I won't spend more than $300/£240 on a camera phone, and you shouldn't either

A photo of the Galaxy A34 and A54 5G
(Image credit: Basil Kronfli)

So the time has come to get a new phone. You do the sensible thing and check some reviews first, like our excellent best camera phone buyer's guide. Here you're guaranteed to find a selection of phones that perform brilliantly, especially when it comes to camera performance. However, while they may be the best, what about the rest? It's easy to be drawn in by the multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns from the likes of Samsung, Google and Apple, believing that their only phones worth considering are the flagship handsets. But I'm here to make the case for the mid-range models, and even the best budget camera phones, as nowadays a cheap phone really doesn't mean a slow, glitchy frustration-fest with a pathetic camera. Far from it.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.