IFA 2016 | Finally: Lenovo and Hasselblad reveal the long awaited True Zoom Moto Z-MotoMod.
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A Pro-Camera Addon for the Moto Z series has made its way to the rumor mill countless times in the last few weeks and months, pictures popped up every now and then but Lenovo never really announced it officially until this week at IFA 2016 where Motorola and Swedish Pro-Camera manufacturer Hasselblad finally took the wraps off their most elaborate MotoMod so far.
The True Zoom MotoMod does not make use of the lens inside of the Moto Z, instead it brings with it another 12 MP camera together with 10 times optical zoom and an additional 4 times digital zoom. The sensor size of the Hasselblad lens is 1/2.3 inch, the pixel size is quite big and measures 1,55 μm. Aperture goes from F/3.5 up to 6.5. An extra Xenon flash will light up your scenes and the ISO range starts at 100 and goes up to 3200. Unfortunately, the True Zoom MotoMod does not support 4K video, the maximum video resolution is 1080p at 30 fps.
Videos and pictures are saved on the phone's internal storage, which is 32 GB for the Moto Z plus anything up to 256 GB on its internal Micro-SD card. In addition to JPEG the True Zoom also saves images in the DNG RAW format. Motorola and Hasselblad did not provide an extra battery with their True Zoom MotoMod so it will eat up the battery in your phone, which is quite small in the Moto Z to begin with. The Moto Z Force and the Moto Z Play have bigger batteries though.
In the United States, the True Zoom can be ordered starting September 8th and will be shipped September 15th for 300 US-Dollars. Verizon will offer a special deal of 250 US-Dollars to its customers. In Europe, the shipping dates are still not final, however, Lenovo promised to deliver the True Zoom in September for close to 300 Euros. If you are at IFA 2016 you can take a look at the module yourself. Motorola is in Hall 11.2 at stand 11.2.