Motorola Moto E4 Plus Review
A fuzzy mess
We were optimistic about the Moto E4 Plus' 13 MP camera, but it was quick to let us down. Even in perfect lighting, the snapper produces noisy photos with washed up details. Its dynamic range is pretty bad, too, meaning lit up areas are easy to burn out and shadows often turn into depressing darkness. Its color reproduction is close to reality, but the photos end up looking so dark, dull, and uninspiring that it's hard to capture anything enjoyable.
The phone does have an HDR feature, but using it is tricky. While it does widen the camera's dynamic range to a somewhat acceptable level, it takes so long for the HDR shot to be taken that chances are high you will shake the phone and the resulting photo will have a bit of ghosting in it.
What about the selfie camera? Oh my does it carry over the terrible imaging. Details are fuzzy and getting an accidental shaky shot is super-easy, even in well-lit conditions. The presence of an LED flash next to the front camera implies that it takes good selfies, but in reality it does not.
What about video recording? Mostly a shaky and fuzzy mess that has a terrible time with exposure and looks like it's just out of focus most of the time.
So yeah, the camera is bad. Sure, it can be used for some social media shenanigans, but don't expect quality memorabilia out of it.
It's not all about the large screen
Sure, the Moto E4 Plus has a 5.5-inch display and one would think that's great for watching video. However, its low pixel-per-inch density of 267 leaves a lot to be desired in terms of image sharpness. As previously mentioned, you can't really enjoy a YouTube clip in 60 FPS, as the handset will inevitably start stuttering while loading the rest of the video. So it's not really a video-consumer's device.
The single speaker is nice and loud. The Dolby Atmos app on board will allow you to tweak EQ settings to kind of offset the “tinny speaker” effect that so many smartphones are plagued by. While you won't be able to enjoy your phat beats for sure, you can definitely get an acceptable sound to come out from the Moto E4 Plus — good for your podcasts or entertaining clips.