By Rich W Woods
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|
|RAM||1 GB||3 GB|
|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|
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.
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.