“The X4’s dual cameras offer a wide-angle mode, akin to LG’s flagships”
After skipping its flagship X series in lieu of the Moto Z line-up last year, the Lenovo-owned Motorola revived the highly-innovative range once again at IFA with the Moto X4 (first impressions). The device landed on Indian shores today, but instead of being a flagship, it sits in the upper mid-range between the Z2 Play and Z2 (which is yet to launch in India). But that doesn’t mean that the X4 doesn’t bring powerful hardware credentials to the fore. Along with being the first smartphone in India to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 SoC, the brand’s latest offering also offers a pair of snappers at the back. What’s more interesting is the fact that they are implemented differently than the dual cameras on the G5s Plus (review), i.e. they offer a wide-angle functionality, akin to LG’s flagships.
In terms of specs, the primary rear camera of the Moto X4 is rated at 12-megapixels, while the secondary snapper features 8MP resolution. Together, they can help you get a wider 120-degree field of view. With PDAF, the camera can lock focus on the subject instantly, and the dual-tone LED flash assists in dim environments. The handset doesn’t disappoint in the selfie department either as it sports a 16MP shooter. You also get an LED flash on the fascia to help you shoot selfies in low light. While the rear shooters can capture videos in 4K resolution, the front camera can record in up to 1080p.
The camera interface is fairly simply and not very different from other offerings from the company. You can enable the dual cameras with the simple tap of a button. In addition to the wide-angle mode, the phone also offers a bokeh effect (along with the ability to replace the background and adjust the focus with the Depth Editor) and the option to just capture one colour in the entire frame with Spot color. While we would like to spend more time with the Moto X4’s cameras before passing our verdict, we decided to give you a peek at its capabilities, considering it’s the first smartphone from the brand with a wide-angle secondary camera. So without further ado, here are a few camera samples captured by the X4.