Motorola Moto X camera details: 13-megapixel Sony IMX135 sensor and more daytime samples
Motorola has traditionally had a healthy partnership with OmniVision using the company’s camera sensors for the camera in the Moto X. The sensor in last year’s Moto X was the 10-megapixel OV10820, a 1/2.6” CMOS sensor, one of the largest on Android, falling back only to the Xperia Z sensors at the time. The original Moto X camera also used the new RGBC ‘Clear Pixel’ color filter that came with the promise of improving the low-light shooting performance. The difference with the standard Bayer RGBG filter is that instead of having two green pixels, it only had one green and the fourth one in the array was a clear one that would capture more light information. Problem is, the camera did not really perform as well as expected - it was plagued with severe issues at launch, and only about a month after the launch, Motorola pushed an update to fix the situation.
Turning to the optics side of things, we had an f/2.4 lens with a 30mm (in 35mm equivalent terms) lens. The new Moto X moves to a wider aperture of f/2.25, and as you probably know, a wider aperture allows for more light to pass to the sensor and results in lighter images. Focal length remains nearly the same at 29.4mm on the new Moto flagship.
With all those technicalities aside, it’s time to take a look at the actual performance of the camera of the new Moto X. Take a look at some new daytime camera samples from different sources in the first slideshow, and in the second one, you can also compare with our own night time samples. How do you like what you see?