Motorola Moto G5 Review

Motorola Moto G5

Posted: , by Victor Hristov Victor Hristov




The G5 can capture decent images if it ever focuses (focusing is way too slow), but in video it surprises with a very good stabilization.

The Moto G5 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, single LED flash and with support for 1080p Full HD video, while up front there is a 5-megapixel cam. These days we don’t care too much about those numbers, what matters is actual image quality.

Before we get into that, let’s just say a few words about the Moto camera app: first, you can start it with the cool double flick of the wrist or you can double click the power/lock key. It’s fast to start and comes with the auto HDR option enabled (you have the HDR toggle quickly accessible), there is also a flash toggle as well as controls for timer. To record video, panoramas slow motion or enter pro mode, you tap on the camera button above the shutter key. You get to the settings by swiping right from the edge of the camera.

Image Quality

The Moto G5 captures pictures that look decent for such an affordable phone. Decent, but not good or great.

The biggest issue with the camera is that it is very slow to focus and capture a picture, especially if your subject moves just a little bit. We ended up with a lot of blurry images because of that.

The good thing is that you have plentiful detail and the images strike a good balance in terms of sharpness, when you get an image in focus. The bad thing is that all images are definitely too contrasty with the blacks and shadows ending up almost always too dark.

The front camera is not particularly impressive either. The 5MP selfie snaps paint skin color and the whole image with a very weird yellow/green tint and have a very contrasty look that does not make people look flattering. You don’t have a lot of detail either. As you can see, we have even more gripes with the front camera than with the rear one.

Video quality

The G5 can also record video of up to 1080p resolution at the pretty standard 17Mbps bitrate.

We were surprised with the built-in stabilization option: video stabilization is usually the one area where affordable phones fail miserably, but not this here Moto G5. Video recordings have the same overly contrasty and not perfectly dynamic look, but they do not look terribly shaky. Focusing is a bit on the slow side, but you have continuous auto-focus. Overall, the G5 does not do great in video, but it surpassed our expectations for video from an affordable phone. Good job, Moto!

Sound quality

Interestingly, the loudspeaker on the Moto G5 is built inside the earpiece on the front. This is actually a nice choice: it means that sound is coming directly at you when you watch YouTube videos or play a song. The quality is decent: it’s not the loudest, nor the clearest, it’s just decent, but most phone loudspeakers fall in that category. We wish it had a bit more depth to it, as it currently sounds a bit tinny.

Of course, you also have a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones that you can use to get much better quality of audio.


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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.68 x 2.87 x 0.37 inches
(144.3 x 73. x 9.5 mm)
5.13 oz  (146 g)

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