Camera test

Camera test: Moto G 3rd Gen vs. original Moto G 1st Gen

On the release of the 3rd generation Moto G smartphone, the second sequel to the original best-selling Motorola phone, we take a look at how its camera stacks up. We are not comparing the camera of this device to other hero phones on the market today. We’re not even comparing the Moto G 3rd Gen’s camera to the budget smartphones it faces. Today we are comparing the camera of the 3rd Gen Moto G to the original Moto G from 2013. This is for all original Moto G users who have owned a Moto G for 2 years and are seriously considering to upgrade.

We were going to have a “blind” battle between these two shooters like we did with the Galaxy S6 vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6, but after comparing the results of our short trip through a number of photos this afternoon , we decided that ‘d be silly. It should be painfully obvious which of these photos belongs to the newer and better device, and which one to the original.

Here’s what we’re dealing with here – the differences come with 2 years of development and price reduction as well as wholesale purchases of Motorola parts from various groups making everything even better but not much cheaper. What I mean is you get a much better phone, but you won’t have to lose an arm and a leg to pay for it.

Moto G 3rd Generation

• Display: 5 inch 720 x 1280 pixel IPS LCD screen

• Processor : Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410

• RAM: 1 GB RAM / 2 GB RAM

• Camera: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash (dual tone), 1080p@30fps, 720p SloMo

• Front facing camera: 5MP

• Battery: 2470mAh

• Internal storage: 8 GB / 16 GB

• Micro-SD card slot: Yes, up to 32 GB

Moto G (Original from 2013)

• Display: 4.5 inch 720 x 1280 pixel IPS LCD screen

• Processor : Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400


• Camera: 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 720p@30fps, 720p SloMo

• Front facing camera: 1.3MP

• Battery: 2070mAh

• Internal storage: 8 GB / 16 GB

• Micro-SD card slot: Nope

The camera here is capable of taking much larger photos and you have 2 years of development on the processing technology that takes the photo. This configuration should, by all means, be worth 2 years better to take pictures – and it is.

Just for fun, we’re going to run the polls anyway. If you find yourself drawn to the “lesser” of the two photos, by all means, let them know. Choose the photo you prefer, left or right.