Motorola Edge 30 review: a solid mid-range smartphone, but without madness

Motorola Edge 30 review: a solid mid-range smartphone, but without madness

In photos, Motorola has opted for 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 that is very reminiscent of that of the Nothing Phone (1).

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.8

The main photo module of the Edge 30 surprises. It very clearly focuses on the accentuation of details, particularly visible on the cartography and the outlines of the book. The result lacks softness and naturalness, especially since the textures are for some smoothed in return. This is the case on the cover of the book. We also notice a tendency to overexposure and a colorimetry that lacks accuracy: if some patterns display very bright colors, others are particularly desaturated. The Nothing Phone (1) next to which we placed the device offers a result that is certainly less contrasting, but on the whole much fairer.



Nothing 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 even more significant in low light. Readability is favored at the expense of textures, which disappear almost entirely. The set suffers from an unfortunately artificial rendering.



Nothing 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

By default, the Edge 30 shoots in 12.5 megapixels thanks to the technique of pixel binding. It is obviously possible to capture 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 Day

During the day, there is a slight gain in detail, but above all better management of colorimetry. On the full shot, we see that the previously very 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. Understand that the smartphone tends to greatly accentuate the contours of large elements, however a little less than the wide-angle module. It smoothes textures more and offers better controlled exposure. As often, a slight distortion appears in the corners of an image which, unfortunately, struggles to match the rendering offered by the Phone (1).



Nothing 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, the software processing delivers solid colors mixed with digital noise. They eliminate most of the details of the image, which is not very usable as a whole.



Nothing 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 capture photos in 50 megapixels in the dedicated mode. The information collected lacks detail, day and night: it is better to be content with 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 housed at the front. Selfies are convincing and quite detailed, provided you have enough light. It gets 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 very good. Those accustomed to the saturated colors of the competition will perhaps deplore a general colorimetry that lacks a little intensity. The microphone for video capture present on the Edge 20 has unfortunately disappeared.