Motorola Moto G5S Plus • Camera Disadvantage
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Moto G5S Plus aperture lens

The Moto G5 Plus comes with a dual-camera setup. The main issue I have with this setup is that it uses relatively slow f/2.0 aperture lenses, at least if you compare it to the Moto G5 Plus that comes with an F1.7 lens, but it's a single-camera setup, not dual one. I do understand that the second sensor was designed to enhance the image by applying some photo enhancement algorithms to improve low-light photos, but still, the effect is marginally reduced because of the fact that the lens just allows less light to pass through it.

This is one reason why some phone manufacturers actually prefer staying with the single-camera setup and put a larger sensor with a faster lens. We all know how important it is for mobile photography to have a fast lens up front. This can make a huge difference when it comes to low light photography. When you use a dual-camera setup, you usually get smaller sensors because of the space required to store them and this also means smaller pixels. I know that today's sensor's performance is really good, but giving us an F2.0 lens just put a barrier on the creative options when shooting at night or an indoor area with a limited amount of light.

It's a mid-range phone, so obviously we can expect some compromises to be made. The thing is that a dual-camera setup does offer more creative options to users and many people love that. It allowing an enhanced depth of field effects, accurate post-focus functionality and other tricks that can work really well and in some cases only possible with a dual-camera setup.

To really enjoy both worlds, you need to shell out more money and get a premium flagship phone. I'm sure that from now on we are going to see more phones coming with a single-camera setup that inherits the camera features of yesterday's flagship. This is one reason why, in some cases, opt for a single-camera setup than a dual one. That being said, it's hard to give up on that shallow depth of field effect that you can get with a dual camera, so maybe the F2.0 aperture is a good price to pay, but still, I think this deserves a mention. I also think that some of the upcoming mid-rangers will offer very appealing and competitive camera specs and I just don't think that the Moto G5s will be that attractive ones those come out, but we still need to wait and see.

By the way, just for comparison, the Motoroloa Moto G5 Plus that features the same Snapdragon 625 processor, comes with an F1.7 aperture lens. This is one of the main reasons it performed so well in low-light reviews. It also comes with a relatively large Sony IMX362 1/2.5" sensor and 1.4-micron pixels. All that allows the G5 Plus to perform admirably well under dim light. I am waiting for the time when we can enjoy both, having a dual-camera setup with large sensors and F1.7 aperture lens, but I know we are only going to see this first in flagship devices first.

Which one you would prefer? the Moto G5S Plus dual-camera setup or the Moto G5 Plus?

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User Opinions

  • I believe this "dual camera" setup is just a marketing strategy so they can increase the price of moto g5s plus phones. From what I understand the second sensor from dual camera is used for bokeh effect mostly. So the camera in moto g5s plus is not really an upgrade, in fact I belive it is a downgrade but most consumers would not know it. Anyway both of the moto g5 plus and moto g5s plus image should be good when used in daylight photography and there wouldn't much be any difference for the average users. If they will sell the moto g5s plus for $300 then I suggest to just get the moto g5 plus. They sell it right now for $180 at Costco. For almost half the price of the new moto g5s plus, the older moto moto g5 plus is still the best bang for your buck .

  • Completely agree on that, but the dual camera does has its benefits and I'm sure it adds to the overall cost.