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Phone with best cameras under $400?

I am in the market for a new phone. I would like to buy upfront for under $400. My only real consideration is camera quality (front and back). What is the best in that price range? Thanks in advance!

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Userlevel 5
Moto X Play
Userlevel 6
You should seriously consider the Moto X play

The LG G3 is a good second place too.
What is the best way to evaluate the quality of the cameras? There often doesn't seem to be much more information than the MP...sometimes you get an aperture number. Do you really just have to read the reviews and look at the sample shots, or is it just the most MP wins?
Userlevel 7
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Thea wrote:

What is the best way to evaluate the quality of the cameras? There often doesn't seem to be much ...

Well, MP isn't everything. You should see how the model compares to other good known competitors as the iPhone or S6. If the phone, under 400$, is a competition to this phones, then you know you have a good camera!

Userlevel 5
Reading the review is a good way.   We have been reading them all and in the $400 range,  I would say Moto X Play wins hands down.   Just remember that smartphones are Phones, and the cameras are an added convenience.
Userlevel 7
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I go through many phones in every price range and in that price range you definitely want the Motorola Moto X Play, the shots from its camera are very impressive and nothing else in that price range I would even consider recommending if the camera is your main focus of what you want from your phone. I have the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge which has the best camera on a smartphone right now and many of the shots from the Moto X Play look just as good and even better in some aspects.
Userlevel 7
I hear the One Plus 2 has quite a good camera as well, but it's grazing past the $400 mark in Canada. Stupid dollar exchange. 😞
Userlevel 5
I'm going to partly go against the common belief here and go with the G3. I have had both, and after having the Moto X Play for a little while now I'm very torn on the camera. If you can get it to focus properly, it takes beautiful pictures. But that's the problem, I find the camera to be very "dumb" and it hunts for focus a lot from my experience. I just found the G3 was easier to get consistently good photos out of. And honestly, I don't think you would be disappointed in either.
Userlevel 3
I sell phones for a living, so I get to test alot of phones. I'd say go with the Moto X Play or LG G3