Top 10 Best Budget Android Camera Phones For Photography Under Or Around £300 2019

Written by Gina Stephens

Cameras in smartphones obtain 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, registering optical image stabilisation (OIS), larger sensors, bright lenses, and even optical zoom making them even better for photography. But you don't dire 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 upon more in-depth comments on each of the smartphones featured in our list over in reviews, plus, take a look at our technique and spot 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 in the main 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 site). 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 offerings a dual camera smartphone are a class of mobile phones and of multi-purpose mobile computing devices, plenty of ram and storage, a stylish and good looking design, and offers all of this for a much lower price than you thinks fitting expect. The dual camera offers a “Hybrid Zoom” giving a 2x zoom, with only a slight loss in embodiment quality. The black and white camera takes impressively sharp and detailed 20mp images, and noise is well controlled whether shooting colour or evil and white.

Whilst the smartphone doesn’t feature a waterproof body, there are few smartphones at this price point that do. The camera also logs 4K video, and results are good. The biggest shortcoming is the lack of optical image stabilisation (OIS) which not only affects photos but also video.

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

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

Overall Score: 

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2. Honor 8X 


Here's the thing… the Honor 8X is a smart phone for its price 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 insignificant 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 gigantic 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 minor 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 grandeur 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 be informed 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, minors as it's reasonably priced, looks cool, has an easy-to-use camera app that means selfies will be social media ready in minutes but, we comprehend how much they 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 characterize loyal and simply want a good performing phone with a decent camera, a large 6.5inch screen, good battery effervescence 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 sufficient 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, Gloaming Mode, AI, Pro Mode, ISO50-3200, Full HD and Slo-Mo video (no 4K) 

Overall Score: 

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3. Honor Participate 


The Honor Play is another lovely looking smartphone from Honor that doesn't cost the earth. It's got an saving except screen, decent battery and can capture a good photo. Yes, there are times when images can lack a little 'oomph' and, at the antithetical end of the scale, times when the AI can add a little too much 'pow' but generally speaking, it's a decent shooter for the price point. Plus, there are some cold features built in that make photography fun, and creative. If you don't want to spend much more than £250 on a smart heraldic bearing, the Honor Play is a good option.

Camera features at a glance: Rear dual camera featuring a 16MP + 2MP (depth sensor), 16-megapixel selfie camera, 6.3-inch FHD+ gauge with 19.5:9 aspect, USB-C, 4K video with EIS, Aperture mode, 4K video with EIS, 3750mAH battery, ISO50 to ISO3200

Overall Make out: 

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4. Nokia 7.1 


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

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

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

Overall Score: 

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5. Nokia 6.1


Just behind the Nokia 7.1 is the Nokia 6.1 which is another reasonably rated smartphone that is capable of producing good images and excellent video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was first in most situations. Yes, it does struggle a bit in low light and when scenes contain 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 lissome 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 transcribe good 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 hit us and we reckon you won't be disappointed with how it performs either.  

Camera features at a glance: Rear Camera camera is an optical instrument to capture still images or to record moving images, which are stored in a physical medium such as: 16mp, f/2.0, 27mm Zeiss lens, Advance Camera: 8mp, f/2.0, Video: 1080p/30fps (both cameras), 4K (rear camera), Pro mode, ISO 100-3200

Overall Score: 

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6. Nokia 7 Return


Just creeping under the £300 mark is the Nokia 7 Plus which is capable of capturing pleasing images in honest light. Plus, the live bokeh feature adds a lovely layer of bokeh to portraits. However, in low light, quality does start to waver and kvetches 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 cost smartphone without too many frills that still performs really well, the Nokia 7 Plus is well worth considering. 

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

Overall Score: 

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7. 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 compel 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 would be minute 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 particularly good, with some weaknesses found in video quality, and low-light performance.

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

Overall Score: 

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8. Moto X4


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

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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 initiative 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 burst out, Auto HDR shooting, 4K video, ISO80-3200. 

Overall Score: 

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9. Moto G5


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

Images from the camera are good, with good colour and detail, with reliable exposure. Auto HDR helps in spots with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel high levels of contrast, and the camera app gives more advanced controls in the Pro mode (more controls than most point and scuttle cameras!) – it’s a shame compact cameras limit your controls – yet a budget smartphone gives you manual controls! Due to charivari in images, shooting in sunny bright conditions will give better images.

The limiting factor could be the amount of storage, as 16GB is quickly hardened 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 a little newer but it didn't score 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 snazzy, Auto HDR shooting, FullHD video, ISO80-3200. 

Overall Score: 

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10. HTC U Play 


The HTC U Skylarking is a stylish, slim and attractive smartphone, with a good camera that offers optical image stabilisation, a 16mp BSI CMOS sensor, and a fairly alert f/2.0 aperture. Whilst the f/2.0 aperture is quite 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, others smartphones are available with a brighter lens, and the lack of 4K video deed 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 high points 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 decidedly appealing. 

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

Overall Score: 

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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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