The camera apps might be identical, in regards to the interface and shooting modes, but the hardware gear in tow between them are different. Specifically, the new Moto G gets treated to a slightly higher 8-megapixel camera – in contrast to the 5-megapixel snapper in the original model. They both are complemented with an LED flash and 720p video recording, so the ultimate question that remains is how much better does the new unit fair?

You’d think that the difference is enough to give more detail to the new Moto G’s camera, but that’s not necessarily the case. On paper, one would expect that kind of result, but the older camera gear is still able to snag some pretty looking photos. Interestingly, it’s the warmer color reproduction of the new Moto G that makes us prefer its quality more – as the older model casts cooler colors. Heck, it pretty much translates to all shooting conditions.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014) 4
Motorola Moto G 3

Likewise, we prefer the new Moto G’s 720p video recording quality over its predecessor, mainly because of the softer detail quality and subdued audio recording of the 2013 Moto G.


Boasting stock Android experiences, there’s no surprise that the two resort to the Google Play Music app as the default music player out of the box. Armed with only a single rear firing speaker, one that churns out 87 dB of audio, it easily eclipses the newer model’s dual front-firing speaker’s output of 74.2 dB. Naturally, it’s one of those freak things that catch us by surprise.

Videos play nicely on both devices, but the larger sized display of the new Moto G undoubtedly makes it the more ideal candidate for the experience. It’s not to say that it’s bad with the original handset, but we just simply prefer a larger panel for the experience.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014) 0.41
Motorola Moto G 0.53
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014) 74.2
Motorola Moto G 87

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