Motorola Camera

When Motorola started updating device to Android 4.4 KitKat, it also slipped in an updated camera app that gave better control over focus and exposure with that little reticle that turns green when you're in focus. (Jerry wrote about it in detail here back in November.) Today, Motorola updated the app in Google Play to keep everything on the same track.

The official changelog reads thusly:

  • Manual control of focus and exposure
  • Locked exposure during Panorama capture
  • Enabled additional language support
  • Bug fixes 

So the focus stuff we already knew about — and that's really the main thing you'll notice if you've not already been on the newer camera app. Regardless, Motorola's doing the right thing here, offloading system apps and keeping them updated in Google Play.


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Motorola updates its camera app in Google Play



My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

I wonder if all the daytime shots will still be super washed out. CameraFX does a much better job at balancing light but it's annoying being forced to use another camera app.

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Yeah, me too. 4.4 isn't available for mine yet and I'm getting antsy.

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So I thought. I was sorely disappointed when I couldn't change the focus options beyond the old default, but hopefully the update boosts picture quality.

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My Moto G just updated the camera app and that green focus icon is there but nothing seems different at all. It's gotta be the worst camera app I ever used. Why doesn't it let you focus then tap to take the shot cos all I then get is blurry shots. Terrible app

Still don't get how you manually focus.
I drag this circle in all directions and only the contrast is changing. Focus doesn't change

its manual but its done in a way iv never seen an app do. dont particularly like it but it seems to get it to manually focus u drag the circle to the thing that u want it to focus then it will adjust then u tap to take picture. pure jank IMO

Still find it odd that when you swipe from the right to go into the Gallery, the view doesn't default to Film Strip so you can swipe down to delete photos. This is only in the Motorola camera app; in the default Android app it works as it always has.

Not if only they would release the Moto X update for Rogers phones here in Canada... :( Very tempted to unlock the bootloader on my wife's and just switch it to AT&T.

I find it funny that everyone is praising something the screwed up in the first place...

My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

On a side note anyone notice that when you don't use the flash and your in doors even in good light its really washed out and fuzzy

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I love that "clear pixel" title. couldn't be more misleading. major failure and now it seems like the major issue is hardware not software. yeah few tweaks and they made it slightly better than off the shelf but it's far from any standard today. if I keep it (testing signal and battery on the road) I won't use the camera at all.

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If only Google did this with all their core Android apps. I'm a huge fan of the stock camera app, but it doesn't fully play well with my galaxy s4.

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I hate the stock app but it did fine on my sgs3 and I had it on my Note 3 for awhile and didn't notice much of an issue

My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

which one do you use now. despite the extra pixels I'm kinda disappointed with my wife's Note 3 camera. only outdoor daylight come good nothing else.
not to mention buggy flash - won't work at all no matter what you do and after rebooting back to normal. for a 700$ phone it's unacceptable.

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I was outside playing with it today for the first time (updated app) and I still don't get that concept in the settings. however it's still horrible. overexposed and grainy photos at 5 pm next to dark and blurry.
even w HDR were bad.
definitely the worst Camera among flagship and mid range devices.

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It's a shame that such a good phone suffers from such a huge flaw. If you're gonna spend that much money on a device it should work as advertised. Why is the camera so hard for manufacturers to get right?

Camera App - video mode, not during recording but playback, buzzing noise. Needs to be fixed ASAP. Nexus5/4.4.2 Will quickly ruin a video sound in playback. Hurry up and fix please or tell us a work around of some kind...... Thanks