Top 5 best budget mobile phones with the best camera

What are the best camera phones of 2016?

Best Budget Camera Phones of 2016

Ten years ago it seemed unthinkable to go on a trip without a camera in the backpack; something that has completely changed by the huge evolution of smartphones. Today’s phones are capable of delivering images of astonishing quality, especially in Diurnal  scenes; more than enough to share in social networks or even print them on paper.

In addition, more and more terminals incorporate differentiating elements such as double camera or a lens with wide angle. Of course, it is not always easy to choose a phone in the face of the huge avalanche of models – and prices – available in the market, each with different specifications.

With the goal of making the task a little easier now that it is time to take stock of the year; in Dubaiposter Blog Today we want to review which are the best camera phones of 2016.

For this we will differentiate by price range, since there are quite decent options even within low cost terminals; so it will be easy to find a good budget mobile phone.

That said, it is necessary to note that, for many years, the progression of mobile phones has also been very important in the field of cameras. A good smartphone may replace a compact camera a few years ago, but little will have to do before a modern model and nothing before a good reflex.

Be that as it may, having a smartphone with a good camera always supposes an advantage in terms of mobility; since we will be able to make interesting photos even in the most unexpected situations.

Throughout 2016 we have seen a few cell phones with dual camera, an option that seems to continue to be a trend in 2017

Although manufacturers have opted for radically different philosophies. When thinking about mobile phones with best camera many will come to mind the Huawei P9; developed with the prestigious Leica label that adds a second camera to – basically – get black and white photographs with a high level of detail.

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And that has little to do with the decision of LG, which in LG G5 bet to incorporate a second sensor as a wide angle, which is better? It all depends on your tastes and needs.

But at that point we will arrive later. Now it’s time to start reviewing the best camera phones of 2016 with the cheapest options on the market; who said that having a phone with a good camera costs a fortune? 

Buying a mobile with a good camera for less than AED 800 is difficult; but fortunately it is no longer an impossible task.

In this price range abound the terminals come from China, which usually show muscle at performance level and camera, but usually weaken both in software and the aspect of the warranty; as some of these brands are not based in U.A.E and Do not offer local service for repairs or technical failures.

#1 Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi5 mobile phone price U.A.E

I could not miss Xiaomi Mi5 in this list of mobile phones with best camera. The famous Chinese terminal features a 16-megapixel sensor with 4-axis optical stabilizer; wide aperture (f / 2.0), phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual-tone LED flash.

The quality of the photos obtained with this smartphone is remarkable, with very detailed textures and very lively colors thanks; among other things, to the size of the pixels grows up to 1.12 μm.

The results are especially good in landscape photographs and well-lit exteriors, with a rather remarkable HDR mode; but the quality is significantly reduced in low light, which is far enough away from the flagships of Samsung, Apple or Huawei.

The front camera works with a 4-megapixel sensor that has large pixels (2μm) for quite remarkable results, if we are looking for self-sharing images on social networks. 

You can buy 32GB white Xiaomi Mi 5 mobile phone under AED 1,000 on uae.souq.com and uae.sharafdg.com

Key features and specs:

  • Android 6.0 operating system
  • Screen Size: 5.2 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
  • Cameras: 16/4 mpx
  • Battery Capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Internal Memory 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

#2 Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Lenova Moto G4 camera phone UAE

One of the best-selling phones of 2016 within the mid-range boasts camera. This is the Moto G4 Plus, a 5.5-inch mobile that has a sensor far superior to that equipped with its small brother thanks to its 16 megapixels; wide aperture (f / 2.0), autofocus system by phase detection (PDAF) and dual-tone LED flash.

This smartphone enters the list of mobile phones with best camera of 2016 for its balance in all sections: the focus system is quite fast and accurate, the HDR mode works as it should, and on the more practical level; it is quite easy to get good images under favorable lighting conditions.

The chromatic richness is remarkable and the noise only appears in the photographs in low light or nocturnal scenes; where more is noticed the difference with respect to the mobile of more high range.

Its good performance grabbed headlines a few months ago when the specialized website DxOMark awarded it the same score as the iPhone 6s Plus, the Nexus 6P or Moto Z, terminals much more expensive.

It also highlights at the video level, not so much by resolution (recorded in Full HD but not in 4K) but by having an image stabilizer; a system that is grateful if you capture videos in motion.

You can also buy it under AED 1,000 in SharafDG or Souq.

Key features and specs:

  • OS: Android 6.0.1
  • Screen size: 5.5 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
  • Cameras: 16/5 mpx
  • Battery Capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB, 32 GB

#3 Huawei Honor 8

Huawei Honor 8 camera phone UAE

Honor 8 has become another of those successful smartphones of the year thanks to its fantastic value for money. It has dual camera, something not common within this price range, both with 13 megapixels, wide aperture (f / 2.2) and hybrid autofocus.

One of the lenses is monochromatic while the other captures full color (a configuration that according to Huawei helps to get more vibrant images).

And the truth is that the results are outstanding. In almost all scenes Honor 8 is able to achieve fantastic images, with a very high contrast, outstanding color richness and a considerable level of detail.

If we go into detail we will find differences with respect to the best smartphones in the market; but unless we go to the last pixel we will be able to boast of having one of the best cameras in a mobile in 2016.

One of the advantages of the dual configuration is that we can use a wide open mode that allows us to configure it from f / 0.96 to f / 16 when taking a photograph; and once done, we can change both aperture and focus point if We are not convinced by the result.

Unfortunately we can not record video in 4K but in Full HD resolution at 60 frames per second, but with improved results.

You are in time to buy the Honor 8 for less than AED  1,000 on SharafDG or Souq.com

Key features and specs:

  • Android 6.0 operating system
  • Screen size 5.2 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
  • Cameras: 12/8 mpx
  • Battery Capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Internal Memory 32 GB, 64 GB

#4 Sony Xperia X Compact

Sony Xperia X compact budget camera phone dubai

The Sony Xperia X Compact has a main camera of at least 23 megapixels, with 5x optical zoom, wide aperture (f / 2.0) and 5-axis stabilization; a tremendously useful technology to achieve clear and defined images in situations of Low brightness.

In our analysis of the Xperia X Compact we were able to verify that the photographs obtained with this terminal touch the outstanding one; with a great level of detail, a great precision in capturing the colors and a spectacular contrast.

In addition, we have a button that acts as a physical trigger located in an ergonomic situation – no pressing the volume up button – so we can use it without fear that we end up moving the mobile and, therefore, the photograph.

In fact, one of the strengths of this phone is its focusing system that is able to automatically follow the movement of an object; something that is fundamental if you have children or pets at home.

The post processing is good but not perfect, especially in complex scenes with high and low illuminations. However this problem is rectifiable if we use the full manual mode that incorporates the smartphone.

The front camera for selfies reaches up to 5 megapixels with a 25mm wide-angle lens and wide aperture (f / 2.4) which also offers quite good results.

You can buy the Sony Xperia X Compact for much less than AED 1,500 in UAE Souq or SharafDG stores.

Key features and specs:

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Screen Size: 4.6 inches
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Cameras: 23/5 mpx
  • Battery Capacity: 2700 mAh
  • Internal Memory: 32 GB

#5 LG G5 mobile phone

LG G5 smartphone camera uae

In the list of the best camera phones of 2016 we could not miss the LG G5 smartphone; one of the most original and practical bets we have seen throughout the year. The South Korean brand decided to equip its flagship with two cameras in the back; the second a lens with a wide angle of 135 degrees that allows us to get unique images.

The main lens features 16 megapixels, a very wide aperture (f / 1.8), 3-axis optical stabilizer, laser auto focus system and LED flash. All this gives excellent results under favorable lighting conditions, with a high level of detail, quite natural colors and a remarkable contrast.

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Night photography also performs well, a symptom that we are already at a high end, with an exquisite reticence in the automatic mode to use the flash. The camera also uses a color spectrum sensor to discern, whether the scene is illuminated by natural or artificial light by consistently adjusting the white balance. 

However, the strong point of this mobile has to do with that second wide-angle lens of 135 degrees with which we will get pictures impossible to replicate with other terminals.

The bad news is that the resolution goes down to 8 megapixels, so the level of detail is much lower compared to the main lens.

Photo enthusiasts will applaud the full manual mode of the default application brought by the camera, which is even slightly more advanced in the case of the LG V20 that has not yet reached Dubai. We have access to all the manual controls and we can capture images in RAW format to be able to edit them to our liking.

To this day you can buy the LG G5 for less than AED 1,500 on Sharaf DG or Souq.com

Key features and specs:

  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow 
  • Screen size: 5.3 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 
  • Cameras: 16/8 mpx
  • Battery Capacity: 2800 mAh
  • Internal Memory: 32 GB

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