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San Francisco adventures

The San Francisco Armory

Graffiti

Espresso

Stella the cat

Happy dog

Bookmobile

Fire truck

Low-light classic car

Selfie flash

Four beers

Wu Tang plant clan

Cappuccino

Hula hoop

Mural -- Moto G5 Plus

Mural -- Moto E4

Scooter -- Moto E4

Scooter -- Samsung Galaxy J3

Moto E4 review

The Motorola Moto E4 is one of the cheapest phones you can buy. 

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It has an 8-megapixel rear camera.

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I took the camera around San Francisco for a spin.

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Up close shots are good, with a nice amount of detail. Notice the scratches on the chrome.

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Stella the cat's fur suffers from the E4's noise reduction.

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The dynamic range is pretty limited. The highlights tend to blow out easily.

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In daylight, the phone's display can be challenging to see, making framing shots difficult.

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The Moto E4 renders photos with a very true to life look.

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It handled low-light shots well with minimal noise in the shadows.

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The selfie flash worked well for group selfies.

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Four beers are better than one. No camera criticism here, just beer.

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In mixed lighting, the autofocus took a second or two to find focus on the Wu Tang plant clan.

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The E4 is good at capturing detail. Check out the foam on this cappuccino.

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Live action shots gave the camera a run for its money. But here it did well capturing this hula hoop demonstration.

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How does the Moto E4 compare against the more expensive Moto G5 Plus? I took a photo with each. Here's the one from the G5 Plus. Notice the color range and dynamic range.

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Here's the same photo taken with the Moto E4. It looks nice, but lacks the detail and dynamic range of the Moto G5 Plus.

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When you compare the Moto E4's 8-megapixel camera against another ultra budget phone, the Samsung Galaxy J3, the E4 has the clear advantage. Here's a shot I took with the E4 of a scooter.

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Here's the same shot taken with the Galaxy J3's 5-megapixel camera. The Moto E4 photo, has more detail, better color and a better dynamic range.

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For more about the Moto E4 check out our full review.

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