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Moto G6 Camera Review: Decent camera setup at budget price

Motorola is back with its new iteration of Moto G series smartphones. The Lenovo-owned company has refreshed the design language for the new Moto G6 and it comes with 18:9 displays, and a premium glass back.

Apart from that, Motorola has also upgraded the camera setup on Moto G6. The dual rear camera comes with some new features and also the front camera is a 16MP sensor in the Indian version of Moto G6. Moto G6 price in India starts at Rs. 13,999. Let’s find out if its camera is worth the price.

Moto G6 Camera Specifications

Moto G6 Camera Specifications
Rear Camera Dual, 12MP Primary Sensor with f/1.8, 5MP Secondary Sensor with f/2.2
Features  PDAF, dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, EIS
Front Camera  16MP, f/2.2, LED Flash
Video Recording (Rear Camera) 1080p@60fps/30fps, Slow Motion, Time Lapse
Video Recording (Front Camera) 1080p at 30fps


Moto G6 Camera UI

Motorola uses its own camera app instead of Google’s. It has a swipe action for switching between pictures, video, and modes. To access the settings, you need to go to the modes on left swipe. There is also a Pro Mode which allows you to adjust the white balance, ISO, exposure, and shutter speed.

Moto G6 Main Camera

The Moto G6 has a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP secondary sensor for depth effects. The rear camera takes great pictures when there is decent lighting. During the favorable light conditions, it will give detailed pictures with decent color reproduction and exposure. While in lowlight conditions, it takes slightly dull pictures but they are also not that bad, thanks to the f/1.8 aperture.

Portrait Mode

The portrait mode enables you to focus on the subject and apply bokeh effects to your photos. With Moto G6 portrait mode, you can blur the background, make part of the image black and white for a color pop effect, or simply cut-out of the foreground. Also, the amount of background blur can be adjusted after you take the photo with a tool called depth editor.

The portrait modes on the phone because of an extra camera is a great addition, but don’t expect it to be as good as flagships. Going by its price, we can say Moto G6 clicks good portraits in all conditions.

Low Light Performance

Most budget phones’ camera starts struggling when the light conditions aren’t good. Moto G6, however, clicked some surprisingly good low-light shots. The Moto G6 takes some nice shots because it has a f/1.8 lens and the auto HDR also works for some magic to lower the noise levels, while the lighting is not so good.

Main Camera modes


The camera app offers a host of features such as a Text Scanner mode that converts an image of text to actual text, and a Spot Color mode that lets you retain color on only one object while turning the rest to monochrome and Google lens support which has the landmark and object recognition feature.

There is also a Cut-out mode that can cut out a subject from a photo by depth detection and superimpose it on a different photo. You can also cut-out objects and change their colors and blur the background in portraits.

Main Camera Samples

Moto G6 Front Camera

For selfies, the Moto G6 sports a 16MP f/2.2 camera, that sadly lacks autofocus, but has a LED flash for low light conditions. The G6 selfie camera also captures good details and appears to apply selective sharpening around face making skin tones look natural.

There is also auto HDR for the selfie camera which may sometimes overexpose the selfies. There isn’t a wide-angle lens on the front camera, but if you want to click a group selfie there is a Group Selfie feature similar to the panorama mode on most phones.

Front Camera Samples

Video recording

The Moto G6 comes with a Snapdragon 450 chipset which means it can capture 1080p videos. The 1080p can be recorded at 60fps though, and EIS is also available for the 1080p at 30 fps. Just like the pictures, it also captures the 1080p videos with enough detailing, good contrast level & colors, and narrow dynamic range.

There is also features like the ability to capture slow-motion footage with a basic version and time-lapse recording.


The Moto G6 camera might not take the most detailed pictures, however, it can stand against other phones around this price, and even some more expensive ones too. The dual camera captured detailed pictures with vibrant colors and accurate exposure. The camera modes are fun. The front camera is also clicking better selfies in all lighting conditions. Overall, you can click photos good enough for your social media accounts with the Moto G6, and its camera justifies the pricing.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.