Motorola Edge 30 review: a solid mid-range smartphone, but no nonsense

In the photos, Motorola chose a triple photo sensor consisting of a 50 Mpx wide-angle module whose lens opens at f / 1.8. It is accompanied by a 50 Mpx ultra wide-angle (f / 2.2) and a depth sensor of 2 Mpx (f / 2.4). A configuration very similar to the Nothing Phone (1).

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.8

The main photo module of the Edge 30 surprise. It clearly focuses on emphasizing the details, especially found in cartography and book outlines. The result lacks softness and naturalness, mainly because the textures are for some smoothed in return. This is the case of the book cover. We also noticed a tendency to overexposure and a colorimetry that lacks precision: if some patterns show very bright colors, others are particularly desaturated. The No Phone (1) next to which we put the device offers a result that is definitely less different, but overall more fair.

No Phone (1) (f/1.8 eq. 24 mm, ISO 104, 1/100 s)

Motorola Edge 30 (f/1.8 eq. 24 mm, ISO 145, 1/100 s)

The accentuation of contours combined with smoothing is more important in low light. Readability is favored at the expense of textures, which are lost almost entirely. The set suffers from an unfortunate artificial rendering.

No Phone (1) (f/1.8 eq. 24 mm, ISO 4777, 1/20 s)

Motorola Edge 30 (f/1.8 eq. 24 mm, ISO 4913, 1/20 s)

50MP mode

On average, the Edge 30 shoots at 12.5 megapixels thanks to the technique of pixel binding. Apparently it is possible to take shots in full definition, i.e. 50 megapixels, by selecting the dedicated mode in the application interface.

Wide-angle 50 MP Night

Wide-angle 50 Mpx Sun

During the day, there is a slight gain in detail, but above all better management of colorimetry. In the full shot, we see that the previously very desaturated patterns take on beautiful colors here. It is not very clear in the dark, where this mode is only used to change the photos.

Ultra-wide-angle module: 50 Mpx, f/2.2

The smartphone’s ultra wide-angle module follows the same path as its main module. Understand that the smartphone tends to emphasize the contours of large elements a lot, although less so on the wide-angle module. It makes textures smoother and offers better controlled exposure. As usual, a slight distortion is visible in the corners of an image that, unfortunately, struggles to match the rendering offered by the Phone (1).

No Phone (1) (f/2.2, eq.14 mm, ISO 288, 1/100 s)

Motorola Edge 30 (f/2.2, 14 mm eq., ISO 525, 1/100 s)

The picture speaks for itself. In low light, software processing delivers solid colors mixed with digital noise. They eliminate most of the details in the image, making it less usable throughout.

No Phone (1) (f/2.2, eq.14 mm, ISO 5312, 1/15 s)

Motorola Edge 30 (f/2.2, 14 mm eq., ISO 9856, 1/14 s)

It is also possible to take photos of 50 megapixels in dedicated mode. The information collected lacks detail, day and night: better content pixel binding.

Motorola Edge 30

Motorola Edge 30

Front module, portrait and video mode

A 32 Mpx sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.3 is located in front. Selfies are convincing and fairly detailed, as long as there is enough light. It becomes more complicated again at night, although Night mode can really help in some cases.

The smartphone is capable of filming in 4K at 30 frames per second. The result is convincing and the sharpness is excellent. Those accustomed to the saturated colors of the competition may be disgusted by a general colorimetry that lacks a little intensity. The microphone for taking video that was on the Edge 20 is unfortunately missing.

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