Camera Review of the Motorola Moto G (3rd Generation)

The Smartphone Motorola Moto G is known for its excellent price-performance ratio. The Moto G (3rd Gen.) got well missed an improved camera, whose Bilder impressed us at first glance. Reason enough for the c’t the snapping in the photo laboratory and the lack.

Properly Motorola has not changed much in the new Moto G (3rd Gen.). Why also? Already liked the two previous generations of middle-class smartphones with useful facilities, which was enough for everyday. An attractive price-performance ratio was always in combination with a

reasonable price around 200 euros. Especially the camera Motorola wants to have improved when compared to its predecessors. She has now 13 instead of 8 mega pixels, to shoot with an aperture of f/2.0 particularly well in the dark and has an Adaptive Flash like the iPhone 6.

In the photo lab of our sister magazine ‘ t digital photography we have investigated whether the camera of the G (3rd Gen) Moto meets expectations.

Positive surprise

In the laboratory, as well as in the subjective assessment the Moto impressed G (3rd Gen.) with an image quality that you can get only with far more expensive smartphones to face. So far, Motorola was rather notorious for moderate Smartphone cameras, but at the Moto G (3rd Gen.) the manufacturer has done right much. We photographed our test boards at 1100 lux in the laboratory, leaving all the settings the Smartphone-manual adjustments are not possible anyway. It chose ISO 100, 1/100 of a second shutter speed and an aperture of f/2.0.

In these ideal conditions a Visual-noise value of 1.5 arose even at the level of top Smartphones such as iPhone 6, plus and Galaxy S6 is located. The value describes the tendency to the disturbing image and color noise in images. Noise occurs naturally in the pictures yet, as long as the subject is reasonably well lit, it is striking but not much. From a lighting of under 80 Lux – about late-night lighting – audible noise, but never color noise occurs. Some more expensive phones like the LG G4 go also in this light to its knees. Devices to the 200 euro of other manufacturers have problems earlier.

Photo lab test Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen.)

Test chart for different levels of illumination.

Also the dynamic range is with 8.1 f-stops at the level of high end smartphones. Motives under shadow are clearly visible, with location shooting in the Sun without having them in the darkness under go. At the same time, bright parts of the image are hardly Outshined. Tend to get the images but rather too dark. Occasionally need to adjust manually.

The camera uses only very gentle software blur. You are meant to reduce image noise and are in every Smartphone more or less heavily used. Work too aggressively, break account details like blades of grass in the motif. The software of the G (3rd Gen) Moto is rather restrained. Details are preserved and structure are not degenerate into pixel mush. The filtering is roughly at the level of the 600 euro device Sony Xperia Z3 +, creating sharp images such as Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy but not as crisp note 4.

Motorola equal to two LEDs has bought the lightning that have different colors. So, the natural colors of the subject should remain on shots with Flash. In the short test, it worked well for skin tones. In the middle of the subject to bright spot was created but, as usual for Smartphone flashing.

In the Sun, colours appear more or less natural with a gentle slope in the warm red. When artificial lighting red stands out somewhat, which is often the case with Smartphones. The effect is not so strong that he would interfere.

Too much of the iPhone looked down

The manufacturer uses the default camera app from Google as the camera software. This means on the one hand almost as easy as on iPhones and on the other hand as limited possibilities. There are only two resolutions to choose from: 13 megapixels in a ratio of 4:3 and 9.7 mega pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Otherwise, the Flash can be switched on, switch off and save the location. Also panoramic and HDR shots are possible. The remaining options are not worth mentioning. The user has no influence on white balance, shutter speed or even aperture.

By default, the camera focuses always the center of the image. There is not a touch focus as from other Android devices, which simply tapping with the finger on the spot in the viewfinder, on which you want to focus. Instead, you must first turn configurable focus in the camera menu. Then, the viewfinder by mark shows where the camera is hot. To set the focus elsewhere, taking the marker by finger in the appropriate area. There remains then, even if it has now moved the camera focus. The function is similar to the focus shift from full cameras, where however moving the markers via buttons.

Supports only FAT32

Apart from the camera itself, also the MicroSD card for the photographer plays a role, because due to the small store of 8 or 16 gigabytes of Moto G you must forcibly to outsource large image collections. Inconveniently, the Smartphone supports only memory cards that are formatted in the FAT32 file format and only files with less than 4 GB size. As long as it saves only photos on the MicroSD card, which is no problem; to use the card but also for other data, this can be an obstacle. Especially since most modern smartphones at least also exFAT support.

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