Ever since getting my first iPhone back in 2011 (I was late to the game, I know), I’ve steadfastly believed that it would take nothing short of an act of god to get me to switch over to an Android. That is until a recent trip to Motorola’s headquarters in Chicago, where I got a sneak peek of one seriously incredible new device that prompted me to have a technological identity crisis: the Moto Z3.
Although it was admittedly tough to adjust to the new operating system of the Verizon-exclusive handset at first — which retails for $480, and will be 5G capable when an additional Mod launches in January — I found myself easily won over by a few key elements of the phone as I took the Moto Z3 and all of its signature Moto Mods for a test run at Lollapalooza. There I discovered that not only can it survive even the hottest of music festivals, but the Moto Z3’s camera features make using it a joy for the Instagram-addicted among us.
First, let’s start off with the basics, because even if you don’t shell out for all of the Mods, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the very cool camera features that come with the phone. The Moto Z3 boasts a six-inch AMOLED display and dual-lens cameras that offer a Portrait Mode comparable to what you’re used to using on an iPhone. Overall, this camera is more than satisfactory, producing crisper detail than what my iPhone 8 Plus was able to achieve time and time again. I should note, however, that the Moto Z3 was tricky to use in both very bright and very dark spaces; it had a tendency to blow out the bright, sunny sky, and struggled a bit in the dim light of a hotel bar.
That being said, the main f/1.7 lens in the Moto Z3 has also been equipped with another sensor that shoots in monochrome, meaning the second lens will give you gorgeous shots in genuine black-and-white (you know, if you’re trying to convince people you’re a seriousphotographer now). There’s also the Spot Color feature, which lets you pick and choose where to keep color within the frame, as well as the Cinemagraph mode, a personal favorite of mine. After recording a few seconds of video, you can use a brush to highlight partial movement in the photo, resulting in dynamic, one-of-a-kind GIFs. Check them out in the next few slides!
You can even get artsy with it.