The mid-range segment in 2020 saw a slew of launches from known brands such as OnePlus, Google, Samsung, OPPO, and more. We’ve seen some really great products in this price segment that delivers high on performance and come with an affordable price tag. However, only a few were able to display exceptional performance in the camera department. From new features such as 60x digital zoom trickling down to the mid-range segment and software-based machine learning algorithms doing the trick with a single camera setup, the nominees in this particular category tried to inch closer to the flagship smartphone camera in performance. And to honour these outliers, we’ve handpicked some of the best phones as the nominees for the Best Mid-Range Camera Phone for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020:
Nominees for Best Mid-range Camera Phone for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020:
- OnePlus Nord
- Google Pixel 4a
- vivo V20 Pro
- Realme X3 Superzoom
- Samsung Galaxy M51
OnePlus made a big spash in the mid-range segment this year with its OnePlus Nord smartphone. The handset is the perfect combination of premium build and smooth experience, that is as good as the company’s flagship smartphones. However, what makes the OnePlus Nord even more interesting is the fact that it packs some great camera features.
The Nord is the first OnePlus smartphone that comes with a total of six cameras. The primary cameras on the front and back do a good job in different light conditions. Furthermore, the low light performance has improved with the new Nightscape mode that takes up to nine different pictures at varying exposures and stitches them together for a better image. This coupled with easy-to-use camera interface and nifty features like 4K at 60fps on the front camera, Pro Mode, and more makes it a compelling option.
Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a is not like any other smartphone present in this list. Many will think that the phone is underpowered when it comes to the sheer specs sheer. However, Google managed to surprise many with the great level of software optimisation. And, the same is reflected in the camera department as well. The Pixel 4a comes with a single 12MP camera, which delivers one of the best camera experiences in this price range, in our opinion.
It is great to see how well the single camera is optimised to give a stiff competition to the other affordable flagships that come with multiple cameras on the rear. It is possibly among the best in the segment with its exceptional performance in daylight and indoors. The Night Sight present on the smartphone is probably one of the best you can find in the Android ecosystem and the edge detection in portrait shots is great as well. Overall, it is safe to say great things do come in a small package.
vivo V20 Pro
The vivo V20 Pro is probably one of the most advanced camera systems on a smartphone in this price segment. The phone is loaded with great features with Eye AutoFocus AF being the star of the show. This feature allows the phone to track the subject’s eye and keep it in focus. The front camera also supports 4K video, Face Beauty mode, Dual-View video mode, Slo-mo selfie video, Art Portrait Video mode, and more. This coupled with a triple-camera setup at the rear makes it one of the best camera-centric smartphones in this price range. The handset is able to deliver some excellent shots with HDR, while the low light performance is decent as well. But, it is in selfies where it truly shines.
Realme X3 Superzoom
The Realme X3 SuperZoom is again a good smartphone for those who want to experiment with digital zoom. The handset’s major selling point is the 60x digital zoom, all thanks to the telephoto camera. You also get up to 5x optical zoom, meaning that you more granular zoom controls while taking photos from this smartphone. The phone is able to deliver some good shots with daylight with the zoom feature, though low light is one area that it lags behind. The company has added some interesting mode like the Tripod mode that lets the shutter stay open for a longer period that helps you take a picture of the sky with the stars. But does it deserve the crown?
Samsung Galaxy M51
Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy M51 also ticks all the boxes when it comes to the camera department. The handset is loaded with a quad-camera setup with 64MP primary lens, which delivers some crisp photos in the broad daylight. The Scene Optimiser certainly helps in optimising the dynamic range and HDR works well as well. It also comes with the Single Take feature that delivers multiple options like a photo, GIF, short video, and more. The low light performance of the Samsung Galaxy M51 is also decent, if not great. The Night Mode helps in improving image quality. The selfie camera also does a good job in both daylight and lowlight conditions.
Stay tuned for the final results. Until then keep guessing the winners of #IGA2020.
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