Battle of a bill phones: Moto G6 vs. Nokia 6.1 camera shootout

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Budget phones have come a prolonged way over a past few years. It’s not tough to find an inexpensive phone that’s both beautiful and superbly kitted out for $300 or less. Two of a favorites for 2018 are a Nokia 6.1 and Moto G6, and they’re both likewise priced. The weakest partial of these twin phones — and many bill inclination — is mostly a camera, so we put them both to a exam in a week-long camera shootout opposite New York City to find out that one comes out on top.

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Camera specifications

The Moto G6 is Motorola’s initial G-series phone to underline a twin camera setup.  The primary lens has 12 megapixels with a f/1.8 aperture, while a delegate sensor is 5 megapixels with a f/2.2 aperture. There’s a dual-LED dual-tone peep as well. In theory, a wider orifice means a G6 should perform improved than a prototype in low-light environments.

HMD Global, a association chartering a Nokia brand, motionless to hang with a singular lens setup on a Nokia 6.1. There’s a 16-megapixel Zeiss lens with a f/2.0 aperture. It also uses dual-LED dual-tone peep like a Moto G6.

Camera apps and software

The Moto G6 camera program is sincerely simple, yet it’s packaged with a few additional features. There’s a underline called Active Photos that allows we constraint brief GIF-like images when we take a photo. Spot Color lets we to modify photos to black and white while maintaining one specific color, and there’s also a primer mode, mural mode, time-lapse, delayed motion, and face filter options in a camera app. As for a 8-megapixel front confronting camera, there’s a beauty filter that can adjust skin shade and mislay teenager imperfections.

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Since a Nokia 6.1 is a partial of a Android One program, a camera app is identical to batch Android with a few additional perks. There’s a beauty filter that works on both a front and rear-facing cameras, a Pro mode that allows we to impersonate settings you’ll find on a DSLR, as good as a mural mode usually for a selfie cam. But a many engaging camera underline on a Nokia 6.1 is Dual-Sight mode, also famous as Bothie mode, as it allows we to concurrently constraint images with a front and back cameras. This can even be used for live-streaming video on YouTube and Facebook.

All of a photos are taken in automobile mode, as that’s a process many people will use.

Courtyard during The Cloisters

We started a camera comparison during The Cloisters museum in top Manhattan.  First adult is a yard shot with healthy beyond lighting. At initial glance, both cameras seem to perform admirably, yet if we demeanour closer you’ll notice a few differences. The leaflet fact is mislaid on a Nokia 6.1, and a picture seems prosaic when compared to a Moto G6. The Moto captures a area behind a arches a small better, and a print is altogether a small brighter and crook too.

Winner: Moto G6

Topiary gardens

The Nokia 6.1 shines in this print of a Topiary garden, also during The Cloisters. Foliage fact is crook and some-more tangible than a Moto G6 photo, that is hairy and pixelated when we wizz in. The altogether shade is also some-more accurate and colourful in a Nokia photo, while a G6 only looks prosaic and cleared out in comparison.

Winner: Nokia 6.1

Coffee and croissants

We took a Moto G6 and Nokia 6.1 along for a morning coffee run in Brooklyn to see if a twin could conduct Instagram-worthy food shots, starting with coffee and croissants.

The Nokia 6.1 struggles with shade accuracy. White change is off in a photo, a credentials colors seem muted, and sum are a small fuzzy. The Moto G6, on a other hand, seems to hoop white change a small better, and a colors cocktail out a small more. It’s not too over-saturated, yet what we like is a solid, healthy fuzz behind a theme (there’s probably nothing in a Nokia 6.1). It’s a some-more shareable photo.

Winner: Moto G6


The trend continues in a second indoor shot. The Moto G6 does a good pursuit with shade — demeanour during a crema in a espresso crater — a print from a Nokia 6.1 is pale and dull. The Nokia 6.1 tends to go for blue and cold hues, since a Moto opts for warmer tones. If we take a demeanour during a dais and section wall in a background, both photos have identical blur, yet you’ll notice some-more fact in a G6 photo.

Winner: Moto G6

Street art

To get a improved thought of how a Moto G6 and Nokia 6.1 perform in daylight, we took a midday travel by Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Nokia 6.1 edges forward slightly. Take a tighten demeanour during a bricks and glow hydrant in both photos, and you’ll notice a detriment of fact on a Moto G6 photo. On a Nokia, it’s easy to make out a section fact everywhere, as good as a plaque on a glow hydrant. While shade illustration here might be a small subjective, a Nokia 6.1 print looks some-more realistic. The colors on a Moto G6 print cocktail a small more, yet they’re a small cleared out.

Winner: Nokia 6.1

Outside a bar

While it’s been flattering easy to establish a improved shot in any unfolding so far, things get a small wily with this print outward a area pub. The Nokia 6.1 handles colors a small some-more accurately here, while a Moto G6 print is too warm. Zoom in on a flowers in a Nokia print and you’ll notice a lot some-more detail. But a Moto G6 takes a cake with energetic operation — demeanour inside a bar and we can see some-more of what’s function inside, yet this is frequency manifest in a Nokia 6.1 photo. We’re separate in opinion over this photo. We like a Nokia 6.1’s outcome for a clever fact and shade accuracy, yet a fact that we can see a small inside creates a Moto G6 print a small some-more inviting.

Winner: Tie

Midnight walk

Budget phone cameras are positively capable, yet they humour a many in low-light environments. Our initial shot in this comparison is of a a grill in Union Square, and it’s easy to see a advantage of a wider orifice on a Moto G6. The print is most some-more pointy than a Nokia 6.1’s photo, and it’s brighter so we can collect adult some-more sum like windows on a adjacent building. We do like a neon pointer on a Nokia 6.1 a small more, yet a rest of a print is so bad that it doesn’t unequivocally matter.

Winner: Moto G6

Window shopping

Our subsequent shot is of a window arrangement from New York’s famous Fishs Eddy during night. The Moto G6 print is good lit, yet it’s a white change that’s distant some-more impressive. The plate towels demeanour pristine white and clean, a rest of a colors are balanced, and a sum are easy to make out. The Nokia 6.1’s print isn’t too shabby, yet a whole picture has a yellow tinge, and sum are fuzzy. The Nokia print does seem to do a improved pursuit during not over-exposing a light bulbs, though.

Winner: Moto G6

William Seward

Our final shot is of a statue of William E. Seward, former administrator of New York, during a opening of Madison Square Park. In this low-light shot, both cameras achieved similarly, yet a Moto G6 does a somewhat improved pursuit overall. If we demeanour closely during a G6 print we can collect out some-more fact on a reduce half of a statue compared to a Nokia 6.1, that mostly looks blurry. The trees flanking a statue are distant some-more minute on a Moto G6’s photo, and so is a building in a background. The pedestal is a small too over-exposed, though.

Winner: Moto G6


The wider orifice and second lens assistance a Moto G6 win this comparison. The camera consistently pulled forward in low-light scenarios, and it was in ubiquitous a small some-more arguable and versatile.

The Nokia 6.1 didn’t perform poorly, though, and it does have a ‘Bothie‘ underline that we won’t find on a Moto G6.

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