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Moto X4 Camera Review

Moto X4 Camera Review

“Music” Hey guys its Sagar from Tecworkz. I have had the Moto X4 for a few days now, in that time I took a lot of images with it. And now I have enough of them, to put this video together. Moto has been doing great things, with the cameras on their budget smartphones.

So I was really exited to check out, how do these dual cameras perform. But before we get to that, make sure to hit the subscribe button, so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing videos, coming up on this channel.

We have got a different set of dual cameras on the Moto X4, then what we saw on the Moto G5S Plus. We now have a 12 megapixel camera with F/2.0 aperture, and a normal field of view. And the second camera, has a 8 megapixel sensor, and an ultra wide angle lens with 120 degree field of view.

LG has been using this wide lens in some of its recent flagship smartphones, but I never got to test it out myself. This is the first time, that I used a camera with an ultra wide lens, and I liked the kind of images you can take with it.

At the front, you get a 16 megapixel camera with F/2.0 aperture, and a dedicated front facing flash. The camera still sticks out of the back, but I really like the way cameras modules on recent Moto devices look.

They stick out of the back in a similar circular module, but each one is different, and It is like they have a personality of their own. I also love the signature Motorola gesture, of just twisting the phone, to get to the camera app.

Interface of the camera app is mostly similar to other Motorola smartphones, with the exception of a new on screen button, to switch to that ultra wide lens. You have the normal photo mode, Professional mode with manual controls over various settings.

Face filters, Depth enable mode, which is just the portrait mode. Panorama mode and a spot colour mode, which lets you tap on a particular colour in the frame, and turns everything other than that colour to black and white.

And before anyone asks in the comments section, there is no noticeable lag on this phone, while taking images with depth effect. Now lets take a look at the images and videos that I took with the X4. These pictures with ample light, look good, and have a lot of detail in them.

It also handles the contrast really well, making the images look even better. You can get some very interesting perspective, with the wide angle lens. While this lens might not be as detailed and sharp as the main shooter, it makes up for it, by letting you capture some really impressive ultra wide angle shots.

I would have not been able to show you, how amazing this building is, if I did not have a wide lens to shoot with. Just like with the smartphones having telephoto lenses, I wont be using this lens every single time.

But its good to know, that you have this option when you are in a small place, and you need to get more things in the shot. In this respect, I think this wide lens is more useful than a telephoto lens.

The main camera captures good dynamic range, and turning on the HDR mode gives you even better results. Just look at, how much of the details we got back, by shooting in HDR mode. You get good results, even when you leave the camera on auto HDR mode, which is what I did with all of these shots.

Now here is a quick test, of the focusing speed of this camera. While it is good at focusing on the near and far objects, it just doesn’t feel, that the dual pixel autofocus is working at its best. Despite of that, actual close up shots turned out very good.

Colours are accurately represented, details are good, and the background is very well blurred out. We also have the depth mode, and you can adjust the amount of blur, even after you have clicked an image.

It is not perfect, and struggles with the edges most of the times, But if you are careful and take your time with the shots, results can be very impressive, even in lower lighting conditions. You also get the spot colour mode.

It might work well with images with solid colours, but if you have a subject with lot of contrast or gradient colours, the images wont be good. Moto says, that we get better low light images, because of the bigger size of each individual pixel, but honestly, I did not find it to make a huge difference.

These images are not at all bad, but they are still not as sharp and detailed, as we see from some of the other cameras. That being said, these are definitely a bit than the images from the Moto G5S Plus.

Here is a small tip, when taking close up shots in low light, switch to portrait mode, this way, it blurs the background and you see less noise in the darker parts of the image. The 16 megapixel camera at the front, takes detailed and good looking images.

You also get a wider lens, which comes in handy, when you need to get more of your friends in the shot. Coming to the video performance. You can shoot 4k videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 30 and 60fps.

Electronic stabilisation is only available while shooting 1080p videos in 30fps. You can choose between either of the lenses, before you start recording the video. And the wide lens can not shoot in 4K resolution.

I would like Moto, to improve the stabilisation while shooting videos. It is something which can easily be fixed with a software update. Moto X4 can take good images in ample light, it captures good amounts of details, accurate colours and the dynamic range is really good for a mid budget smartphone.

The video and low light performance are not exactly the best, but that is just me, expecting a lot from this phone, considering the camera performance of the Moto G5 Plus and the Moto G5S Plus. This is not the best camera on a smartphone in terms of images or videos, but I think it does a really good job at its price point.

There wasn’t really a good camera phone, around the price of 21-23000Rs, and the Moto X4 is here to fill that void. It not only has a good set of cameras, for the price, but it also performs really well at day to day tasks, and it looks stunning in my opinion.

I will be comparing its camera with the Moto G5S Plus, OnePlus 5T, and the iPhone 8 Plus, in the coming days, so make sure you have turned on the notification for this channel, so you don’t miss those videos.

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This has been Sagar, and ill catch you guys in the next video, Take care.


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