The best budget camera phones

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The top three best budget camera phones on our list.

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1. Overall: Google Pixel 7a
2. Affordable: Realme C35
3. Premium: Honor 50
4. Mid-range: Samsung Galaxy A53
5. Nightography: OnePlus Nord 2T
6. Best megapixel: Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
7. Best display: Google Pixel 6a
8. Reliable: Apple iPhone SE (2022)
9. Best value: Oppo Find X3 Lite
10. Compact:  Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

The best budget camera phones are surprisingly reliable, with great low-light capabilities and high-resolution camera units. So despite them being less premium-oriented and more stripped down, you'll still be able to capture excellent photos and videos and make use of popular apps. These phones are commonly priced at around the $500/£450 mark but can sit just outside of this price range too. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil is a trained graphic designer and photography expert who geeks out over anything to do with digital imaging and sketching. Now a tech journalist and content director at a creative comms agency, he covers tech through a real-world lens, contributing to titles including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, Metro, T3, TechRadar and WIRED.

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