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A Budget (£100 ish) Phone With A 'Good' Camera?

Can anyone recommend a phone with good camera (good as in for a mobile phone camera) for around £100?

It's for my daughter and I was considering the Moto G but it's camera gets slated and no matter how many times I tell her a dedicated camera is always better, She wants a mobile which is "good for Facebook and has a good camera".

Most Useful Answer JanSt  May. 19, 2014 at 11:32

The Moto G's camera is as good as it gets for £100.
I saw reviews like the ones you describe, and what can I say: idiots.
It's an awesome budget phone. Did they expect Pureview tech?

Nah, the camera will do for some FB or Twitter uploads.
I have used phones for twice the money with worse cameras. Heck, the Blackberry Z10 churns out worse pics in less than perfect conditions.

Cameras and smartphones are an odd mix, really. You'll find bad, really bad phone cams.
Loadsa 'acceptable' ones (like the Moto G's), and then plenty of cams that promise more than they keep. A handful of devices have truly outstanding cameras. They all cost a lot more
than £100.

If she doesn't like the Moto G, try and find a used iPhone 4S? The camera isn't better, but maybe she finds the brand more 'funner'? ;) :p

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JanSt / MOD  May. 19, 2014 at 11:32

The Moto G's camera is as good as it gets for £100.
I saw reviews like the ones you describe, and what can I say: idiots.
It's an awesome budget phone. Did they expect Pureview tech?

Nah, the camera will do for some FB or Twitter uploads.
I have used phones for twice the money with worse cameras. Heck, the Blackberry Z10 churns out worse pics in less than perfect conditions.

Cameras and smartphones are an odd mix, really. You'll find bad, really bad phone cams.
Loadsa 'acceptable' ones (like the Moto G's), and then plenty of cams that promise more than they keep. A handful of devices have truly outstanding cameras. They all cost a lot more
than £100.

If she doesn't like the Moto G, try and find a used iPhone 4S? The camera isn't better, but maybe she finds the brand more 'funner'? ;) :p

matt101101 / MOD  May. 19, 2014 at 11:46

I agree with Jan, we've both used the Moto G (in my case for a few months) and both seem to find the camera more than acceptable, especially in well lit areas or outdoors.

The idiot reviewers are comparing a £100 device to £500+ devices and are then marking the £100 device down for one of its features (the camera) being not quite as good. The fact the Moto G doesn't get slated in any other area is a testament to just how good it really is.

FWIW, most reviews were written whilst the Moto G was running Jelly Bean. From what I've read in various places, the Kit Kat update improved the camera significantly, though it's still not as good as something like a Galaxy S5, unsurprisingly. However, that's really not an issue, A £1 PAYG phone and a £500 DSLR combination allows you to take better pictures than an S5 for the same money, that's about how much sense the "professional" reviewers make when they compare the Moto G to devices which cost 5x as much.

My advice: buy her a Moto G; it'll do almost everything an iPhone 5S will do (just as well as a 5S will do it), but it costs under a fifth of the price.

spruceyb  May. 19, 2014 at 11:55

Again, Moto G vote here. Perfectly fine for snapshots.

It performs pretty well in most reasonable conditions. Photos that don't look so great after they've been taken can usually be fixed easily with the photo editor.

Here's an unedited (just cropped for Instagram) photo taken by my mother of my son on a Moto G.
http://photos-e.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-frc/10326511_241716216018628_1069601148_n.jpg

JanSt / MOD  May. 19, 2014 at 12:30

Agree... Moto G, and let her install Snapseed https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed . Snapseed's a Google=made editor. imho it's the best quick-fixer that can turn otherwise mediocre shots into pretty decent pics without making them appear instagrammed to death... Once you have the routine, you can improve a pic in 20 seconds before you upload and share it...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 19, 2014 at 14:46

I do love a good unanimous decision, makes life so much easier :).

trebor  May. 19, 2014 at 14:47

So the census does seem to be the Moto G but does anyone have opinions or experience of the Nokia 625 (£99)? I saw the post on HKUD about the 630, which seemed really nice for £150 but it is still 50% more than the Moto G / 625.

JanSt , She would love an IPhone but I won't pay so much for one and if I got her a cheaper/used one, I know she would be complaining as she would be comparing it to her Ipod Touch (32gb 5th Gen).

spruceyb, Nice pic (I like the Spiderman mask), niot too bad for a camera phone.

JanSt / MOD  May. 19, 2014 at 14:54

The iPod Touch 5?
The Lumia 625 is not bad, actually. Camera has no "flash", though and social network apps are not on par with iOS and Android counterparts! It is good though. And you can easily get WP 8.1 on it now.
Good thinking ;) (also, with WP8.1 a lot of apps are getting useful updates these days)

spruceyb  May. 19, 2014 at 15:21

My boy is obsessed with Spider-Man.

The best thing about the Moto G is it's all round a general pleasure to use. Snappy, responsive and well crafted.

I'll throw out 1 alternative, the iNew V3
It's got a 13MP Sony sensor for the camera, maybe worth doing some reseach on

Direct from China about £100, although stock in the UK is £130
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/iNew-V3-MTK6582-Quad-Core-5-0Inch-Gorilla-Glass-Screen-OGS-NFC-6-5mm-Smart-Phone-/181375224024?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones&hash=item2a3ace48d8

Bob2345podo  Jul. 22, 2014 at 08:11

The Moto G has an absolutely shocking camera amongst the worst even among the cheaper handsets. Check out the EE Kestral which has a much nicer camera and is similar in price.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2014 at 10:23

The Moto G has an absolutely shocking camera amongst the worst even among the cheaper handsets. Check out the EE Kestral which has a much nicer camera and is similar in price.

I haven't used the Kestrel,
but I wouldn't call the Moto G's camera "shocking....even among the cheaper handsets".
On the other hand: the Kestrel's camera resizes images to almost below 1MP if you want 16:9 photos. Granted: 4:3 may be more adequate for sharing online, Instagram etc... But from all I have read, it's still a bit frustrating. But again I haven't used it. But I have used the Moto G. And at that time I was also using an iPhone 5s and a Lumia 1020 - I expected the G to fare much worse. I was positively surprised.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 22, 2014 at 12:01

The Moto G has an absolutely shocking camera amongst the worst even among the cheaper handsets. Check out the EE Kestral which has a much nicer camera and is similar in price.

Firstly, your statements about the Moto G's camera are vastly exaggerated. Now, onto my real argument...

Lets look at the EE Kestrel's negative points:

1) The build quality is nowhere near that of the Moto G
2) The display, the one thing you look at all the time you're using the phone, isn't anywhere near as good as the Moto G's
3) The UI is horrible and software updates to both the UI and the OS version are likely to be far slower and last for far less time that updates to the Moto G
4) Reports of lag, something the Moto G definitely doesn't suffer from

There's a reason everyone loves the Moto G, whilst barely anyone ever mentions the Kestrel, it's down to the simple fact that the G is the better overall device. The Kestrel feels like a quite good cheap phone, whilst the Moto G feels like a far higher end device which happened to be on sale for ~£100.

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