For a lot of people, including me, their mobile phone camera has replaced carrying around an expensive camera in a lot of situations. I still take my DSLR with me on some trips, but it is important for me to have a good camera in any situation on my phone. To put the 21-megapixel rear-facing camera on the Moto Z Force to the test I took a few of our standard photos. The first is taken outside in the middle of the day. Almost any phone should get a good picture in outside lighting situations, but here I’m checking to make sure things don’t end up being to washed out and we have good colors. As you can see the grass may be full of weeds but it is very green.
My next photo is a photo taken of a cat in an unlit room with the sunlight from outside coming in the windows. Here having the light behind the subject, in this case a lazy cat, will make for a dark subject. The Moto Z did a good job of adjusting and the cat is very visible and clear.
The last two photos are of a small quadcopter on a white background. The first is without any lighting or flash and the second is with our photo lighting turned on. In the low light photo, I’m looking to see how well the camera was able to focus with the bright LEDS causing issues and the full light photo is just a comparison shot. The Moto Z did a good job here as well. Overall I was really happy with the photo performance of the phone, especially the default best photo feature that will sometimes take multiple photos if you are moving around a little to make sure at least one is in focus.
The included camera app makes things really simple. You have quick access to a timer, the flash, and HDR settings. Then on the other side, you have the shutter button, the camera flip button to flip to the front-facing camera, and a button to switch to video from photos. Sliding from the right to the left lets you see your last picture and left to the right opens up more detailed settings options. The phone defaults to 1080p30FPS for the video and 13mp for the photos so if you want the highest possible resolutions you can turn video up to 4k30FPS or 1080p60FPS and the camera up to the 21MP setting.