OnePlus has finally released its new flagship 2021 phones. And they have built a new 3 year partnership with medium format camera maker Hasselblad to build their phone camera modules. On this first iteration, we get Ultra Wide 50MP, Wide 48MP or standard and a 3.3x telephoto with 8MP which is the lower quality of the bunch.
OnePlus has respected its own heritage when it comes to frame rates as the new 9 handsets retain the 240fps in Full HD 1080p and 480fps in HD 720p mode for somewhat super slow motion and a new mode of 120fps in full 4k which is exciting. OnePlus had the edge in recording duration in previous phones and this new variant might keep that edge. However, we feel disappointed the resolution did not go up to full HD at 480fps and allow for a 960fps HD mode like many other phones out there.
Motorola Mobility now an arm of the Lenovo Corporation has just announced the Moto Z2 Force Edition which is the next iteration of their Z Force original from 2016 which was a Verizon only product. The phone while somewhat popular never really gained enough market share to become important in the high-end smartphone space. The Z2 Force retains the unbreakable screen design which uses a protective plastic top layer before the glass.
The Z2 Force retains the unbreakable screen design which uses a protective plastic top layer before the glass. However, that layer is not scratch proof. The Phone also retains the Moto Mods capability like the Hasselblad Mod which transforms the phone into a real zoom compact camera. The good news is that this time the Slow Motion has been beefed up to compete with the iPhone and Google Pixel handsets.
Motorola Moto Z2 force Camera Specs:
Dual 12MP IMX 386 sensors – 1 Bayer, 1 Clear
Depth detection and depth effects
Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL)
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
Laser Auto Focus
Closed loop actuator
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash
- 4K (30fps)
- 1080p (30fps, 60fps, slow motion 120fps)
- 720p (30fps, slow motion 240fps )
- 480p (30fps)
Wide-Angle 85° lens
Auto Night mode
The recently announced Hasselblad True Zoom is an add on module for the Moto Z + Moto Mods™ smartphone platform which lets you add modules to your already very capable phone to increase it’s feature set. A Pico Projector, a much larger battery, a JBL speaker set and now the Hasselblad True Zoom 10x Optical zoom are the current back plate options for this new ecosystem.
What may look like a gimmick to some; it may be the advent of a personalized and very powerful experience for the future of smartphone use. What if you could add the advantages of a larger camera sensor and higher frame rates with built in processing to your phone when needed. What if you could add a built in microscope back plate to the phone for biologists on the field or a sensor module for tracking scientific concepts with the phone as a central part of experiments. The sky seems to be the limit here.
Hasselblad True Zoom Specs:
- Compatible phones
- Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play Droid
- Dimensions: 152.3 x 72.9 x 9.0 – 15.1 mm
- Weight: 145g
- Sensor resolution: 12MP CMOS BSI
- Video resolution: 1080p Full HD at 30fps
- Mics: 2 Stereo
- Sensor size: 1/2.3-inch
- Pixel size: 1.55 um
- Aperture: f3.5-6.5
- Zoom: 10x optical/4x digital
- Focal length: 4.5-45 mm (25-250mm 35mm equivalent)
- Macro : 5cm @1x – 1.5m @10x
- Flash: Xenon flash
- Image stabilization: Still: OIS Video: EIS
- ISO equivalent – Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
- Capture modes – Photo, panorama, video, professional, night landscape, night portrait, sports, day landscape, back light portrait
- Focus modes- Manual focus: select focus ROI Focus lock
- Pro mode: Focus, white balance, f-stop, ISO, exposure
- White balance: Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, sunny, shade
- Color effects: Color, black & white
- Red eye reduction: Auto
- File format – Still: JPG, DNG (RAW) Video: MPEG4
- Storage Internal phone: 32GB-64GB microSD phone: up to 2TB Cloud: Unlimited via Google Photos
- Battery life: Phone dependent
- Connectivity: Phone connectivity: 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi
- GPS: Phone: Enhanced geolocation
- Carrying case: Included
What jumps at you right off the bat is the 10X zoom lens and features like dual microphones, real flash and RAW image recording. Also the real limitations when it comes to video recording start to sour the excitement a bit. At a maximum frame rate of 30fps 1080p the camera has no high speed mode at all, (big dissappointment) here was a chance to improve on the limited zoom reach of slow motion capable phones.
The RAW photo mode is not new for phones either; many already offer a RAW image recording format which helps with developing the detail and color of images but with a sensor size of 1/2.3″ there is really not much to be excited about here either. The aperture limits of f3.5 wide -6.5 10x zoom is also slow even by phone standards which have in some cases f2.2 wide angles. With small sensors the aperture of a lens matters a lot. It seems the Hasselblad True Zoom is making a case for it’s name by making the lens the centerpiece and focus of the entire module design.
Introducing Moto Mods™ – by Moto:
The real value of the Moto Mods ecosystem is that it is very easy to extend a phone’s capabilities by just snapping a magnetic back. In a few iterations we may find that the camera we would really like to buy is just one module away and easy to add to your existing phone.
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