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Motorola One Macro review: How does that macro camera work?

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Motorola One series has focused typically on one aspect of the phone. The Motorola One Power, for instance, puts the focus squarely on the battery. The Motorola One Vision launched with a focus on the camera and delivered quite nicely on that front, while the Motorola One Action had a dedicated action video camera in ultra-wide mode. With the Motorola One Macro, the company is adding a new element to the camera: a dedicated macro lens at the back.

The Motorola One Macro is also the first phone in the lineup to come with a quad or four sensor camera setup at the back, but this one is even more affordable compared to the One Vision or the One Action. Motorola One Macro is priced at Rs 9,999 and comes with the MediaTek Helio P70 processor. Here’s our review.

Specifications: 6.2-inch HD+ (1520*720), Max Vision display, 270ppi | MediaTek Helio P70 processor with 2.0GHz octa-core CPU | 4GB RAM + 64GB storage (expandable to 512GB) | 13MP+2MP+2MP (Macro) camera with time of flight depth sensor | 8MP front camera | 4000 mAh battery | Water repellent design with IPX2  rating | Android Pie

Motorola One Macro Price in India: Rs 9,999

Motorola One Macro review: Macro camera, how it performs

Let’s talk about the camera’s macro sensor first, since this is the USP of this phone. The camera setup on the Motorola One Macro is as follows: it has a 13 MP main sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and 1.12μm pixel size coupled with Laser Autofocus. Then there’s a 2 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 1.75μm pixel size.

The 2MP dedicated macro lens is on top, separate from the other three sensors. The 2MP macro lens has an f/2.2 aperture and 1.75μm pixel size. Motorola also claims that you can get as close as 2 cms with the macro sensor. It will also let you shoot videos with the dedicated macro sensor on as well. In the camera app, there’s a dedicated macro mode, which has the dedicated flower symbol. If you get very close to an object, the camera does prompt you to switch to the macro mode.

The macro mode is a bit of a hit and miss, and I would call it an exercise in patience. It does require ample lighting, and I would not say the results are the sharpest when you are shooting in the evening or even indoors. It also works better with fixed still objects, more than flowers in my experience, because one needs to stay completely still for the focus to latch on. Even the slightest of wind can mar the macro experience.

In low-light, the Moto One Macro does struggle and there’s a noticeable shutter lag as well. The details are also lost in low-light photos. The phone also does not come with a dedicated Night Mode, like some other phones priced in the under Rs 15,000 category.

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