11-06-2016 12:07 PM
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  1. Clocks's Avatar
    Thought I'd upload these. Personally I don't see a *huge* difference between the $408 Z Play and the $749 Pixel, but there's some differences when you zoom in. I'm guessing there won't be many official side by sides done by any blogs since these two phones are in different categories.

    These are in a room, lit with a lamp, with some pretty big windows letting some sunlight in. So not dim but not daylight either.

    (I'm intentionally not labeling them)

    Also available here without Tapatalk's compression
    http://imgur.com/a/30ead





    This one is cropped a bit, also I had to black out my toddler (he wasn't wearing pants...sorry sickos!)
    Some camera comparisons: Z Play vs Pixel-img_20161021_100529154.jpg
    Some camera comparisons: Z Play vs Pixel-img_20161021_100530.jpg
    KoukiFC3S and Green_Laser like this.
    10-23-2016 11:15 AM
  2. captainm27's Avatar
    Nice comparison. Can you upload more? I'm interested to see some indoor shots.
    benjamminh likes this.
    10-23-2016 11:34 AM
  3. streetkilln's Avatar
    They are pretty similar, not bad at all what about low light shots
    benjamminh likes this.
    10-23-2016 03:21 PM
  4. jdfry15's Avatar
    I can tell the difference pretty easily. I like the play but the camera is not the best. However, how many people really print pictures or look at them on high resolution monitors. If you use it for Instagram and Facebook it's perfectly acceptable.
    10-23-2016 06:10 PM
  5. Ry's Avatar
    Not too shabby.
    10-23-2016 06:13 PM
  6. Soundtallica's Avatar
    Nice. The Pixel photos are a but better, but not $250-$500 better. The Z Play camera is good enough for my needs.
    benjamminh likes this.
    10-23-2016 06:28 PM
  7. NX1977's Avatar
    Assume the darker pumpkin picture is the play?
    10-24-2016 02:37 PM
  8. PowrDroid's Avatar
    Assume the darker pumpkin picture is the play?
    I'm agreeing with you. Judging by the noise, I say the top photo of each pair is the Z Play and the bottom photo is the Pixel.
    10-24-2016 03:46 PM
  9. Clocks's Avatar
    I added two more at the bottom (had to crop them a bit and black out my toddler). These were taken in the early morning with the sun coming through the windows in the scene but no other lights on. I think this photo has the biggest difference between the two phones.

    And you previous folks are correct, the Z Play is the top photo in each example.
    xweb10 and NX1977 like this.
    10-24-2016 06:27 PM
  10. jdfry15's Avatar
    I added two more at the bottom (had to crop them a bit and black out my toddler). These were taken in the early morning with the sun coming through the windows in the scene but no other lights on. I think this photo has the biggest difference between the two phones.

    And you previous folks are correct, the Z Play is the top photo in each example.
    Besides the camera what phone do you like better? Is the pixel noticeably faster?
    10-24-2016 08:18 PM
  11. Clocks's Avatar
    Besides the camera what phone do you like better? Is the pixel noticeably faster?
    I prefer the pixel, mostly because of the size (I got the 5" one). It's probably technically "faster" and "smoother" than the z play but I don't really see a difference there.
    10-24-2016 09:16 PM
  12. xweb10's Avatar
    I added two more at the bottom (had to crop them a bit and black out my toddler). These were taken in the early morning with the sun coming through the windows in the scene but no other lights on. I think this photo has the biggest difference between the two phones.
    Yikes... That sofa photo with the Play is terrible...
    10-24-2016 11:28 PM
  13. Clocks's Avatar
    Yikes... That sofa photo with the Play is terrible...
    It falls down pretty fast when the light gets low.
    xweb10 likes this.
    10-25-2016 09:14 AM
  14. dpham00's Avatar
    I found that the moto z play was fine in everything but low light.
    10-25-2016 10:28 AM
  15. NX1977's Avatar
    I found that the moto z play was fine in everything but low light.
    TBH about the same as my Nexus 5 was.
    10-25-2016 01:19 PM
  16. xweb10's Avatar
    It falls down pretty fast when the light gets low.
    What worries me is that was not a really low light photo, at least from what I can tell.

    I appreciate these photos. It has successfully steered me away from the Play.
    10-25-2016 09:42 PM
  17. RapidTurtle's Avatar
    That picture of the sofa tells the problems with motorla's cameras. Way to grainy as usual.
    10-30-2016 07:27 AM
  18. NX1977's Avatar
    Tried to take some pictures of my old mobile for the sale advert and the pictures were awful.

    Are there any apps which can help as the stock camera app struggles to focus in all but bright light
    10-30-2016 02:54 PM
  19. 1901Madison's Avatar
    I agree the camera on the Z Play isn't great, but that's part of the deal with paying $400 for a phone. There are going to be trade-offs. For my money, outside of the camera, the Z Play can do everything the flagship Z Force can do.
    benjamminh and Clocks like this.
    10-30-2016 06:22 PM
  20. YAYTech's Avatar
    I agree the camera on the Z Play isn't great, but that's part of the deal with paying $400 for a phone. There are going to be trade-offs. For my money, outside of the camera, the Z Play can do everything the flagship Z Force can do.
    The Z Play won't be as good for VR due to the lower res screen, and there may be some more intense games that the Z/Z Force would be better for, but it's amazing how well the Play does almost everything.
    benjamminh likes this.
    10-30-2016 06:58 PM
  21. benjamminh's Avatar
    If my wife wanted to switch with me other than the camera and the security of the Shattershield I would be completely happy.
    10-30-2016 07:29 PM
  22. On2Vegas's Avatar
    Perhaps a software update can improve the camera's performance. Although I find it quite serviceable in most conditions other that fairly low light.
    10-31-2016 06:30 PM
  23. azdro22's Avatar
    Moto Z play camera is good for the price it has been listed.
    benjamminh, Ry and Clocks like this.
    11-01-2016 01:39 AM
  24. NX1977's Avatar
    I've been using A Better Camera app for a few days, and pictures are improved compared to the Motorola camera app. I never noticed much difference on my Nexus 5, so stuck with the stock Google camera app.

    Perhaps the majority of camera issues are mostly down to a poor camera app? Certainly there seems to be less noise in low light.

    Although I did record a video with the Motorola app and that was pretty good when viewed on a computer.

    Is it just pictures which are affected?


    I'd be interested in seeing Pixel v Z pictures using the same camera app (ie better camera) to see if the results are any closer between the 2 handsets.
    pkguy323 likes this.
    11-05-2016 06:14 PM
  25. Green_Laser's Avatar
    @clocks

    Thank you very much for the comparison pics. My wife and I are currently still with Moto X 2014, though we feel it's time to upgrade.. Battery is simply getting too short of a span to work with, and we could use an upgrade in the camera department. Our options we have narrowed down to are either the Play or the Pixel.
    We have a toddler too and of course we use the camera all the time, many great moments to catch.

    If I remember correctly, you once may have had a Moto X 2014, and maybe still do.

    What's for sure is that the Pixel's camera IS better than both the Moto X 2014 and the Moto Z Play.

    A small request from you, my wife and I could really benefit from your help here. If you still do have your moto x lying around, could you please send a couple of comparison pics between the two.. And if moto x no longer with you, no worries, based on your memory, would you say the Z Play is same quality or better than the Moto X 2014?

    We'd love the battery life of the Play and a better camera than our current phones, however if the Play has equal quality to Moto x, we'll go with the Pixel.

    Thank you!
    11-06-2016 11:01 AM
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