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Ever since it was launched in India back in May this year, the Moto G5 Plus has established itself as one of the best mid-range smartphones out there. But it seems like the Lenovo-owned company didn’t want to to rest on the G5 Plus’s laurels for too long, and recently introduced the smartphone’s successor – Moto G5S Plus.
Being a (largely) incremental upgrade over the G5 Plus, the Moto G5S Plus has a spec sheet that’s virtually identical to that of the former. However, the biggest improvement is in the optics department. As opposed to Moto G5 Plus’s 12MP single rear camera (f/1.7 aperture), the G5S Plus sports a dual camera setup at the back, comprised of two 13MP modules (each with f/2.0 aperture). The selfie shooter has also been slightly-enhanced, and is now an 8MP unit with f/2.0 aperture. in resolution (8MP, and is now an 8MP unit with f/2.0 and single-LED flash.
But is the imaging experience on the Moto G5S Plus really better than that on its predecessor? More importantly, does it really justify paying a little (Rs 1,000) extra for the new variant, or should you just go with the Moto G5 Plus?
We pitted the cameras of Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5 Plus against each other, and here are our findings.
In broad daylight, both Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus click impressive-looking photos. The images have quite accurate colour reproduction and pack in a decent amount of resolved detail, even if the photos from the G5 Plus seem to be just a little overexposed in some spots. But zoom in 100% on the images, and it immediately becomes clear that the G5S Plus’s dual camera system is undeniably superior to the single camera on the G5 Plus. After zooming in, the shots from the G5S Plus reveal sharpness levels and details that are far better than those in the photos taken from the G5 Plus.
Low light Images
As far as low light photos are concerned, on the surface, the results from both Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus are fairly good and have ample detail. However, photos from the G5 Plus tend to get a bit more oversaturated as compared to those from the G5S Plus. Also, low light images from Moto G5 Plus are somewhat dark, while low light shots from Moto G5S Plus are better illuminated in comparison.
Not just that, lowlight shots from Moto G5S Plus have a better dynamic range than those from the Moto G5 Plus. And just as it is in the case of daylight images, low light photos from the Moto G5S Plus are much sharper and better detailed than those from the Moto G5 Plus. Colour reproduction is amazing and noise is kept to a minimum.
It’s worth mentioning that the camera app on the Moto G5S Plus comes with a ‘Low light’ mode, which also helps in taking better images in dimly-lit conditions.
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High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos
Getting HDR photos right is often a challenge for smartphone cameras, even more so for shooters in budget and mid-range smartphones. However, both Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus do an admirable job of squeezing out details from bright and dark areas of images. With HDR mode turned on, results from both the smartphones are remarkable and contrast levels are enhanced.
When zoomed in, HDR images clicked from the Moto G5S Plus are revealed to be slightly better than those taken from the Moto G5 Plus. Colours are punchier and details in darker areas of the images are better resolved in images from the G5S Plus.
Depth Of Field Effect In Images
Perhaps the biggest ‘feature’ that the G5S Plus’s dual rear camera setup imparts it over the G5 Plus is the ability to shoot photos with a faux Depth Of Field effect, just like DSLR cameras do. The smartphone’s camera system achieves this effect by keeping the focus locked on the primary subject, blurring everything else in the background. The ‘Depth Enabled’ photos taken from the G5S Plus come out nicely, and background blur is not too drastic.
It’s possible to achieve a somewhat similar Depth Of Field effect on the Moto G5 Plus as well, but that requires switching to the Professional mode and use the Macro setting.
Photos having Depth Of Field from both Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus look equally good.
Moto G5 Plus has a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture, while the G5S Plus has an 8MP front-facing snapper with a larger f/2.0 aperture and single LED flash. Selfies from the cameras on both smartphones come out to be fairly good. Of course, they are not packed with the greatest of detail and colours are sometimes a tad off too, but for sharing on social media networks, the selfies from the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus are just fine.
If you compare the Moto G5S Plus with the Moto G5 Plus purely on the basis of specifications, it may not seem to be that big of an upgrade. But if the photography experience on a smartphone is something that matters to you, the G5S Plus is definitely a solid upgrade over the G5 Plus. Its dual rear camera setup isn’t just a gimmick, and allows you to enhance your photos with funky Depth Of Field effects. And even without that, the camera quality on the G5S Plus exceeds that on the G5 Plus in just about every aspect that matters.
So if you’re planning on buying a new smartphone and are confused between Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5 Plus, just go ahead and get the G5S Plus. It’s every bit worth the extra Rs 1,000 that you’ll pay for it.
Overall Winner: Moto G5S Plus