Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks

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The Moto G 2015 comes with an impressive 13 MP camera that’s matched with equally impressive software: it has HDR and burst mode along with great macro shooting and focusing effects. Here are our favorite Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks to help you make the most of them.

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That's a 13 MP snapper in the Moto G 2015, teamed with an impressive camera app. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks: it’s all in the wrist

Need to take a pic at short notice? There’s no need to mess around trying to find the camera app icon on the Moto G 2015. It can recognize gestures, and one of those gestures brings up the camera app ready to shoot. The gesture you want is a quick twist of the wrist from side to side: do it twice and the camera app appears. It takes a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it and stop launching the flashlight app by mistake (that one’s summoned by a karate chop gesture), it’s really quick and very useful.

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Forget searching for the camera icon: just twist your wrist to launch the camera app. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks: wheely simple settings

When you’re in the camera app, swipe in from the left and you’ll see the half-wheel appear. Spinning the wheel takes you through the various options: quick capture can disable the wrist-spin camera gesture, shutter sound turns off the shutter noise, location geotags your images and storage location states where your photos should be stored.

Then you get to the good stuff: panorama, for combining multiple images to create extra-wide ones; timer; photo, to change from widescreen to 4:3 or back again; video, including slo-mo; low light, to enable or disable night mode; focus and exposure control; flash; and HDR.

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The Moto G's settings include manual focus, HDR and flash (pictured). / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks: get happy with HDR

In the right hands, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography can produce stunning images. An HDR image is actually multiple images joined together, but unlike a panorama, which sticks images together to make a bigger picture, HDR takes sections of each to create a composite image with brighter bright bits and darker dark bits than a single shot would manage to get. It takes three images at different exposure levels and combines them into a single, dramatic image.

In the Moto G 2015 you have three HDR options, accessible by tapping HDR in the half-wheel on the left of the display: on, off and Auto. Of the three, Auto is the most useful: it analyzes the scene to see if HDR would improve your shot, and turns HDR mode on if it thinks it would. It’s the kind of setting you can leave on all the time, because it’s pretty good at deciding when HDR would work and when it wouldn’t.

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HDR's good at capturing heavy skies without making the rest of the picture too dark. / © ANDROIDPIT

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks: get better shots in the dark

Scroll past HDR on the half-wheel and you’ll see an icon of a crescent moon. That’s for the low light night mode, which is designed to take better pictures in low light. It’s all about the ISO, which is the speed at which the photo is taken: whacking up the ISO can make photos taken in low light look better, but if the software/sensor isn’t up to scratch you’ll also end up with a lot of digital 'noise' in the shot, which looks grainy and indistinct. We’ve found that night mode does a good job of upping the ISO without introducing too much noise.

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks: set the exposure and focus manually

Camera phones are often used for straightforward point and shoot shots, with the camera working out what to look at and how long to look at it for. That’s great, but if the results aren’t what you want or you want to be a little more creative, you can set the focal point and exposure level of the Moto G 2015 camera manually.

To do that, swipe in from the left and choose the focus and exposure control. Now, drag the circle to where you want the camera to focus on, then drag around the circle to increase or reduce the exposure. A single tap then takes the photo, or if you tap and hold, the camera takes photos in a high speed burst.

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You don't have to stick with auto settings: you can set focus and exposure manually. / © ANDROIDPIT

Do you have a favorite feature in the Moto G 2015? Or have you swapped out the default app for a third party camera app instead? Let us know in the comments.

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