a few hours ago I have recommended a Moto Z Play for its independence and for the balance that manages to offer. Actually there’s more: this is the cheapest model of the new Lenovo series to support Moto Mods, modules. There are several, some already available more coming in Italy. In recent days I’ve tried two: the external True Zoom camera Hasselblad and mini projector Insta-Share Projector Lenovo.

Start by telling you that their coupling system is a fantasized: solid, fast, sometimes you are to detach and attach only to hear that beautiful sound it makes. do not need a reboot everything is immediate and managed by OTA updates. Moto Z Play recognizes the connection of the PIN, shows the notification to open the app dedicated and does not interfere with their operation. In the tested Mods Moto, there are no separate apps, but will continue to use regular ones with the addition of a few more options. It is an approach that makes good the idea of ​​modularity commissioned by the company: the device is that, but you can improve functionality.

Hasselblad True Zoom

Having said that, what really adds the room Hasselbland True Zoom . The truth? And stop. This is the only reason why it should be taken. If you have to take pictures from a distance with the quality of a real lens, then yes. In everything else there are advantages and disadvantages in its implementation. I found these – in addition to the considerations left in the video.

Shooting in RAW (DNG) + JPEG. Xenon Flash. Grip style room given by material, shape of the frame, magnetic coupling and shutter button. equivalent focal length 25-250 mm with a minimum focusing distance of 5 cm (or 1.5 meters at 10x). Stabilizer for photos, in addition to the video electric. manual focus via app. Shooting in RAW slow (even by one second click). diaphragm not suitable for shots in the dark (f3.5-6,5). limited to 1080P video recording @ 30 fps while the only smartphone get to 4K. dimensions, weight (300 grams) and high consumption of battery. setting does not specify zoom, swings, and uncertain AF to 10x. real video recording at 24p, no 30, with outside audio sync problems.

Here are some pictures to better understand. The photo with persimmons justice optics Hasselblad, but was done under optimal conditions. The other photos with the sea and from the press room of Maker Faire Rome 2016 are zooming from 1x to 10x made with Hasselblad module and an integrated camera Moto Z Play. When using point and shoot, there are no differences so important . Precise that the model being tested has been updated to the latest available firmware.

View in Full Screen

I could not insert a test movie recorded with this form because audio is out of sync and the refresh rate to 23:24 fps instead of 30 fps. As written in the list of strengths and weaknesses, just shoot images using the optical stabilizer. Finally, to consider the impact on the battery: I lost 40% charge with 30 clicks and a few seconds of footage.

Bonus! 4K recording from the posterior chamber of Z Moto Play

A 259 EUR the Hasselblad module seems more beautiful to look at and to touch (the build quality is really the standard and there is a beautiful carrying case) than useful. The improvements are only relative and very sectoral. Surely there is something more in using the form or not, of course, but I do not see a new “shooting experience.”

Moto Insta-Share Projector

the Insta-Share Projector module has an easier task. Add a pico projector LED with internal battery, metal support stand, manual adjustment of focus and software that corrects only the trapezoidal distortion (-40 ° to 40 °), it requires a simpler design and classical. Moto Insta-Share Projector is an accessory that you can recommend to those who must make presentations, exhibitions or want to look Netflix in style on a wall simulating a 70 inches .

Of course, you have to lower the blinds, close the drapes or short, reduce the ambient light. With 50 lumens output 480p and a contrast of 400: 1, it can not do otherwise. But there is a big advantage of portability (125 grams, 152 x 74 x 11 mm) and an impact on tolerable smartphone. Unlike the True Zoom, connected with this you can not keep the phone firmly. Lenovo did a good job considering that inside there is also a 1100 mAh battery and a small fan.

I left him to project The Ranch on Netflix HD with brightness maximum internal battery to 77% and smartphone battery to 56%. After an hour, I found myself with the projector to 0% and Moto Z Play 40%. There was a total consumption of 39% / h equivalent to 0.65% per minute. They are 2 and a half hours of play, not bad. Lowering the brightness because maybe you project in a room a bit ‘dark, we should reach the 4 hours of battery life . According to Lenovo, the additional battery Insta-Share Projector holds for an hour without touching the other. Point out that your phone battery is not charging the form: we must do it ourselves with the integrated USB-C.

In this context, the thermal chamber, I read a maximum temperature of 36 ° C at the “lamp”. It is not bad: we are 4 degrees above the maximum temperature without form and is probably about the internal fan (discreet and little noisy).

The projector module works well . Does what it needs without ruining the usability of the phone and it turns out good for different contexts use in the office, at work, as slide player, social timeline or protagonist of meetings; use it for a movie on Netflix or a point-and-click game with connected controller is a good idea. But in the final evaluation of Moto Insta-Share Projector I have to take into account the list price: a 309 EUR it becomes an expense to be absorbed in work situations, not in the fun. If you need it in the office and you have a Moto Z, try it.

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