The specs of Moto G camera may be not so impressive. But the 5MP rear camera in Moto G (and 8MP in Moto G 2nd Gen, and 13MP in Moto G 3rd Gen) can produce quite decent photos and videos. Most of the time, the photo quality is even comparable to that of some high-end smartphones.
Most owners like Moto G’s camera because using Moto G camera is so simple and straightforward. And changing the settings of Moto G camera is very intuitive as well.
Please note, all generations of Moto G, Moto E and Moto X use an identical Motorola camera app (with slightly different options). This means this guide equally applies to Moto X and Moto E.
For Moto G 2015 (Moto g 3rd Gen), please check this special Moto G 2105 camera guide.
Use Moto G camera
Once camera is launched, you can touch anywhere on the screen to take photo, as shown in the image left.
To take multiple photos (burst mode), for example, the object is moving, and you want to capture different the object in different locations, you can just touch and hold the screen.
As updated in Android 4.4, Moto G camera also supports drag to focus and exposure. You can drag the green bracket anywhere in the screen. Moto G camera will adjust the focus and exposure of the photo based on this location.
To use the digital zoom (of course there is no optical zoom in smartphones) of Moto G camera, simple drag up or down with one finger (as shown in right). The available digital zoom of Moto G camera is between 1X – 4X.
To switch between front and rear camera, touch in the camera screen
To switch to video mode and start recording, touch in the camera screen
To stop video recording, touch in the screen.
You can also take a still shot when you are using Moto G camera for video recording. To save a photo, touch anywhere on the screen while recording.
All photos and videos taken can be easily accessed from the Gallery app.
Moto G camera settings
Changing settings of Moto G camera is also a snap.
You can get the camera options by swiping the screen right. All Moto G camera settings are there.
The interface is simple and very intuitive.
The symbols and meanings in Moto G camera settings are listed here for your reference.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is best when used for landscapes or outdoor portraits. HDR mode will not work when Flash is set to On.
Flash – Set flash to On,Off or Auto
Touch on the screen (tap to focus) . In Android 4.4, it is updated to drag to focus and exposure
Take a slow motion video
Take a panorama photo
Tag your photos with a location
Change the aspect ratio of the photo to 16:9. The photo will be saved with a 3.8MP resolution. The default is 4:3 and the corresponding resolution is 5MP.
Turn the shutter tone On or Off
Get help on using the camera. The tips and instructions will be shown on screen if it is tapped.
Updating Moto G camera
Unlike any other Android phones, Motorola puts the camera app in the the Google Play store. So you can update Moto G camera without waiting for the system update.
You can always check whether there is udate by launching Google Play app (then check for update). Of course, you can also set the update as automatic.
Changing Moto G camera resolution
Sometimes, due to the limitation in the Moot G storage, you may want to use lower resolutions for your photo or videos.
But unfortunately, Motorola does not allow you to change the Moto G camera resolution. You can only change the ratio.
So, the resolution of photos taken from the Moto G’s rear camera is always 5MP (at 4:3, default) or 3.8MP (at 16:9). To change the aspect ratio of Moto G camera, you can swipe the screen to right to get the Moto G camera controls. Then tap 16:9.
Of course, you can use third-party camera apps to choose the Moto G camera resolution. For example, Camera360 Ultimate (it is free in Google Play store) allows you to do this easily.
For videos, Moto G camera will always capture the video at HD 720p with 30fps. You simply have no options to change the settings.
Any questions with the camera in your Moto G? Please let us know in the comment box below.
More step-by-step Moto G guides, and Moto G tips and tricks, are available at our most popular Moto G how-to guide page.