Motorola Moto E Review: Have A Break!: Camera, Image Quality, Video Recording

By 07:06 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments

Poor fixed focus 5MP camera

The Moto E comes with a modest 5MP fixed-focus camera. It takes images in a maximum resolution of 2592x1944 pixels. It lacks auto focus but it has a built-in HDR mode, which can even be set to activate automatically in certain shooting conditions.

The capturing camera does have the same minimalist interface as on the Moto X and G, which includes just two on classy screen buttons on the right-hand side for video recording and front-facing camera. Taking an image is done simply by tapping the screen.

The available advanced settings include HDR, touch focus , panorama, geo-tagging, wideclassy screen mode, and shutter sound.

The capturing camera interface

There isn't much to talk about the produced images. The resolved detail is low, the contrast seems a bit down too, while the colors and the white balance are OK at best. Macro shots are, of course, a no-go, as there is no auto-focus.

Moto E capturing camera samples

Turning on HDR does a better job of extending the dynamic range, but the quality remains as poor as that of the standard shots.

Moto E HDR samples • HDR off • HDR on • HDR off • HDR on

The Auto-HDR is a bit unreliable so we'd recommdiscontinue manually choosing whichever mode you prefer so as to acquire more consistent results.

Photo quality comparison

The Moto E enters our Photo quality comparison tool to face off against other 5MP shooters. You can also pit it against other cameras from within the tools' page.

The Motorola Moto E in our photo compare test

FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) video recording at 30 fps

The camcorder UI is the same as the capturing camera one, with the top correct button being used to toggle video recording. The Moto E records FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (864 x 480) videos at a constant 30fps. The bitrate is a meager 8Mbps, which can partly elaborate the poor resolved detail. Audio is recorded at 128 Kbps in stereo mode with a sampling rate of 48 kHz.

Videos on the Moto E are far from stellar, with the low level of detail being the most noticeable issue. There are similar problems with poor dynamic range like on the still camera, and the contrast is still on the low side.

This is a short video sample, which we've uploaded on YouTube.

Here come two untouched WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) video samples taken straight from the Motorola Moto E.

Video sample 1

Video sample 2



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