We’re trying something a little different with our real camera review for this release. Motorola dropped two very similar phones. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are more alike than they might be different, but one area that separates the two is camera performance. Though the external camera housing is exactly the same form factor to interact with Moto Mods, the actual sensors are different resolutions.
The Moto Z delivers a 13MP sensor, paired with laser assisted auto focus, optical image stabilization, a dual LED flash, and an f/1.8 aperture. The Moto Z Force expands the resolution to 21MP, and adds phase detection to the auto focus package. Eagle eyed viewers noticed on our Moto Z first impressions video that the Z Force lens was slightly larger than the lens on the regular Z. We’re happy to see that actually, as that means the extra Z Force resolution isn’t being crammed into the same surface area, and Motorola has confirmed that the pixel size between the Moto Z and the Z Force remains the same at 1.12um. Not only does the Z Force get more dots to play with, it also lands a slightly larger overall sensor.
How do these two handle our in-depth photography benchmarks? Are there any compromises someone might face in stepping down to the 13MP shooter on the Moto Z? It’s time to run these phones through a Real Camera Review!