Sep 23 AT 2:02 PM Dustin Earley 10 Comments

T-Mobile Moto X software update dramatically improves camera quality

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Just how important is the role software plays in making your smartphone photos look good? T-Mobile Moto X owners are finding out first-hand that it’s probably more important than you think.

Despite having a new Clear Pixel camera, which was supposed to give the Moto X an edge in photography, the Moto X is a major bummer in the camera quality department. At least it used to be. Motorola is rolling out a software update for the T-Mobile Moto X variant (we assume other models will be updated in time) that claims to improve camera quality. The update claims to include “enhanced auto-white balance performance and color accuracy. Improved exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes. Reduced noise in low light scenes.”

So does the update do what it claims? Droid Life has some excellent before and after pictures comparing very similar shots and the results are impressive. In nearly every shot, color accuracy and dull edges seemed to be dramatically improved. Where pictures looked washed-out and over-processed before, they look clean and rich now. If you had any reservations about buying the Moto X because of camera quality, you may want to rethink that. It’s still not the best camera out there, but it’s at least comparable now. Head on over to Droid Life to see all the comparison pictures, and let us know what you think.

Source: DroidLife

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • JPB

    Isn’t the “T-Mobile” variant just the international version that is sold on Google Play Store? T-Mobile doesn’t sell the MotoX directly.

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  • JPB

    Sorry, I meant on the Moto Store, not the Google store. My mistake.

  • SGB101

    It’s great what a software tweak can do. I put focal on my nexus 4,and that improved the shutter time, not tested the quality tho.

    Anyway good news for the moto x. Also it come out tops for durability in a article I read over the weekend.

  • redraider133

    Good for all the x owners. This is what was holding me back from purchasing one. Good to see moto improving the camera performance

  • pryvateid

    I swear when I log in, it never completely logs in, but sometimes when I go back from waiting for it to load, it logs in (like it did now). But anyway, YES! Now I’m fully ready to switch to Republic Wireless and get that Moto X.

  • aholland1

    I hope this makes it to the Droid Maxx soon. Loving the phone so far!

    • b19

      Same here — the camera is pretty much the only thing I’m not crazy about with the Maxx after two weeks.

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  • brad

    The software update came down from Sprint yesterday as well. It does seem to make a difference.