Moto Z3, Z3 Play Camera App Update Brings Portrait Mode for Selfie Camera, AR Stickers, Watermarking

Moto Z3 Play India Launch

Motorola has released a new update for its camera app, adding exciting new features for a wide range of its smartphones. The Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play in particular get a portrait mode for their selfie camera, as well as AR stickers and watermarking support. As you may have noticed, watermarking images is something of a trend these days, and Motorola too seems to be interested in it.

Only a couple of days ago, Xiaomi released a new update that added watermarking support to its Mi MIX 3 handset. As for the portrait mode for single-sensor front cameras, Xiaomi took the lead here as well, adding this feature to most of its phones through MIUI 10 updates.

Moto Camera 2 Update Adds New Features

The update to Moto Camera 2 app adds a portrait mode for background blur in selfies on both its smartphones, the Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play. The update is official, available via Google Play Store and free. Other features added in the update include watermarking, thanks to which you can now chuck third-party apps for watermarking your images. There are AR Stickers in the updated camera app, although, it is not yet known how many. The update also adds an integrated camera guide for the app, color sampling for the front camera and improved stability.

Other interesting features of the Moto Camera 2 app include Group Selfie mode, 360 degrees Panorama mode, automatic scanning of QR codes and barcodes, manual mode for exposure and ISO settings, and a cutout mode where you can select the foreground (subject) and add another background image to it. The Moto Camera 2 also comes with a gesture control called Quick Capture, wherein you can launch the camera by just twisting your wrist. Once launched, the camera app will switch between the front camera and rear camera as and when you twist your wrist (the one holding the camera, of course) again.

The Moto Camera 2 is well integrated with Google Photos, so you can swipe left from the camera app to share, edit, or back up your photos in the Google Photos app. If you are using the Moto Camera 2 app, you will find an icon for the ‘Best Shot’ feature in your Google Photos gallery. This feature will show you multiple images of every photo you click, recommending the best one to keep, weeding out any issues such as red or shut eyes.

The Motorola Z3 was launched in August as a flagship product in the US market for USD 480 (INR 33,000 approx). A 5G Moto Mod was unveiled for it, but not released. The phone is yet to come to India. The Moto Z3 Play too is awaited in India, having been launched for the Brazil market in June this year.