Motorola Moto G53 test: 5G and concessions

At its price, the Moto G53 is obviously not designed as a photophone. However, it has two modules, including one equipped with a 50 Mpx main sensor whose lens opens at f / 1.8 and a 2 Mpx depth sensor (f / 2.4). The Realme 9i 5G also has a 50MP wide-angle module. Without shining, the latter delivered correct results and holds the comparison.

The G53 is unfortunately content with a single usable photo module, which immediately penalizes it for its lack of versatility. At the same price, some competitors add an ultra-wide angle.

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.8

Like that of the Realme 9i 5G, the wide-angle module takes pictures in 12.5 Mpx thanks to the technique of pixel binding. The latter makes it possible to merge the pixels by four in order to capture more light when it runs out.

Realme 9i 5G (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 322, 1/100s)
Motorola Moto G53 (12.5 MP, f/1.8, ISO 503, 1/100 sec)

In good lighting conditions, the Moto G53 of course manages to transcribe the whole scene, but the image lacks sharpness. In addition, the shot is slightly overexposed and the colorimetry a bit bland. This is felt on the color patterns, where the processing fails to properly separate the colored pellets. It’s a little less noticeable in photos taken outdoors.

Realme 9i 5G (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 4397, 1/10s)
Motorola Moto G53 (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 8000, 1/10s)

The gap between the two smartphones, evident by day, remains at night. A particularly complicated exercise for these entry-level mobiles. While the Realme 9i 5G retains a legible scene at the cost of heavy digital smoothing and strong contrast, the Moto G53 fails to keep up. The image is blurry and the level of detail drops significantly. The algorithms manage to save the characters printed on the cover of the book from our scene, but the level of detail remains far too low for the nocturnal images to be really usable.

50MP mode

It is obviously possible to capture shots in full definition. In the Photo application, go to the “More” tab and choose the “Ultra-Res” mode.

50MP Night mode
50MP Day Mode

This does not really surprise us given the quality of the picture in pixel binding, but this mode does not provide a noticeable gain. The level of detail remains low and the colorimetry is not modified. Unless you want to crop a photo later, it’s best not to clutter the storage with it.

Front and video module

An 8 Mpx sensor (f / 2) is housed in the punch on the front. After each selfie, you have to wait a good second before the algorithm takes effect. But the rendering is rather good when the light is abundant. It lacks a little sharpness, but the level of detail remains very correct for this type of model. Obviously, it’s much more complicated in the dark. Portrait mode bokeh is quite pronounced, and it doesn’t appreciate flyaways. However, this is often the case on models sold at a higher price.

The Moto G53 is capable of filming in Full HD at 30 fps both front and rear. The rendering is very average, in particular because the sensors have difficulty managing the differences in brightness. Without stabilization worthy of the name, you should (really) not have the tremblote.

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