The Moto Z² Force’s camera is pretty solid. In terms of image capturing, it handles daylight and well-lit scenarios very well. Images are always sharp and the colors pop. Some darker scenario shots struggle slightly but can be perfected via subtle tweaks using the camera’s Professional Mode. Let’s take a look at some shots, while noting that I had to drop down the file size of some of the pictures. You can still get a good grasp of the color and clarity in the shots, and I went ahead and zoomed in for to you grasp any degradation that occurred using optical zoom.

Here are some well-lit or day shots…

Here is one scene shot repeatedly while progressively zooming into 8X optical zoom.

Here are two shots contrasting the same scene shot in Las Vegas at both day and night.

I was pretty impressed with the Moto Z² Force’s video recording. The optical image stabilization (OIS) really kicked in and kept my pans and zooms from looking too shaky. Like with the photo-taking above, where there was more light, the video was just that much easier to handle. The videos came out pretty well, with even the nighttime mini-water show on the Las Vegas Strip coming out pretty well.

Here’s some animal watching video at the Flamingo Las Vegas, during the day.

Here’s another video with the same setting but with full zoom.

And here’s that nighttime mini-water show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Trying out the Moto Z² Force’s selective focus features, courtesy of those dual 12 MP cameras, produced some interesting results. The dual cameras allow the Moto Z² Force to perceive depth, which gives you the ability to apply certain characteristics to a photo’s foreground and background, even after the shot was taken. You simply have to ensure that the shot was taken with “depth enabled” in order for the Moto Z² Force to understand where the foreground and background are. After that, you can double-back to your depth-enabled photos to blur layers, make certain layers black & white, or move a foreground character to a different background completely.

It was an interesting little touch, allowing you to these artistic edits. The “replace background” function was particularly interesting. It did a pretty decent job at grabbing the entire foreground character completely. As long as the lighting was right, your end photo would indeed look as if your swapped character was there all along.

Continue onto Performance, Features and Final Thoughts…


Double-Jump spends his day double-jumping over users' IT HelpDesk requests so that he has more time to double-jump in games. He enjoys double-jumping in PC, console and mobile games. His element resides mainly in Shooters, RPGs, and Fighters with a hint of the miscellaneous. The only time he sits still is when he gets his hands on a gadget.