Moto x 3rd gen camera features pictured

A 13MP main camera with an f/2.0 lens and dual-tone LED flash is included in the latest Moto G. The newcomer’s photography kit claims to be a great upgrade over the 8MP snapper contained in last year’s version, even on paper alone

The camera has the same simple look as the Moto X and E, with only two buttons on the right-hand side of the screen for live video and the front-facing camera. Taking a photo is simply achieved by touching the screen.

The sensor is the same size as the 1/3.0 ” (4.80-3.60 mm) iPhone 5S, and is smaller than the 1/2.4 ” used in the rear-facing Moto X and Moto X Play type cameras. The first sensor (as of Feb 2014) to give HDR output at 30 frames per second was the IMX214 sensor on the Moto G.

It utilizes the latest Stacked sensor technologies from Sony. The sensor was intended to optimize low-light performance and to enable better data recovery for the highlight and shadow field.

The Moto G 3rd gen camera, although there is no OIS and the optical system appears slightly inferior, is very similar to the one on the Nexus 6. The images created are notably noisier than the Nexus 6 image, and there is tenderness in the corner.

The Moto G does not deliver 4K video recording, and for both the rear and front cameras, you will have to be content with ‘just’ Full HD video recording at 30 fps. For casual shooters who do not demand amazing properties other than the core functions you would expect to see on current-gen cameras, the Moto X main camera should be appropriate.

Even, at this consumer price point of about $200/€200, we are very surprised that manufacturers are now able to offer consistently good picture quality.

Barbara Jones is a technology savy journalist. She loves to cover gaming, gadgets, AI and financial technology. Prior to becoming a journalist, Barbara was an IT professional.