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Motorola Moto G Pro With 48MP Camera Review

We put the Motorola Moto G Pro to the test - with a price tag of under £300, just how good is it? We find out here.


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Quick Verdict

The Motorola Moto G Pro is a great choice for those whose primary consideration in a smartphone is the camera capability. The Moto G Pro offers front and back full-manual modes, which is rare. It also offers RAW capture capability in manual mode. 

It's a really nice looking handset with a beautiful rear colour that handles very well. Anyone looking for a decent smartphone for photography for a reasonable price would be hard-pressed to find a better option.

+ Pros

  • Excellent camera
  • Manual mode front and rear
  • Realistic skin tones and greens
  • Snappy, responsive photo taking
  • Lovely rear design
  • Great value

- Cons

  • Back panel liable to scratching
  • Screen could be brighter in sunlight
 

 


 

The Motorola Moto G Pro is a modestly priced handset offering a 48-megapixel AI-powered triple camera system. There's also a built-in stylus and 128GB of memory. Motorola say that the phone has up to 2 days' battery life, and it features a 6.4-inch full HD+ display with stereo speakers. The phone is available in the lovely shade of mystic indigo, for £289.99

The phone promises a lot for the money, but how does it perform in real life? Find out here.  

Motorola Moto G Pro Features



The Motorola Moto G Pro boasts laser auto-focus, as well as a night vision mode, in order to allow you to capture clearer, crisper images no matter what the scenario. 

The MotoG range of smartphones has been going since 2013, and is Motorola's mid-range offering. The Moto G Pro is the 25th offering in the range. The last Motorola smartphone ePHOTOzone reviewed was the Motorola One, another mid-range smartphone, back in 2018. This is also a mid-range offering. 

Let's take a look at what The Moto G Pro offers in terms of cameras. On the back there's a triple camera setup using Quad Pixel technology:

  • 48 MP Sensor (f/1.7, 1.6 µm)
  • Quad Pixel technology Macro Vision (2 mp, f/2.2)
  • Minimum 2 cm focus distance Action Cam (16 mp, f/2.2, 2.0 µm)
  • 117° ultra-wide angle video with Laser autofocus (TOF)

 

A note on TOF - ToF, or time of flight technology, uses image sensor chip technology to capture infrared light as it is bounced off the subject, giving a faster and more effective result in ambient light and lessening the load on the processor compared to other methods.

The front camera is a 16-megapixel f/2.0 offering, and this is housed hole punch style to the top left of the screen. There's EVS (Electronic Video Stabilisation) built-in to the front camera as well. 

The screen is a 6.4-inch full HD+ offering using IPS technology (2300x1080 pixels. The phone is water repellant. It's quite a rounded phone with a bezel of a couple of millimetres on the sides and 3mm or so at the top and bottom. 

On the left-hand side there's the SIM card and MicroSD card access point. On the right-hand side, there's a power button which sits below the volume buttons. On the bottom, there's the USB-C charging port, speaker and audio jack. on the bottom right-hand corner is the stylus which you need to get a finger underneath to pull out. When it's pulled out from locked the phone automatically brings up a notepad screen so that you can easily jot down your thoughts. 

On the rear, you'll find a round fingerprint sensor in the middle of the back and the camera unit on the left-hand side. 

The phone has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability as well as NFC and GPS. 


 

Key Features

  • Main cameras -  48 MP Sensor (f/1.7, 1.6 µm) Macro Vision (2 mp, f/2.2) Action Cam (16 mp, f/2.2, 2.0 µm), 117° ultra-wide angle video with Laser autofocus (TOF)
  • Laser Autofocus
  • Front / selfie camera - 16-megapixel f/2
  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ screen with IPS
  • LED flash
  • 4K video, (rear) with slow-motion mode
  • ISO 100-3200 selectable
  • Dedicated macro camera
  • RAW shooting option in manual mode 
  • Water-resistant body 
  • Fingerprint reader on rear
  • 128GB storage, 4GB RAM
  • 4000mAh battery, lasting up to 2 days
  • Mystic Indigo
  • Buy now on Amazon UK, Amazon USA

Motorola Moto G Pro Handling


 

The Moto G Pro is a wider phone, which feels good in the hand. Controls are very ergonomic and the addition of the stylus gives a high-end feel to the phone. The fingerprint sensor is well placed. 

The phone feels relatively sturdy and well made. It also looks great, with the hombre indigo colouring to the rear. A phone case is recommended to protect the rear which looks quite easily scratchable. Clear ones are available so that you can still see the lovely colours. 

The selfie camera with a 16-megapixel quad pixel sensor offers face beauty, flash, self-timer, active photo (captures a short video with each image) and unusually, a manual mode allowing you to alter white balance, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation. It can also record Full HD video as well as HD slow-motion video. 

The rear camera offers you a few more modes. There's HDR capability which can be set to auto on or off, as well as flash, self-timer, active photos and auto or manual options. In manual mode a little histogram appears at the bottom of the screen. You can select the focus point - macro to infinity, and alter white balance, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation. There is also the option to shoot RAW (DNG) or RAW + JPEG captures. 

Video can be shot in up to 4K UHD on the rear. Slow-motion video can be captured in FHD. Under the modes section,  accessed by swiping left or tapping the grid icon at the bottom of the screen, you'll find the following photo modes:

  • Portrait - Add varying levels of bokeh blur and lighting effects to create portrait images.
  • Cutout - A face must be present for this mode to work and it allows you to change the background of your photo.
  • Macro - A dedicated macro mode with full manual capability
  • Spot colour - Tap the screen to select a colour in the photo you want to keep. The rest will be turned black and white.
  • Night vision - Optimises the camera for shooting in low light.
  • Cinemagraph - Create a GIF or MP4 image with a little motion. 
  • Panorama - Dedicated panorama mode, tap and hold the shutter button while panning
  • Live filter - Add a live colour filter to your photo

and the following video modes:

  • Macro
  • Slow Motion
  • Timelapse
  • AR stickers

The screen is crystal clear and offers vibrant colours - even in bright sunlight you can see everything really well. 

 

The camera app is very responsive with photo capture almost instantaneous. focus is equally as snappy, as is switching between modes. 
 

    

 

    
 

Battery life - The battery is rated at 4000mAh - Motorola say that this should last you two days with average use. 

However, if you're going to be away from a power source, we'd recommend getting yourself a portable power bank just in case.  

 


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