Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) Camera Features

August 5, 2015

Motorola Moto G 2015 rear camera

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Motorola Moto G (2015) main camera.  Before we jump into talking about the camera’s features and performance, let’s take a look at the dry specs first.

Motorola Moto G (2015) Rear Facing Camera specs

  • 13MP 1/3.0″ Sony Exmor RS IMX214  sensor
  • f/2.0 aperture lens + IR filter coating (reduces lens flare and chromatic aberrations)
  • 76-degree field of view (FOV); equivalent (after conversion) to approx. 27.7 mm focal length (in 35mm terms)
  • Color-balancing (CCT) dual LED flash
  • Auto focus
  • Full HD 1080p30, Slow motion, HDR video recording
  • Manual focus
  • Exposure controls
  • 4x digital zoom

Motorola Moto G (2015) Front Facing Camera specs

  • 5MP
  • f/2.2 aperture lens
  • 72-degree field of view (FOV); equivalent to 29.8 mm focal length (in 35mm terms)
  • Display flash
  • Fixed focus
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Slow motion video recording
  • Burst mode
  • 1080p30 video recording
  • Auto HDR

My main focus in this article is on the rear facing camera.  As you can see from the above specs, the rear camera lacks an optical image stabilization and a phase-detect AF like in the Moto X Style. Those two features can usually be found on a higher mid-range or high-end smartphones, at least if you are searching to have them both. That aside, the Motorola Moto G (2015) main camera specs are pretty good for a mid-range device.

The sensor is the same size as the iPhone 5S, a 1/3.0″ (4.80×3.60 mm), and it’s smaller than the 1/2.4″ found in the Moto X style and Moto X Play rear-facing cameras. The IMX214 sensor on the Moto G was the first sensor (as of Feb 2014) to offer HDR output at 30 frames per second. It uses Sony’s latest Stacked sensor technologies. The sensor was designed for improved low-light performance and to allow better highlight and shadow area data recovery.

Take a look at this sample video captured with the Moto G 3rd gen with the rear camera

Looks really good, and the focus seems to work pretty fast as well, but obviously it won’t perform that well when shooting fast moving subjects, but for general use it’s good enough.

The good news is that we get a fast f/2.0 aperture lens, manual focusing and exposure controls, which are good features overall. The Moto G doesn’t offer 4K video recording, and you’ll have to be satisfied with ‘only’ Full HD video recording at 30 fps for both the rear and front cameras. The Moto X main camera should be suffice for casual shooters who don’t demand unique features other than the basic features that you can expect to see on current-gen cameras. The fast f/2.0 aperture will help you get good shots under dim lighting conditions. has already reviewed the phone and the sample images look very good, but nothing striking. The image quality in daylight is very good with vivid colors and natural blues. Colors seem very natural and exposure works really well. So as long as you don’t expect a magic to happen in low-light, you can trust the Moto G to deliver very good results under optimal lighting conditions. Very good camera overall, but does lack some important features that can help you take better pictures with fewer limitations that might limit your creativity.

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