Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- Shiny without the usual drawbacks
- Versatile camera
- Lack of MotoMods
- Performance falls short
Though its perfectly servicable for the most part, the Moto X4 is defined more by the things that are absent from its feature-set rather than those that are present.
Price$ 699.00 (AUD)
Still, the dual-lens camera on the X4 is a pretty big part of the sell for this smartphone. If you put it to the side, any discussion around the device is - perhaps inevitably - going to focus more on what it doesn't have than what it does have. However, putting the form-factor to the side, the camera is probably the other area where the X4 shines. At least, by Motorola's standards.
Moto’s previous upper-mid tier devices have really struggled to make their mark when it comes to cameras. They’ve always been good, but never really good enough to stick with, let alone stick it to the other brands playing in the space. And, at least on paper, The Moto X4 has what it takes to break out of that cycle.
Photos taken with the Moto X4 look good, even if they don't look bus-stop good. The real strength here is in the balance it strikes between versatility (via the myriad options the camera app gives you) and usability (via the easy-to-use UI of the aforementioned camera app). In practice, the wide-angle lens works well, portrait-shots are easy and look good, the auto-focus is pretty responsive and the panoramic selfie holds up as a neat addition to the device's repetoire.
Motorola have even tossed some smarts into the mix, with the X4 boasting a smidge of smarts in the form of basic object recognition (a la Google Lens) to identify objects. Unfortunately, this feature is pretty basic in its current form. It could sometimes identify that the below is "a box", but little more than that.
In summary, the Moto X4's camera is highly-usable and boasts most of the features and perks that you'd want. It's unlikely to sate the appetite of the smartphone photographer - but for most it will probably serve just fine.
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