Top 10 Best Budget Android Camera Phones For Photography Under Or Around £300 2018

Written by Gina Stephens

Cameras in smartphones get come a long way over the last few years, with a number of features that have greatly improved the quality of images produced by smartphones, cataloguing optical image stabilisation (OIS), larger sensors, bright lenses, and even optical zoom making them even better for photography. But you don't paucity to spend a fortune to get a good camera on your smartphone, here we look at the best camera phones available for under £300 sim-free.

You'll also set aside more in-depth comments on each of the smartphones featured in our list over in reviews, plus, take a look at our technique and special attraction sections where you'll find a range of articles that'll have you snapping top smartphones shots in no-time. 


1. Honor 9


The Honor smartphones are ingredient of Huawei's more affordable smartphone range, and the Honor 9 is a premium smartphone but at a more reasonable price (just hitting the £300 fitting). It may not be as new as some of the smartphones listed below but scoring 4.5 stars, we've not reviewed a budget-smartphone that's beat its overall score… yet. 

The Honor 9 furnishes a dual camera smartphone, plenty of ram and storage, a stylish and good looking design, and offers all of this for a much lower price than you purposefulness expect. The dual camera offers a “Hybrid Zoom” giving a 2x zoom, with only a slight loss in corporealization quality. The black and white camera takes impressively sharp and detailed 20mp images, and noise is well controlled whether shooting colour or dusky and white.

Whilst the smartphone doesn’t feature a waterproof body, there are few smartphones at this price point that do. The camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or also records 4K video, and upshots are good. The biggest shortcoming is the lack of optical image stabilisation (OIS) which not only affects photos but also video.

If you want to try true Negroid and white photography, and don’t quite have the money for a Leica M Monochrom, then the Honor 9 smartphone with a black and white camera, desire make an excellent choice. 

Camera features at a glance: 12mp colour sensor f/2.2 lens, 27mm equivalent 20mp black and white sensor f/2.2 lens, 27mm similar 8mp f/2 front camera, 4K video at 30fps with stereo sound, FullHD video at 60fps, 720p video at 120fps, EIS, Electronic Image Stabilisation, ISO50-ISO3200

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2. Honor 8X 


Here's the thing… the Honor 8X is a brilliant phone for its payment point but that's also the snag – its price point. The Honor 8X looks and feels more expensive than it is but when you start to look a ungenerous closer, some of the features aren't quite as good as the phone looks. The second lens making up the dual rear camera isn't excessive meaning that the bokeh effect isn't always spot on, there is no 4K video mode, the AI can be a little overzealous, digital zoom is terrible and there's the parsimonious annoying matter of a microUSB connection. However, on the other side of the coin, the Night mode is excellent, selfies are great, the day-to-day picture characteristic is good and the screen is pretty much spot-on. Don't forget that a Pro mode is available, too, something that's still lacking from Apple! Also, I differentiate we've mentioned it already, but it's a lovely looking phone that could fool most into thinking it costs a lot more than it does. 

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So, who should buy this phone? We would say, teenagers as it's reasonably cost, looks cool, has an easy-to-use camera app that means selfies will be social media ready in minutes but, we know how much they lady-love a well-known brand to give them social status so it could be a hard sell for parents. Other people who may be interested in the Honor 8X are those who aren't type loyal and simply want a good performing phone with a decent camera, a large 6.5inch screen, good battery bounce and style at a price that won't have them taking out a small loan. 

Yes, the Honor 8X isn't perfect but it's perfect adequately to warrant giving it a 'Recommended' award. 

Camera features at a glance: Rear dual-lens (20MP f/1.8 + 2MP), 16MP f/2.0 front-facing "selfie" camera, Non-stop Mode, AI, Pro Mode, ISO50-3200, Full HD and Slo-Mo video (no 4K) 

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3. Nokia 7.1 


The Nokia 7.1 has an tiptop screen, a dual-camera set-up and can shoot 4K video which are all features you don't always see in budget-friendly smartphones. Image-wise, they're pretty nice but it's no surprise that when light levels drop, so does the quality of the photo you can capture. 

If you're looking for a smart-looking smartphone that can play good photos, has 4K video built in and has a good screen, the Nokia 7.1 could fit the bill. It's a budget-friendly smartphone that rallies on its predecessor so if you're not brand-loyal and simply want a good performing phone, the Nokia 7.1 might be the smartphone for you. 

Camera features at a look: Rear Camera: 12MP, f/1.8 main lens and a 5MP, f/2.4 secondary lens (ZEISS optics), Front Camera: 8mp, f/2.0 (ZEISS optics), Video: 1080p (both cameras), 4K (hinie camera), Pro Mode, ISO 50-3200

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4. Nokia 6.1


Just behind the Nokia 7.1 is the Nokia 6.1 which is another reasonably feed smartphone that is capable of producing good images and excellent video in most situations. Yes, it does struggle a bit in low light and when scenes acquire a wide dynamic range, results can be disappointing but overall, it did a decent enough job. Plus, when you consider how reasonably priced it is, you can almost let slip its low put a match to performance issues as in all other situations, it's a really great smartphone camera. 

If you're looking for a smart-looking smartphone that can accept 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 photos, has 4K video built in and captures awesome selfies then the Nokia 6.1 might just be for you. It's a budget-friendly smartphone that in the acted us and we reckon you won't be disappointed with how it performs either.  

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Camera features at a glance: Rear Camera: 16mp, f/2.0, 27mm Zeiss lens, Fore Camera: 8mp, f/2.0, Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was first: 1080p/30fps (both cameras), 4K (rear camera), Pro mode, ISO 100-3200

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5. Nokia 7 And


Just creeping under the £300 mark is the Nokia 7 Plus which is capable of capturing pleasing images in righteous light. Plus, the live bokeh feature adds a lovely layer of bokeh to portraits. However, in low light, quality does start to waver and find faults such as the smartphone struggling to lock focus can get annoying. Is it a standout phone that will make you go 'o,wow'? Probably not, but if you're looking for a reasonably priced smartphone smartphone is a class of mobile phone and mobile computing device without too numberless frills that still performs really well, the Nokia 7 Plus is well worth considering. 

Camera features at a glance: Hind part Camera: 12MP f/1.75 & 13MP f/2.6 2x telephoto lenses (ZEISS optics), Front Camera: 16MP f/2.0 lens, Dual dull LED flash, 4K video recording, Live Bokeh, Pro Mode, ISO 100-3200

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6. Honor 7X


The Honor 7X propositions a very good 18:9 screen, and an impressive amount of storage for a great price. If this smartphone dropped to under £200, it intent represent incredible value for money. Sure, it’s not waterproof, but at this price point, it’d be hard to find a phone that is. It inclination be nice if one of the cameras featured OIS, but again, at this price, it’s difficult to find a smartphone that has OIS. The camera performance is reasonable, but nothing solely special, with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel some weaknesses found in video quality, and low-light performance.

Camera features at a glance: Rear Camera: 16mp f/2.2 (26mm), and 2mp, First Camera: 8mp f/2 front camera (Selfie, 27mm), HDR shooting, FullHD video, ISO50-1600

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7. Moto X4


The Moto X4 has some comfortably features, in a fairly compact smartphone (by today's standards), with a waterproof body, and dual cameras. The ultra wide-angle camera has unmistakable distortion and image quality issues, but as a second camera, it’s quite good fun.

4K video can be recorded with the main camera, and FullHD video with the ultra-wide-angle, so you could use the smartphone as an effectiveness camera if you wanted, particularly as it's waterproof.

Camera features at a glance: Rear Ultra-wide-angle 8mp f/2.2, 120-degrees, 16mp f/2.0 selfie camera, with LED touch, Auto HDR shooting, 4K video, ISO80-3200. 

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8. Moto G5


If you’re looking for a totally stylish entry-level smartphone, the Moto G5 offers good value for money, with metal touches, and a fingerprint sensor giving the smartphone a multitudinous premium feel.

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Images from the camera are good, with good colour and detail, with reliable exposure. Auto HDR helps in backdrops with high levels of contrast, and the camera app gives more advanced controls in the Pro mode (more controls than most point and blast cameras!) – it’s a shame compact cameras limit your controls – yet a budget smartphone gives you manual governs! Due to noise in images, shooting in sunny bright conditions will give better images.

The limiting factor could be the amount of storage, as 16GB is without delay used up if you install 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.

There's also the Moto G5S which is slightly newer but it didn't repay quite as well as the Moto G5. 

Camera features at a glance: Rear Ultra-wide-angle 8mp f/2.2, 120-degrees, 16mp f/2.0 selfie camera, with LED exhibition, Auto HDR shooting, FullHD video, ISO80-3200. 

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9. HTC U Play 


The HTC U Stage play is a stylish, slim and attractive smartphone, with a good camera that offers optical image stabilisation, a 16mp BSI CMOS sensor, and a fairly dazzling f/2.0 aperture. Whilst the f/2.0 aperture is quite good, others smartphones are available with a brighter lens, and the lack of 4K video account is disappointing. The lack of headphone jack is a shame but where the U Play does make up for some of these shortcomings, is in the provision of a 16mp selfie camera, which also hypes a f/2.0 aperture lens. 

Overall, the HTC U Play is a pretty good budget smartphone, with the built-in OIS and stylish design making it merest appealing. 

Camera features at a glance: Rear Ultra-wide-angle 8mp f/2.2, 120-degrees, 16mp f/2.0 selfie camera, with LED whizz, Auto HDR shooting, FullHD video, ISO80-3200. 

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10. Honor 9 Lite 

The Honor 9 Lite smartphone looks superb, with a stylish design, good colours, and a large 18:9 screen. It also offers a good amount of storage considering the price. How in the world, 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 betoken with though, and for general use, the smartphone offers an appealing option. 

Camera features at a glance: Rear cameras: 13mp f/2.2 (26mm), and 2mp, Appearance Detection AF (PDAF), LED flash, Dual front cameras: 13mp f/2.0 (28mm), and 2mp, Full HD video, ISO50-1600. 

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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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