Using Camera

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Launch camera

To launch camera in Moto X, you can either:

1. touch moto-x-camera-icon in home screen or app list

2. or quickly twist your wrist twice at any time

moto-x-camera interface

Take photos

Once camera is started, touch anywhere on the screen to take the photo.

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

moto-x-shoot-camera

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

moto-x-camera-zoom

 

Touch moto-x-camera-switch in the camera screen to switch between front and rear camera.

Touch moto-x-camera-video in the camera screen to switch to video camera and start recording.

Touch moto-x-video-stop  to  stop video recording.

Capture a still shot during a video recording

You can also take still pictures when video is being recorded.  Touch anywhere on the screen while recording to save a photo. 

Adjust camera settings

To access camera settings, swipe the screen right to view these camera options as shown below.

moto-x-camera-settings

To change camera settings, rotate the dial and adjust the settings as desired. This includes HDR, Flash, Focus,Slow motion, Panorama, Geo-Tag, Shutter tone and Quick capture

moto-x-camera-options

Understand the icons

moto x HDR To use HDR. 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.

Moto  X camera flash Flash – Set to On,Off or Auto.

moto-x-icon-pano Take a panorama photo

moto-x-icon-geo Geo-tag: tag your photos with a location

moto-x-icon-shutter Shutter tone: turn the shutter tone On or Off

moto-x-icon-quick Quick Capture: turn Quick Capture On or Off

moto-x-icon-focus Tap to focus

moto-x-icon-slow Take a slow motion video

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Comments

    • simon says

      Reboot your Moto X will refresh the list

      If you want to locate the file, you may download a file explorer (e.g, ES File explorer). You can also connect your Moto X to PC to find the photos

      • Trenton says

        Can you capture stills from a video that was already recorded? I could do this on my very old HTC one-v and I’m dissapointed my phone doesn’t have this.

        • simon says

          You can use any video editors to extract any frames.

          Some video players also provide such screenshot functions. Unfortunately, the stock one doesn’t provide this function.

    • simon says

      Moto X does NOT allow you to set the resolution. It is always 10MP. You can change the ration to 16:9 (default is 4:3). This is the only choice.

      For the video, it is always 1080p. You have no choice either (except the aspect ratio)..

      When you share photo or video via MMS, Moto X will automatically scale down the photo and video.

        • simon says

          The setting was reported for a few moto x. But, it seems nobody has it any more.
          (it used to be in the dial. Moto G still has it now.)

          • dhclark86 says

            Ok, so bottom line: the Moto X only takes 10mpx, 16:9 photos. Not very flexible. If Republic offered more than one camera, I don’t think I’d own the Moto X… I guess I’m stuck with using MS Paint to change the resolution and aspect ratio of my photos…

      • jen says

        I have a Moto g and I’m so frustrated that neither myself or koodo support could figurenoutnwhy this phone will not allow texting a video … Even few seconds long!

        • simon says

          Does your mobile plan include mms? MMS require mobile data connection as well.

          Any error messages?

  1. Robert says

    Is there a third party camera app that can take lower resolution photos? I simply have no use for 10m photos let alone the storage. The majority of my photos are VGA which I load into field reports and even 2m are too big.

    • simon says

      That will be sent through MMS. Most carriers support this.

      You just compose your message as normal, attach the video, then send as normal message. The recipient can then choose to download the video to his phone.

      If you plan does not include MMS (very rare!), you can try use some other messaging apps, for example, LINE, Vibre, WeChat… Of course, in this case, both you and the recipient must use the same app.

  2. Andrea Ransdell says

    The icon for switching the direction of my camera has disappeared. I am stuck in selfie mode! How can I get the icon back?

  3. Andrea Ransdell says

    IAlready tried that. I rebooted it again per your suggestion, and this time I left it off for 10 minutes, but the icon did not return. I guess I’ll have to take it back to the store and ask them to fix it :(

  4. Andrea Ransdell says

    I cleared the data and the cache, and the icon came back, but as soon as I touched it to flip the camera back to regular view, all it did was take another selfie and make the icon disappear again. I reapeated the process and the same thing happened. I guess I have to take it to the store. Thanks for trying to help!

  5. Andrea Ransdell says

    Now I even uninstalled the updates and changed it to the factory version. Same thing happened. Icon showed up, I touched it to get out of selfie mode, but it took another selfie and the icon disappeared again. :(

    • caryn says

      i’m having the same problem. i’m wondering if you ever resolved it at home or if you had to send your phone in?

      • Andrea Ransdell says

        Hi Caryn. I had to trade my phone in. After several hours spent on it they confirmed that it was not fixable. I hope they give you a new one. I ended up with a refurbished one but its okay

  6. Ken says

    The button to switch from front to rear camera isn’t working. I’ve tried turning off the phone, but that doesn’t solve the problem.

    • simon says

      You can try to reset camera app (settings – apps- camera, tap clear cache, clear data and force stop. Then reboot your Moto X).

  7. rob says

    How do I upload a photo to imgur? I don’t know if its the phone or imgur but I don’t get the option to pull a pic from the gallery, only take a pic with the camera?

  8. Alissa says

    When I try to use my video camera I get a message “not able to capture media” and it will not record, anyone else experience this?

    • simon says

      Did you check whether you are running low on storage?

      You can try to clear cache and clear data for the camera app, then reboot the phone to see whether it helps.

      • Jason Spinneweber says

        I am getting the same thing. I tried these things and it still does not work. The slo mo video works. the Google camera also does not shoot video but does do pictures.
        Any ideas?

        • simon says

          You probably have to visit the local service centre. It could be a hardware issue if none of such apps works.

    • Andrei says

      I had the same issue with the camera, when recording it doesn’t work, automaticlly stops and message says “not able to capture media”, and I finally found why in my case it wasn’t working:

      I had a app which was a “call recorder” and I noticed once it was using the microphone while even on off it conflicted with another app but this time I had a message say “another app might use the microphone”. So returning to the actual situation of video cam that won’t work, and I wasn’t able to stop the process of the convo recorder last times so I deleted the app, and the video camera on normal mode finally worked.

      Try to look which app might interfier, what apps are almost constantly running even if you closed them and clean the cache.

  9. Nanci says

    When I try to view a picture, the screen always turns darker so it’s too hard to see. Is there a setting where I can leave the picture brighter? I’ve already looked in the display settings.

    • simon says

      When screen turns dark, you can use your palm to hide the sensors (on the top of your phone), then move away your palm. In this way, the auto brightness should adjust itself properly.

      If you want, you can turn off auto brightness (not recommended).

      • Nanci says

        I had already tried turning off the auto brightness and it didn’t change anything. Covering the sensors didn’t help either. It only happens when i try to view a photo, either in the camera or if someone texts me a pic. Any other ideas?

        • simon says

          after turning off auto brightness, if you increase the brightness when playing video, do you see any differences?

          You may also try other third-party video players.

  10. xander says

    The “selfie” camera on my Moto X no longer works. It freezes up whenever I try to access it. Help?

  11. Nicole says

    I took a panoramic picture recently and while it was processing it said saving but its not saved in my gallery with my other pictures. Is it saved somewhere else? And if so, where? Thank you for your help.

  12. David says

    I’m a fairly new Moto X owner (previously had an iPhone). I recorded a 20 second video and was trying to send it via text message. I tried to attach it to a text message and got an error saying “Message size limit reached.” I then tried to send it as an attachment in in an email it’s also too large to send through gmail (54 mb). It’s only 20 seconds long. So whatever format the Moto X records in I guess you can only send a couple seconds of video through text or email??? Is there a way to reduce the size or quality, or compress the video so you can actually send videos via text message? Preferably without having to download an app that the recipient has to have also? Thanks

    • simon says

      The size limit of attachment for Gmail is 20mb. For larger files, you should share through Google drive.

      Mms has even smaller size limit because it is delivered through mobile data. If you want to attach a video to mms, you can try to use share via message instead of attaching it. Moto X will try to reduce the size of your video if you use the share via. But 54mb seems too large.

      The major problem with Moto X camera is that you cannot adjust the resolution for the video, it’s always HD.

      The solution is to use Google drive to share. Of course, this is not convenient if the recipient doesn’t have a large data plan.

  13. David says

    Thanks Simon. Could you elaborate on how I can “share via message instead of attaching?” Im not familiar with that. Also is there a camera app that would allow for resolution adjustment for video recording but still let you use the default messenger? Thanks again.

  14. Jennifer says

    Has anyone experienced a clicking sound coming from inside the phone when attempting to take a photo? About a week ago, I accessed my camera app to take a photo. The image just repeatedly adjusts (using the rear camera) while making the clicking noise. I attempted to use the Camera 360 app, with the same results. I cannot capture a clear photo any longer. I am guessing this might be a hardware issue, as I have only had the phone for 4 months. I’d appreciate any advice. Thanks!

    • simon says

      Yes, it sounds like a hardware issue. You may try to reboot to see whether it helps. If not, you’d better to ask Motorola to fix it.

  15. Derek says

    My camera isn’t focusing very well even with the control focus setting on. I’ve rebooted cleared cache and all that other stuff and other camera apps don’t focus very good either. How can I fix this?

  16. Michelle says

    Mine won’t let me record video at all. Right out of the box, when I hit the video icon, it gave me an error message

  17. Audrey says

    For some reason my flash doesn’t work at all. Never has. I downloaded a flashlight app and that doesn’t even work. Is there something in the settings that might be causing this?

    • simon says

      If your Moto X has been updated to KitKat 4.4.3, yes, there is a pause button. If you are using older version, no pause button for video recording.

      You can check the system version at Settings–About phone.

  18. Triptych says

    For those with non-working cameras turn off hotword detection on both google now and moto always listening and see if it helps

  19. nicole says

    When I first got this phone, I accidently pushed “always” when it asked me where to save pictures. Now all pictures that are sent to me through text message are automatically saved to “photos” in my Google account and not the gallery on the phone. How do I switch it to save them to the gallery instead? Please help!

    • simon says

      Actually, the pictures are saved in your phone. Photos back them up to Google +.

      You can go to settings – apps – Google +, tap clear defaults.

      Next time, when you save pictures, it will ask you to select an app to handle the picture.

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