Best Camera Phones Under £200

Find and compare the best cell phones for less than €200. The best budget camera phones can represent a chance to have a capable camera in your pocket at all times without having to spend a fortune. Cheap phones used to have a reputation as being a prime example of false economy, but these days manufacturers have done a great job of filling out the cheaper ends of their offering with affordable but capable handsets.

Smartphones that cost $1,000 and more have quickly become commonplace in the market, and for anyone on a budget, those steep prices can quickly induce a headache. If you need a new handset but only have a couple of hundred bucks to spend, the Nokia G20 is our top favorite with three cameras and a large screen to enjoy all those photos and videos. 

Best Camera Phones Under £200

1. Motorola Moto G8 Power

The Moto G range has been the easiest set of budget phones to recommend for the best part of a decade. They don’t use ultra-low-end tech, their software is tasteful and update support isn’t dropped from the day of release, as happens with some budget brands.

Our pick of the bunch is the Moto G8 Power. And the “Power” part refers to the battery, not the processor. This phone has a 5,000mAh battery, which outlasts most £1,000 phones when left to deal with a day of hard use.

The Moto G8 Power’s cameras are versatile, too, in a budget context at least. Very few phones this cheap have a zoom and an ultra-wide camera. Most use cheap filler sensors to bulk up the spec list, but this phone offers 2x shots with appreciably better detail than a crop of a shot captured with the primary 16-megapixel camera. 

Its zoom and ultra-wide use unremarkable 8-megapixel sensors, but that sense of having a better set of tools to work with still enhances the experience here. Elsewhere, the Moto G8 Power has a good 6.4-inch 1080p screen with punch hole, Snapdragon 665 CPU and a plastic shell.

However, the G8 Power does not have the dedicated night mode of the Motorola Moto G8 Plus. Consider the upgrade if low-light image quality matters more than a zoom lens and superior battery life. The Plus has a 48-megapixel main camera, 16MP ultra-wide and 5MP depth assist.

2. Nokia G20

None of the phones on this list are considered expensive, but if you’re trying to spend your money on something reliable, the Nokia G20 is for you. Sitting towards the upper limit of $200, it’s the best budget phone in this range at the end of the day. You can get a lot of value from every dollar spent on the G20 instead of the cheaper G10.

The Nokia G20 is equipped with a 6.52-inch IPS LCD, making it larger than its cheaper predecessors. While it costs a bit more, you get an HD+ resolution of 720×1600, a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and an impressive 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB). Unfortunately, there’s no fast charging, but you shouldn’t have to mess with it too much, thanks to the generous 5,050 mAh battery.

The Nokia G20 is powered by Android One, which means you’ll get two years of Android upgrades and three years of monthly security patches, which should get you through 2023. The phone ships with Android 11, but it’s slated to get Android 12 and also 13 in the future. The software experience is delightful as there’s no bloatware and Nokia sticks to stock Android.

The phone comes with a lovely textured back available in two colors, with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Nokia G20 sports an IPX2 rating, making it splash-proof in nature. You also get a quad-camera setup, including a 48MP primary camera that is surprisingly decent. Nokia packed just the right features into this value-rich device, making the G20 our top sub-$200 recommendation.

3. Redmi Note 11

It’s easy to get lost in the ever-confusing sea of entry-level smartphones from Redmi. However, this one stands out thanks to its excellent on-paper value for money.

The Redmi Note 11 sits comfortably at £200 and comes with a total of five cameras, a Full HD+ display, a massive battery, and Android 11 straight out of the box. It may not be Android 12, but still not a bad value for so little money.

You get dual-SIM support, microSD expansion, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Gorilla Glass 3 display. Also offered are 33W fast charging and an IP53 rating to keep you safe from dust and water. Battery life overall shouldn’t be much of a problem for the Note 10 since it comes with a massive 5,000mAh cell.

4. Samsung Galaxy S10e

If you’re a keen smartphone photographer, but you don’t want to splash your cash on a handset with all the bells and whistles, then the Samsung Galaxy S10e might just be the perfect compromise for you. 

Featuring a powerful dual rear camera with a wide angle 12MP f/1.5 lens and a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is great for snapping pictures throughout the day. The only thing it’s really missing is a telephoto lens, but these tend to be used less than wide angle lenses anyway. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is a respectable 10MP f/1.9 camera, which is perfect for talking selfies and chatting to your friends and family on video chat. 

The Samsung Galaxy S10e features a Full HD+ screen with a 5.8 inch display. It also features wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, which is a great flagship feature in such an affordable handset. 

Meanwhile, this Samsung camera phone has a powerful 3,100mAh battery and uses either the Snapdragon 845 chipset or the Exynos 9810 chipset, depending on what region you’re in. Running Android 10 out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy S10e offers a heck of a lot of phone for not very much money. 

5. TCL 20 SE

It may not have the most cutting-edge specs, but don’t you sleep on the TCL 20 SE. Under $200, you won’t find a more captivating display than this phone’s 6.82-inch vivid LCD panel. The waterdrop notch looks a little dated, but it’s the entire package as a whole that bolsters the worth of this phone.

TCL gives you a nice deal along with all that screen real estate. You get lots of memory, with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage that can be increased up to 256GB. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the aesthetically pleasing backside of the phone. The TCL 20 SE has a generous 5,00mAh cell that tops up quicker than any phone in this category, owing to its 18W fast charging speed.

You get a nice set of quad cameras featuring a 48MP primary lens. On the software side of things, the TCL 20 SE is powered by Android 11. Under the hood, you will find a Snapdragon 460 chipset to keep the entire phone afloat. What prevents this phone from being our number one pick is the lack of any future platform upgrades or any manner of waterproofing. TCL does promise two years of security updates though.

6. Motorola Moto G60s

Motorola’s G-series phones have been a mainstay of the UK’s mid-range for years now, and the Moto G60s is another winner for the venerable budget family. It launched in mid-2021 and came with very nice specs for the price.

Packed inside, you’ll find a Mediatek Helio G95 and up to 6GB of RAM. The display is pretty large, too, at 6.8 inches. The 1080p definition is pretty standard these days, but the panel has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is pretty rare at this price range.

Another rare inclusion is the four cameras in the rear, and you won’t be disappointed by the 5,000mAh battery. This is a great bundle in the world of phones under £200.

7. Nokia 1.4

It’s kind of amazing what Nokia has managed to pull off here – a decently specced and functional camera phone for a two-figure price. So while the Nokia 1.4 is obviously not going to achieve quality anywhere near what have come to expect from top-end smartphones, that fact is that it far outstrips what you’d expect for a phone at this price.

The camera array on the Nokia 1.4 is, make no mistakes, a bare-bones affair. The rear camera is an 8MP wide-angle with a 2MP macro option, while the selfie camera is a 5MP unit. The stills quality is pretty acceptable, you just have to be aware that things drop off fast when the light goes down, and it gets grainy very quickly. Video-wise, you have one option – shooting 720p HD at a frame rate of 30p. That’s it. You’re not going to produce anything of dazzling quality with this, though a reasonable person might well ask why, if you’re hoping to produce video of dazzling quality, you’re attempting to do so on a phone that costs $120.

The IPS display is decently sized for the price, and nicely bright too. The Nokia 1.4 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded thanks to the micro SD card slot. You do get more if you’re willing to pay more for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10e of course, but the Nokia 1.4 is worth its slimline price tag and then some.

8. Moto G Stylus (2021)

The Moto G Stylus (2021) hits the very top of our $200 budget. While not without fault, all things considered, it’s one of the best phones you can buy when looking at Android devices this cheap. The one big caveat is that it runs Android 10 out of the box and you can only update it up to Android 11. However, the 2021 iteration of the G Stylus is almost perfect in all other regards.

The Moto G Stylus (2021)’s hardware is built far better than you’d expect for a phone in this price tier. Of course, it is now available at half the launch price, which explains the high-quality construction. It feels substantial when held and there’s a mighty useful stylus built-in. The 6.8-inch LCD is also good, giving you a large canvas with minimal bezels, great colors, and good viewing angles. The FHD resolution means that things are quite as sharp considering other options in this list. Overall, it’s a fine screen.

9. Oppo A54 5G

Many of the best phones under £200 come from China, and Oppo is one of the leading smartphone brands in the popular country. One of our favorite options within the set price range is the Oppo A54 5G.

The device comes with a Snapdragon 480 processor and 4GB of RAM, which isn’t impressive, but it makes up for its downsides in other departments.

It has a 6.5-inch display with a 1080p resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The unit also has a very nice 5,000mAh battery size and four cameras for great imaging versatility.

10. Google Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel 4a is a great example of a phone with decent specs and an affordable price to match. While it might be slightly overshadowed by its big brother, the recently released Google Pixel 4a 5G(opens in new tab), the original Google Pixel 4a is around $150 cheaper and carries some very respectable specs.

The Google Pixel 4a carries a single rear camera with a 12MP sensor, featuring dual-pixel phase detect autofocus and optical image stabilization. It’s capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera has an 8MP sensor. The Google Pixel 4a carries a Snapdragon 730G chipset and a 3,140mAh battery, which makes it more than powerful enough for most tasks a user might want to undertake.

The Google Pixel 4a only comes in one storage option, which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – and, unfortunately, there’s no option to expand the memory yourself with a microSD card. 

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