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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.
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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
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 872 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
contact me via: @FloSchmi26, LinkedIn, Xing
Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 424 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-05-13 (Update: 2020-05-19)