If you love taking photos with your phone and you're a legit heavy user, high-end devices are definitely the way to go, but let’s face it—not everyone has P30,000++ to burn on a gadget when there's rent and life to pay for. So if you’re looking for a camera phone that delivers without eating too much out of your savings, here are six current releases that you may want to check out.
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Sony smartphones are known to have really great cameras, and the Xperia XA2 Ultra does not disappoint: powered by its homegrown Sony Exmor RS mobile image sensor, its 23MP main camera has hybrid autofocus and up to 5x image zoom, while its 16MP front camera comes with a super wide-angle feature and Sony’s SteadyShot technology to help reduce shake.
Nokia 7 Plus
The brand from your childhood is back with the Nokia 7 Plus. Loaded with camera lenses by industry institution Carl Zeiss, its main cam snaps at 12MP supported by a secondary 13MP telelens for super clear shots. Its front cam goes for 16MP and excels in low-light environments.
Asus Zenfone 5
The Zenfone 5’s dual rear lenses are nothing to be shunned at: its 12MP, Sony image sensor-powered primary rear camera boasts of night HDR, with a secondary rear snapper going at 8MP with a 120-degree wide-angle view. It’s selfie cam also goes for 8MP with wide-angle, profile, night HDR capabilities. The icing on the cake is that its cameras are AI-assisted, so even if you’re shooting in low-light, the AI adjusts the colors for you to deliver crisp and clear images sans the shadows and grain.
If you’re into high-megapixel selfie cameras, then the OPPO F7 is for you. With a front camera that snaps at 25MPs and a selfie technology that delivers the most natural beautification edits, every portrait shot is Instagrammable. Don’t forget its rear camera that goes for a respectable 16MP!
Huawei P20 Lite
Probably the sharpest edge of the Huawei P20 line is its Leica cameras, but while the mid-range P20 Lite isn’t equipped with them, it’s a device that still delivers. It has a 16MP+2MP main dual cam that allows more depth and sharpness in photos, and is great for those who only need the basics when it comes to mobile photography. Its selfie cam also holds up well against its competitors, shooting clearly at 16MP even at night.
Samsung J7 Pro
With 13MP rear and front cameras, the J7 Pro proudly owns its mid-range status without scrimping on quality. Its main camera's got detail and depth of field down pat especially in well-lit areas, making it worth the price if you’re looking for an economical phone that doubles as a point-and-shoot cam.