8 Affordable Camera Phones Under RM 1,000

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Smartphones with cameras have become a norm these days. But of course, not all of them are created equal. While it would be nice to own a high-end camera phone, not everyone has the deep-pocketed privilege. Thankfully, there are few brands out there that offer reasonably good camera setups at a fraction of the price. Here are 8 Affordable Camera Phones Under RM 1,000 in alphabetical order.

1) Honor 9 Lite

A quad-camera setup at an insanely affordable price? That’s Honor 9 Lite, which boasts a dual 13MP + 2MP sensor on both front and rear cameras. Since the former uses two cameras, you can make use of them to create bokeh effects to blur out the background on your selfie shot. As for the latter, the rear camera consists of an advanced wide aperture mode — a feature that allows you to make your subject stand out from the rest of the background. For more control, there’s a Pro Photo mode that let you adjust different settings such as shutter speed, white balance and ISO. The Honor 9 Lite also comes with a cool feature called Light Painting, which allows you to capture light trails of moving traffic during the night.

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2) Huawei Nova 3i

Despite its mid-range model category, the Huawei Nova 3i combines a premium-looking glass-and-metal design with a host of features at a budget-friendly price. Let’s skip straight to the cameras, which also happens to be one of Huawei Nova 3i’s main selling points. It consists of four AI-assisted cameras including 16MP + 2MP on the rear and 24MP + 2MP on the front. Expect plenty of camera settings such as Aperture (for blurring the background to create bokeh effects) and various AI scenes capable of identifying over 500 scenes in 22 categories such as Food, Beach and Overcast mode. There’s a Night mode as well, which particularly comes in handy for shooting decent low-light photos. Selfie lovers can also benefit from the front-facing camera’s bokeh effect as well as adjustable 3D lighting and HDR Pro for preventing overexposed shots on a bright condition.

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3) Realme 5

The Realme 5’s massive 6.5″ smartphone features a quad-camera setup, consisting of four camera lenses on the back. This includes a 12MP main, 119° ultra-wide angle, portrait and macro. The latter allows you to shoot your subject up close at 4cm max while the ultra-wide angle lens comes in handy for capturing the likes of landscape and nature shots. There’s a 13MP front-facing snapper for shooting selfies as well, complete with simulated bokeh effects and a beautification filter that enhances your facial features.

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4) Samsung Galaxy A30s

From the large 6.4″ Super AMOLED display to a performance-driven Exynos 7904 octa-core processor and a durable 4,000mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy A30s covers plenty of feature-heavy specs minus the exorbitant price range. Then, there’s the camera with Samsung Galaxy A30s sporting three lenses on the back including a 25MP main, 8MP ultra-wide angle and 5MP depth sensor — all of which are specifically designed for different shooting conditions. An additional 16MP front-facing shooter can be found at the teardrop notch, which is capable of capturing crisp-looking selfies while allowing you to blur the background using the camera’s Selfie Focus mode.

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5) Vivo Y17

The Vivo Y17 has a total of three lenses on the rear, where you will find a 13MP main, 8MP ultra-wide angle and 2MP depth sensor. For the ultra-wide angle lens, it comes with an AI-assisted feature, allowing you to shoot broader photos up to 120°. Selfie lovers can also look forward to its 20MP front-facing shooter that capture clear and detailed photos in broad daylight.

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6) Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite sports a triple-camera setup including a 48MP main, 8MP secondary and 2MP depth sensor. The secondary camera allows you to go ultra-wide up to 118° while the 48MP main shooter uses a Sony IMX586 1/2″ sensor capable of producing sharp and vivid-looking photos. It also comes with a Night Mode feature for low-light or nighttime photography. Finally, a whopping 32MP front-facing snapper allows you to take high-resolution selfies with reasonably good colour reproduction and sufficient details.

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7) Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro

Sure, there’s a newer Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro currently available in the market but it comes at a RM 1,000+ price range. Fortunately, there’s always the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro which boasts a flagship-level camera with an astonishing 48MP (12MP x 4) primary shooter. The phone also includes a Night Mode, which actually takes reasonably sharp low-light photos. It even supports Steady Handheld Night Photography, which means you can capture night photos with minimum camera shake. Of course, the golden rule of shooting night photography is best practised with a mounting tripod. There’s a 13MP front-facing camera for selfie shooters with handy features such as AI Portrait for achieving the bokeh effect, AI Beautify filter and HDR mode.

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8) Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

Capture sharp and detailed photos with Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, thanks to its quad-camera setup that boasts a 48MP primary lens. You can also look forward to shooting landscape pictures with its secondary ultra-wide angle camera at 120°. Other highlights include a 2 cm macro lens and a 13MP front-facing shooter for selfie purposes. The latter includes additional enhancing features, namely a portrait mode for preserving the subject while blurring the rest of the background.

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