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#265842 13-Feb-2020 18:48
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Wifey needs a new phone.
The camera in the existing Xiaomi Redmi 4X is not very good.
But she doesn’t want to spend a lot. No more than $300 max.
Any suggestions?

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  #2417579 13-Feb-2020 19:02
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I'm wondering too! What about Oppo AX7?? Any better camera in this price range? Xiaomi Redmi 8? Huawei Y9? Samsung Galaxy A 20? Meizu M6?


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  #2417586 13-Feb-2020 19:41
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I wonder if a Moto G8 play from Amazon might do the job. Just check they include band 28, which not all Moto G's do. Moto G8 Plus is NZ$333 from Amazon now, great price, $100 cheaper than I paid for my wife's. Although I wonder if buying from NZ is better, the G8 plus from the UK has data cut in and out occasionally, for a short time each time.

 

Avoid phones with in-screen fingerprint readers. My Xiaomi 9T sucks for that.


 
 
 
 


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  #2419611 13-Feb-2020 22:11
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Tight budget. You can get Mi A3 64GB from Ali for 300. Excellent camera for the price tag, but slow FOD.

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  #2419665 14-Feb-2020 07:33
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Another option to consider might be the Nokia 3.2, although I think the X.3 versions are due out very soon...


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  #2419679 14-Feb-2020 08:30
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qwerty123: Tight budget. You can get Mi A3 64GB from Ali for 300. Excellent camera for the price tag, but slow FOD.

 

@querty123 - FOD?





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  #2420797 14-Feb-2020 11:20
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FOD - Fingerprint on Display


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  #2421239 14-Feb-2020 21:53
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Refurbished Samsung Galaxy s7 $284
New Samsung Galaxy S7 $374

Samsung flagships have top notch cameras. My mother has kept her S5 alive and the camera is still impressive.

 
 
 
 




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  #2421240 14-Feb-2020 21:54
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1eStar: Refurbished Samsung Galaxy s7 $284
New Samsung Galaxy S7 $374

Samsung flagships have top notch cameras. My mother has kept her S5 alive and the camera is still impressive.

I used to have one. The battery life was a bit poor, I thought (and I had it replaced recently).

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  #2424281 19-Feb-2020 22:26
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If you are still looking, Oppo R15 Pro is on sale at Smithscity for $300, ($600 at noelleeming). Its a camera centric phone.

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  #2424287 19-Feb-2020 23:08
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IronH: If you are still looking, Oppo R15 Pro is on sale at Smithscity for $300, ($600 at noelleeming). Its a camera centric phone.

 

TheWIFE™ has an Oppo R15 Pro. At $300 that'd be a bargain. The camera is pretty good on it, not as good as my Huawei P30 Pro but good none the less.  Definitely worth a look I think. You could do a lot worse for $300 thats for sure.


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  #2424355 20-Feb-2020 10:09
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I went through this a while back, wanting a better phone cam .
On my purchase, the 'good' camera turned out to be absolute rubbish in low light .

 

So search for some reveiws , and look at the low light performance, thats not allways mentioned in reviews.
Thats where the high end Samsung & Apple seem to really perform , in comparison to what I bought


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  #2424360 20-Feb-2020 10:24
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GSM Arena has a really useful phone camera comparison tool, which lets you select low light.


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  #2424428 20-Feb-2020 11:00
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Timing is unfortunate one of the guys at my last job got a Huawei Nova 5T for I think $350'ish with the pre Christmas sales it seems they are back up in the $600 + range now. 

 

I found this page https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-phone-cameras,review-2272.html

 

It rates the Motorola G7 Power camera for a budget phone and looking at Google The Warehouse has them on sale at the moment for $295.00 which is in your prce range and is a new phone with warrenty. https://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/p/motorola-moto-g7-power-black/R2604683.html

 

Hope this helps.

 

 


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  #2424429 20-Feb-2020 11:01
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1101:

I went through this a while back, wanting a better phone cam .
On my purchase, the 'good' camera turned out to be absolute rubbish in low light .


So search for some reveiws , and look at the low light performance, thats not allways mentioned in reviews.
Thats where the high end Samsung & Apple seem to really perform , in comparison to what I bought


For $300 you cant be too picky. Personally I find even flagships suck in low light. I still take a large sensor camera when I travel for this reason.

Also Oppo R17 Pro is $347 at smithscity

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  #2424609 20-Feb-2020 17:06
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IronH,
That's a great price for that phone good spotting.

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