BlackBerry Z30 review

BlackBerry goes big with the 5-inch Z30

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The main, rear-facing camera on the BlackBerry Z30 is rated at 8MP. It boasts autofocus, image stabilisation, a 5x digital zoom and an LED flash. It can also capture full HD video at 1080p.

According to BlackBerry the Z30 camera also has a five-element F2.2 lens, and back-side illumination for better low-light performance.

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The secondary, front-facing camera is rated at two megapixels and it's really for video calls.

Launching the camera app is easy, just tap on the Camera icon that's ever present at the bottom right of your home screens, or press and hold on the Camera icon that sits at the bottom right of the lock screen.

You'll find an extra Camera icon in your app grid as well. You can go from a dead start to taking a shot in under three seconds, which is impressively fast.

The shutter speed is generally zippy, and you can tap on the screen to take a photo, or you can use either of the volume keys. We recommend the volume keys.

The fact that it will try to autofocus on the spot you tapped on the screen before taking a shot can cause a delay, but then without the autofocus you're going to get a lot of blurry shots. If you tap and hold your finger on the screen you can change the focus point.

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The Z30 has a simplified Camera app. It actually has fewer options than the BlackBerry 9720's Camera app, despite the fact it has a far superior shooter.

This rationalisation is definitely a good thing for most casual camera users, but it might disappoint real photography enthusiasts looking for ISO settings and the ability to change shutter speeds. Your default mode is the camera for still shots, tap that icon and you'll see the video camera and the Time Shift options.

In the basic camera there are four shooting modes: Normal, Stabilisation, Burst, and HDR. You also get five scene options: Auto, Action, Whiteboard, Night, and Beach or Snow. Beyond that you can opt for auto flash or turn it on or off, and you can choose the ratio: 1:1, 4:3, or 16:9.

Time Shift is the oddball. It allows you to take a series of shots and then select the best faces from them to get a perfect group photo.

In theory you could eliminate closed eyes or daft expressions, but it doesn't always work perfectly.

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The level of detail on close up shots is quite impressive

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The Action scene option helps you capture fast-moving subjects

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The beach scene option seems to get a better range of colour, though this is an overcast day

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If it's too dark the camera on the Z30 simply won't cope

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Here's the same shot with the flash and it's really good in terms of detail, but it did take a while to fix the light level and capture the shot

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The autofocus can be a little random, as you can see in this forest shot where it doesn't know what to focus on

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You can get some stunning results with the HDR mode

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Light behind the subject is never a good thing as you can see here

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The stabilization mode allows you to walk and shoot at the same time

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Burst mode is handy for subjects who won't sit still

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 800, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Product ModelZ30
Screen Size12.7 cm (5")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)170 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 10
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density295 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height140.7 mm
Width72 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time384 Hour
Product NameZ30 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-52977-071
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe BlackBerry® Z30 makes conversations feel so natural and real, it's like you are in the same room. It has a stunning 5" display along with unique BlackBerry® Natural Sound technology, which means that while you're in BBM™ Video, you can see in vivid detail and hear every word with such clarity, you can share like you're there together. And with a battery that gives you up to 25 hours of mixed use, you can share all day long. Bring your conversations to life with the BlackBerry Z30!

Share like you're there
Beneath the surface of the BlackBerry Z30 lies BlackBerry Natural Sound technology. This powerful audio technology gives your BBM™ Voice2 and Video1 calls a more natural sound so you feel like you are there. The quality of the audio allows you to hear nuances and variations in tone, so you get more out of every conversation and unique sharing experiences.

Keep your conversations close
At the heart of the BlackBerry Z30 lies BlackBerry® Hub. With one swipe you can peek into all your messages from wherever you are. Then choose to dip into your messages in more detail or simply return to what you were doing, without missing a beat.

Effortlessly responsive
The BlackBerry® Keyboard learns how you type to provide personalised next-word suggestions, which you can simply flick into your messages, helping to give you an efficient and effortless response rate to all your messages.

Share more, for longer
Powering the BlackBerry Z30 is a truly hard-working battery. With up to 25 hours of mixed use, you can keep going for longer. So not only can the BlackBerry Z30 keep up with you, it can help you do more for longer.

Capture the right moment, every time
BlackBerry® Time Shift starts capturing your photo before you even take it, giving you the power to select and adjust the image to get that perfect moment. With the ability to change what you see, you can always be sure to capture the right moment.

Stay in the flow
Engaging in a BBM™ conversation has never been easier. The beautiful 5" screen helps BBM chats come to life, and with BBM™ Now in any app, you can receive and respond to all your BBM messages from within any app. Whether you are browsing the web or watching a video, you can always remain connected and responsive.
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory2 GB