Camera

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.


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 G5 2
2.6
800
570
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.8
2.6
1118
669
Motorola Moto G4 2.1
2.4
684
451
Motorola Moto G4 Play 2.4
2.6
866
581

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.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Motorola Moto G5 0.58
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.015
Motorola Moto G4 0.525
Motorola Moto G4 Play 0.42
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Motorola Moto G5 81
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 77.6
Motorola Moto G4 72.5
Motorola Moto G4 Play 81.7


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19 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The G5 will be available in Canada as of tomorrow, and that one would in fact be usable to some US carriers.

4. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

+1 I wonder if that's the same model as the Latin America one on Amazon that seems to have the bands that could work.

8. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Why would anyone want this rubbish when they could get a lightly used LG G5 for the same price. Everything: Better.

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

This definitely deserves an 8

3. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But no higher than.

11. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

7 seems fair to me. Its ugly as a rabid raccoon crawled from a dumpster and the SD625 is like a Pentium 4, trusty enough - but to be real its a joke.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The 625 is a perfectly fine chip that runs great at everything except gaming. Unfortunately, the Moto G5 uses a SD 430.

14. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I could argue the same about a 15-year-old Pentium 4. That doesn't mean its a great overall experience.

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It depends on what you want. If you value battery life over all and don't care about mobile gaming, the experience is great. If you're into mobile gaming, then it probably isn't.

5. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's kind of disappointing. I considered trying a G5 but it just doesn't make sense considering what it brings. It doesn't make sense for me that is. Looking at the comparison, it's basically the "updated" Moto G4 Play.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! The A3 (2017) has much MUCH superior battery life... Reason is simple; its rocking a low-clocked processor that's been fabricated on the latest 14nm FinFet procedure (Ala Snapdragon 821)... Besides, its made of glass and metal and hence look very sleek and 'shiny'...! Oh well, G'Day!

16. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

It's more expensive as well. Plus that Samsung bloat.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That headphone voltage tho

9. farriusd

Posts: 2; Member since: May 02, 2017

"oversized bezels That belongs in the past and lack of water resistance" The damn thing is $229 from Best buy what do you expect!

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right, it's entry level phone.. did they expect it will has tiny bezels like iPhone7 or other new flagships out there? the design they use is just like any other low-end android, so it's fine... and microSD can fix that second cons...

10. farriusd

Posts: 2; Member since: May 02, 2017

Correction * under $200. G5plus is $229

15. brasstax

Posts: 544; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Because of that, we're inclined to accept certain compromises in its design, like the overly thick bezels..." In all the years that I have been visiting phone arena, I have never read a single i-phone review where the humongous bezels have been pointed out as an unacceptable compromise considering the dizzying price. No, I am not a troll. Just want consistency and neutralism from tech writers/reviewers whom I respect.

18. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

iFanatics will change their view every time in order to blame something, but never their beloved iToy, that insult of a pathetic design has 9.7 on the review, its also 200g in weight, bulky and ugly white front, disgusting - truly pathetic!

19. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

great phone :)
Moto G5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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