The best camera phones under $300: TOP 5

For $300, you can hardly take a cool camera phone, which is comparable in quality of photo or video with TOP flagships. However, manufacturers are trying to do their best with budget sensors, and as a result you will find good phones for shooting.

1 place – Pocophone F1

  • Released: august, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Body: plastic, 182 g, 8.8 mm
  • Display: IPS, 6.18", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8 GB RAM, 64/128 Gb disk
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Main camera: 12/5 Mp, f/1.9, 1.4 um, Dual Pixel
  • Selfie camera: 20 Mp, f/2
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 AC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: Fast Charging QC 3.0, infrared scanner for FaceUnlock

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.314 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 461 cd / m2.
  • Contrast Ratio: 1468
  • Average color error (Delta E) – 0.9

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 25:31 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 13:51 h
  • Video playback: 12:11 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 4238
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multicore) – 9003
  • AnTuTu 7 – 265314

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Pros and cons

  • Good body without backlash and squeaks.
  • The best processor in this price segment.
  • Infrared face scan.
  • Headphone jack 3.5 mm and flash drive.
  • Plastic cover.
  • No NFC and water protection.
  • Hybrid tray for microSD card.
  • Thick bottom frame.
  • Complaints from users about the firmware.

2 place – Honor 8X

  • Released: september, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Boody: glass + aluminum, 175 гр, 7.8 мм
  • Display: IPS, 6.5", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass 3
  • SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory: 4/6 Gb RAM, drive 64/128 Gb
  • Battery: 3750 мАч
  • Main camera: 20/2 Mp, f/1.8
  • Selfie camera: 16 Mp, f/2
  • Comm: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, 4G
  • Features: NFC

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.346 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 427 cd / m2.
  • Contrast: 1234
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 3.7

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 32:21 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 11:24 h
  • Video playback: 12:13 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 1618
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 5651
  • AnTuTu 7 – 137276

Camera samples

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Pros and cons

  • Cool glass case.
  • Large screen with accurate calibration.
  • NFC and headphone output.
  • Autonomy.
  • The new mid-segment processor.
  • Good camera for shooting even in low light.
  • No fast charge.
  • Old micro-USB connector.
  • No 4K video recording.

3 place – Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

  • Released: september, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Body: glass + aliminium, 169 g, 7.5 mm
  • Display: IPS, 6.26", Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 660
  • Memory: 4/6 Гб RAM, drive 64/128 Gb
  • Battery: 3350 mAh
  • Main camera: 12/5 mp, f/1.9, 1.4 um, dual pixel
  • Selfie camera: 24 mp, 1/2.8, 0.9 um
  • Comm: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: Face Unlock

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.322 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 468 cd / m2.
  • Contrast ratio: 1453
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 0.9

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 29:59 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 10:24 h
  • Video playback: 10:15 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 1628
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 5894
  • AnTuTu 7 – 143257

Camera samples

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Pros and cons

  • Durable glass case.
  • Cool display with high brightness and minimal color accuracy.
  • Great camera for shooting in the afternoon or evening.
  • Performance.
  • Loud speaker and high-quality sound.
  • Multi function in the MIUI + regular update.
  • Ergonomics – the device is uncomfortable and large.
  • There is no 3.5 mm jack.
  • No NFC.
  • Not the best autonomy in the segment.
  • Bad electronic stabilization when recording 4K video.

4 place – Nokia 7.1

  • Released: october, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 160 g, 8 mm
  • Display: IPS, 5.84", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass 3, HDR10
  • SoC: Snapdragon 636
  • Memory: 3/4 Гб RAM, drive 32 Gb
  • Battery: 3060 mAh, quick charge 9V/2A 18 W
  • Main camera: 12/5 Mp, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
  • Selfie camera: 8 Mp, f/2.0
  • Comm: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.377 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 490 cd / m2.
  • Contrast: 1300
  • Average color error (Delta E) – 6.9

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 22:48 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 10:58 h
  • Video playback: 9:31 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 1344
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multicore) – 4975
  • AnTuTu 7 – 117175

Camera samples

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Pros and cons

  • Excellent HDR display, albeit with a large error in color reproduction.
  • Reliable battery + fast charging.
  • Glass case.
  • Good camera + excellent portrait mode.
  • NFC, headphone jack 3.5 mm.
  • No video recording at 60 FPS.
  • Bad selfie camera.
  • No water protection.

5 place – Huawei Mate 20 Lite

  • Released: september, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 172 g, 7.6 mm
  • Display: IPS, 6.3", Full HD+
  • SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory: 4/6 Gb RAM, drive 64 Gb
  • Battery: 3750 mAh
  • Main camera: 20/2 Mp, f/1.8
  • Selfie camera: 24/2 Mp, f/2.0
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.313 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 460 cd / m2.
  • Contrast: 1470
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 2.6

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 24:21 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 13:36 h
  • Video playback: 12:48 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 1595
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 5574
  • AnTuTu 7 – 136583

Camera samples

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Pros and cons

  • Cool flagship design, although this is the middle segment.
  • Solid autonomy.
  • Good camera + thoughtful PRO mode.
  • NFC and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
  • Not the most productive processor. There may be problems in games.
  • No 4K video recording.
  • Poor quality when shooting Full HD 60 FPS (although high with Full HD 30 FPS).
  • Hybrid slot for microSD-card.

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