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Moto G8: Good Cameras for Cheap?

Motorola's Moto G8 offers a zoom camera for around $200
Motorola's Moto G8 offers a zoom camera for around $200
The Moto G8 is an update for Motorola's mid-range, and it finally includes a real zoom camera. Find out more in our review of Motorola's affordable Moto smartphone.

Right out of the box the Motorola Moto G8 breaks with one golden rule of old: Motorola’s mid-range smartphones came with a round camera module at the back for many years. The Moto G8 gets rid of this circular module and introduces three cameras stacked neatly underneath each other, most likely for reasons of practicality and not design. Arguably, the round module was a unique selling point for the Moto series.

In other news, the Moto G8’s case continues to be made of plastic, but it is very solid, feels good in hand, and practical thanks to its dedicated fingerprint reader.

Compared to its predecessor, the Moto G8 is around $50 cheaper. Great news for the budget, but it raises questions at the same time – where did Motorola have to cut corners? The display, for example, is an obvious giveaway as its resolution is lower than on the Moto G7. Another indication is the Wi-Fi module that no longer supports 5 GHz bands and is thus limited in maximum transfer rates.

Quirks aside Motorola’s main focus was clearly on the cameras. For around $200 MSRP you get a camera with 4K video recording capabilities, a separate wide-angle and macro lens, and the ability to zoom seamlessly between the wide-angle and the main lens in 0.1x steps.

Overall, the camera did a decent job. Sure, sometimes details are missing or photos are somewhat low in contrast, but considering the Moto G8’s low price photo quality and more importantly camera versatility are excellent.

Battery life was also acceptable, the Moto G8 offers a more than decent performance for its price class, and it remained fairly cool under load. Thus, the device definitely deserves our endorsement.

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Florian Schmitt, 2020-05-13 (Update: 2020-05-19)