Moto X update rolling out to T-Mobile users, greatly enhances the camera experience

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 23, 2013

Moto X

Back in August, we served up our readers a full review of the Moto X, where we came away rather impressed by Motorola’s latest flagship. There was at least one area that wasn’t so perfect, however – the camera.

In theory, the ClearPixel camera found on the Moto X should produce excellent photos, even in low-light conditions. In practice, the experience is very hit and miss. The good news for T-Mobile Moto X owners is that things are about to get dramatically better.

Starting today, the T-Mobile Moto X will receive a new update that greatly improves the Moto X’s camera features and functionality, while also throwing in a few minor bug fixes and improvements to the mix. Motorola has yet to reveal if and when other carriers will receive the update, though we imagine it’s only a matter of time.

So what exactly does this update do differently in the camera department? Motorola has fine-tuned the software in order to deliver better color accuracy, reduced noise for low-light situations and improved exposure for outdoor/backlit scenes. The update also adds enhanced auto-white balance performance. The end-result is an experience that Anandtech’s Brian Klug calls, “Nothing short of the biggest I’ve ever seen come across in an OTA update.” 

The difference really is huge, as you can see by taking a look at Anandtech’s before and after images taken with an updated and non-updated Moto X.

Now it’s time to ask our readers: Any T-Mobile Moto X owners out there with the new update? If so, how do you feel the new camera updates compare to your original photo-taking experience?

  • M3D1T8R

    Great news! Now if they can just fix the “no 64GB+ storage option” bug, I just might buy one on Verizon.

    • Santiago Ochoa

      That’s already fixed. It’s called an OTG cable and you can use it to plug-in any sized pendrive you want. And a pendrive is bigger than a micro-SD card so it is not so hard to lose when you use more than one. If you only use one, then it makes no sense to be able to remove it, just buy a bigger internal memory. But I know that 32Gb might not be enough for you, so the OTG cable is still a good option.

      • M3D1T8R

        I may end up going that route if device manufactures still don’t offer 64gb+ internal by next year’s phones. Would prefer the ease of having it all in one, no additional attached drive for storing my music. But thank you for the good info.

  • Aaron

    Yeah, like an update to have an sd card slot. Im sure its possible OTA.

  • CoolCustomer

    I’m not an artist or a photographer so while I can see a dramatic difference between the before and after I’m not sure if the after images are “better”.