Best camera smartphones under 30k to buy in Kenya

Best camera smartphones under 30k to buy in Kenya

Mid-range smartphones are getting pretty good, especially in the sub-30k range in the country. If you are looking for a camera smartphone in this price category, you are in the right place.

OPPO A77s – Kshs 29,200

OPPO A77s is the company’s latest device in the country and it starts from this list. It has a dual main camera of 50MP wide and a 2MP depth sensor for taking selfies. It also has an 8MP selfie camera.

Video recording is capped at 1080p at 30fps for both the front and main cameras.

Other features include:

  • 6.56 inch LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate
  • Android 12 and ColorOS 12.1
  • Snapdragon 680 4G chipset with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
  • Side-mounted fingerprint reader
  • 5000 mAh battery with 33W Type-C charging
  • It comes in starry black and sunset orange

OPPO A57 4G – Kshs 22,500

Another OPPO smartphone that joins its brother is the OPPO A57 4G. You can check out their full review over here.

It comes with a resolution of 13 MP and a depth of 2 MP in addition to an 8 MP selfie camera. You can check the performance of the cameras over here.

Other features include:

  • 6.56 inch LCD screen
  • Android 12 and ColorOS 12.1
  • MediaTek Helio G35 chipset
  • 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. OPPO also includes RAM expansion up to 4 GB.
  • 5000mAh battery and 33W Type-C fast charging

Samsung Galaxy A23 – 22463 Kenyan shillings

Samsung Galaxy A23 4G offers a quad-camera setup that includes a 50MP main camera with OIS, a 5MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera. For selfies, we have an 8MP front camera.

Video recording is capped at 1080p at 30fps for both the front and main cameras. Check out how the cameras are performing over here.

Other features include:

  • 6.6-inch LCD, 1080 x 2408 pixels, 400ppi, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Snapdragon 680 chipset paired with Adreno 610 GPU.
  • 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
  • With Samsung’s RAM Plus feature, you get an additional 4GB of virtual RAM
  • Android 12 and One UI 4.1
  • 5000 mAh battery with 25W Type C charging

Samsung Galaxy M23 5G – 28,500 Ksh

I had to include a 5G phone In this list from Samsung this is the Galaxy M23 5G. It comes with a triple main camera setup that has a 50MP main camera, an 8MP wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and an 8MP selfie camera.

Video recording is capped at 4K 30fps for the main camera which is good. The maximum selfie video recording is 1080p and 30fps.

Other features include:

  • 6.6″ 120Hz LCD screen
  • Android 12 and OneUI 4.1
  • Snapdragon 750 5G chip
  • 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage
  • 5000 mAh battery and 25W fast charging
  • Side-mounted fingerprint reader.

Other options include Galaxy M33 5G(Kshs 24,500) which has a quad camera setup of 50MP wide, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro, and an 8MP selfie camera. The maximum video recording is 4K 30fps. It is powered by Exynos 1280 chipset and Android 12. It has a 6.6 x 120Hz LCD screen. We also get a 6,000mAh battery, 25W wired charging, and 4.5W reverse wired charging.

Another option is Galaxy F22(21,500 KES) which has four cameras that include a 48MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth as well as a 13MP selfie camera. Video recording is capped at 1080p at 30fps for both the front and main cameras.

Galaxy F22 is powered by Helio G80 chipset and Android 11. It has a 6.4 x 720 pixels 90Hz LCD screen. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It has a 6,000mAh battery and 15W wired charging.

These three phones are available in Phone Place Kenya.

Infinix Note 12 (G96) – Kshs 27,999

Infinix Note 12 (G96) is one of the company’s Note 12 series smartphones Launched this year. The Note 12 series shares at least the camera systems of the mid-range and base models and rocks a 50MP triple camera setup that includes a 2MP depth sensor and an additional VGA camera. There is a 16MP front camera in the center cut-out for selfies.

Infinix Note 12 launch event

We haven’t tested its cameras, but it should, in theory, share the same performance as its siblings we tested at Note 12 And the Galaxy Note 12 Pro 5G.

Other features include:

  • 6.7 ″ FHD + AMOLED screens
  • Helio G96 with 10 layers of graphene cooling
  • Android 12 and XOS 10.6
  • 8 GB of RAM and 5 GB of virtual RAM. Includes UFS 2.2 storage
  • 5000 mAh battery supports 33W fast charging

Redmi Note 11S – KES 27,999

Redmi Note 11S was launched early this year in the country. It comes with a 108MP main camera along with three other cameras including an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera. For selfies, we have a 16MP front camera.

You can read our full review over here But let me summarize the imaging features:

  • The camera app doesn’t have any gimmicks because it’s about as straightforward as they come
  • You can add or remove the camera mode in the bottom bar
  • Magnification levels can go from 2x to 10x.
  • A professional mode capable of adjusting shooting parameters is included.
  • There is a night mode too.
  • The camera takes 12MP photos by default. The photos are well detailed and provide a lot of detail for the price. White balance is great, and colors are well represented.
  • The dynamic range is above average, and the contrast is decent, too.
  • The images have low noise, especially during the day.
  • In some cases, however, you will notice sharpening of the footage.
  • The 108MP mode can also be used here. It allows images to have more detail, which is a better solution than images that are upscaled with software.
  • You can manually resize the photos from 108MP to 12MP. This can go a long way in saving you some space
  • The high-resolution photos are great
  • Portrait shots are straight up great. You can also have it with the selfie camera

Other features include a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, Helio G96 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery, and 33W fast charging.

Price starts from 29,999 Kenyan shillings For the 8 GB / 128 GB version, 27,999 Kenyan shillings For the 6 GB / 128 GB version and Kenyan shillings 22,999 For the 6 GB / 64 GB version.

Another option is the base Redmi Note 11 It has the same setup as its big brother but swaps out the 108MP main for a 50MP one. It also opts for a 13MP front camera instead of 16MP. It comes powered by the Snapdragon 680 chipset with RAM option starting from 4GB to 6GB and storage from 64GB to 128GB.

Price starts from Kenyan shillings 23999 For the 6 GB / 128 GB version, 22.499 Kenyan shillings For the 4 GB / 128 GB version and Kenyan shillings 19,999 For the 4 GB / 64 GB version.

TECNO Camon 19 – 23,499 Ksh

TECNO Camon 19 is the base model in the new model Camon 19 series And it’s a great camera smartphone just like the Pro version.

Camon 19 and Pro versions both come with 64MP main rear cameras in dual ring setup. The Pro has a 50MP portrait camera with 2X optical zoom and a 2MP bokeh lens, while the non-Pro version has a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP AI camera.

A 16MP selfie camera is housed in the punch-hole cutout.

Apart from the usual modes like Beauty, Portrait and Super Night – you also get a fun new Sky Shop mode that lets you change the sky in the background of the photo and you can choose between sunny, rainbow, blue sky, stars, galaxy and more.

Read now: TECNO Camon 19 Camera Review: A Competent Performer

The TECNO Camon 19 is not far behind its Pro version when it comes to how the cameras perform and their capabilities.

TECNO Camon 19 comes in three colors including eco black, sea salt white, and digital green.

Camon 19 rocks Type-C charging port, headphone jack, and dual microphones on the top and bottom.

The front end is equipped with a 6.8-inch high-definition 1080p high-definition LCD display. Unfortunately, the vanilla version comes with a 60Hz refresh rate while the Pro has a 120Hz refresh rate.

Full TECNO Camon 19 review: A great value performer

The Camon 19 is a fast performer. It comes with MediaTek’s Helio G85 processor and Mali-G52 GPU paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. With MemFusion technology, you also get up to 3GB of virtual RAM.

You’re getting Android 12 and HiOS 8.6 straight out of the box.

TECNO Camon 19 houses a 5,000mAh battery and supports Type-C fast charging.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Sports Edition – 21,500 Ksh

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Sports Edition is not only a good looking phone but also a great pick for photography. she was Launched in late October.

For cameras, we get a 50MP triple combo that includes a 2MP depth sensor and a VGA camera. The main star of the show is the 32MP front camera.

The images are very good in terms of sharpness, detail, color and dynamic range of the shots as you will see in our full review below.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Sports Edition review: Best buy

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Sports Edition comes with a 6.6 inch full HD 1080p display and although it lacks a high refresh rate, it is still a delightful screen to use for multimedia content consumption – watching movies, scrolling through social media and browsing the web.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Sports Edition comes with Helio G85 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You also get up to 3GB of virtual RAM thanks to the HiOS memory consolidation feature.

Android 12 and HiOS 8.6 come in handy. TECNO ships the Spark 9 Pro Sport Edition powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 18W Type-C fast charging support.

Huawei Nova Y70 – 22,200 Ksh

Huawei makes this list with the Nova Y70 which comes with a triple camera array that includes a 48MP main camera, a 5MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP depth camera. We have an 8MP selfie camera.

It has a 6.75-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It is powered by a 6,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging and runs on EMUI 12.

Realme C35 – 20,199 Kenyan shillings

Realme C35 50MP camera
Realme C35 50MP camera

Realme C35 comes with four cameras including an 8MP selfie camera housed in the waterdrop notch, and a triple camera setup. We get a 50MP main lens, two 2MP monochrome lenses, and macro sensors. The 50MP sensor is the same as that of the flagship Realme GT2.

The 50MP camera is among the standout features of this phone, and for good reason. It’s a capable lens for most shots – daylight and in less-than-ideal lighting scenarios.

You can get sharp and detailed photos especially if you shoot with the dedicated 50MP mode.

Realme C35 review: More than just looks

Realme C35 comes in two colors – glowing black and glowing green.

We get a 6.6-inch 1080p LCD that has a maximum brightness of 600 nits. Realme C35 is the first phone in the C series to feature an FHD display.

Realme C35 is powered by unisoc tiger 616 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. This is a lesser known processor but it holds its own and I was kind of surprised by its performance.

Realme C35 comes with Android 11 and realme UI R version.

Realme C35 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W type-c fast charging.

Nokia G21 – Ksh 21999

Nokia G21 company Mid-range device It rocks a 50MP unit accompanied by two 2MP shooters, one for macro shots and one for depth detail. We also get an 8MP camera on the front.

It comes with Unisoc T606 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Nokia G21 has a 6.5″ display with 90Hz refresh rate and runs on Android 11.

The Nokia G21 comes backed by a 5050mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

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