OnePlus One vs Moto E (2nd Gen) Camera Comparison

OnePlus One vs Moto E (2nd Gen) Camera Comparison

By Rich W Woods

I know I’m going to take heat for writing this. People love to go nuts when I compare a low end or a mid-range device to the OnePlus One. I get it. The OnePlus One is the flagshipiest of flagship phones. The fact is that the camera is far from perfect and I’ve been extremely impressed with the Moto E camera since I got it a couple weeks ago.

I have been impressed with the Moto E as an overall phone. It uses the 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, which is a rare quality for a low end phone that sells for $149. Another rare quality that it has is LTE. I would be remiss to fail to mention the rare qualities that the OnePlus One has. It uses a 2.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.5″ 1080p LCD, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, and 64 GB of onboard storage. Oh, none of that is rare? Well, for a $349 phone, it is, numbnuts.

OnePlus One vs Moto E: Specs

OnePlus One Moto E
Processor 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 3G – 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200, LTE – 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410
GPU Adreno 330 3G – Adreno 302, LTE – Adreno 306
Display 5.5″, 1080p, 401 ppi, IPS LCD 4.5″, 540×960, 245 ppi, IPS LCD
Body 152.9×75.9×8.9 mm, 162 g 129.9×66.8×12.3 mm, 145 g
Camera 13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front 5 MP, 2592х1944, 0.3 MP Front
Video 4K DCI – 24 fps, 4K UHD – 30 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps 720p – 30 fps, Front 480p – 30 fps
Aperture f/2 f/2.2
Storage 16/64 GB 8 GB, Expandable to 32 GB
Battery 3100 mAh 2390 mAh
Price 16 GB – $299, 64 GB – $349 3G – $119, LTE – $149

Obviously, one is designed to be a low end and one is designed to be a flagship. They both, however, provide a tremendous amount of value for the price they command.

OnePlus One vs Moto E: Rear Camera

The rear camera is the meat of the subject here, because let’s face it, the OnePlus One is going to kill the Moto E on the front camera. I think the OnePlus One has the best front camera on the market.

The OnePlus One uses a 13 MP camera while the Moto E is 5 MP. I say this first because it’s the first thing people look at in a smart phone camera; however, resolution is the least important spec in a smart phone camera. In fact, in the notorious Nokia Lumia 1020, it oversamples 41 MP photos down to 5 MP because Nokia believes that 5 MP us the perfect resolution for an image.

Aperture literally means the opening of the lens. A smaller aperture will being a higher depth of field, meaning the background of the image will be more focused. For example, an f/12 aperture will have a larger depth of field than an f/2 aperture. This doesn’t really relate to smart phone cameras because smart phone cameras use a lot of software to try to focus the background. Aperture matters in smart phone cameras because a larger aperture allows in more light, allowing for better low light performance.

OnePlus One Moto E

It is pretty obvious that while both photos are taken from the same distance, the Moto E takes closer photos, so the OnePlus One has a greater field of view. Low light is also much better on the OnePlus One, which is not surprising.

OnePlus has solved most of the problems of washed out looking photos with the latest CM11 05Q update; however, you can still see it once in awhile, such as in the photo of the pink flower 16th from the bottom.

OnePlus One vs Moto E: Front Camera

The OnePlus One uses a 5 MP front camera, which, like I said above, is one I consider to be the best on the market. It’s not about resolution. You can look at comparisons between the OnePlus One and the HTC Desire Eye (13 MP front camera) or the HTC Desire 820 (8 MP front camera) and see that the OnePlus One just comes out on top.

The Moto E, on the other hand, has just a 0.3 MP front camera. It’s better than some low end phones that don’t have front cameras at all, but it’s worse than other low end phones that also have 0.3 MP front cameras, such as the Microsoft Lumia 435. In this case, resolution does matter because it’s just that low.

Like I said, the OnePlus One us great. The Moto E is not, even if you take into consideration the low resolution. It blurs the edges.

OnePlus One vs Moto E: Video

The OnePlus One has much greater video recording capabilities than the Moto E does. It records 4K DCI at 24 fps and 4K UHD at 30 fps. Of course, these features are not available if you flash OnePlus’s ROM, OxygenOS. Even if you install the ColorOS Camera app, it will say it can record 4K but will record 480p. The Moto E records 720p at 30 fps.

OnePlus One 4K DCI 24 fps

OnePlus One 4K UHD 30 fps

OnePlus One 1080p 30 fps

OnePlus One 720p 30 fps

Moto E 720p 30 fps


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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.