Update: 2022 saw a lot of smartphones that offered exceptional features on the front camera, with the highest resolution reaching up to 50 megapixels. After a lot of discussions, our prestigious jury of Indian Gadget Awards 2022 has picked the Vivo V25 5G as the best selfie phone in the mainstream category.
Winner: Vivo V25 5G
The Vivo V25 5G has the highest megapixel front shooter among all its competitions, and that with autofocus. The extra modes on the phone for the selfies make it more fun. With such features, the Vivo V25 5G has been chosen as the best selfie camera phone of 2022 in the mainstream segment.
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Indian Gadget Awards is back, and with it are the different categories we recognise each year in the tech space. Selfies has been a category that a lot of youngsters, or the Gen-Z, want to excel in and for that, what you need is the best smartphone. Nowadays, each detail such as skin tones, portraits, and filters matters a lot for users which is why it is important to buy a phone that offers the best camera on the front. A few smartphones come with high-resolution sensors on the front whereas some phones have dual front cameras along with LED flash. 2022 saw a lot of smartphones that offered exceptional features on the front camera, with the highest resolution reaching up to 50 megapixels. Our prestigious jury for the Indian Gadget Awards (IGA) 2022 has selected mainstream devices that offer the best selfie performance. Let’s check out the nominees for the best mainstream selfie phone of 2022.
Best Mainstream Selfie Camera Phones of 2022 – Indian Gadget Awards 2022 Nominees
- Motorola Edge 30
- TECNO CAMON 19 Pro Mondrian
- Redmi K50i 5G
- Samsung Galaxy M53 5G
- OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
- Realme 9 Pro+
- OPPO Reno8 5G
- Vivo V25 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Motorola Edge 30
The Motorola Edge 30 is a well-balanced device in the mid-budget segment. For selfies, it has a 32 MP sensor on the front with an f/2.4 aperture and 0.7um pixel size. It uses Quad Pixel technology to combine four pixels into one for better low-light conditions. The selfies come out well-processed and the skin tone looks natural as well. The background blur on the portrait shot comes out well. The front camera supports video recording at 4K. It is loaded with a plethora of features for selfies including Dual Capture, Spot Color, Auto Night Vision (RAW), Cinemagraph, Portrait, Live Filter, Group Selfie, AI, and much more.
TECNO CAMON 19 Pro Mondrian
The Tecno CAMON 19 Pro Mondrian edition is popular for its design and 64MP RGBW sensor but its selfie camera is nothing less. You get a 32MP front camera, and the selfie camera offers nicely accurate skin tones. The pixel size of the front camera is 0.7um. It has a field of view (FoV) of 80.4 degrees so that it can cover a wide range. The Supernight mode smoothens the skin tone to cope with the noise level in low light conditions. Besides that, it has a ton of camera features on the front such as HDR, Film Master, Portrait video bokeh, pro mode, super night filters, sky filters, and much more.
Redmi K50i 5G
The Redmi K50i 5G is said to be a performance-centric device but it does offer a good selfie camera. The device features a 16MP sensor on the front with an aperture of f/2.45. It captures selfies well with a smoothened texture. The phone comes with several selfies features including Night mode, time burst, movie frame, AI beautify, filters, and palm shooters. Besides that, it has features for video recording done via front camera. These include Time-lapse, movie frame, AI beautify, movie filters, shorts video. The phone also has an in-built VLOG mode that lets you shoot Reels and Shorts in the camera app.
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G
The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G has a pretty solid camera setup with a 108MP sensor on the back however the front sensor can’t be ignored. The Galaxy M53 5G has a 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor on the front for selfies. The front sensor captures pixel-binned 8-megapixel photos by default. The selfies come natural and look good. The edge detection in the portrait mode is excellent as well. Apart from the usual features, Samsung offers some unique modes for the Galaxy M53 5G front camera such as AR Zone which allows users to customise their selfies with AR objects.
OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is a well-balanced device and it offers a good front camera for selfies. The device sports a 32MP Sony IMX615 sensor on the front with an f/2.4 aperture and a 0.8um pixel size. You would be surprised to know that this is the same sensor that the company is using on its flagship, the OnePlus 10 Pro. It means you are getting almost all the features from a flagship device to the budget segment. Moreover, the front sensor comes with an AI deblurring algorithm to stabilise your shots. Videos are capped at 1080p for the front camera.
Realme 9 Pro+
The Realme 9 Pro+ is arguably one of the best camera phones in the mid-range segment and the front camera does the same job very well. It has a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor on the front for selfies with a 78 degrees field of view and an aperture of f/2.4. It captures good quality photos with a fair skin tone. The Realme 9 Pro+ front camera can shoot videos at max 1080p resolution. The phone is loaded with a plethora of features for the front camera including Ultra Steady video, portrait mode, timelapse, panoramic view, beauty mode, HDR, face-recognition, filter, night mode, bokeh effect control, and street mode.
OPPO Reno8 5G
The OPPO Reno8 5G can be considered one of the best selfie shooters that launched in 2022. It’s the younger sibling of the Reno8 Pro 5G. On the front, it has a 32MP Sony IMX709 sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 and 85 degrees field of view. The Reno8 5G can capture some excellent selfies and portrait shots. Even in low light conditions, the phone can shoot a well-lit image. The video on the front camera is capped at 1080p. The front camera has various shooting modes such as portrait, night, panoramic, sticker, video, dual-view video, and time-lapse.
Vivo V25 5G
The Vivo V25 5G has the highest megapixel on the front camera among all nominees. It has a whopping 50-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and autofocus. The phone captures good selfies. Even in low-light conditions, the front sensor captures a good amount of details and natural skin tone. Additionally, the phone is popular for its various modes. It has night, portrait, photo, video, high resolution, live photo, slow motion, AR stickers, vlog movie, double exposure and dual view.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a mid-range phone from the company that sits between the A33 5G and A73 5G in the A-series. The device features a 32MP sensor on the front responsible for selfies and video calls. In sufficient lightning conditions, the phone captures excellent selfies with vibrant colours and fair skin tone. Samsung has integrated the popular Snapchat lenses into its camera that makes selfies fun. And the best part, it allows shooting 4K videos on front.