Who would have thought it? A camera on a Motorola device actually rivaling that on a device such as Nexus 6P or even an iPhone 6s.

In the past, the Moto G line of devices have been known for delivering a fairly fast and fluid Android performance with little praise given to their camera capabilities. The Moto G 2013, set the ball rolling with its impressive camera features including stunning daylight photos. However it seems that the Moto G4 series will be the iteration that really brings the device’s cameras to the spotlight, well at least according to DxOMark.

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DxO Moto G Plus camera findings

Though the base Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Play camera were left out in the functionality reviewing process, DxOMark did perform a thorough analysis at the Moto G4 Plus camera. And their conclusion will come as a surprise to many, apparently the camera scores 84 out of 100, which happens to be the same exact score achieved by the Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6s, and in case you have been living under a rock, the two smartphones are well-known most especially for the high quality experience that their cameras offer.

A brief rundown on the Moto G4 Plus’ best camera features include: a 16-megapixel OmniVision sensor backed by an f/2.0 aperture, a laser autofocus and a phase detection autofocus. It also boasts a front facing camera with a 5MP sensor with an aperture of f/22 and an 84-degree wide angled view, ideal for group selfies. Based on DxOMark’s finding, the camera isn’t just good on paper, it also actually delivers.

One of Moto G4 Plus’ strengths is particularly in still photography. Although the camera’s video is relatively good, it doesn’t its qualities on paper. It does however impress when it comes to taking indoor photos even when there is little light. Additionally its autofocus is fast and accurate, combining awesome white balance and color, as well as delivering strong HDR results.

The camera-phone does come with its fair share of weaknesses, including its HDR experience inconsistencies. Put simply, the HDR mode is enabled whenever the G4 Plus itself decides to automate it. This means that the camera may sometimes decide not to activate the mode, thus resulting in a somewhat unreliable HDR functionality. Other downsides of the camera include a few outdoor photos showing a slight blue colorcast, missing shadow details, and low-light video recording may occasionally experience inaccuracies in autofocus.

Overall, the Moto G4 Plus may just as well be among the top contenders for the best smartphone cameras currently on the market. It stands out even further as it is also one of the best budget-friendly smartphones. The other Motorola camera alternatives you’d want to try out are the Moto G4’s 13MP camera and the Moto G4 Play with a standard 8MP camera. You shouldn’t however expect the exact same camera experience as that of Moto G4 Plus.

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