Moto G (3rd Gen) Review: Good As Gold: Still And Video Camera

By 05:42 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments

A capable 13MP snapper with dual-LED flash

The recent Moto G packs a 13MP main capturing camera with f/2.0 lens and dual-tone Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. Even on paper alone, the newcomer's photography package promises to be a massive improvement over the 8MP snapper found in last year's iteration.

The capturing camera does have the same minimalist interface as on the Moto X and E, 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.

A see at the capturing camera UI

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

The twist gesture to launch the capturing camera that debuted in the Moto X two years ago has finally made it to the Moto G series with the third installment. Motorola has expanded the gesture's functionality even further this time around - a second twist correct after the first one switches to the front-facing camera.

The Moto G 3rd gen capturing camera is a quite similar to the one on the Nexus 6, though there is no OIS and the optical system seems slightly inferior. The images produced are a noticeably noisier than the one by the Nexus 6 and there is corner softness.

Still, we're quite impressed that manufacturers are now able to deliver consistently fine image quality at this market price point of around $200/€200.

Camera samples by Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen

And here are some more capturing camera samples:

Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen 13MP capturing camera samples

Low-light capturing camera samples by Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen

HDR mode: Off • On • Off • On

Front capturing camera sample by Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen

Panorama images shot by the Moto G 3rd gen

Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen in our Photo Comparison Tool

1080p video recording is finally a go

We are excited to report that 1080p video capture has finally made it to the Moto G series with the third generation. The resolution is now the default choice for the smartphone - 720p in slow motion is the other available option.

The camcorder interface is exactly the same as the still capturing camera one. One you launch the camera, you simply tap on the key in the top correct corner to start recording.

The video capture interface

Here's a video sample shot by the Moto G 3rd gen. We are pretty excited with the camcorder, as the videos are smooth and pretty fine level of detail and accurate colors.

You can also download an untouched 1080p@30fps video sample 1 (10s ~ 20MB) and 1080p@30fps video sample 2 (11s ~ 21MB).

Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen in our Video Comparison Tool



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