Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review: thin, powerful… but not strong enough

The Edge 30 Fusion doesn’t seem to neglect photography. It is equipped with a main sensor of 50 Mpx, the lens of which opens at f / 1.8, an ultra-wide angle of 13 Mpx (f / 2.2) and a depth sensor of 2 Mpx (f / 2.4).

Here he faces Google Pixel 7, which is one of the best photophones of the moment and brings rain and shine in its price segment. Surprisingly, the duel does not turn in favor of the Motorola terminal.

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.8

By default, the Edge 30 shoots at 12.5 megapixels thanks to the pixel connection, which merges four pixels into one. The Pixel 7 does the same.

Google Pixel 7 (12.5 Mpx, f/1.85, eq. 26 mm, ISO 48, 1/85 s)

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion (12.5 MP, f/1.8, ISO 143, 1/100 sec)

During the day, this Edge 30 Fusion delivers a convincing result. The picture is clear and the level of detail is quite high. The set is slightly overexposed and saturated, which can be flattering on the retina, but lacks a bit of naturalness. The Pixel 7’s performance remains a notch higher, especially thanks to excellent sharpness and better management of microcontrasts.

Google Pixel 7 (12.5 Mpx, f/1.85, eq. 26 mm, ISO 2378, 1/24 s)

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion (12.5 MP, f/1.8, ISO 2600, 1/7 sec)

The discrepancy is most noticeable for night shots. Digital smoothing is clearly felt and the loss of detail is significant. Everything remains quite readable, but the Pixel 7 delivers a much sharper accurate description, as evidenced by the roughness on the book cover (very difficult to transcribe in the dark).

50 MP mode

Night wide angle 50 MP

50 Mpx Wide Angle Day

It’s always possible to enable full definition mode by going to the camera’s “More” tab. But as you can see, the interest of the latter is not obvious. The contrast is less advanced, but the colorimetry is still quite saturated, which does not give it a more natural look.

The profit in detail is not important either. However, this will make it easier to resize photos, but beware of the weight of photos in storage.

Ultra-wide-angle module: 13 Mpx, f/2.2, 120°

Google Pixel 7 (12 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 17 mm, ISO 54, 1/100 s)

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion (13 MP, f/2.2, ISO 229, 1/100 sec)

In good lighting conditions, we see once again that the two modules do not fall into the same category. Even if the Edge 30 Pro’s definition is higher and the picture remains accurate (despite significant softening), the Pixel 7 module is much more detailed and even equals many of the main mid-range sensors.

Google Pixel 7 (12 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 17 mm, ISO 1130, 1/8 s)

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion (13 MP, f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1/8 sec)

As always, low light shots are not convincing at all. We distinguish all elements of the scene, which is not the case on all devices, but the rendering is quite difficult to use. The Pixel 7 is struggling this time around and isn’t doing much better than Motorola.

Front and video module

A 32 Mpx sensor whose lens opens with f / 2.5 is located in the central part of the screen. It saves photos at 8 megapixels by default thanks to pixel placement. Selfies are of good quality and benefit from a fairly high level of detail, even if the exercise requires a very bright scene. However, we would have appreciated a slightly warmer colorimetry. Full definition mode allows you to gain sharpness, but photos inevitably weigh more.

The smartphone allows front-facing recording up to 4K at 30 frames per second. On the back, it goes up to 8K and up to 30 fps. Given the available storage space, we recommend 4K at 30 fps in HDR10+, or even Full HD. Rendering is detailed and stabilization is effective. Enough to capture small videos.

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