Motorola Edge 30 Ultra test: a good high-end smartphone that still looks for pictures

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 shows very interesting results during the day, but too limited at night. Faced with the formidable algorithms of the Pixel 6 Pro, the battle is tough. In addition, the weight of the shots weighs on the device’s memory, which can be annoying in everyday life.

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

In good top class in 2022, the smartphone pleases us with an ultra wide-angle module of 50 Mpx. The latter captures 12.5MP images in its default 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, 16 mm equiv., ISO 399, 1/125 s)

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

During the day, the two smartphones start a good duel. Without reaching the level of their main sensor, they deliver a fairly detailed snapshot. The Oppos look a bit sharper and more accurate as can be seen on the faces. However, Motorola’s overall colorimetry, warmer and more saturated, flatters the retina more. However, there are some deviations in the sights. Find X5 therefore takes a slight advantage.

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

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

At night, the gap is more apparent. Oppo’s smartphone delivers a very good result in this perilous exercise. The image is clear without going through too much digital smoothing. The Motorola one is certainly serviceable, but a lot of detail is lost and digital noise is evident.

50 MP mode

Apparently it is still possible to take pictures in full definition. Alas, the gain over the default mode is not really convincing. At night, the abandonment of pixel binding even lowers the level of detail. Unless you want to crop an image later, we advise you to stick to 12.5 Mpx at ultra-wide angle.

50 MP night mode

50 MP 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 again compare them.

Oppo Find X5

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

In good lighting conditions, this duel is reminiscent of that of the ultra-wide-angle module. Oppo offers a slightly sharper and more contrasting reproduction, while Motorola defends itself better on colors. Without equaling the zoom (still 4x) of a Pixel 6 Pro, the smartphone delivers a satisfying 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 really tricky, but Motorola clearly takes the lead. On the Find X5 we can see the scene, but the image is no longer really usable. The Edge 30 Ultra definitely loses a lot of detail, but to a lesser degree. 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 opts for a 60 Mpx front sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.2. Basically, it takes 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, although there is a slight tendency to smooth the skin texture. Dynamic control 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 with 30 images 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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