Moto G review
Same name, better specs - but a less inspiring phone

Moto G 2014

This is a good example of HDR In action. The mode has made a good job of it, with a natural look, but the flats and Big Ben could have been brought out more

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Here I'm really pushing the Moto G's HDR to the limits. Contrast has taken a hit, but crucially we're still left with a clear, reasonably natural-looking image

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The f/2.0 lens is capable of some minor shallow depth of field effects. Nothing applause-worthy, but great for a low-end phone

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The impressive thing here is not the detail captured, which isn't that amazing, but the rather lovely colour reproduction, including in the shadow areas

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This shot is a good test of contrast and colour reproduction, and the Moto G does pretty well. Nice vivid reds, plenty of contrast

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The Moto G's focusing and metering system means it's easy to make photos with overexposed areas, like the building to the right

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Here the exposure is a bit off, making the right hand-side of the image quite washed-out

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At pixel level there's a fair bit of noise, but it's otherwise a nice, sharp shot

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With HDR applied this scene looks great, demonstrating what the mode is for

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Without HDR applied, we see how the metering style of the Moto G means you really need to know what you're doing. The sky is massively overexposed

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HDR once again proving its worth. Don't zoom in too much and you could believe this was taken with a 'proper' camera

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At night the Moto G holds onto its colours pretty well

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In very low light conditions, the Moto G still maintains nice colours. But it doesn't have super low light sensitivity to make your shots clear

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A lack of burst mode meant I missed the pigeon as it flew off. But the Moto G is still offers respectable speed

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With super-fine high contrast photos you see some purple chroma noise, but detail is much better than in the old model

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The Moto G HDR modes seems to apply some anti-ghosting processing. This is an HDR shot, but there's no dual exposure of the pigeon in flight

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It's no wonder there's an 'auto HDR' mode in the Moto G. Here by focusing on the foreground, the sky is massively overexposed. We'd really like to see the phone offer separate focus and exposure points

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