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Motorola Moto G100

Whichever side you look at, the Moto G100 has no shortage of camera lenses. There are four on the rear: a 64MP main snapper, 16MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth-sensor and a 3D time-of-flight sensor.

Sometimes less is more, though. The time-of-flight and depth sensors might help speed up focus times and assist with bokeh blur, but not to a noticeable extent. It feels about as quick as similarly-priced alternatives that do without the extra hardware, and portrait shots are merely on par with rival phones that use software-based edge detection.

The ultra-wide snapper is a good effort, thanks to built-in autofocus and colour accuracy that’s almost (but not entirely) on par with the main sensor. Dynamic range could be better, and there’s noticeable grain once you start pixel-peeping, but it’s on par with most rivals in the same price bracket.

We also liked its ability to double as a macro lens, complete with ring flash. You won’t be taking microscope-style close ups like you can with the Oppo Find X3 Pro, but it can still produce impressively sharp results from just a few centimetres away from your subject.

The main event uses pixel binning to snap 16MP images, although you can force it to capture the full 64MP if you want, but the improvement in detail isn’t worth the extra file size. There’s no denying the amount of detail on show, and colours are reproduced faithfully, but it leans towards overexposure and doesn’t have the best dynamic range. Expect blown out light sources when shooting at night, even with the dedicated night mode. Image processing can be a little heavy-handed in places, too.

On the front, you get a 16MP main selfie cam and an 8MP ultra-wide, but again it’s a case of diminishing returns. The ultrawide takes softer images that aren’t quite as balanced as the main sensor, which also uses a quad-Bayer sensor for 4MP images. That’s tiny compared to some rival cameras, and forcing the full 16MP results in images that look overly upscaled. The Pixel 4a makes do with half the number of camera sensors, yet produces images that are better than the G100 in almost every scenario. The Moto isn’t bad, per say, but neither will it blow you away with its photographic ability.

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