How the rumored Moto Mod camera module may work

How the rumored Moto Mod camera module may work
Motorola earlier this year jumped on the modular bandwagon with Moto Mods – a series of magnetic add-ons for Moto Z phones, including a plethora of back plates, a massive battery pack, a JBL-made stereo speaker with a kickstand and even a projector. All these modules sound exciting, but we are going to talk about the unannounced – although heavily rumored – camera add-on.

Rumored to be made by Swedish photo equipment veteran maker Hasselblad, the module – if real – promises to pack quite a punch for a relatively small unit. Alleged pictures of the camera module surfaced in June, but it was earlier this month that we saw what might be a photo of a near final version of the add-on. The latest leaked image shows what is claimed to be the Moto Mod camera, bearing the iconic Hasselblad logo, and sporting a dedicated zoom dial, which was a rumored feature but nowhere to be seen in the leaks from June.

The camera module is reported to have a 10x optical zoom, as well as a Xenon flash and dedicated controls for various functions. If you are interested in how this module may actually work, take a look a these animated slides, courtesy of TechDroider:

The Hasselblad-built add-on will feature a dedicated shutter button, a Xenon flash, and will have the option to shoot pictures in Raw format. Highlighted in yellow above is the shutter button.

Pressing the power button will, obviously, turn the camera on and off, retracting the lens.

There is a dedicated zoom dial surrounding the shutter button, providing easy access to the stand-out feature as well as precise control.

All in all, the camera module looks promising and we hope that it delivers in terms of picture quality, because, at the end of the day, that's what matters the most for an add-on like this. Are you excited for this Moto Mod and would you buy it at the right price? What other Moto Mods are you excited for? Tell us in the comment section below.

source: TechDroider



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, all the review suggests the image quality of the new Moto flagship is average at best. So I recon the only benefit the phone would have from the ad on will be the optical zoom as far as the imaging is concerned (if I'm not missing anything)

2. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Nobody cares about Motorola anyway.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No one cares about the pioneer of the mobile phone... that's just sad.

6. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

My mom used to work for Motorola. They were the pioneers but unfortunately they went into a completely different market. No one cares about a company that isn't relevant anymore. It's pretty simple. Just because you invented the cellular phone doesn't mean that you are guaranteed success.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No longer relevant? The Moto Z is the most innovative phone since the original iPhone. We've had one other modular phone on the market and it's execution on the idea is laughable compared to what Motorola has done. Maybe they're not as popular as other OEMs, but their ingenuity is driving the smartphone forward.

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Motorola definitely gets respect for the modular Moto Z line. Will that translate into sales? I don't know. Apple and Samsung have already gobbled up so much of the market. But "most innovative phone since the iPhone?" That's a bit hyperbolic. The iPhone was a force of nature. It transformed the industry. It made the smartphone something you NEED. The Moto Z is at heart still a touch screen slab, albeit an expandable one. Innovative or not, Motorola is a shadow of its former self in market share and power. I say that as a Motorola fan... they've made too many mistakes and were too complacent for the Z to make up for it all at once.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can't say no one cares. A number of people do care. With that said it depends on the price of this mod. Not to mention the Moto Z is not out yet. Sure it's out on Verizon, but it arrives in September for everyone else.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Nobody cares about HTC. Nobody cares about Sony. Nobody cares about haters.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

The zoom isn't placed over the phones camera lens, I'd assume this is a new camera sensor and lens, but I wouldn't expect better than point and shoot camera quality, which usually isn't much better than a smart phone anyway. Basically looks like an all new camera mounted to the back.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This looks very promising and interesting. It's just a matter of price cause you're already purchasing the phone alone. Image quality and price will be the determining factor for many people. I love this idea though and this has me thinking now.

8. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Does it have a standalone sensor or is it just mirrored to the one on the phone?

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Based on the design having the zoom in the middle, I'd expect it's own sensor.

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