Lenovo-owned Motorola has just launched the Moto G5 Plus in the Indian market, and while the company has introduced many new features on the new Moto G, one of the most talked about is the camera of the smartphone. The G5 Plus comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with a massive f/1.7 aperture, which is highlighted as one of the USPs of the device.
But every newcomer in the race has to fight the best in order to prove themselves, and in this case, the Moto G5 Plus has to deal with the Honor 6X, the device which comes with a dual camera (12 and 2 megapixels) on the back, and is considered to be the frontrunner when it comes to phones with cameras in the mid-segment smartphone market – the G5 Plus is available for Rs 16,999 (for the 4 GB / 32 GB) while the Honor 6X retails for Rs 15,999 (for the 4 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage). Can the G5 Plus dethrone the Honor 6X to become the ultimate camera phone in the category?
Let’s get the basics out of the way first. Starting with the newbie in town, the Moto G5 Plus comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with aperture f/1.7, dual autofocus pixels and dual LED flash. The primary camera can record 4K videos and comes with features like auto HDR, Panorama, touch to focus amongst others. The phone is equipped with a 5-megapixel front camera with aperture f/2.2.
Getting to our other contender, the Honor 6X, it comes with a pair of cameras on the back. The primary camera on the Honor 6X is a combination of a 12-megapixel and a 2-megapixel sensor on the back. This duo is accompanied with a LED flash and features phase detection autofocus. The primary camera can record full HD videos and offers features like HDR, Panorama, geo- tagging amongst other features. When it comes to the front camera, the Honor 6X comes with an 8 megapixel sensor.
Judging sheerly on the basis of the spec sheet, there is no doubt that the Honor 6X has an edge over the Moto G5 Plus, thanks to those twin shooters. But that is not the only thing pushing the performance of the two machines.
The Moto G5 Plus runs on stock Android 7.0 Nougat and the thing about stock Android is that it demands to stay clutter free. The camera UI of the G5 Plus is smooth and simple and unlike our other contender that comes laden with features, this one believes in ‘simplicity is the best city to live in’ (bad pun day!). The G5 Plus comes with a limited number of features and modes. The camera app offers HDR mode, Professional mode, Panorama, Solo motion amongst some other modes and that is about it.
On the other hand, the Honor 6X is filled to the brim with features and modes. The Honor 6X comes with 16 (yes!) modes which one can use to take pictures including Light Painting, Time Lapse, HDR amongst others. The interface allows you to do more without bombing all of it at once on your screen. The ones who want to stick with just point and shoot mode can stick to it because the modes and the settings are not put up just on the front. And while we love a clean and simple interface, the ones inclined towards photography would want to go with the Honor 6X because it allows you to do more as we think the Moto G5 Plus can be too simple or “limiting” for some.
Now that we know what the two warriors are made of, let us see how well they put the hardware and software to use.
Normal Landscape Shots:
We took a picture of a flock of pigeons in Connaught Place in the morning with the two phones and we think one phone aces what the other one lacks. To our surprise, the colors on the G5 Plus when we were taking landscape shots, turned out to be better than that on the Honor 6X. The contrast produced in the picture by the Moto G5 Plus appeared to be crisper while the colors on the picture produced by the Honor 6X seemed as if the picture was taken just out of a washing machine. But we think the Honor 6X made a comeback by marginally taking over the G5 Plus in terms of details. The two pictures looked very similar but as we zoomed in, we found the Honor 6X was doing just a little better on the detailing part. The two phones gave a tough fight to each other in this segment but we think the Moto G5 Plus wins it for us because the picture looked more vibrant and pleasant.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus
Low Light Shots
In this department, we think the G5 Plus has a clear edge over the Honor 6X. The larger aperture actually comes into play, especially in this category. The Moto G5 Plus comes with a f/1.7 aperture which allows more light to enter the camera while taking a picture and the difference, speaks out loud. We compared a couple of pictures and the result was the same. The first picture we took was in traffic while the sun was setting and as you can see, the Moto G5 Plus is able to produce various hues around the sun and the colors look better while when it comes to the Honor 6X, the camera just could not produces various hues around the sun as decently as the Moto G5 Plus did.
In the second picture, we focused on the light source outside while we were sitting in the dark room. The contrast produced by the Moto G5 Plus seemed better and produced crisper colors as compared to the Honor 6X. This time, the G5 Plus even scored on the detailing bit because as we zoomed in we could see the number plate of the Honda City parked outside whereas it was a little blurred out in the case of the Honor 6X. But it is not all red and rosy for the Moto G5 Plus. We took pictures where we focused on a light source and we think the Honor 6X handled the glare way better than the G5 Plus. But we think the G5 Plus has got a better score card in this case as well which is why we think it wins this round.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus
It is one of our favorite things to capture (because we get to eat it later, obviously). And we think the tables turn as we reduce the distance between the lenses of our phone and the subject. We took the pictures of the various teas that our editorial mentor likes to sip and we think the Honor 6X produced better pictures out of the two. The picture of the deep red tea had close to the real color when we took it from the Honor 6X as compared to the Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5 Plus was a step or two away from the reality in this case. The color of the iced tea we ordered, also turned out to be a little better when clicked with the Honor 6X as compared to the picture clicked by the Moto G5 Plus which lacked a bit in terms of colors. The Honor 6X also bagged this round in terms of details. We took pictures of ice and the picture by the Honor 6X was very well detailed and had a great bokeh-ed background, giving it an edge. While the Moto G5 Plus tried very hard to compete with the Honor 6X, the dual lenses on the back of the Honor 6X actually did the magic this time which is why this round goes to the Honor 6X.
Winner: Honor 6X
So the first people shot that we took was not really a person but a model of a person. We clicked this mannequin of a woman sitting on the floor with a painted face and a bright smile. We think here the photo by the Moto G5 Plus had better color and even when harsh sunlight was falling on the statute, it did not kill the color completely. The Moto G5 Plus also handled the glare better in this case and the colors intensified. In the case of the Honor 6X, the color faded out a little and the glare killed a lot of detail in the picture.
Another shot which is an actual person’s shot was the shot of our editorial mentor. We used the dual lens option of the Honor 6X and we think in terms of ‘real’ people shot, the Honor 6X took it home. The image by 6X had more detail and great bokeh-ed background which gave it an edge and also had good colors. While the G5 Plus also produced great colors in the picture, they were not really close to what the real colors looked on our subject’s shirt and sweater. And because the picture of our ‘real’ person turned out to be better with the Honor 6X, we have to give the round to the 6X – we think those dual cameras make a massive difference in portraits.
Winner: Honor 6X
Close Up Shots
This, we think, is the territory of the Honor 6X as it has dual knight fighting on its back as compared to the Moto G5 Plus which just has one single camera. We took a shot of the flower petal this time and we found that the G5 Plus is extremely difficult to handle when it comes to close-ups or super close-ups. The phone simply refuses to focus. It took us ages to click a decent close of the flower petal and it did not turn out to be that fine either. We could not see the detailing on the petals or the white strands at the end that clearly. On the other hand, the Honor 6X hit the ball out of the park in this case. We could see the tarnished petal and could see the wrinkles on it and the hue of brown in middle and could even see each white strand attached to the petal. This clearly is another home run by the Honor 6X which is why this round goes to the Honor 6X.
Winner: Honor 6X
We first took the selfie with the G5 Plus and then with the Honor 6X. We think the color was a little bleached out when we took the picture with the Moto G5 Plus as the white background essentially became plain white (which it was not) in the picture plus zooming did not offer detail. On the other hand, in the picture clicked with the Honor 6X we could easily see the background and all its textures. There were bricks coming out and cups stacked on them which were not very visible in the picture we took with the G5 Plus. The face of our subject looked a bit more detailed and we could see more textures. Zooming in actually showed more detail. Hence this round goes to the Honor 6X.
Winner: Honor 6X
In terms of the sheer scores, the Honor 6X has taken the battle 4-2, but both the phones have their own pros and cons. For instance, in the review, we thought that the Moto G5 Plus produced washed out colors whereas when compared to the Honor 6X, we felt it was doing a way better job in terms of colors. The G5 Plus also is a contender when it comes to long range shots, which is a loose nut in the Honor 6X’s machinery. On the other hand, the Honor 6X does on point bokeh, captures great detail, rocks portraits and has more modes. It even scores on panorama mode and has modes like light painting, where the Moto lags. So, if you are looking for a camera which lets you do more and allows you to experiment with your photography skills, we think the 6X will be the Honor-able choice for you whereas if you just wish to point and shoot with a clean interface, we think you can say “Hello, Moto.” Choose wisely then.