Testing the camera performance on phones can be sometimes subjective. To cut that down as much as possible I try to take the same exact pictures when possible to compare both phones in different potential situations. To start things off I went outside and took a holiday photo from nearby. Because I was outside I made sure to hold the cameras and take the picture at the exact same time because lighting can change quickly. Sadly when I did this I didn’t get the pictures spot on, but close enough. Both cameras automatically went to HDR mode. Both photos look great, the only issue I saw at all was a slight yellow tint to the Turbo’s photo in both the beard and on the white house in the background.
Next I went inside and because I couldn’t catch a cat to get a photo of I took a picture of two mice on my desk. Both pictures came out clear with good color, the MotoX did pick up on the texture of the mouse pad a little better so I would give this test to the MotoX again.
Next I took a picture of a miniature quad copter sitting in our normal photo area with two studio lights on. With both I was a little surprised at how grey the white background looked compared to the photos our full sized camera is capable, but this is to be expected with a smaller sized sensor like what you get on a camera phone. The Turbo’s focus is a touch off giving the MotoX the edge here.
With Lighting MotoX
With Lighting Turbo
Next I took the same picture but with the lighting turned off. This was actually taken at about 5:30 during the day so it was still light out but slightly overcast but the pictures look like it is dark out. The Turbo took a better photo here, its blacks are more black where the MotoX looks great and the Turbo’s photo looks crisper.
Without Lighting MotoX
Without Lighting Turbo
At the end of the day it really depends on your intended use but overall the MotoX took better photos. When it came to video they both performed well and are capable of recording in 4k and 720p slow motion, both are awesome features.