone X 98,999 8 9 7 8 9 8.5
DISCLAIMER

We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon and Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites likeAndroid Authority,  Trusted Reviews and The Verge.

As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.

For example, in this list, the Google Pixel 2 XL — our favouritecamera phone so far — had a score spilt of:

Expert review: 9.1/10

Expert reviews from trusted websites: 8.7/10 (Android Authority, The Verge, Trusted Reviews)

User reviews: 9.5/10  (Amazon and Flipkart)

 

Overall expert score: 9.1/10 (rounded off)

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