How to Use the Motorola Camera App

Your Moto has a great camera, so make the most of it

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Motorola typically makes budget-friendly smartphones that punch above their weight class. Many of them have a pretty decent camera as well. If you own a Motorola device and you're looking to take some photos, here's a quick guide on how to use the Motorola camera app to step up your photography game. 

Motorola Camera App Basics

Motorola Camera is the default app for capturing photos and video on Motorola devices, and it's similar to most smartphone camera apps on the market. It's likely you know what that big, round shutter button does and how to zoom in and out, but there are a few other basics worth pointing out:

  • Take multiple photos: You can take multiple shots at once if you press and hold the shutter button. The number of shots you take appears at the top of the app.
  • Frequently used settings: Some frequently used settings are also at the top of the app, including HDR mode, the flash, the timer, and a toggle for auto and manual modes. Switching to manual will bring up an additional bar full of icons, giving you finer control over a number of settings, including white balance, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, and more.
  • Landscape and panoramic: You'll find these two settings below the frequently used settings bar.
  • Photo and Video mode, selfie camera, Google Lens: The bottom of the app contains a menu for the apps various photo and video modes, an icon for switching to the front-facing selfie camera, and an icon for Google Lens.

You can swipe right or left on the camera screen to switch between the photo and video modes.

Motorola Camera App Video Modes

The Motorola Camera app comes with a number of photo and video modes to play around with, depending on what model smartphone you're using. Here's a brief rundown on how to use them.

Motorola Camera App Photo and Video modes menu

Slow Motion

This mode lets you shoot video in slow motion. It's pretty straightforward. After you tap Slow Motion and the video screen appears, press record to film your subject. Once you stop recording, the app will automatically slow down a portion of your video, but you can adjust where it slows and for how long by accessing the video through Google Photos and dragging the markers on the timeline at the bottom.

Timelapse

Where slow motion reduces the speed of your subject, timelapse speeds it up. Using this mode is simple; just tap Timelapse, then choose from one of four speeds: 4X, 8X, 16X, or 32X. Then, record your video as usual.

YouTube Live

The YouTube Live feature allows you to stream video directly to YouTube. You'll need a YouTube account for this, and you'll have to verify your identity using your phone number before you can access the feature. Once you do that, setting up a livestream is fairly easy.

  1. Open the Photo and Video Modes menu.

  2. Tap YouTube Live.

  3. Create a Title for your stream.

    Motorola Camera App YouTube Live Setup Screen
  4. Make the stream Public or Unlisted. If it's Unlisted, it can only be viewed by people who have a link.

  5. Add a Location (optional).

  6. Tap Next.

  7. At this point, the app will automatically take a thumbnail for your stream. Tap Go Live to start broadcasting.

  8. Once the stream starts, you'll be able to switch between the front and rear-facing cameras, hide the chat, access a variety of filters, mute the microphone, and more.

  9. After you're done streaming, the video will automatically upload to your YouTube channel.

Face Filters

These are pretty self-explanatory and work the same in both the video and photo modes. Swipe left and right to choose from a variety of goofy filters and record a clip or take a photo of yourself as an astronaut, a sparkly unicorn, and more.

Motorola Camera App Photo Modes

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Portrait

Portrait mode lets you blur the background behind your subject to achieve that lovely "bokeh" look photographers are always talking about. Drag your finger along the slider at the bottom of the screen to adjust the amount of background blur in your photo.

Cutout

If your Motorola phone has dual rear-facing cameras, you can use Cutout mode to snip out your subject and add in a new background. The most important part is getting your subject to fit within the circle. The app will tell you if your subject is too close to the background or if you need to get closer. Once you snap a picture, open the Edit menu and select Add Background to replace the background with a new one.

Spot Color

You can use the spot color mode to keep a certain color and create a pop effect. Simply touch the area of the image where you want to keep the color, then use the slider to adjust how much or how little color you want to keep. Once you're satisfied, tap the Shutter icon to take a photo.

Panorama

Panorama mode lets you create a single image by panning across a scene, and it functions similarly to panorama modes on other smartphones.

  1. Open the Photo and Video Modes menu.

  2. Tap Panorama.

  3. Choose where you want to start the panorama and place it within the frame.

  4. Press the Shutter icon, then slowly pan across the scene.

    Try to pan at a steady speed and keep your motion smooth for the best results.

  5. When you reach the end of the scene, tap the Stop icon.

Text Scanner

If you need to copy a document, the Motorola Camera app also works as a scanner.

  1. Open the Photo and Video Modes menu.

  2. Tap Text Scanner.

  3. Line up the document in the square, then press the icon. The scanner will try to recognize the text.

  4. Afterwards, you can choose to share it, copy it to the clipboard, or download it.