Motorola Moto e40 review: a very affordable and balanced smartphone

As you might expect, Motorola isn’t going to impress us with any pictures here. The company has opted for a triple photo sensor consisting of a 48 Mpx wide angle whose lens opens at f / 2, accompanied by macro and depth sensors of 2 Mpx (f / 2.4) each. It is clearly the first thing that interests us here. We are going to compare it with that of one of the entry-level tenors: the Redmi Note 11

Wide-angle module: 48 MP, f/2

The main 48MP module captures snapshots at 12MP by default. Like its ilk, it benefits from the technology of the pixel binding which combines four pixels into one to capture more light in less lit scenes.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 (12.5 MP, f/1.8, ISO 108, 1/50 sec)

Motorola moto e40 (12 MP, f/2, ISO 50, 1/125 sec)

In good lighting conditions, this Moto e40 delivers decent performance for this price. The level of detail is decent and the colorimetry decent enough, albeit unsaturated in places. However, we can see that the rendering of the Redmi Note 11 is better and seems more natural. We discover much more detail on the map, the faces or the cover of the book, which shows some roughness that is erased too quickly by the Moto e40. We therefore prefer the latter, even if it is not a war violence.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 2939, 1/15s)

Motorola moto e40 (12 MP, f/2, ISO 1600, 1/15 sec)

In the dark, the two smartphones opt for a different treatment, but neither does it really well. The Redmi Note 11 tries to capture details, but digital noise is common. At Motorola, the scene is more visible, but the digital smoothing removes all relief and the whole thing seems faded.

48 MP mode

It is always possible to choose the full definition via the settings. We isolated an identically sized area (0.90 Mpx) on each of the images to compare the two definitions.

Motorola Moto e40 (48 MP, f/2, ISO 50, 1/125 sec)

Motorola Moto e40 (12 MP, f/2, ISO 50, 1/125 sec)

Motorola Moto e40 (48 MP, f/2, ISO 1250, 1/15 sec)

Motorola Moto e40 (12 MP, f/2, ISO 1250, 1/15 sec)

Day or night, opting for full definition does not bring significant gains to the inclusion. It will therefore be used to make it easier to resize certain photos. It will still be necessary to use this mode sparingly if you don’t have an extra microSD, as the images inevitably weigh more heavily on the storage.

Front and video module

An 8 Mpx (f/2) sensor is housed in the punch on the front. The shots are quite detailed, even if the overall color seems too cold. Thanks to the wide angle at the back, you can film in Full HD at 30 frames per second. Unsurprisingly, the quality isn’t great, especially when you’re dealing with a wide dynamic range. That’s enough to capture a few everyday moments, but not much more.

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