Update: Moto G 2o15 camera shutter sound problem after Android Marshmallow update and the workaround
In some regions. Android Marshmallow (Android 6.0) update has been rolled out to Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen).
When you are enjoying the new features in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015, you may notice that the shutter sound setting was removed from the camera app.
So, there is no direct ways to silence camera for Moto G 2015 as you can in Lollipop.
This is a known problem. But it is NOT a bug because most pre-installed camera apps in Android will remove the shutter sound option due to possible legal issues and some implementation changes in Marshmallow. We are not sure whether Motorola will change mid to bring this feature back.
A simple workaround is to lower the ringer volume. The camera shutter sound volume follows ringer’s volume.
You can press the volume down button when there are no apps are opened. This will adjust ringer volume.
If camera shutter sound does not follow the settings, you may try to clear cache and clear data for camera app in Settings– Apps–Camera.
For other problems after Android Marshmallow update, please check this post.
As discussed in this post, Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen) got significant improvements in camera. The existing camera guide for Moto G and Moto G 2014 (Moto G 2nd Gen) here is inadequate for Moto G 2015.
So, instead of updating the Moto G camera guide, a new Moto G 2015 camera guide specially for Moto G 3rd Gen (Moto G 2015) is created here.
If you are a owner of Moto G or Moto G 2nd Gen (Moto G 2014), please check the guide here.
How to launch Moto G 2015 camera?
There are several different ways to launch Moto G 2015 camera. Except for the quick launch (method 1), the methods apply to Moto G and Moto G 2nd Gen (Moto G 2014) as well.
- Quick launch (new in Moto G 2015). Twist your wrist twice to open the camera in Moto G 2015. This used to be an exclusive feature in Moto X and Moto X 2nd Gen(Moto X 2014). You can use quick launch at any time even when the phone is locked. This is the fastest method to launch Moto G 2015 camera.
- From Moto G 2015 home screen. In Moto G 2015 home screen, by default, you can find the camera icon. Tap the camera icon to launch the camera in Moto G 3rd Gen. If you cannot find the camera icon in Moto G 2015 home screen, you can add it to the home screen by following this guide.
- From Moto G 2015 apps screen. Camera icon can also be found in Moto G 2015 apps screen.
- From Moto G 2015 lock screen. By default, camera shortcut is available in the Moto G lock screen. Drag the camera icon to the left side to launch Moto G 2015 camera. This methods works even when Moto g 3rd Gen is locked.
- From Gallery app. In Gallery app, you can switch to camera roll. Then you can find the camera icon. Tap it to open camera on Moto G 2015.
Please note, if you launch Moto G 2015 camera when the phone is locked, photo editing features will be disabled. In other words, you can take photos or record videos without unlocking your Moto G. You can view them after taken. But you cannot edit them without unlocking your Moto G.
Moto G 2015 camera interface
Once you start Moto G 2015 camera interface, you are ready to take photos.
As in previous generations of Moto G, there is no shutter button to take photos. You simply tap anywhere on the screen to take photos instantly.
You can switch between front and rear camera with the camera switch button as shown below.
Tap the video camera icon as shown below to start the recording immediately. There is no switch between camera mode and video recording mode. Your Moto G 2015 camera is ready to take photos and to record video once you start the Moto G 2015 camera interface. If you were using other brands of smartphones, you need get used to it.
How to change Moto G 2015 camera settings?
Motorola camera app is a bit confusing for new users.
To access Moto G 2015 camera settings, swipe to right side on the camera interface as shown above. A settings ring will appear as shown above.
You need rotate the ring to see all settings.
Just FYI, if you swipe to left side, you will open Gallery app with last photo opened.
What are the available settings for Moto G 2015 camera?
Although Motorola tries to make it easy to take photos quickly without fiddling around the settings, you may want to change some of your Moto G 2015 camera settings so that the camera can serve you better.
To access Moto G 2015 camera settings, you need swipe to right side in the camera interface as mentioned above.
The Moto G 2015 camera settings are placed in a ring. You can rotate the ring to access all available camera settings for Moto G 2015.
Turn on/off HDR (high dynamic range) effect for better pictures in challenging lighting situations, such as outdoors.
The available options include Auto (default), On and Off.
Turn on/off Moto G 2015 camera flash.
The available options include On, Off, and Auto Flash.
Please note, for Moto G 2015 front camera, the flash is actually using screen.
Focus and exposure control
Once you turn on focus and exposure control, in the Moto G 2015 camera interface, you will see a yellow focus dial.
You can set the camera to focus on the object you tap in the screen. Turn the focus dial to adjust the exposure level.
Slow motion video
Moto G 2015 camera now can take slow motion videos in 720p.
Panorama mode allows you to take wide-angle photos with Moto G 2015 camera.
Once enabled, you need follow the on-screen guide to slowly pan while you are taking the photo.
You can set a timer for Moto G 2015 camera so that photos can be taken automatically after timer times out without tapping the screen.
You can set the timer as 3 seconds or 10 seconds. The default setting is Off.
Once enabled, you can add GPS info into the photo taken with Moto G 2015 camera.
Of course, you can remove tags later on before sharing them.
The default setting is Off.
Save photos to Micro SD card
If Micro SD card is detected, Moto G 2015 will save all photos to SD card, instead of the phone memory.
But if you want to save photos to internal storage, you can turn off this option.
Adjust photo aspect ratio
Moto G 2015 camera app does not offer the option to set photo resolution. Photos are always taken in full resolution.
This means for rear camera, it is 13MP (4:3) and 5MP for the front camera. But you can choose the aspect ratio between 4:3 (good for printing or old monitors) and 16:9 (good for TV).
You can turn on/off Moto G 2015 camera shutter sound. This camera shutter sound setting is removed in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015.
Enable/disable Moto G 2015 camera quick launch.
Once enabled, you can wist your wrist twice to turn camera on. Twist twice again to switch to front camera.
How to use Moto G 2015 camera burst mode?
Moto G 2015 camera also supports burst mode. You can take many photos continuously.
To use Moto G 2015 camera burst mode, you just tap and hold the screen in camera interface.
Can you use Moto G 2015 camera now? Can you adjust Moto G 2015 camera settings now?
If you have problems or questions on how to use the camera on Moto G 2015, please let us know them in the comment box below.
The community will try to hep you.
For more Moto G online manual pages, please check this page.
For detailed step-by-step guides, please check Moto G How-to guides page.