Motorola Edge 30 review: A solid mid-range smartphone, but without the craze

Motorola Edge 30 review: A solid mid-range smartphone, but without the craze

In photos, Motorola has opted for a triple photosensor formed by a 50 Mpx wide-angle module whose lens opens at f/1.8. It is accompanied by an ultra wide angle of 50 Mpx (f / 2.2) and a depth sensor of 2 Mpx (f / 2.4). A configuration that is very reminiscent of that of the Nothing Phone (1).

Main module: 50MP, f/1.8

The main photographic module of the Edge 30 surprises. It focuses very clearly on the accentuation of details, particularly visible in the cartography and the outlines of the book. The result lacks smoothness and naturalness, especially since the textures are softened for some in return. This is the case of the book cover. We also noticed a tendency for overexposure and colorimetry that lacks precision: if some patterns show very bright colors, others are particularly desaturated. The Nothing Phone (1) next to which we place the device offers a result that is certainly less contrasted, but in general much fairer.

Phone Nothing (1) (f/1.8 eq. 24mm, ISO 104, 1/100s)

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

Contour enhancement combined with smoothing is even more significant in low-light conditions. Legibility is favored at the expense of textures, which almost completely disappear. The set suffers from a unfortunately artificial representation.

Phone Nothing (1) (f/1.8 eq. 24mm, ISO 4777, 1/20s)

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

50MP mode

By default, the Edge 30 shoots at 12.5 megapixels thanks to the technique of pixel bonding. Obviously, it is possible to capture images in full definition, that is, 50 megapixels, by selecting the dedicated mode in the application interface.

Wide angle 50 MP Night

Wide angle 50 Mpx Day

During the day, there is a slight gain in detail, but above all a better management of colorimetry. In the full shot, we see that previously heavily desaturated patterns have taken on beautiful colors here. It’s much less obvious in the dark, where this mode will only be used to resize photos.

Ultra wide angle module: 50 Mpx, f / 2.2

The ultra wide angle module of the smartphone follows the same path as its main module. Keep in mind that the smartphone tends to accentuate the outlines of large elements a lot, although a little less than the wide-angle module. Softens textures more and offers better controlled exposure. As is often the case, there is some slight distortion in the corners of an image that sadly struggles to match the rendering offered by the phone (1).

Phone Nothing (1) (f/2.2, 14mm eq., ISO 288, 1/100s)

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

The image speaks for itself. In low light conditions, software processing delivers solid colors mixed with digital noise. They remove most of the image detail, which as a whole is not very usable.

Phone Nothing (1) (f/2.2, 14mm eq., ISO 5312, 1/15s)

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

It is also possible to capture photos in 50 megapixels in dedicated mode. The information collected lacks detail, day and night: it is better to be content with pixel bonding.

motorola edge 30

motorola edge 30

Front module, portrait and video mode

At the front is a 32 Mpx sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.3. Selfies are convincing and quite detailed, as long as you have enough light. It gets trickier 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 very good. Those accustomed to the competition’s saturated colors may deplore an overall colorimetry that lacks a bit of vibrancy. Unfortunately, the microphone for video capture present in the Edge 20 has disappeared.

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