Motorola Hasselblad True Zoom Camera for Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play Droid
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- 10x optical zoom.File format Still: JPG, DNG (RAW)Video: MPEG4
- Xenon flash
- Physical shutter and zoom
- Easy sharing and backup
- Shoots in raw format
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From the manufacturer
Optical v. digital zoom. The difference is clear.
With 10x optical zoom, capture detailed photos from a distance without affecting resolution. Don’t worry about how far the subject is, just focus on getting the shot.
Hasselblad legacy at your fingertips.
The most renowned images in history have been taken with Hasselblad cameras, from the moon to Abbey Road. For the first time, Hasselblad is bringing its unique, iconic design and imaging experience to the mobile space.
Even light, even at night.
Never let low light ruin a great shot. The Xenon flash lights up your subject evenly, giving you crisp, blur-free pictures in any environment.
Transformation’s never been easier.
With Moto Mods like Hasselblad True Zoom, do things you never thought were possible with a phone. The interchangeable backs snap onto your phone with powerful integrated magnets and are instantly ready for use. No pairing. Whatever your passion, there’s a Moto Mod for you.
|Compatible phones||Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play Droid|
|Dimensions / Weight||152.3 x 72.9 x 9.0 - 15.1 mm / 145g|
|Video resolution||1080p Full HD at 30fps|
|Sensor size / Pixel size||1/2.3-inch / 1.55 um|
|Zoom||10x optical/4x digital|
|Capture modes||Photo, panorama, video, professional, night landscape, night portrait, sports, day landscape, back light portrait|
|Storage||Internal phone: 32GB-64GB microSD phone: up to 2TB Cloud: Unlimited via Google Photos|
The Hasselblad True Zoom camera with 10X optical zoom adds an advanced imaging experience to your phone in a snap. Now you can use your smartphone to capture images in ways that have never been possible, fueling your creativity and letting you share the brilliant results
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As for whether you can use the digital zoom with this mod, there were a lot of "No" answers. Yes. Mine does. I am not sure if this is a feature added in a recent update of the Moto Mods software, or if it is just on the Moto Z Force, or if I just received an updated product (I just got mine yesterday (2/26/2017) but mine will allow me to use the digital zoom after the 10x zoom is at max, it allows me to go to 40x with the digital. One caveat though, while the mod is connected to your phone, swipe the viewfinder right on your screen and there is a setting "Use Digital Zoom". If you check this option, it will allow you to use the digital zoom, but only after the optical zoom has maxed out at its 10x. There is even a section in the "Adjust Settings" portion of the owner's manual for using the digital zoom feature (page 5).
Nice to also be able to adjust the settings within the Hasselblad to take Black & White pictures and Raw image format.
The optic lens automatically activates when the camera app is opened and automatically deactivates when the camera app is closed, or you can use the power button on the Mod itself.
I have attached some pictures for comparison. I am not able to attached the full scale pictures taken by the Moto Z Force (because they are about 12MB in size each), but in looking at these scaled down versions, since all are scaled down the same way, I am trying to show the difference between the stock camera vs. the Mod with full optical zoom to 10x vs. the Mod with full optic zoom to 10x combined with full digital zoom to 40x. These pictures were taken indoors with zero sunlight, only light source is an incandescent bulb between the camera and the paper. I measured the distance to be 12 feet.
So far I have not found anything I don't like about this Mod. Should anything new come up I will return to update this review, but as for now, it fits my needs perfect.
Here are the ways in which I think the True Zoom isn't really better or more more convenient than a real camera:
- Even when it's not connected to your phone, the True Zoom is wider and taller and just as heavy as most small real cameras.
- It also makes the phone as bulky as a small camera - but if you only use it when you need to, you must first remove your phone's case or "style mod" (backplate) - and then replace it later.
- The True Zoom's sensor is comparable to what you would find in any premium smartphone; many real cameras offer better sensors.
- Pretty much any camera has more settings and modes, letting you take better pictures (especially if you know what you're doing).
- It costs more than many cameras of equal or better capability and quality.
- It uses your phone's battery instead of having its own power source.
The True Zoom looks like someone sliced the back half off a largeish compact point-and shoot camera. It's a bit plasticky/toy-ish looking but it feels very solid and well made. The three controls - power button, shutter button, and zoom ring - are all where you would expect to find them on a real camera, and they work the same way too.
Although the similarity to a real camera is welcome, I think the designers went a little overboard. For instance the area surrounding the lens seems artificially wider to make the lens appear more substantial (adding needless bulk), and there's a grippy bulge on one side. It all encourages you to hold the True Zoom like a real camera, but there's no wrist strap and as a result I always was worried I was going to accidentally drop it (it didn't help that it felt heavy too - how heavy depends on which phone you have; the Moto Z Play and Moto Z Force weigh more than the skinnier Moto Z). I would have preferred if they could have kept it thinner around the edges so that I could still handle it the same way I handle my phone when shooting photos.
At any rate, the "Moto Mod" integration with the phone is slick and seamless. You just snap the TrueZoom onto the back of the phone (it's held on with strong magnets). If it's the first time you've used a specific mod, you also go through a few intro screens and maybe a quick update, and then you're good to go; every time you hit the True Zoom power button, it automatically extends the lens and starts the Moto Camera app.
The Moto Camera app adapts itself by showing different settings; there's a flash menu (on/auto/off), a shutter delay menu (off/3 sec/10 sec), and an "H" menu to select the mode (color JPEG, B&W JPEG, or color RAW+JPEG), and the scene (auto, sports, night portrait, background portrait, night landscape, landscape). I didn't try the HDR or panorama, ISO, white balance, additional scene modes, etc. but those were supposedly accessible via the icon that looks like a camera.
To check the photo quality I did a few test photos where I shot the same scene with the True Zoom and then with my Moto Z Play phone's built in camera (I didn't try to compare video or low light shots). Here's what I noticed:
- Time to first shot and shot-to-shot didn't seem very different from my phone's camera.
- The flash is more powerful than the phone's little LED, but there can be a long delay between when you press the shutter and when it fires.
- Until I zoomed a fair amount, there wasn't any noticeable quality difference between photos taken with the True Zoom vs. the phone's camera.
- A small push on the zoom ring causes a big change to the zoom level. That can make it annoying to get the zoom "just right" if you're trying to frame a shot.
- It's better for macro shots (close-ups); you can get closer and still stay in focus, and has a larger depth of field.
- Photos have slightly "cooler" colors compared to the phone's camera.
- It has optical image stabilization which will help reduce blur when zoomed, though I didn't try to test this.
(The last 3 points above may depend on your phone; the Moto Z and Moto Z Force have better built-in cameras than the Moto Z Play).
Here are some other things worth mentioning:
- It sticks to the phone much more strongly than the back plate; I doubt it would accidentally disconnect during normal use.
- There's no tripod mount, which makes the shutter delay timer setting kind of useless (but with only magnets holding the camera in place, using a tripod wouldn't be super secure).
- It's a safe guess that it uses more juice than the phone's built-in camera since it's got a real flash and a zoom lens motor (unlike some other Moto Mods, the True Zoom doesn't include its own battery as far as I can tell).
- It's not compatible with all camera apps; the instructions say "most"; for instance Z Camera worked fine but Open Camera kept saying "Failed to take photo".
- Sometimes it wouldn't work when the phone was charging, showing the message "Disconnect phone USB to use your Moto Mod".
- You can still switch to the phone's front camera for selfies.
- The phone's flashlight feature isn't available when the True Zoom is connected.
I think the True Zoom is a neat idea, but it seems expensive for what it offers (I paid $200). I ended up returning it since my little Canon Elph camera costs less, zooms further, has better photo quality, is just as portable, and doesn't run down my phone's battery. To get its photos into my phone so that I can edit/upload, I use this Cable Matters USB Type-C Dual Slot Card Reader.
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