I strongly recommend a clear bumper case and screen protector if you intend to keep it for a few years.

What’s missing

Missing IP rating
Notification LED

Are they deal breakers? No! You do not expect them in this price category.

What you are getting is a premium build handset for a lemonade price with considerable added value.

Motorola g7 and g7 Plus

Camera

At this level, all you can expect is a ‘social media’ standard camera. Motorola has set new standards, especially in the g7 Plus with OIS.

Rear Camera 1
Primary
12MP
Sensor brand/model: Sony IMX486
Pixel Size: 1.25µm
F-stop: f/1.8
ISO: 100-3200
FOV: in °
Stabilisation: video EIS only
Zoom: 8X digital
Focus type: PADF
HDR: Auto
AI: Limited to best shot, spot colour
Flash type: single
Saved images: RAW or JPEG
Video:[email protected] with mono/stereo recording
Google Lens: yes
YouTube LIve upload: Yes
16MP
Sony IMX519
1.22µm
f/1.7
Same

OIS/EIS
Same
Same
Same

Dual CCT LED
Same
[email protected]
Same
Same
Rear Camera 2 5MP depth sensor
F/2.2
Same
F/2.2
Selfie 8MP
Sony IMX320
1.12 µm
F/2.2
Fixed Focus
[email protected]
Auto HDR
Screen fill flash
AI: Smile capture, portrait mode
 group selfie, sport colour
12.6MP
Sony IMX486
1.25µm
F/2.0
[email protected]
Same

The G7 Plus uses the Sony IMX519 sensor – the same as used in the OPPO R15 and R17 so its in good company – these are $799 phones.

All our tests are in Auto as that is what Joe and Jane Average use. All photos are g7 first (on top of g7 plus)

Daylight, outdoors (normal day around noon)

Motorola g7 and g7 Plus
g7 1/2000sec ISO100
Motorola g7 and g7 Plus
g7 Plus 1/2500 ISO100

To be fair it was a fairly overcast day. You can see how the g7 Plus is brighter, has more details and more accurate colours. Yet the g7 picks up sunlight highlights on the water.

Indoors Office Light (400 lumens)

Motorola g7 and g7 Plus
g7 1/50sec, ISO141
Motorola g7 and g7 Plus
g7 Plus 1/50sec ISO113

The g7 produces a good image albeit a little softer. The g7 Plus again has more light and more detail.

Low light (room with less than 100 lumens)

Motorola g7 and g7 Plus
g7 1/20sec ISO998
Motorola g7 and g7 Plus
g7 Plus 1/25sec ISO697

OK, low light is not good on wither with screen blowouts, poor colours and lots of noise. Still, these are as good as we got from some 2018 flagships.

Bokeh

Both use a 5MP depth sensor and do bokeh (out of focus background or foreground) well.

Selfie

In case you are wondering I don’t do sexagenarian selfies – great face for radio! The g7 was a little washed out but had good detail. The g7 Plus had excellent detail and colours. The screen fill flash is harsh and to be avoided.

The rear camera has multiple face detection for group selfies.

Motorola g7 and g7 Plus

Video

The g7 will records [email protected] only its not very good as it does not have OIS or EIA. It does have EIS at [email protected] It is fine for daylight video capturing details and colour.

The g7 Plus has [email protected] and again no stabilising. The OIS and EIS kick in at [email protected] and make superb daylight and good lower light videos.

AI software

The g7 and g7 Plus has basic rear camera AI including