Motorola Moto X (2014) - Camera Review

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Yesterday we saw Motorola unveil its new Moto X, and it is an impressive overall update to the original both in design and performance. The new Motorola Moto X comes with a larger 5.2 inch 1080p display, a metal frame and a more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor. However one of the more interesting enhancements is its camera.

The original Motorola Moto X features an OmniVision built OV10820, 1/2.6" sensor, which was one of the largest on an Android device at the time. The original Moto X camera also used the new RGBC ‘Clear Pixel’ color filter that came with the promise of improving the low-light shooting performance. The difference with the standard Bayer RGBG filter is that instead of having two green pixels, it only had one green and the fourth one in the array was a clear one that would capture more light information. Unfortunately the camera didn't perform as well as expected, and it was plagued with severe issues at launch. Motorola has since released several updates to the camera to fix it.

For the new Moto X, Motorola has chosen to go with the 13-megapixel 1/3.06" Sony IMX135 instead.This sensor has been used on some popular devices like the LG G3, LG G2, and the Samsung Galaxy S4. It is noticeably smaller than the previously used OmniVision one, but has a higher resolution. Naturally, this translates into tinier, 1.1µ pixels, smaller than the 1.4µ on last year's Moto X. Usually smaller pixels result in poorer low light photos, so it will be interesting to see how this trade off turns out to the newer device.

Additionally the original Moto X had an f/2.4 lens with a 30mm (in 35mm equivalent terms) lens. The new Moto X moves to a wider aperture of f/2.25, which should allow light to pass to the sensor and results in brighter images. Focal length remains nearly the same at 29.4mm.

Another interesting addition is the dual LED flash hidden on the ring shaped diffusing glass. You get a softer, more pleasing light which is dispersed across the ring and evenly distributed toward the photo.

Firstly, here are some daytime photos captured through the 13MP camera of the new Moto X.

Next lets look at some low-light photos captured by the new Moto X camera

source - AnandTech | AndroidAuthority | PhoneArena | TheVerge

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