Indoors, without the felines
Here’s another comparison of the three with indoor shots and less stark lighting. It makes for a good chance to compare how the cameras perform in a setting that shouldn’t be too challenging for any decent camera.
The Moto X Pure Edition performed rather well, producing a great shot of the fall critters sitting atop the table.
The light is balanced well and you can clearly see all the colors on the friendly animals. Even though the light is coming in from an angle, it’s not bleeding over to other parts of the photo.
The 2014 Moto X looks like it has a filter over it—notice the beak of the crow. It’s washed out. Also, at the sides of the table the darkness kinds of bleeds over, and there's considerable noise in the tabletop.
Again, I still feel the best picture here belongs to the Galaxy Note 5. The beak and the feet tell the tale—this has the best “pop” and creates a brighter all-around photo. But it’s only a smidgen better than the Moto X Pure Edition.
Improved outdoor performance
The Moto X camera shines best when it comes to outdoor performance. Even last year’s phone would struggle at times, but I found the images from the new model to be of great quality.
If you look at the flowers you’ll see their color is reproduced well. You can also distinguish the different colors on the pot, porch, leaves, and wood chips without problems.
Again, the previous Moto X looks like it’s washed out with a bad Instagram filter. The leaves are not as realistically green, though the flowers turn out decent enough.
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