The Motorola Edge 50 Pro sits between the flagship, the Motorola Edge 50 Ultra, and the budget option, the Motorola Edge 50 Fusion. As such, the 50 Pro is a toned-down version of the 50 Ultra (but not as much as the 50 Fusion) while priced at just under £600.

Amateur Photographer verdict

The middle child of the Motorola Edge 50 family packs quite a punch for being a slightly watered down version of the 50 Ultra.
Pros
  • Impressive main camera with beautiful Pantone-validated colours
  • Really nice portrait mode capabilities
  • Fast charging and battery that lasts for ages
Cons
  • Curved screen is a matter of personal preference
  • Telephoto and ultrawide camera suffer in low light
  • Not the fastest when taking photos

Key features at a glance

  • 50MP main camera, f/1.4 with OIS
  • 13MP ultrawide, f/2.2, 120-degree field of view with macro-friendly AF
  • 10MP telephoto, f/2.0 with OIS, 3x optical zoom
  • 50MP selfie camera, f/1.9 with AF
  • 6.7-inch screen, 144Hz with 2000nit peak brightness
  • 4500mAh battery
  • 12+512GB
  • Android 14
  • 161.23 ×72.4 × 8.19 mm
  • 186g

How we test camera phones

We review smartphones from the perspective of choosing one for its photography and camera performance. We look at what the Motorola Edge 50 Pro offers, and the features included for photography and video, paying particular attention to the cameras on the phone, photo editing capabilities, as well as the output from each different lens.

Features

Like the Motorola Edge 50 Ultra, Motorola Edge 50 Pro has a 50MP main camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 50MP selfie camera with autofocus. This is where, camera-wise, the similarities with the 50 Ultra end. Instead of an f/1.6 aperture, the 50 Pro’s main camera sports a wider f/1.4 aperture and the rest of the cameras on the phone have a smaller megapixel count.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro back view. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.

The phone has a 13MP ultrawide camera with a f/2.2 aperture, 120-degree field of view and macro-friendly autofocus. Its 10MP telephoto camera has an f/2.0 aperture, OIS and 3x optical zoom.

Feature-wise, the camera has a Portrait, Pro modes as well as Night Vision. Additionally, it can shoot long exposures, panoramas and photos with a tilt shift.

Close up of the Motorola Edge 50 Pro’s camera system on the back of the phone. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.

You can choose what aspect ratio and resolution you want to take photos at, High or Standard, as well as turn Auto-Macro on, which will allow the phone to automatically switch to the Macro camera when shooting smaller objects.

In terms of video, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro has FHD and 4K video recording. Macro mode, Night Vision, Smart stabilisation and even a flashlight can be turned on while shooting. There is also an option to record Slow Motion video.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro camera app in use. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.

Handling and Design

This phone comes in the following colour options: Luxe Lavender, Moonlight Pearl, and Black Beauty. The phone I received to review was the Luxe Lavender colour option, which along with the Black Beauty option comes in Vegan Leather. Like the Motorola Edge 40 Neo, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is a very beautiful phone, with rounded edges and a thin, lightweight build.

It is powered by a Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset and is IP68 dust and water resistant. The 50 Pro has the same 6.7-inch Super HD (1220 p) display as the flagship with a 144Hz refresh rate and is curved around the edges of the phone.

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro is incredibly slim and lightweight. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.

My only complaint about this display is that when you use the phone without a cover, it can be tricky to use and time and time again resulted in me accidentally clicking the back button and being taken out of the camera app. The phone runs on Android 14 and comes with 125W TurboPower charging.

Image quality and performance

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro performs very well, particularly the main camera and the telephoto camera, which delivered detailed, vibrant images. At times, the colours (particularly greens and blues) can look a little over-saturated but turning off Shot Optimisation, which uses AI the phone to enhance images, tends to help if you want more natural-looking photos.

Sample photo taken with Motorola Edge 50 Pro main camera at Hamstead Heath Park. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.
motorola edge 50 pro · f/1.4 · 1/764s · 5.895mm · ISO100

The 1x lens across all cameras works best, with the ultrawide and 3x telephoto delivering a nice amount of detail as well. As with other phones, once you zoom past 3x, the image/video quality does go down.

The phone switches to the ultrawide camera to shoot in Macro mode (with a minimum focusing distance of 2.5cm). While the Macro mode works well enough, I personally preferred shooting photos of flowers with the main camera, which does a decent job at capturing smaller subjects and delivers a warmer tone and more obvious bokeh curtesy of the main camera’s wider aperture.

Image taken with Motorola Edge 50 Pro ultrawide camera. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.
motorola edge 50 pro · f/2.2 · 1/120s · 2.13mm · ISO223

The 50 Pro takes some very good selfies, as you’d expect from a 50MP selfie camera with autofocus. There is an option to select between a solo selfie and a group selfie, with the camera zooming out slightly when you select the group selfie option – I was able to fit in one the sphinxes from Crystal Palace Park in the frame, which was relatively close to me and is in focus. You can also adjust the F stop while taking selfies in Portrait mode.

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro has several options for portrait photographers to shoot in: 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. The main camera is used in all options save for the 85mm option, where the telephoto camera is used, delivering an outstanding (or frightening) amount of detail that looks good even when the photo is opened on a computer screen. It’s really a bit of a shame you can’t shoot video in Portrait Mode.

Photo taken with ultrawide camera and Macro mode enabled (left) vs photo taken with main camera with Macro mode turned off (right).

Photos taken using Night mode on the main camera have more detail and contrast than those taken without Night mode in low light situations. The sky was much brighter than in real life, even at almost 10pm when the sun has been down for a few hours. Any artificial lights also look cleaner and colours are more vibrant. At times, the phone will recommend that you hold it as still as you can.

While the telephoto camera does produce decent social-media friendly photos, I found it best not to zoom in too much beyond 3x as images start to look a bit blurry, particularly in low light.

Selfie taken with Motorola Edge 50 Pro at Crystal Palace Park with one of the park’s sphinxes. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.
motorola edge 50 pro · f/1.9 · 1/131s · 3.23mm · ISO100

The 50 Pro gives you the option to select to shoot long exposures in the menu that pops up after clicking More on the camera app. The main camera is used for this, and it did very well, with light streaks from passing cars mainly coming out very clean. A few lamplights did not, but this is mostly because I had issues keeping my phone still (it was cold and my hands were shaking).

There are several options for long exposures available: Traffic trails, water and clouds, light painting and even star trails. The phone lets you expose anywhere from 2 seconds to infinity (this changes depending on which option you select). You can see your photo in real time and click the stop button if you decide you’re happy with your photo and don’t want to expose for longer.

Photo of light trails taken with long exposure mode on the Motorola Edge 50 Pro.
motorola edge 50 pro · f/1.4 · 1/0s · 5.895mm · ISO173

Most of these options can be done handheld but the phone does recommend stabilising the device or using a smartphone tripod when using the star trails option as the minimum exposure time is 0.25 hours or 15 minutes.

Video was detailed and brightly lit, even in low light conditions. The stabilisation was mostly good but struggled in low light conditions and I could see some shake in my footage, particularly when panning the phone slightly or zooming in and out.

You can turn on Night and Macro mode when shooting video as well a flashlight which can be used to provide extra lighting. The phone comes with Audio Zoom, which amplifies audio in the zoomed area of the viewfinder, which might prove useful to anyone look to shoot video content for social media with this phone.

Value for money

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro is a very nice option for those who want pro specs and can spend a bit more without going over £600. Anyone on an under $500/£500 budget could well opt for cheaper options, such as the 50 Fusion.

Photo taken with Motorola Edge 50 Pro’s telephoto camera, Portrait mode has been enabled (85mm). Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.
motorola edge 50 pro · f/2 · 1/100s · 7.06mm · ISO819

If you’re looking for a flagship with more megapixels in its secondary cameras and up to 1TB storage, then the pricier Motorola Edge 50 Ultra might be the one for you. At the time of writing, the 50 Pro is not yet available to buy in the United States, so this is also something you’ll need to consider.

The 50 Pro’s 50MP selfie camera makes it stand out, even among some flagships. Among other mid-range phones like the Google Pixel 7a and the Vivo V30 however, it doesn’t stand out as much in terms of features and price.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro selfie camera in use, with Portrait mode enabled. Photo: Isabella Ruffatti.

Verdict

The middle child of the Motorola Edge 50 family packs quite a punch for being a slightly watered down version of the 50 Ultra. My only complaints are with its low light performance, a lag when it processes images and the curved screen, but the screen problem might not bother everyone and can be fixed with a phone case that can give you more of a grip on it.

As someone who regularly uses her phone for creating social content, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is one I’d consider, particularly for shooting portraits and quality video.

Amateur Photographer Recommended 4 stars

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