New Delhi: Last year when Motorola launched the Moto G4 Plus, one of components that got a major upgrade was the camera. This year with the Moto G5 Plus it seems that the company is pushing the camera performance in its G series phone even higher.
The Moto G5 Plus, announced at MWC in Barcelona on Sunday evening, seems to have a camera that we rarely see even in high-end phones. To be more specific, it seems to have the same camera that is inside the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is a phone with one of the ever phones photography performance.
But here is the cool bit: The Galaxy S7, still almost a year after launch, costs above Rs 40,000. The Moto G5 Plus will likely sell for less than Rs 20,000. Although Motorola is yet to reveal all the camera details of the Moto G5 Plus, the reason why it is calling this phone best in class when it comes to photos performance is its image sensor and the lens.
The camera uses the Sony-made IMX 260 image sensor that clicks 12-megapixel images. Or is it IMX 262, which is very similar, complete with the same 1.4 micron pixel size? This is also a sensor that supports dual-pixel auto focus, something that Galaxy S7 also does, so that users don’t miss a moment due to slow camera. The same image sensor is used in Galaxy S7.
Then there is the lens. The Galaxy S7 comes with a very wide F1.7 lens. The Moto G5 Plus too uses a similar lens with the F1.7 lens. This should help the Moto G5 Plus capture a lot of light, something that will help users click better photos in low light.
Of course, the identical hardware doesn’t mean that the performance of the Moto G5 Plus will be as good as that of the Samsung Galaxy S7. There are many factors at play. We don’t know how well Lenovo, the Motorola owner, will optimise the camera software for this hardware. Although we know the lens has F1.7 aperture, there is no guarantee that the quality of lens elements, which is a big factor in how good or bad photo turns out, is similar to what Samsung uses in its high-end phone.
Then there is the optical image stabilisation, which is missing in the Moto G5 Plus but is there in the Galaxy S7. However, this feature is more useful for video shooting. Most of the time, it doesn’t make much of a difference in still image shooting.
The point is that if Motorola plays its cards right, the Moto G5 Plus should be pretty close to what the Galaxy S7 can do with this camera. And that will be just amazing. Camera is one area where the high-end phones still have a big advantage, although phones like the Google Nexus 5X, and Moto G4 Plus have done their bits to bring good camera performance to more affordable phones.
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The Moto G4 Plus, particularly, offers impressive camera performance considering its sub-Rs 15,000 price. The Moto G5 Plus, ideally, will be even better than the G4 Plus. Overall, at pixel level, it may not match what Samsung’s top phone can do and but given its expected price it won’t have to. Even if it can be close to the Galaxy S7, it will win over the users who love to click pictures with their phones because it will be much cheaper than the Samsung phone.