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I have just bought a Moto X Play, which comes with the proprietary Motorola camera app. I am wondering, how much difference does the camera app make for the basic photo quality like:

  • automatic determining of exposure
  • automatic white balance
  • automatic ISO settings
  • noise correction for low-light shots

I understand that some 3rd party apps give the users a lot more manual control over the settings, apply some post-processing, make sharing of the photos easier, etc. I am, however, mostly interested in using the phone as a point-and-shoot simple camera, so I would like to get the best quality out of the box in different conditions (especially in low-light).

So the question is, how many of the aspects I listed above and controlled by the hardware/lower level drivers, and how much is controlled by the camera application?

  • This article says they don't make much of a difference makeuseof.com/tag/… – beeshyams Jan 7 '16 at 13:25
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    @beeshyams well, some horrible app (devs might mess-up as well) might make a big difference #D Which works in both ways: if you have a good one and try a bad one, you'll see the difference, the other way around you see it as well. Some apps might have better white-balance, for example. So while it might be true it makes not much difference in most cases (especially one high-quality app compared to another high-quality app), it might well make a big difference in other cases. – Izzy Jan 7 '16 at 13:49
  • True but for point and shoot, which OP is looking for,IMO don't really help much. Where they outshine is in image processing, effects etc. BTW, do you think this stands a better chance of being better answered in Photography SE? – beeshyams Jan 7 '16 at 13:56
  • @beeshyams I'm not active over there, so I cannot tell. But what I can tell is that for at least "automatic white balance" the app can make a huge difference (my own experiences). Same with the noise correction (which goes to the "image processing" part). – Izzy Jan 7 '16 at 14:09
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Base on my experience with my Samsung Galaxy J7, the best camera app is build-in camera app you can adjust any parameter manually. Then you can modify your photo by other apps like Photo wonder , etc..

Some selfie app will take your photo with the small size (960x500) and you cannot adjust any setting.

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