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http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/24/9198069/moto-x-play-camera-preview



For all its leadership in making Android phones more accessible and affordable to the masses, Motorola has never been able to count itself among the best cameraphone makers. The Chicago-based company has made an unfortunate habit of making really great phones with truly terrible cameras. This year, however, Moto promised — nay, guaranteed — that things would be different as it introduced a new 21-megapixel camera in its top-tier Moto X Style / Pure and Moto X Play devices. Having spent a day shooting with this new camera, I can say with certainty that this is indeed the best imaging equipment to have ever made its way inside a Moto smartphone. It's too soon to pass sound judgment on how it compares against the leaders in the field — like Samsung's Galaxy S6 series, LG's G4, and Apple's iPhone 6 — but the very fact these new Moto Xs are even in the conversation is a remarkable advance for Motorola.
 

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Hopefully the lens and sensor size are up to the task. Megapixels aren't everything. Still, amazing how far smartphone cameras have come.
 

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Hopefully the lens and sensor size are up to the task. Megapixels aren't everything. Still, amazing how far smartphone cameras have come.
Agreed. I still use my old Nikon DSLR and never bothered to upgrade the body. I just buy better lenses.
 

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Agreed. I still use my old Nikon DSLR and never bothered to upgrade the body. I just buy better lenses.
Agree 100% on this strategy. I spend on good glass and Ill wait till my current DSLR dies before I replace.

As was mentioned before Mpixels mean little with out the rest of the equation.

Yep, we still shoot with an old Nikon D100 which is only 6 megapixels.
 

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Did you go to the site and look at some of the photos this guy took with this camera? I highly recommend you at least look at the photos before you poo poo the camera. They are amazing. The quality is amazing. I'm not running out to get one. The camera in my Nexus 6 is just fine for me. However, 21 megapixels provides you with something most cellphones can't match.
 
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Unless your doing professional photographer for ad agencies that require huge print sizes, 21 megapixels is over-kill for the average photographer. I shoot a Nikon D300 with 2.8 professional glass. I get excellent 8x10 prints from a 12 megapixels camera.
 

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Did you go to the site and look at some of the photos this guy took with this camera? I highly recommend you at least look at the photos before you poo poo the camera. They are amazing. The quality is amazing. I'm not running out to get one. The camera in my Nexus 6 is just fine for me. However, 21 megapixels provides you with something most cellphones can't match.
I dont think anyone is ripping it. At least in my case I feel that you can accomplish just as good photos with much fewer mega pixels in that camera. Like spanky said. Unless you are doing work that requires large prints those 21 are not going to be used and the other point is that there is only so much quality information those 21mega pixels can use through those optics. There is just so much light that small lens can pass through so it can be processed. Just look at professional lenses and then compare them to consumer lenses. We are talking thousands of dollars difference. some is in the durability and the auto focus capabilities but the optics is a huge part of the equation. Depth of field, controlling aberrations, coatings used on the glass, speed and so on and so forth. Even then some of the best attempts by the best of them dont really pan out. Not all nikon glass is as good or better than the others and visa versa. My point is that its not easy to do it right.

To your point. For so many people who rely solely on their cell phones this might be a great option.

Thanks for posting.
 

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I use both a cell and a really nice Cannon T3. I do blow up prints to large size, frequently up to 2x3 as both prints and on canvas. I use them in my home and I gift them to friends and relatives if the picture is good enough. I can see about 6 enlargements from were I am sitting now. I love the canvas enlargements and you can find great deals on them from some of the deal of the day sites and Groupon. Use whatever works for you. I was just saying to look at the link. Those are some of the best cell phone pictures I have ever seen. I'm not saying whatever you are using is not good, I'm certain it is. It is the same as with watches. Buy what you like and what you can afford. It is 100% up to you.
 
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Did you go to the site and look at some of the photos this guy took with this camera? I highly recommend you at least look at the photos before you poo poo the camera. They are amazing. The quality is amazing. I'm not running out to get one. The camera in my Nexus 6 is just fine for me. However, 21 megapixels provides you with something most cellphones can't match.
I agree. The camera is solid. I just have no use in a phone. As a photographer, I rather use a DSLR. The more mega pixels are good for zooming in of pictures.
 

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Oh man. Look at those pics! I think I found my next phone. Imagine the wrist shots you could take with that thing. =)
 

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i bought 2 of these yesterday, its the higher spec'd version of the above device


Moto X Style Pure Edition

Operating System
Android™ 5.1.1, Lollipop

System Architecture/Processor
Motorola Mobile Computing System including a 1.8GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 with hexa-core CPU (MSM8992), 600Mhz Adreno 418 GPU, Natural Language Processor, and Contextual Computing Processor

Memory (RAM)
3GB LPDDR3

Storage (ROM)
16GB/32GB/64GB
Micro SD Card support (up to 128GB)**

Dimensions
Height: 153.9 mm
Width: 76.2 mm
Curve: 6.1 to 11.06 mm

Weight
179g

Display
5.7” IPS TFT LCD
1440p Quad HD (1440x2560)
520 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Battery
All Day Battery§ (3000 mAh)
TurboPower for up to 10 hours of use from 15 minutes charging

Water Protection*
Water repellent nano-coating

Networks
LTE cat. 6 capable
WCDMA
CDMA
EV-DO
GSM/EDGE

Bands
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700 (AWS),1900, 2100 MHz)
CDMA (800, 850, 1900 MHz)
4G LTE† (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 38, 41)

Rear Camera
21 MP
f/2.0 aperture
Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF)
Closed loop processing
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs
Quick Capture
Tap (anywhere) to capture
4X digital zoom
Burst mode
Night mode
Auto HDR
Panorama
Drag to focus & exposure
Video Stabilization
1080p HD video (60 fps)
4K video (30fps)
Slow Motion video
Video HDR (1080p and 4K)

Front Camera
5 MP
f/2.0 aperture
Wide-Angle lens
1.4um pixel for better low light
Night mode
Flash
Slow Motion video

SIM Card
Nano-SIM

Connectivity
Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack

Bluetooth® Technology
Bluetooth version 4.1 LE

Wi-Fi
802.11a/g/b/n/ac + MIMO

Speaker
Front facing Stereo speakers with Smartboost

Video Capture
1080p (60fps); 4K (30fps)

NFC
Yes

Location Services
GPS

Base Models
Black with Dark Gray metal frame and Black soft grip back
White with Silver metal frame and Bamboo back
White with Light Gold metal frame and Winter White soft grip back

Backs
Choose from 18 different inlays. Colors, materials, and availability vary by market.

Accents
Choose from 7 different accents. Colors and availability vary by market.
 

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Very cool! So much power and capability in the palm of your hand!

Great example of how competition can spur on innovation.
 
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