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Moto X Pure Edition camera samples: The best smartphone camera ever?

by Brandon Russell | September 10, 2015September 10, 2015 3:30 pm PDT

Motorola smartphones have nailed the user experience. With features like Display, Assist, Voice and Actions, Motorola has created a version of Android that’s arguably better than Google’s own stock version. But one thing that’s held the company’s devices back has been camera quality.

While they were decent, phones such as the Moto X (2014) and Nexus 6 were nowhere near the quality being put out by companies like Apple and Samsung; the reputation was quickly becoming Motorola’s achilles heel. This year, Motorola has promised to change. Not only does Motorola say its Moto X Pure Edition will have a competitive camera, but it will be “best in class,” which is a huge statement of intent. Does it deliver?

We haven’t spent nearly enough time with Pure Edition to have an answer. But to get a general idea of what the phone has to offer, we decided to snap some photos using the device around our office. We’ll let you judge the quality for yourselves.

The experience of using the camera is what you’d expect from a Motorola device. The app’s UI is pretty minimal, with a circular menu that swipes in from the left side of the screen. This is where you’ll be able to tweak settings, turn on manual focus and exposure, and switch between 16-megapixel widescreen or 21-megapixel 4:3; 16-megapixel widescreen was the default option, but I changed it to 21-megapixel for the purpose of these samples.

To snap a photo, simply tap the screen. That’s it. Photos snap pretty quick, though there were a few instances when the UI seemed to slow down. Not good if you’re trying to snap a picture of a fidgeting toddler. Otherwise, there’s not much else to say about the experience itself. If you want to snap a burst of images, just press and hold on the screen. Easy.

We had to resize the images above in order for them to play nice on the Internet, so there might be a slight degradation in quality. We uploaded the full resolution files to imgur, which you can see here.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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