Motorola Edge 30 Ultra test: a good high-end smartphone that is still looking for photos

The Edge 30 Ultra’s triple sensor offers true photo versatility. It is composed 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 2x telephoto lens of 12 Mpx (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 we are testing on a smartphone. As you can see, this mode displays very interesting results during the day, but too limited at night. Faced with the formidable algorithms of the Pixel 6 Pro, the match is difficult. In addition, the heaviness of the shots weighs on the memory of the device, which can be annoying on a daily basis.

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

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

Oppo Find X5 (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 16 mm, 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 their main sensor, they deliver a rather detailed snapshot. The Oppo’s looks a little sharper and more precise, as can be seen in the faces. The general colorimetry of the Motorola, warmer and more saturated, however flatters the retina more. However, there are some deviations on the sights. The Find X5 therefore takes a slight advantage.

Oppo Find X5 (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 16 mm, ISO 6326, 1/10 s)
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (12.5MP, f/2.2, ISO 6400, 1/10s)

At night, the gap is more evident. Oppo’s smartphone delivers a very good result in this perilous exercise. The picture is clear without undergoing too much digital smoothing. That of the Motorola is certainly usable, but a lot of detail is lost and digital noise is clearly appearing.

50MP mode

It is obviously still possible to capture images in full definition. Alas, the gain compared to the standard mode is not really convincing. At night, the abandonment of pixel binding even lowers the level of detail. Unless you want to crop a photo later, we advise you to stay in 12.5 Mpx on the ultra wide-angle.

50MP night mode
50MP Day Mode

2x telephoto module: 12 MP, f/1.6

The Oppo Find X5 also offers a 2x optical zoom, but uses a 13 Mpx sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.4. We will once again compare them.

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 contrasted rendering, while Motorola defends itself better on colors. Without equaling the zoom (yet 4x) of a Pixel 6 Pro, the smartphone delivers a satisfactory shot which, 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 seriously tricky, but Motorola clearly takes the lead. On the Find X5, we can see the scene, but the photo is no longer really usable. The Edge 30 Ultra certainly loses a lot of detail, but to a lesser extent. We can still see sights, faces or even mountains quite clearly on the map.

Front and video module

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

The smartphone allows filming on the front up to 4K at 30 frames per second. On the back, 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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