Motorola Moto G (3rd Generation) Overview

Announced Jul 28, 2015 •
5 screen | 13 megapixels (rear)
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Announced Jul 28, 2015
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The third generation of the Motorola Moto G comes with a range of improvements and new features. In the camera department the pixel count has been upped to 13MP and a new dual-LED flash has been implemented for better white balance in difficult lighting situations. There is also a Hybrid Multilayer IR cut filter that, according to Motorola, helps remove flare when taking pictures of light sources that radiate high infrared light, for example candles. At F2.0 the aperture remains the same as on the previous model.

The front camera has been upgraded as well. It now offers a 5MP resolution and 72 degree viewing angle. It also offers Motorola's Best Shot feature which captures multiple shots before and after you touch the screen, recognizing issues like blurred subjects or blinking eyes and recommends the best picture to keep. Unlike the new Moto X Style the Moto G does not come with a front flash but offers a flash-like function that briefly cranks up the brightness of the screen as you capture a front camera image to provide some extra light.

Like the other new Motorola models, Moto X Style and Moto X Play, the Moto G camera app has a new Night Mode that increases the ISO for a reduced risk of image blur and brighter exposures in very dark conditions. At the same time image resolution is reduced in order to average out noise and other artifacts.

The Android 5.1 operating system is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and users can choose from a 8 or 16GB versions with 1GB of RAM or a 16GB version with 2GB of RAM. A microSD slot allows for storage expansion by up to 32GB. Apart from the the more powerful internal components the new Moto G also comes with an IPX7-rated body which sounds like a great feature for those mobile photographers who like to take their device on hikes, bike rides or other outdoor activities. This means it can survive accidental drops in water of up to three feet for up to 30 minutes. This is an awful lot of smartphone at a lower mid-range price point and the latest Moto G will certainly be popular with budget-conscious mobile photographers.

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Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 5.1
Rear camera effective pixels 13 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 4128 x 3096
Rear camera aperture 2
Camera image stabilization Unknown
Video camera recording format 1080p, 30fps
LCD size 5
Built in memory 8GB storage/1GB RAM or 16GB storage/2GB RAM
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
Dimensions 142 x 72 x 12 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.46)

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