Among so many mobile phones of 800, 900 or even more than 1,000 euros we can sometimes forget that cheap mobiles are not what they used to be. Until not too many years ago, buying a mobile phone corresponding to the so-called "mid-range" involved learning to live with certain commitments that only the most expensive smartphones lacked several hundred euros.
Usually one of those commitments was having to settle for a much lower quality camera to that of the main exponents in terms of mobile photography. However, over the years the gap has been narrowing considerably, up to the point where a mobile phone of less than 500 euros can offer a photographic experience at the level of the best on the market.
But you don't even need to spend 500 euros to have a mobile with a good camera. In fact, it is possible to find terminals of less than 300 euros able to deliver outstanding results:
Samsung Galaxy A51
In its analysis, the Samsung Galaxy A51 showed us, among many other things, that its four rear cameras They offer results at the level of other more expensive models of the brand.
The cameras of the Galaxy A51 generate captures bright, with a good level of detail and very colorful – sometimes too much –. In addition, it is a versatile photographic system thanks to the combination of a 48-megapixel main sensor added to a 12 ultra-wide angle, a 5-megapixel "macro" sensor and a depth camera of the same resolution as the previous one.
|Dimensions||158.5 x 73.6 x 7.9 mm|
|screen||6.5-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD + resolution|
|OS||One UI 2.0 on Android 10|
|Storage||128 GB expandable up to 512 GB|
|Cameras||Rear: 48 MP, 12 MP f / 2.2 wide angle, 5 MP f / 2.4 macro, 5 MP f / 2.2 depth. Frontal: 32 MP|
|Battery||4,000 mAh with 15W fast charge|
|Others||On-screen fingerprint reader, USB-C, headphone jack, NFC|
Xiaomi Mi 9T
Another model that has proven to be a worthy competitor For the mid-range with the best camera on the market it is the Xiaomi Mi 9T, also known as Redmi K20.
Its photographic system consists of three rear cameras, led by a 48-megapixel resolution sensor accompanied by an 8-megapixel "telephoto", and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, thus creating a system as capable as it is versatile.
|Dimensions||74.3mm x 156.7mm x 8.8mm|
|Density and resolution||Full HD +, 403 pixels per inch|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730|
|Cameras||Rear: 48 MP f / 1.75 + 8 MP f / 2.4 + 13 MP f / 2.4 triple camera Frontal: 20 MP f / 2.2 drop-down camera|
|Others||NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type C, 3.5mm jack|
Although it may go unnoticed among the hundreds of mid-range phones from China, OPPO Reno, which we analyzed at the time, is a very important model to consider. Its camera system is quite different from other terminals in the same range, since it only has two cameras behind, a rear, main, 48-megapixel resolution, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.
It may not be the most versatile system. However, OPPO has proven to be one of the firms whose software in charge of processing the images manages to generate very good quality results in most situations, by avoiding falling into the hands of other manufacturers, including the extreme smoothing of faces or the tendency to excessively raise the shadows of the scene, thus eliminating part of the contrast and the depth of the photo.
|Dimensions||156.6 x 74.3 x 9 mm / 185 grams weight|
|screen||6.4-inch AMOLED. It occupies 93.1% of the frontal|
|Resolution and density||Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) / 19.5: 9/402 dpi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710|
|RAM||6 GB LPDDR4x|
|OS||ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie|
|Cameras||Rear: 48 MP (IMX 586) + 5 MP Ultra Night Mode 2.0, Color Mapping, 4K Video, Artistic portrait mode. 16 MP f / 2.0 Front Portrait Mode 2.0, Soft Light|
|Battery||3,765 mAh with VOOC quick charge|
|Others||On-screen fingerprint reader, 3.5mm headphone port, Dual nano SIM, Dolby Atmos, NFC, USB Type-C|
Any of the three options selected offer a good result in photographic terms taking into account the range to which they belong. However, if we had to opt for a model, it would be the OPPO reindeer.
The simple fact of being the first model in a series that is already in its third generation implies that its price has plummeted, and it is already possible to acquire it for less than 300 euros. In exchange, we took a terminal with a fantastic design, a photographic system that, despite sinning with a certain lack of versatility, offers much higher than average image quality, and whose technical sheet, in addition, makes it a most interesting terminal even in the middle of 2020.