One of Motorola's standout features in the Moto X camera is "Quick Capture," which gets you from sleep to shooting in a mere 2 seconds, all with a simple flick of the wrist. 

The idea sounds a little silly at first — do you really want to be flipping your phone around? But in actuality, it's pretty simple, and quick. 

To launch the camera app, hold the phone and rotate your wrist like you're turning a screwdriver or a doorknob. You don't have to do it too hard or too terribly fast — and you'll get a vibrating confirmation when you've done it right. The camera app fires up, and you're free to start shooting. Works when the phone is on, or when it's asleep.

You also can get to the camera by swiping from the lock screen or from the usual camera icon.

That "Quick Capture" motion in combination with a full-screen shutter button is what enables you to take pictures so quickly from a dead stop, and it works as advertised. You drag up and down to zoom in and out. There are buttons to flip to the front-facing camera and to shoot video. You get 10MP, 16:9 images from the rear camera with 1080p video. The front-facing camera shoots at 2MP.

Slide from the right to enter the gallery. 

The rest of the camera app is very simple. Options slide out from the left. You get options for HDR, flash, autofocus — by default, you tap the screen to take a picture; this option lets you touch to focus instead — slow-motion, panorama (no Photosphere, though), Geotagging and shutter sound.

There are 31 comments

return_0 says:

In before "wrist-twisting is a useless feature"

It's nice to have the option, and I personally think it's a pretty nifty feature.

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jtc276 says:

Phil, can you give your general opinion on the phone? Just something short like how you think it compares to the One or S4. Thanks!

Paradocks says:

Does the phone come with a customizable brace as well for when you sprain your wrist?

bloo0153 says:

I worry enough already about dropping my phone.

mrEkli says:

Tasker already lets you do this.

snooginsguy says:

Agreed. I also had Tasker turn on my LED light with a wrist flick, though then it would randomly turn on in my pocket. It makes me wonder if pocket-shots will fill people's galleries...

MissyHaney says:

I don't find it silly at all.

However, I am worried that many Moto X owners will
drop their phones while performing this action to
turn on the camera.

Or the possibility of wrist injury when this action
is performed repeatedly.

Just saying... :)

CrimsonSage says:

I'm paranoid when it comes to battery life, I disable auto-rotate to save battery so leaving the accelerometer on while the device is idle wouldn't be an option for me, but that's just me :)

sentinelred says:

I know the feeling. My GNex has made me really paranoid about my battery, since I can kill it in just under an hour with normal use. And yes, I also have auto rotate turned off lol

bergeronjc says:

Looks cool. Wish I had it on my One...

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soldierblade says:

Oh neat...the "uh oh I dropped my phone" feature. Quaint

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NoNexus says:

Samsung did it, and much better.

Mayoo614 says:

Is it faster than Power button + Swipe right?

Is it safer than holding your phone?

Mayoo614 says:

Err, swipe left I mean*

Is this so other people can take pictures without knowing your unlock code?

dynomike1 says:

Where's the NSFW tag, phil. Keep these motions to yourself!

Gunbust3r says:

Cant wait to see someone try this and drop their phone!

Ryandroid86 says:

I can for-see lots of photos of my pocket!


deeb215 says:

Now that's a horrible gimmick.

descendency says:

What is it with all of the aversion to a dedicated camera button that is going on in Android?

A camera button makes too much sense. WAY more sense than this nonsense about flicking your wrist.

litig8or98 says:

Ah...the perverts' dream phone.

I foresee a rash of "twitchiness" in lockerrooms around the country.

cadzilla74 says:

Who inspired this "feature"? Anthony Weiner?

This is all I need ... a phone constantly uploading pix to Photobucket of my hairy left nut spied through a hole in my pocket while I'm running around completely unaware ...

^Best comment of the night^

I also agree completely. I foresee a lot of these types of pics showing up in people's galleries. This is so dumb to me. But I guess to each their own.

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jim_joe_bob says:

How about a camera button, and a camera-only mode, where you just push the camera button, it starts the app and pressing it again takes a picture. Then when you unlock the screen, you can manage your snapped photos. No fuss, no muss. I feel a repetitive stress injury coming on from waving my arm around all the time like that.

73sr says:

This is exactly how Windows Phone works!!! One press of the camera button, even when the phone is locked or screen is off, and it starts the camera app. A second press of the camera button takes the photo. So simple and no silly flicking of the wrist.

ne0ne says:

Phil when are you going to post some demo photos? I watched the podcast I know you are going to take photos :-)

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I believe this motion is known as twerking. Keep twerking that phone Phil

Bonics says:

I'm pretty surr Tasker can do this on "any" phone. Already have that "Quick Capture" thingy thanks to it.

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JHK1984 says:

Power button and slide up the icon on my One is quick enough for me.

rap1 says:

How does this work with the lockscreen?