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Motorola Moto G200 test: compromises in an ultra-competitive sector


Jan 14, 2022

The G200 is made up of a rather classic photo trio. Its wide-angle sensor is 108 megapixels, its ultra wide-angle 8 Mpx and the depth sensor 2 Mpx. Motorola seems to be ignoring a telephoto lens so as not to compete with its Edge 20 Pro.

Main module: 108 MP

108MP crop 100%
27MP, 100% crop

You know the song: smartphones don’t capture their full-definition shots by default. This Motorola is no exception to the rule and offers images in 27 Mpx. To capture in 108 Mpx, you have to go through a specific mode in the photo app (called Ultra-Res at Motorola). In some cases, full resolution provides more detail, but that didn’t seem to be the case with our G200. This observation applies equally to shots taken day and night.

Xiaomi 11T (26 mm eq., f/1.8, ISO 302, 1/100 s)
Motorola Moto G200 (26 mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 509, 1/100 s)

By day, the shot captured is correct despite a slight overexposure. We can perceive digital noise across the entire black portion of our photo scene – a problem absent with Xiaomi’s Mi 11T. Let’s add that Motorola’s software processing smooths out certain details of the scene.

Xiaomi 11T (26 mm eq., f/1.8, ISO 8365, 1/15 s)
Motorola Moto G200 (26 mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 13888, 1/10 s)

At night, the Moto G200 goes very high in sensitivity, distorting all the colorimetry of the shot. The image is clearly desaturated, not far from being only black and white. On the Xiaomi side, the shot remains relatively dull with a sepia tone offered by the software processing. However, the rendering of details is more satisfactory on the Chinese smartphone thanks to a more pronounced contrast.

Ultra wide-angle module: 8 Mpx

Xiaomi 11T (f/2.2, ISO 63, 1/50 sec)
Motorola Moto G200 (f/2.2, ISO 277, 1/50 sec)

The ultra-wide-angle module is struggling on both. The image lacks sharpness and the smoothing is very pronounced. That said, the Motorola terminal offers a more natural color rendering – the luminous halo generally present on the right edge of the image is moreover almost non-existent.

Xiaomi 11T (f/2.2, ISO 2555, 1/15 sec)
Motorola Moto G200 (f/2.2, ISO 6928, 1/15 sec)

Same thing in low light. By going a little higher in sensitivity than the Mi 11T, the G200 manages to offer a better exposed image with better colors. Alas, this strong increase in ISO implies a lot of digital noise.

Front module, portrait and video mode

At the front, the Moto G200 sports a 16 Mpx module delivering a rather good result in taking selfies, although smoothing the facial features a little too much. The portrait mode available at the front is very good, managing to outline a character very suitably. The frontal apparatus did not stumble on small shaggy hair, as is usually the case.

On the back, the portrait mode is also very good. On a 3/4 chest plan, the main module only slightly bumps into the usual body parts such as an arm, a finger, or even an ear. Nothing too alarming, however.

For video, the main lens can shoot up to 4K at 30 fps. No optical stabilization on the program, it will be necessary to be satisfied with an electronic stabilization. With the front camera, you can shoot in Full HD at 30 fps.

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