Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review: a good high-end smartphone that keeps looking for photos

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review: a good high-end smartphone that keeps looking for photos

The Edge 30 Ultra’s triple sensor offers true photographic versatility. It is made up of a huge 200 Mpx main sensor whose lens opens at f / 1.9, a 50 Mpx ultra wide angle (f / 2.2) and a 12 Mpx 2x telephoto lens (f / 1.6).

Main module: 200 MP, f/1.9

We have already dedicated a lab article to this 200 Mpx sensor, which is the first one we are testing on a smartphone. As you can see, this mode shows very interesting results during the day, but too limited at night. Faced with the formidable algorithms of the Pixel 6 Pro, the game is difficult. In addition, the heaviness of the shots weighs down the device’s memory, which can be annoying on a day-to-day basis.

Ultra wide angle module: 50 megapixels, f / 2.2

In a good top of the range of 2022, the smartphone gratifies us with a 50 Mpx ultra wide angle module. The latter captures 12.5MP shots in its standard mode. The Oppo Find X5, with which we are going to compare it, has a similar configuration.

Oppo Find X5 (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, 16mm equivalent, ISO 399, 1/125 s)

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (12.5MP, f/2.2, ISO 265, 1/33 sec)

During the day, the two smartphones engage in a good duel. Without reaching the level of its main sensor, they offer a fairly detailed snapshot. The Oppo looks a bit sharper and more precise, as you can see from the faces. The general colorimetry of the Motorola, warmer and more saturated, however favors the retina more. However, there are some deviations in the views. The Find X5 therefore takes a slight lead.

Oppo Find X5 (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, 16mm equivalent, ISO 6326, 1/10s)

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (12.5MP, f/2.2, ISO 6400, 1/10s)

At night, the gap is more evident. Oppo’s smartphone offers a very good result in this dangerous exercise. The image is clear without suffering from too much digital smoothing. The Motorola one is certainly usable, but a lot of detail is lost and digital noise clearly shows up.

50MP mode

Obviously, it is still possible to capture images in full definition. Unfortunately, the gain compared to the standard mode is not really convincing. At night, abandoning pixel bonding even lower the level of detail. Unless you want to crop a photo later, we recommend sticking to 12.5MP at ultra wide.

50MP night mode

50MP day mode

2x telephoto module: 12 MP, f/1.6

The Oppo Find X5 also offers 2x optical zoom, but uses a 13MP sensor whose lens opens to f/2.4. We will compare them one more time.

oppo find x5

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (12 MP, f/1.6, ISO 122, 1/100 sec)

In good light conditions, this duel resembles that of the ultra wide angle module. Oppo offers a slightly sharper and more contrasty rendering, while Motorola does better on colors. Without matching the zoom (still 4x) of a Pixel 6 Pro, the smartphone offers a satisfying shot that, however, lacks a bit of sharpness.

oppo find x5

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (12 MP, f/1.6, ISO 800, 1/12 sec)

In the dark, things get very complicated, but Motorola clearly has the upper hand. In Find X5, we can see the scene, but the photo is no longer usable. The Edge 30 Ultra certainly loses a lot of detail, but to a lesser extent. We can still see views, faces, or even mountains quite clearly on the map.

Front and video module

Like the Pro, this Edge 30 Ultra opts for a 60 Mpx front sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.2. Basically, it captures 15 Mpx snapshots thanks to the technique of pixel bonding. However, it is possible to choose to capture them in 8 or 60 Mpx in the application settings. The level of detail is high, although there is a slight tendency to soften the texture of the skin. Dynamic management is very good, which is not always the case with this type of sensor. Portrait mode is effective, but can be confused by unruly hair.

The smartphone allows filming in front up to 4K at 30 frames per second. At the rear, the Edge 30 Ultra offers 8K up to 30 fps and, for the most demanding, 4K at 30 fps in HDR10 +.

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