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Phones with the best cameras for under £400

We all love a good camera on our phone, and we all love a great deal. When shopping for a new phone though, it can be tricky to find a handset with a great camera at an affordable price. Luckily, that's where we come in! Check out our recommendations below for amazing camera phones for under £400.

For a breakdown of what to look for in a camera phone, and some recommendations if you can stretch your budget, check out our list of the best camera phones in 2021.

What do different lenses do?

A lot of modern phones come with multiple lenses. If you’re unsure of what each lens is used for, here’s a quick guide:

  • Ultra wide: this lens allows you to capture a larger view of the scenery around you by expanding the field of vision
  • Macro: this lens can take sharp, clear photos of small objects
  • Depth: this lens controls background blur by focusing on distances in photography

Samsung

Samsung are famous for their industry-leading technology, impressive cameras, huge screens, and superb designs - but they’re usually quite expensive phones!

We’ve managed to find three high-tech Samsung models with amazing camera and video capabilities all for under £400. See if one of these could be your next phone. 

Samsung Galaxy A52

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Price: £397.99

Rear cameras

64MP Main
12MP Ultra wide
5MP Macro
5MP Depth

Front camera

32MP

Video recording

4K


Additional features:
OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) keeps photos sharp and blur-free

Night mode enhances photos taken in low lighting by keeping them clear and well-balanced

2x zoom on main lens to capture detailed shots from afar

Ultra wide lens provides immersive 123 degree viewing

Portrait mode on the depth lens creates colourful and vivid selfies with a focus on capturing facial expressions rather than background noise

Scene optimiser sharpens the landscape

Time-lapse videos to capture creative memories over a long period of time

Shutter speed control

Slow motion capture

Single take feature gets quick photos of a scene

Fun mode activates camera filters

Bixby Vision is an accessibility feature that lets you translate text, scan barcodes, and describe scenes to you using your camera

 

Samsung Galaxy A51

Price: £327.99

Rear cameras

48MP Main

12MP Ultra wide

5MP Macro

5MP Depth

Front camera

32MP

Video recording

4K


Additional features:

Optical Image Stabilisation to keep photos and videos blur-free

Enjoy a 123 degree viewing angle with the 12MP ultra wide lens

Live Focus feature means your image will automatically focus on you as the main subject

Bokeh feature on depth lens isolates subject and reduces background noise for clear images

SuperSteady feature keeps videos stable and smooth

Selfie focus enhances front-facing images by blurring the background and sharpening your face

 

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

Price: £317.99

Rear cameras

48MP Main

8MP Ultra wide

5MP Macro

5MP Depth

Front camera

20MP

Video recording

4K


Additional features:

Optical Image Stabilisation

Live Focus technology means your selfies will focus automatically on you and blur background noise

Portrait mode for ideal selfies

Super slow-motion technology to capture detailed videography or live photos

Hyperlapse (time lapse) feature for creative videos over a period of time

Night mode ensures images taken in low light are still clear, well-balanced, and vivid

Single take feature for one rapid shot before you need to move on

 

Xiaomi

Xiaomi is another brand known for their large screen sizes and impressive cameras. Our top two recommendations definitely don’t disappoint - with one sporting a massive 108MP lens!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Price: £266.99

Rear cameras

108MP Main

8MP Ultra wide

5MP Telemacro

2MP Depth

Front camera

16MP

Video recording

4K


Additional features:

Optical Image Stabilisation

108MP is the largest megapixel available on a camera at the moment, so this main lens can provide ultra-detailed photos and videos

Night mode 2.0 uses light sensitivity to frame images correctly in dim lighting for sharp and clear photos

Telemacro lens allows for a closer zoom

AI portrait mode

Long exposure mode for artistic shots

Time-lapse videos to capture long sunsets or sunrises

Dual video modes so the front and rear cameras can record simultaneously 

ShootSteady feature keeps all videography stable and clear, even when moving a lot

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite

Price: £227.99

Rear cameras

64MP Main

8MP Ultra wide

2MP Macro

2MP Depth

Front camera

16MP

Video recording

4K


Additional features:

Optical Image Stabilisation

Long exposure modes

Timed burst to take up to 600 pictures in 60 seconds

Dual video can record with front and back cameras simultaneously for interesting and creative videos

Time-lapse technology

 

Nokia

Nokia are well known and loved around the world. They have stood the test of time, from the iconic 3310 (and classic Snake game), to their more modern edge-to-edge smartphones. 

Their modern handsets can get a little pricey, but we found a model under £400 (and £300!) that will take impressive photos without breaking the bank.

Nokia X20

Nokia X20

Price: £296.99

Rear cameras

64MP Main

5MP Ultra wide

2MP Macro

2MP Depth

Front camera

32MP

Video recording

1080p


Additional features:

AI assist enhances your photography and videography by ensuring everything is colour-balanced, lighted, and in focus

Supported by ZEISS Optics for cinematic effects

Cinema mode makes every image look dynamic

Dual Sight multicam mode allows you to video different angles simultaneously

Night mode

AI Beautification is like a built-in photoshop

Panorama to properly capture those stunning landscapes in all their glory

Add a watermark on to photos to own your photography

 

Discover more

Not all smartphones have to break the bank! If you’re on a budget, why not consider a phone for under £100 or £200?

Some brands like Doro, Alcatel, and Google offer more affordable devices without sacrificing the high-tech features like big cameras.

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