OnePlus One vs Moto G Camera Comparison

OnePlus One vs Moto G Camera Comparison

By Rich W Woods

I have been spending a lot of time with the Moto G over the last couple weeks. I compared the camera to the Nokia Lumia 635iPhone 6, and the Moto X and also wrote a full review.

In writing all of these comparisons and reviews, one thing was for sure. If I don’t compare the camera of the Moto G to the OnePlus One, I would get crucified for snubbing the holy grail. After all, there is no one more passionate about their phones as OnePlus One owners.

Both the OnePlus One and the Moto G could be considered “budget phones” because they are both very affordable. The difference, of course, being that the OnePlus One has the best specs available.

OnePlus One vs Moto G: Specs

Moto G OnePlus One
Processor 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801
Display 5″, 720p, LCD, 294 ppi 5.5″, 1080p, LCD, 401 ppi
Storage 8/16 GB 16/64 GB
Camera 8 MP, 3264×2448, 2 MP Front 13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front
Video 720p – 30 fps 4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, 720p – 120 fps
Body 141.5×70.7×11 mm, 149 g 152.9×75.9×8.9 mm, 162 g
Price $179 $299/$349


OnePlus One vs Moto G: Rear Camera

If you take a look at the specs, clearly the OnePlus One gives you much more bang for your buck, especially considering that if you take a look at phones with similar specs they cost around $600.

But this is a camera comparison, and the camera on a smart phone is the one thing you can’t tell from specs. In fact, that’s why we do so many camera comparisons here. Well, that and the pretty pictures.

The OnePlus One has a 13 MP rear camera while the Moto G has an 8 MP camera. The only reason that megapixels matter is if the user tries to zoom in on the photo after he takes it. That’s it. A 4K display is just north of 8 MP, so if the photo is not cropped, there is no difference between that and 13 MP.

Another thing to consider is that the OnePlus One has RAW support. This is a feature previously only seen in Nokia Lumia devices with cameras over 20 MP. This would make the OnePlus One the only Android phone with RAW support. Of course, there are thousands of Android devices in existence, so if you know of another Android device with RAW support, let me know in the comments.

There is a lot that you can take away from these samples. Clearly, the OnePlus One is terrible with a flash; however, it does great in low light without a flash. In my opinion, no one should ever use a flash on a smart phone camera anyway.

Another thing to consider is the color balance. The color looks more realistic on the OnePlus One photos. This is always something to consider because a lot of cameras look great in certain situations because the colors are very vibrant (looking at you HTC One M8), but that affect could be achieved through an Instagram filter and it looks terrible in other conditions.

OnePlus One vs Moto G: Video

The Moto G takes 720p video at 30 fps. This is a restriction of the Snapdragon 400 processor as all that is needed for 1080p is a 2.1 MP sensor.

The OnePlus One records 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, or 720p at 120 fps. These videos were shot at 1080p, although YouTube is still rolling out support for 60 fps, so this will be a gamble.

OnePlus One

Moto G

I think it’s fair to say that the OnePlus One has a better camera than the Moto G. The OnePlus One has a phenomenal camera. If you use Photoshop a lot, you are going to want that RAW support.

For the price, the OnePlus One stands alone. Unfortunately, you need an invitation to buy it.


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About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.

  • pinky

    You take flowers as your main subject, and don’t even bother to set your focus. Its not just this comparison, most of your comparison reviews have the same problem! You not setting the focus properly does not mean that cameras can’t and how do you expect people to interpret your comparison!? I mean,. c’mon man atleast get the focus right when your are doing this type of shots!

    • rwoods716

      Both the Moto G and the Moto X are in fact really hard to focus. Rather than having a tap to focus function like every other phone, it’s sort of a drag to focus. Also, not all of the comparisons are out of focus. I provide at least 25 samples for each camera comparison. I don’t edit them. I don’t pick and choose which ones to include. If some of them come out unfocused, then they get posted unfocused. The idea is to show what the camera is like in day to day use. If one of the phones has more photos that aren’t focused, that means that the camera is harder to focus.

    • rwoods716

      Let me ask you something and I mean no disrespect. I’m simply looking for feedback. Would you rather that I just pick the three best photos to put up like everyone else does when they do camera comparisons? One in bright light, one in regular light, and one in low light?

  • Luke

    I don’t know when it gained support, but I’ve been using Camera FV-5 on my Nexus 5 to shoot RAW for a little while now. I believe it was Lollipop that Google exposed a bunch of camera APIs for developers. Just wanted to throw that out there that not only the OnePlus had RAW capabilities. Even if I do have to pay 4 dollars for an app from the Play Store to expose the feature 🙂

    • rwoods716

      Good point. I believe I wrote this before the Lollipop update. What do you use to process your RAW images?