They’re generally in focus (Mid-range Phones), and I was able to get a uniquely clear perspective on things like a ladybird feasting on an aphid. But, sadly, the detail from this camera proved to be lacking, with a noisy, grainy look that perhaps speaks to its humble -megapixel specification.
Uniquely Clear Perspective
There’s also the simple fact that macro photography is something of a niche proposition. Certainly in comparison to the singular strengths of the Motorola One Vision, One Action, and the new One Zoom, being able to get super-close to your subject isn’t going to improve your everyday shots.
Performance isn’t amazing away from the macro camera, either. General snaps are taken care of by a bog-standard combination of a -megapixel f. main camera and a -megapixel f. depth-sensing assistant. You also get a Laser AutoFocus time of flight ToF sensor.
The general shooting experience is a mixed bag. The Motorola Camera app is intuitive enough, but it’s a little willowy and occasionally slow to focus, resulting in the odd blurry shot. I also noticed a sizeable delay when taking portrait shots, although the results are pretty good for such a cheap phone, with a sharply defined subject and not too much in the way of weird edge artifacts.
I found the quality of normal shots to be lacking, however, with a generally flat and washed-out appearance. The One Macro also has a tendency to overexpose clouds and other bright areas, despite the auto HDR mode kicking in quite reliably.
Dark shots are more or less a no-no, with no dedicated Night mode and a relatively dim f. main lens. The results are grainy alright.
Not the worse result, but the Macro tends to flatten shots
HDR isn’t always effective at reigning in bright spots
I was able to get very close to this tiny flower, but check out the noisy background
The macro camera lets you shoot creatively, but there are lots of noise Macro shots give you close-up clarity. But with a lot of noise while the same close-up with the main camera fails to focus as well. but packs in more pixels
There’s no Night mode, and the results with Auto aren’t pretty. The camera occasionally fails to focus properly in a decent time. Motorola One Macro battery life – Fantastic stamina
The Motorola One Macro has a much bigger battery than the One Action and One Vision; it’s the same as the Motorola One Zoom. Its mAh unit, like the Zoom, leads to some truly impressive stamina.
Indeed, with a less pixel-packed display, this might be the longest-lasting Motorola One phone of the lot.
I was able to get a full two days of moderate use out of the Macro in between charges, during which time. I indulged in a bout of intensive photo-taking and a fair amount of web browsing.
Elsewhere, minutes of Netflix streaming with the brightness at full sapped just % of the charge. To give you a point of reference here, something like the Nokia. Which has average stamina lost % under the same circumstances of mid-range phones.
You don’t get the W Turbo Charger of the Motorola One Zoom here, however. This being a mid-range phone, you only get a W unit in the box – although it’s still no slouch.
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Should I buy the Motorola One Macro?
Motorola’s line of One phone offers clean design, elegant software, and competent performance across the board. The Motorola One Macro offers all of these things at the lowest price of them all.
It’s a solid pick for anyone with less than £ to spend for these very reasons. In particular, the phone’s performance, clean Android One UI, and exemplary battery life prove considerable draws.
Getting right up close to the One Macro doesn’t flatter it, however. The core selling point of a dedicated macro camera turns out to be somewhat underwhelming, even gimmicky, with noisy results. And limited practical benefit. The phone’s p display, meanwhile, is a notable downgrade from the rest of the range.