Motorola has completely redesigned its camera app for smartphones and offers the new version under the name “Moto Camera 2” as a free download from the Google Play Store. The new app extends the familiar functionality and also brings new features for all Motorola Moto smartphones with a dual camera.
The new Moto Camera 2 Motorola offers for the smartphones Moto Z3 Play, Moto Z2 Force Edition, Moto X4, Moto G6 (test), Moto G6 Plus and Moto G5s Plus. The app works only with moto smartphones that are equipped with a dual camera. In the Google Play Store, the app is listed with Android 7.0 Nougat as a further minimum requirement and a size of 93 MB.
New UI combines settings for the first time
Motorola hopes for a simpler operation of the revised user interface. This includes and other settings for the main and front camera that can be accessed via a menu for the first time. Until now it was always necessary to switch to the respective camera before their settings such as resolution and video format could be viewed. Zooming is now possible by moving the finger up and down on the screen, and the focus and exposure are dragged. From a selected camera mode is now easier to switch back to the default view. A new ultra-wide-angle mode is to capture more people than ever in selfie group photos.
Especially for the recently introduced Moto Z3 Play is the new Cinemagraph mode. With this combination of video and photo, part of the recording can be selected and animated while the rest remains static. In the already known portrait mode, the intensity of the blur effect can be adjusted. For Moto Z3 Play, this is also possible when shooting with the front camera.
UI of the new Moto Camera 2
UI of the new Moto Camera 2 (Image: Motorola)
Spot colour and clipping modes allow one single colour to be kept while the rest of the image is converted to black and white, and secondly, to replace photos’ backgrounds with photos from the Google Photos library.
More Google services integrated
Speaking of Google: The live function of the video platform YouTube is integrated directly into the Moto Camera 2 in the app so that you can start YouTube live streams from your smartphone without any further application. The partnership with Google continues with the integration of Google Lens, which intelligently recognizes and processes everyday objects. For example, Google Lens recognizes sights or plants and animals, but also copies texts such as photographed Wi-Fi passwords, create calendar events or suggests movie posters.