Tech review: Moto G Fast (2020) – Sample video & still footage

title screen from Motorola Moto G Fast (2020) - Sample video & still footage
Title screen from “Motorola Moto G Fast (2020) – Sample video & still footage” YouTube video.

This morning I uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel entitled “ tech review: Motorola Moto G Fast (2020) – Sample video & still footage.”

It’s just under 12 minutes long and gives a look at some sample video footage, time-lapse video and still photos that I took with the Moto G Fast (2020) phone in fall/winter 2020.

I hope it helps people interested in this phone to gauge the quality level that you can achieve with its camera/lenses.

For others, the video provides scenic shots of the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and other locations in southern Wisconsin, to inspire you to get outdoors and enjoy natural beauty. (You can find a PDF map of the Southern Unit here.)

Above: “Motorola Moto G Fast (2020) – Sample video & still footage” embedded video
(Music credits: “Anodized” and “Digital Horizon” from Microsoft Video Editor.)

All of the footage and photos in this video were recorded using the Moto G Fast (2020). Some of the video was recorded in full HD (1920 x 1080) and some in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160). All of it was edited down to full HD using Microsoft Video Editor and then uploaded to YouTube.

This phone’s price puts it in the budget category, but I found the quality of the video and photos from the main 16 MP rear lens and the 8 MP front lens to be quite nice under the right conditions. However, the footage I got from the 8 MP ultra-wide rear lens was very poor quality — it doesn’t seem like it’s even worth including that lens in the phone. I didn’t test the 2 MP rear macro lens for this video.

Moto G Fast (2020) specs:

Model: XT2045-3
Released: June 2020
Regular price (summer 2020): $199.99
Sale price: $149.99
Back plate color: pearl white
Processor: QualComm Snapdragon 665 Mobile Processor
Processor-type: Octa-core, 4 x 2.0 GHz and 4 x 1.8 GHz
Memory (RAM): 3 GB
Built-in storage: 32 GB
Rear camera: triple cameras: 16 MP main camera (up to 4K UHD resolution; 30 fps, or up to 60 fps for FHD; slow-motion; time-lapse; RAW), 8 MP 118° ultra-wide angle, 2 MP macro
Front camera: 8 MP (up to 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution)
Fingerprint sensor: Yes (on back plate)
Face unlock: No
Screen size: 6.4 inches
Screen resolution: 1560 x 720 pixels, 268 ppi, IPS
Android version: 10
AC Wireless: Yes
Battery: 4000 mAh
Headphone jack: yes (1/8″)
“Water repellent”: Yes
Charging port: USB-C

Phone cameras, and digital video/still cameras in general, have come such a long way since their early days. You can even achieve nice results from some comparatively inexpensive models, like this one!