How Does a $60 Phone’s Camera Stand Up?

One of the major things that you pay for when you buy a fancy, high-end smartphone. The iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, and LG G4 all sport insanely impressive cameras that are way better than something that small has any right to be. They also come with zippy processors, amazing screens, and a bunch of other features. All that comes at a cost, with these phones all running over $600.
The past year has seen the release of a few cheap phones that are surprisingly good. They’re not as good in any single way, but they are good enough for most. I’ve gotten in on the cheap phone game with a $60 Moto E. I’m quite impressed with how well Android runs on such a cheap piece of hardware.

The camera is one area that cheap phones lag way behind the expensive phones. To get an idea of what 10x the price gets you, I took a couple photos in my backyard with my Moto E and iPhone 6 Plus. Each photo is exactly how it came out of the camera with no retouching or color correction (pardon my wrist hair).

iPhone

Moto E

iPhone

Moto E

iPhone

Moto E

iPhone

Moto E

As is painfully obvious, the iPhone takes far nicer shots. The Moto E takes decent pictures, but it only really works in great lighting and if everything stays perfectly still. There is also a longer delay when opening the camera app, so getting that perfect shot requires more preparation than you typically get in real life.

If you plan on capturing lifelong memories with your smartphone, I simply can’t recommend the Moto E or any super-budget phone. If you want to save a ton of money and buy a phone like the Moto E, then spend another $100-200 on a decent point-and-shoot camera. You’ll still be saving hundreds of dollars.