"Hasselblad True Zoom camera's a boon for Moto Z modders"
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Hasselblad True Zoom camera's a boon for Moto Z modders
Got a Lenovo Moto Z phone?
Got a yen for a zoom lens?
Do you shoot a lot in bright light?
Then the $250 Hasselblad brand True Zoom camera attachment, part of Lenovo's Moto Mod series of add-ons is for you.
It's essentially a slim compact camera that attaches seamlessly to the phone and overall it's a really elegant solution.
But it's not without it's crazymaking annoyances.
I can't emphasize enough how convenient the zoom lense is, and this isn't the first phone with one, but this one is dead easy to add and remove.
Motor mods attach to the phone via magnets, and in this case the phone's stock camera app switches to a phone designed for use with the camera mod.
It has similar components to say, $150 compact digital camera.
With the photo quality to match.
A one over 2.3 inch, 12 megabyte sensor.
And a stabilized 25 to 250 millimeter equivalent 10X zoom lens.
The lens' maximum aperture of f3.5, shrinks to f6.5, by the end of the zoom range.
Limiting it's usefulness in anything but bright light.
At it's widest.
There's serious distortion and vignetting on raw photos.
Which gets it automatically corrected, for JPG's.
The HD video isnt great.
With compression artifacts and somewhat bizarre, non-standard frame rates.
Like 28.34 frames per second.
There's not a lot here that's really Hasselblad.
It's got the company's 75th anniversary commemorative orange shutter button with half-pressed focusing, a grip with the same nice physical feel as the one used by current Hasselblad cameras, and the big H. It will also ship with access to Hasselblad's RAW software, Phocus.
Too bad Phocus Mobile is only available on iOS, not Android Unfortunately, the app aways reverts to default settings, even if you switch away from it for just a second, which is something you do constantly on a phone.
That means, for instance, it forgets you're in manual mode or that you're shooting raw.
As far as I can tell, if you use another camera app, you can't shoot raw.
It's also way to easy to accidentally hit the home menu and back buttons while holding it.
Like I said, crazy making.
And keep in mind zoom lenses, generally eat a lot of power.
And this one is no exception, except now its running down your phones battery.
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