In recent years, Motorola has delivered solid handsets with great value for money. The Moto G and X series have been loved for their sturdy build quality and unadulterated Android experience. However, some of these handsets faltered in the camera department, due in part to the less than impressive camera application.
It seems that Motorola Mobility’s parent company, Lenovo, is aware of the issue. The Chinese phone manufacturer’s subsidiary has already rolled out a possible solution called the Moto Camera. Currently live in the Play Store, the app addresses many shortcomings of Motorola’s default camera software.
For starters, it comes with a shutter key (can’t believe it took them so long). Flash, HDR and timer options are now easily accessible. The Google Photo integration enables seamless backups. Then there’s a scan feature that can recognize and save QR codes and business cards. The app also brings slow motion and panorama to the table. The company claims that the software can automatically compensate for light and motion to deliver the best possible quality without compromising on speed.
The highlight of ‘Moto Camera’ though is the ‘Professional mode’, which offers elaborate manual controls. It has a semi-opaque overlay of exposure, ISO, white balance, and other settings. If that sounds familiar, there’s a good chance that you have experienced it on the Vibe series handsets from Lenovo. Those who have been to the dark side (Windows Phone) will know that this interface was first introduced by the Finnish brand Nokia in 2013 for its Lumia 1020 camera-phone.
While Motorola finally has its own feature-packed camera software, there’s a catch. The software is fully compatible only with the Motorola’s 2016 models including the recently launched Moto G4 line-up.
You can download the app by following the link below. Keep in mind though that the availability of features varies with the model.