September 29, 2022
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Review
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion packs some premium hardware wrapped in a thin and light body, without making many compromises

Motorola recently launched the Edge 30 Fusion in India as its new premium mid-range smartphone. Dubbed as the new “flagship killer”, the 

Shot on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion’s main camera

Shot on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion’s main camera

In low light, the main camera produces good details in the shadows along with exposure. I liked how the camera’s algorithm does not make the night sky look artificially blue, which has been the case with other smartphones. In extreme low-light conditions, the algorithm aims at exposing the shadows well but introduces noise along with it.

Low-light camera sample shot on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

Low-light camera sample shot on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

The ultra-wide camera does a decent job but there is distortion around the edges of the frame. The colour temperature is also slightly cooler compared to the main camera. Macro photos from this camera look good and if you can get the focusing right, the output is much better than most other dedicated 2-megapixel macro cameras.

Ultra-wide camera sample shot on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

Selfies taken with the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion are detailed and look good but again, the software often messes up the skin tones. Photos taken in Portrait mode look good and the phone does a great job with edge detection. 

Front camera sample images shot on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

In terms of video, the rear main camera can shoot up to 8K 30fps. It produces good colours and the dynamic range performance is quite good. The ultra-wide camera can shoot up to 4K 30 fps and produces good colours but the dynamic range is not on par with the main camera. You can also shoot videos up to 4K 30fps using the front camera and while the dynamic range is not the best, the overall quality is above average.

Verdict

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is quite a good offering that looks stylish and has good features. The phone packs premium hardware and offers a great user experience. While the design is a subjective area, I quite liked it and I feel others would agree too. The camera offers good performance but it needs a little bit of software tweaking in order to do proper justice to the hardware. Also, while the phone can record up to 8K videos, the internal storage is limited to only 128GB, so a higher storage option would have been nice to have.

The Edge 30 Fusion is also slightly expensive at Rs. 42,999 compared to most other phones with a Snapdragon 888+ SoC. In fact, its premium sibling, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, is on sale for the same price at the time of publishing this review (Rs. 44,999 otherwise). The Edge 30 Pro comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, wireless charging, and a better set of cameras, making it a much better deal right now compared to the Edge 30 Fusion. However, if you want a slim and light design along with a sturdier aluminium frame, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is the better choice. 

There is stiff competition in this segment from the likes of the iQOO 9 5GXiaomi 11T Pro 5G (Review), OnePlus 10R and the Realme GT Neo 3. While these phones offer excellent hardware for the price, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion one-ups them with its feature-rich and clean user experience.