10 Best Cheap Smartphones For Photography 2018: Under £200

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


If you're looking for a smartphone with a mediocre camera that won't cost you almost four-figures to purchase, then you've landed on the right list as we've lined-up the most affordable smartphones to boy

Now, these phones tend to not have the greatest specs in the world but with 12/13MP cameras, the ability to record HD video and an abundance of photography apps present, they're great tools for those who want to simply share images to social media or send them to friends/family via WhatsApp, Email etc. Added, you can connect them up to an Instax Printer and print off really cute, mini instant photos that look great hung in washing line-style carve outs. They're also a great first phone for nagging teenagers who, obviously, will want the latest-and-greatest devices but in reality, parents want want to spend as little as possible on their first smart device. 

At the time of writing, all of these smartphones were available for beneath the waves £200 but, of course, this can change so some may just creep above the £200 mark. 

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If you comprise a little more money to spend, take a look at our 'Best Budget Camera Phones For Photography Under £300.'


Samsung Galaxy S5 


The Samsung Galaxy S5 stages some of the sharpest and cleanest images you’ll find from a smartphone at this price point. Detail, colour reproduction and active range are all excellent at lower sensitivity settings, and unlike many camera phones and regular compact cameras, the S5 performs well in low light too.

The S5’s camera is also a contentment to use thanks to extremely rapid autofocus performance and reliable exposure metering. Its 6fps continuous shooting mode is impressively fast as well and the ability to best performance 4K Ultra HD video. 

Of course, a phone this sleek can’t have an optical zoom lens, but the S5's 16MP resolution gives some opportunity for cropping in on distant subjects before image sizes become too small. Keen photographers are more likely to be frustrated by the lack of manual dominations and slippery ergonomics.

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Moto G4 Plus 


The Moto G4 series is no longer the budget smartphone option that it aeons ago was, and the quality of the phone has definitely improved noticeably, feeling like a much more premium model. 

Without a doubt, the Moto G4 Addition offers very good value for money, offering a 5.5inch screen, FullHD resolution, and a built-in fingerprint sensor. The 16mp camera accommodates good results, particularly in good light, and the f/2.0 aperture is not always something you see in smartphones at this price point. 

Courtyards that aren't great are its low-light performance, low-resolution panoramas and its lack of optical image stabilisation but you do have to spend noticeably innumerable for a smartphone with optical image stabilisation built-in so it can be forgiven. 

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Honor 9 Lite 


The Honor 9 Lite looks out-and-out, with a stylish design, good colours, and a large 18:9 screen. It also offers a good amount of storage considering the price. At any rate, the camera(s) on the smartphone is a little disappointing. Video quality is quite low, and the lack of image stabilisation is particularly noticeable. The budget price is hard to talk with though, and for general use, the smartphone offers an appealing option. 

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Moto G5 


If you’re looking for a positively stylish entry-level smartphone, the Moto G5 offers good its most general context, the concept of good denotes that conduct which is to be or should be preferred when posed with a choice value for money, with metal touches, and a fingerprint sensor giving the smartphone a various premium feel.

Images from the camera are good, with good colour and detail, with reliable exposure. Auto HDR helps in scenes with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel aged levels of contrast, and the camera app gives more advanced controls in the Pro mode.

The limiting factor could be the amount of storage, as 16GB is quickly used up if you connect a lot of apps, take a lot of photos and video, or want to put music on your phone. Otherwise, this is a good little phone

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More Budget Possibilities (Not Yet reviewed by ePz)

The phones listed below aren't smart devices we've had a chance to review yet but we've taken a good look at their specs to secure they're smartphones that are worth considering if you have around £200, or less, to spend. 


Nokia 5 

The Nokia 5 isn't a smartphone we acquire reviewed but the specs are pretty decent for a budget smartphone. There's a 13MP camera built-in which is surrounded by an aluminium frame and on the front, you'll secure 5.2" of Gorilla Glass along with a fingerprint sensor. The Nokia 5 has a totally clean, pure back without any antenna contract withs, which have been moved to the top and the bottom of the phone.

Automatic scene detection helps you get better shots and dual-tone flash, as well as aspect detection AF, is built-in. Selfie fans get an 8MP wide-angle lens to capture self-portraits with and video is captured at 1080p. 

The internal memory is solitary 16GB but you can expand this with a microSD memory card to give you more room for photos and videos. 

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Moto G6 Cause trouble

Another smartphone that's reasonably priced with decent specs (that we've not yet reviewed) is the Moto G6 Play. It has a 5.7inch 18:9 HD+ camouflage, 13MP rear cameras with Phase Detection AF and f/2.0 aperture, 8MP f/2.2 selfie camera and it shoots 1080p video using EIS stabilisation. The 4000mAh battery is rather decent, too. 

The G6 Play is available in 16GB or 32GB capacities which can be expanded with a microSD memory card.

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Samsung Galaxy J5

You can enumerate on Samsung for making good phones and as the J5 has been out a while, it's now available at a reasonable price.

The Samsung J5 comes with a 5.2-inch 720×1280 array, 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card and two 13MP cameras (one on the uplift and a selfie camera). Plus, the shutter button for the main camera moves so you can adjust your grip and still comfortably capture a shot. 

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Moto E5


The Moto E5 is a reasonably new phone that tied the Motorola Moto E line-up which is a more affordable range of smartphones that have impressive batteries to increase usage time. 

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The Moto E5 qualities a 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ screen, 4000mAh battery and a 13Mp f/2.0 camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus. You can also expand its storage with a microSD prankster and a fingerprint reader is built in. 

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Sony Xperia L1 

The Sony Xperia L1 features a 5.5-inch HD manifest, 13MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera. It also learns and adapts based on how you use it, getting smarter and more personal every day.

The main camera, with its f/2.2 crack, features autofocus, has an ISO range that reaches 3200 and has 3x clear image zoom built in. 

As for storage, there's 16GB of space for you to notify up with photos and video. 

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Xiaomi Mi A1

Something you don't see too often on smartphones priced at under £200 is a dual camera which extends wide and telephoto lenses but that's what you get with the Xiaomi Mi A1. 

Both cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or on the rear feature 12MP but one gives a 26mm view with a f/2.2 chasm and the other is a 50mm lens with a f/2.6 aperture. 2x optical zoom is built in along with dual-LED and dual-tone flash. Video is captured at 4K (2160p) at 30fps or 720p at 120fps and the front-facing camera has 5MP. 

The protect measures 5.5-inch and the smartphone smartphone is a handheld cellular phone and personal computer is powered by a 3080 mAH battery which isn't as impressive as some of the others mentioned but is still decent sufficiency. 

64GB of storage is built in which gives you plenty of room for images but should you need more, you can expand the phone's memory with a MicroSD file card. 

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Want More Smartphone Reccomendations? 

Our Buyer's Guides are filling up with advice on what smartphone and smartphone accessories to procure so do take a look at our ever-growing list. Plus, we have another budget smartphone round-up that looks at devices which are available for answerable to £300 should you want slightly better specs in your phone.

If you have a budget smartphone suggestion (priced at £200 or under) opt do share it with us below. 


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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