Hands-on: Motorola One Zoom review

A 48MP specialist camera phone with a 10x hybrid lens, for a sensible price tag

Motorola One Zoom hands-on review
(Image: © Jamie Carter/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

A versatile quad-lens array boasting 3x optical and 10x hybrid zoom from a 48MP main camera, Motorola's latest is more proof than super-zoom is now headed firmly for mainstream. Add a wide-angle and a 25MP selfie camera and this could be an ideal photography-centric smartphone for those on a budget … if you like weird colors.


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    3x optical zoom

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    117º ultra-wide angle lens

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    Real-time and post-capture bokeh blur

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    Big OLED screen

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    Matte satin glass design

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    Headphones jack


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    Bizarre color range

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    Big logo on the back

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    No wireless charging

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We all knew it was coming. Recent weeks saw the launch of the Motorola One Action – complete a wide-angle video camera – and leaks were plenty about the launch of the brand's photography-centric smartphone way before it was officially announced on Thursday at IFA 2019. So why were we so excited to get up close to this 6.4-inch handset? A quad camera system and a massive 10x hybrid zoom, that's why, and all for a low price of just $449 (from motorola.com for AT&T or T-Mobile) or in the from £379 (only from Amazon and with the Alexa voice assistant integrated). 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.