Using the camera

How do I use the camera?

Tip: To enable all features and get optimized performance, visit the Play Store to ensure you are running the latest version of Motorola Camera.

To launch the camera touch  Image or quickly twist your wrist twice at any time.



Touch anywhere on the screen to take the photo.

Burst - Touch and hold the screen to take multiple shots.




Drag up or down with one finger to zoom between 1X - 4X.




Touch Image in the camera screen to switch between front and rear camera.

Touch Image in the camera screen to switch to video camera and start recording.

Touch Image to stop recording. 


Capture a still shot during a video: 
Touch anywhere on the screen while recording to save a photo. 


Camera Settings

When you want something a little different, swipe the screen right to view these camera options.



Image HDR (High Dynamic Range) is best when used for landscapes or outdoor portraits. Not recommended for action shots.   

Note: HDR mode will not work when Flash is set to On.
 Image Flash - Set to On,Off or Auto
 Image Tap to focus - Touch on the screen
 Image Video - HD (1080p) , SloMo (1080p), Ultra HD (4K) (2160p)
 Image Panorama - Take a panorama photo

Location - Tag your photos with a location

Your photos and videos can be tagged with GPS location if this setting is enabled (which requires your permission).  

The Motorola Gallery will use this location information to better organize your photos for Highlight Reels.  

Other 3rd party apps can also use this location information.

 Image Resolution - Widescreen (9.7MP, 16:9), Standard (13MP, 4:3)
 Image Shutter Tone - Turn the shutter tone On or Off
 Image Quick Capture - Turn Quick Capture On or Off 

Quick Capture

Quickly twist your wrist twice to launch the camera at any time.

Click here for video.

Best Shot

When you take a picture, the camera analyzes moments before and after you press the shutter, to determine if there is a better shot available--for example, a sharper image or a more flattering pose.

We only suggest a best shot when we believe it will be a noticeable improvement over the original. Certain lighting conditions (e.g. very low light or high contrast scenes) and modes (flash / burst) may result in fewer best shot suggestions.

Click here for details on sharing, editing, and deleting your photos or videos.

Click here for details on transferring pictures and videos from your phone to your computer.

Troubleshooting tips

Problems taking pictures

  • Third-party cases can interfere with the camera. Try removing the case if you have image-quality issues with photos.
  • Please make sure there is not a protective covering over the camera lens.
  • Ensure the camera lens is clean and free from any obstructions. Take a dry cloth and gently clean the camera lens.
  • Make sure your finger is not covering or shading the camera lens while taking the photo or video.

Why does the video resolution change back to HD 1080p after each camera session? 

Ultra HD 4K video is a new feature which provides higher resolution video capture.  However because the 4K video sizes are very large, the camera reverts back to HD 1080p video after every session to conserve user memory space.  Also, Highlight Reels cannot be processed with 4K video and will not be included; whereas HD 1080p video can be included and provides the best HLR experience.

Why do both HD and SloMo video show 1080p resolution?

HD video is 1080p at 30fps.  

SloMo video is 1080p at 60fps (this allows for the slow playback mode of SloMo video). 

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