This Moto E6 guide shows you how to use Moto E6 camera (mainly E6 Plus), how to customize Moto E6 camera settings, how to take portrait mode photos, how to customize and apply face beauty filter.
Please note the cameras on the four Moto E6 phones are slightly different. But all of the features mentioned in this guide should work on all these four Moto E6 models.
Two different camera apps on Moto E6 phones
On the four Moto E6 phones (Moto E6, E6 Plus, E6 Play, and E6s), Motorola used two different camera apps.
- Moto E6 Plus (Moto E6s in India) has a new camera app that has not been found in other Moto E phones.
- Moto E6, E6 Play, and E6s use the standard Moto Camera app.
It is unclear why Motorola/Lenovo did not implement the same camera app on the later Moto E6 models.
Of course, it is also very confusing. But it seems it is the new norm of Motorola: lack of consistency.
As Moto E6 Plus (E6s in India) is the most popular model of the Moto E6 family, this guide will use this new camera app for the demonstration.
If you are using Moto E6, E6 Play, and E6s 2020, then the camera app interface is slightly different. But the features are similar.
Actually, the camera app on Moto E6 plus is very user friendly and looks very clean. Unreliable features like the manual model were removed from the interface
How to launch the Moto E6 camera?
You can launch the Moto E6 camera even without unlocking the phone. You can also launch it without tapping the camera app icon.
Method 1: Tap or swipe the camera app icon
You can tap the Camera app icon on the Home screen or the Apps screen (app drawer) to launch the camera, just like using other apps.
But on the lock screen, you need to swipe the camera app icon (which can be found on the bottom right corner) to the centre of the screen to launch the camera without unlocking the phone.
On Moto E6 (and other Moto E phones), you can also use the power button to quickly launch the camera app from any screen (lock screen, home screen) without closing the currently active app.
Regardless of what you are doing, you can quickly press the power button twice to launch the camera app. Motorola named this feature as Jump to camera, which is available in almost all Moto phones.
A few other Android manufactures also offer a similar gesture for you to launch the camera very quickly and at any time (you do not need to close the current app). For example, Samsung also lets you press the side key twice to launch the camera app and names it as the camera quick launch.
By default, Jump to camera gesture is enabled on Moto E6. You can disable or re-enable it in Settings —System —Gestures — Jump to camera.
Method 3: Use voice command to launch Moto E6 camera
You can also use Google Assistant to launch the camera app on Moto E6.
By default, Google Assistant is enabled in Moto E6. You can access Google Assistant by using Hotword “Hey Google”, or holding the Home button for a few seconds.
Once Google Assistant is launched, you can use a few voice commands, including “take a photo” or “open camera app”, to launch the camera app on Moto E6.
You can also combine “Hey Google” with “take a photo” in one voice command.
Understand items on Moto E6 camera app interface
When you open the camera app on Moto E6, by default, it will be in the Photo mode (aka Auto mode), as shown in the screenshot below.
You can normally find the following 14 items in the Photo (auto) mode. In other camera modes, the items may be slightly different or fewer.
You can choose to turn the flash on, off, or auto.
The LED flash is located close to the rear camera lens.
When you use the front camera, the screen can be lit up and used as the flash. There is no real LED flash for the front camera.
#2. Photo size setting
You can choose the aspect ratio (photos size) of the photo to be taken. There are 3 options for photos:
- 13MP at 4:3 aspect ratio for the rear camera (8MP for the front camera).
- 9MP at 1:1 ratio for the rear camera (3MP for the front camera).
- 7MP at 19.5:9 ratio (full screen) for the rear camera (4M for the front camera).
If you are in the video mode, the video size settings can be with 1080p, 720p, or full screen.
You may check this guide on the detailed explanation of the photo size and aspect ratios.
You can turn on or turn off the HDR (high dynamic range) for both front and rear cameras.
Of course, most of the time, you leave it as automatic.
#4. More settings
You can access more settings, for example, set up the timer, turn on/off location info. Read on.
#5. Google Lens
You can use this button to launch Google Lens, which can deliver some useful information about the object identified in the camera.
Google Lens also offers a few other tools including scanning and translating text, finding popular items on the menu, exploring nearby landmarks.
The digital zoom offered by Moto E6 is quite good, compared to the cameras in other entry-level smartphones.
You can tap the button to change the zoom level. You can also use pinching or spreading gestures to zoom in and zoom out.
If you swipe up or down on the viewfinder, you can also zoom in or zoom out.
#7. Panorama mode
The panorama mode lets you shoot panoramic photos with Moto E6 camera.
There are two limitations of panorama mode on Moto E6 camera:
- It can only shoot in portrait orientation.
- It can only take up to 10 snaps and limited to 180 degrees.
#8. Video mode
Both front and rear cameras on Moto E6 allow you to record full HD (1080p) videos.
You can also take photos when recording videos.
#9. Photo mode (Auto mode)
The photo mode, aka auto mode, is the default camera mode on Moto E6. It will automatically apply the best settings based on the lighting conditions and the scene.
There is no dedicated night mode on Moto E6. If you need to take photos in the darkness, you need to use the photo mode.
#10. Portrait mode (Bokeh)
The portrait mode (Bokeh) lets you blur the background to highlight an object. It is available for both the front and the rear cameras on Moto E6.
You can choose the level of blurring for the background.
On Moto E6, it is called Portrait mode for the front camera, and Bokeh mode for the rear cameras. They are essentially the same.
#11. Face beauty filter
You can use the face beauty filter to make you look better. Read on.
#12. Shortcut to Google Photos
The thumbnail is a shortcut to the Gallery app. On Moto E6, it is a shortcut to Google Photos.
You can tap the shutter button to take photos. If you are in the video mode, the recording button will be slightly different.
In addition to tapping the shutter button, you can use the other two methods to take photos on Moto E6. Read on.
#14. Front/rear camera switch
You need to tap this button to switch between front and rear cameras.
Moto E6 camera settings
The only missing feature of Moto E6 Plus camera app is the manual mode, which does not work well on Moto E series at all.
All camera modes and frequently used features are placed on the main interface of the camera app, as shown earlier.
The More settings button ( marked as 4) lets you tweak other camera settings.
As shown in the screenshot below, for the rear camera, you can change the settings in the following 8 categories.
i. Photo size
The photo size setting offers the exact number of pixels (MP) for each aspect ratio.
ii. Tap anywhere
You can choose to tap anywhere on the screen to change focus to the tapped location AND take a photo.
By default, when you tap anywhere on the viewfinder on the screen, you change the focus to the tapped location. You then can tap the shutter button to take a photo.
After you enable tap anywhere, you essentially combine these two steps.
You can set a 2s, 5s or 10s timer to take photos automatically.
You can enable AI (artificial intelligence) for the rear camera.
But it seems this setting does not have any noticeable impact on the photos. Very likely, Moto E6 camera use the AI regardless of this setting.
v. Shutter sound
You can turn on or off the shutter sound, which is required in a few countries.
But in most regions, the shutter sound on Moto E6 is always off.
vi. Save location
You can choose to save the location info in the metadata of the photo or not. If the location info is saved, you can pinpoint the location where the photo was taken, even after many years.
Please note, when you sharing photos though Google Photos, by default, the location will be stripped automatically.
If you use a micro SD card on Moto E6, you can choose to save the photos and videos on the micro SD card or internal storage.
This option greys out if there is no micro SD card is detected.
Please note, you cannot save photos directly to USB thumb drives.
You can use antiflicker to prevent horizontal or vertical lines on your photos and flickering in your videos.
You may choose antiflicker to off, auto, 50Hz, or 60Hz.
ix. front mirror
For the front-facing camera, as shown above, there is one additional setting for you to mirror or to stop mirroring the selfie.
When using the front (selfie) camera, the image in the viewfinder is always a mirror image: left and right are reversed, and the text looks backwards.
If you want to take a selfie with what you see in the viewfinder, then you need to enable the front mirror. This is the default setting.
You can disable the front mirror so that you will flip the mirrored photo. The text can be read normally. The photo will look like the one taken with the rear camera.
Please note, this option only affects photos saved. It does not affect the viewfinder.
3 ways to take photos on the camera app on Moto E6
As mentioned above, there are at least 3 different ways to take photos on the camera app on Moto E6.
The shutter button is always available. You can tap it to take photos at any time.
Method 2: Tap anywhere to launch Moto E6 camera
You need to enable Tap anywhere in the camera setting discussed above.
After enabling Tap anywhere, you can tap anywhere on the viewfinder to lock the focus and take a photo in one step.
You can also take photos by pressing the volume down button.
How to use the burst shot mode on Moto E6?
You can take 10 burst shot photos by holding the shutter button, or holding the volume down button.
Please note, Moto E6 only allows you to take up to 10 burst shot photos on one shot in the burst mode.
The burst shot mode is not available if you set the HDR to on. You need to set it to Auto or off to use Moto E6 burst shot mode.
How to take portrait mode (broken) photos with Moto E6 camera?
Both the front camera and the rear camera on Moto E6 support portrait mode.
As shown in the screenshot below, you can choose the portrait mode, then drag blur bar to increase or decrease the background blurring.
Ideally, the main object should be within 1.5-3m from the camera to get the nest result.
How to use the Face Beauty filter on Moto E6 camera app?
Moto E6 camera also has the Face Beauty filter for you to look better in the photo.
But many owners are not aware that there are 3 components of the Face Beauty filter on Moto E6:
- Soften and even skin tone.
- Brighten face.
- Add a rosy tone.
To use the Face Beauty filter on Moto E6, tap the Face Beauty button (marked as A), as shown in the screenshot below.
By default, only the softening skin tone option shows. You need to tap the ^ button (marked as B) to access all 3 filters/components.
As shown below, now, you can not only soften the skin tone (C), but also brighten the face (B) and add a rosy tone (C).
Do you have any questions on using the camera on Moto E6, E6 Plus, E6 Play, and E6s 2020?
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You may also check the official Moto E6 user guide for Moto E6, Moto E6 Plus. Moto E6 Play, and Moto E6s 2020 here.
Moto E6 specific guides can be found here.