Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review: slim, powerful… but not tough enough

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

It faces the Google Pixel 7, which is one of the best photophones out there, and it rains and shines in its price segment. Unsurprisingly, the duel was not in favor of the Motorola terminal.

Main module: 50 MP, f/1.8

By default, the Edge 30 shoots in 12.5 megapixels thanks to engineering pixel binding, which combines four pixels into one. Pixel 7 does the same.

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

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

During the day, this Fusion Edge 30 delivers convincing results. The shots are clear and the level of detail is quite high. This set is slightly overexposed and saturated, which can be flattering on the retina, but lacks naturalness. The Pixel 7’s rendering remains a notch above the rest, thanks in particular to its excellent sharpness and better micro-contrast management.

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

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

The difference is more pronounced for night shots. The digital smoothing is palpable and the loss of detail is significant. The whole thing remains fairly readable, but the Pixel 7 delivers much sharper precision rendering, as evidenced by the roughness of the book covers (very difficult to transcribe in the dark).

50MP mode

Wide angle 50 MP Night

Wide angle 50 Mpx Day

It is always possible to activate full definition mode by going to the “More” tab on the camera. But as you can see, the interest in the latter is not clear. The contrast is less sophisticated, but the colorimetry is still quite saturated, which doesn’t give it a more natural look.

Profits in detail are also not significant. However, this will make it easier to resize photos, but be aware 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 sec)

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

Under good lighting conditions, we see once again that the two modules don’t fall into the same category. Even if the Edge 30 Pro’s definition is higher, and shots are correct (though significantly smoothed), the Pixel 7’s module is much more detailed and even matches many of the main mid-range sensors.

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

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

As usual, the low light shots are far from convincing. We distinguished all the elements of the scene, which is not the case on all devices, but the rendering is quite difficult to work with. The Pixel 7 is in trouble this time, and it doesn’t do much better than the Motorola.

Front and video module

The 32 Mpx sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.5 is placed in the center of the screen. By default, it saves photos in 8 megapixels thanks to pixel-binning. Selfies are of good quality and benefit from a fairly high level of detail, although sports require very bright scenes. However, we would have appreciated the slightly warmer colorimetry. Full definition mode lets you get some sharpness, but photos are definitely heavier.

The smartphone allows for front-end movie shooting in up to 4K at 30 frames per second. On the back, it tops out at 8K and up to 30 fps. Given the available storage, we recommend 4K at 30 fps in HDR10+, or even Full HD. The rendering is detailed and the stabilization is effective. Enough to capture a pretty little video.

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