Yoga benefits veterans with chronic low back pain, study shows

Image result for Yoga benefits veterans with chronic low back pain, study showsIn a study including 150 military veterans with chronic low back pain, researcher Dr. Erik J. Groessl and his team from the VA San Diego Healthcare System found that veterans who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and a decline in opioid use.

Groessl is a researcher with the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on July 20, 2017.

The study shows promise for non-drug treatment of chronic low back pain, said Groessl.

“To be able to reduce the reliance upon opioids and other medications with side effects, it is crucial to establish evidence showing mind-body practices like yoga provide benefit in both veterans and non-veterans with chronic pain,” he said.

Veterans in the study who were randomized to the yoga group attended a 12-week yoga program immediately after randomization. Comparison participants were invited to attend the yoga intervention only after six months.

The 12-week yoga intervention consisted of two 60-minute instructor-led yoga sessions per week, with home practice sessions encouraged. The intervention was based on hatha yoga, which involves yoga postures and movement sequences, along with regulated breathing and mindfulness meditation.

Outcomes were assessed at the baseline, six weeks, 12 weeks and six months.

Both study groups had reductions in disability scores after 12 weeks. However, notable differences emerged at the six-month assessment, with scores continuing to drop in the yoga group but increasing in the delayed-treatment group.

Along with those improvements, pain intensity decreased in the yoga group at all three time periods, while the delayed-treatment group had negligible changes.

There was also a 20 percent drop in opioid pain medication use at 12 weeks in both groups as determined through self-report questionnaires and a review of medical records.

Notably, reductions in disability and pain intensity were found despite the reductions in opioid use and other medical and self-help pain treatments at six months.

The trial confirms the findings of two prior randomized controlled trials with non-veterans showing that yoga is safe and can reduce pain and disability among adults with chronic low back pain.

The study is one of the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of yoga specifically in military veterans, a population that faces more health challenges and may be harder to treat than non-VA populations, say the researchers. They point out that as with other non-drug treatments for chronic low back pain, yoga may not help everyone or may not completely eliminate chronic low back pain, but reduced pain and disability can often be maintained long-term with ongoing yoga home practice.

Military veterans and active duty military personnel have higher rates of chronic pain than the general U.S. population, and the back is the area of the body that is most commonly affected. In addition to pain, those with the condition also report increased disability, psychological symptoms, and reduced quality of life. In the U.S., chronic low back pain is the leading cause of lost productivity and the second most common cause for physician visits. Billions of dollars are spent each year in the U.S. on health care related to back pain.

The team says that given the results of their study, VA facilities nationwide may want to consider developing and expanding formal yoga programs to help veterans with back pain. Many VA facilities already do offer yoga classes, along with other complementary and integrative health programs.

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The seven-day GM diet is back – but is it actually good for you?

Bananas are your GM friend

Bananas are your GM friend CREDIT: BLOOMBERG NEWS

Shoulder pads, sequins, and a seven-day diet plan that asks you to eat eight bananas in one day – the 80s certainly gifted us with some weird and wonderful trends. And now (along with the shoulder pads and sequins), that diet plan is making a comeback.

Supposedly the brainchild of General Motors (GM), the GM diet plan was developed to help their employees lose weight – although the automotive company has never actually confirmed the connection. A quick Google search reveals pages of fans of the diet, who rave about their 11lb weight loss after just seven days.

So what’s behind this ‘miracle’ diet plan – and is it actually good for you?

In short, the GM diet is an extremely strict seven-day plan that suggests you drink 12-15 glasses of water a day while cutting out alcohol, tea and coffee; and restrict your calorific intake from food.

Wondering what to eat on 8th day after GM diet? Many of the readers have asked this question in the comments and a few through email. So, I thought of explaining this topic as a separate post rather than replying to them so that it can help everyone who’re in a confused state about what to eat after completing GM diet program for a week.

  • Overweight or Obesity, is undoubtedly, one of the biggest problems faced by most of the people these days. The scientific solution to lose weight is to increase the expenditure and decrease the consumption of calories. Generally, our body burns a certain number of calories even while we’re completely at rest.

    That is called the Basal Metabolic Rate aka BMR. This BMR varies from one individual to another, based on several factors such as height, weight, age and lifestyle. So, if a person’s BMR is 1500 calories per day, then his body will burn those 1500 cal even if he does nothing. However, if the same person consumes around 2000 calories or more, then his/her body will store the remaining 500 calories in the form of FAT cells, resulting in weight gain. So, according to this principle, losing weight is purely calculation. Spend more than you consume and you’ll obviously shed weight.

    Now, let us come to our topic. Most of the people who follow the 7 day diet plan will lose around 4 to 7 kgs, depending on how they followed it. Unfortunately, there are several other factors that interfere with weight loss, due to which a few people might not get such fantastic results.

    Let us assume you’ve followed the diet properly and lost around 5 Kgs of weight in the span of 1 week. You’ll definitely gain weight after the 7 day diet, if you get back to your old lifestyle (eating habits). There is actually no guarantee that the weight you’ve lost is permanent. To be frank, there is no diet plan in this world that promises such guarantee. It is because, our body weight depends on how we manage it and it is a continuous process. If you wanted to stay fit and healthy, then you should always see what you’re eating. Consuming unhealthy or fast foods may lead to obesity and it is an open secret.

    What to Eat on GM Diet 8th Day?

    So What Should You Eat After Completing GM Diet?

    If you want to avoid those lost pounds from coming back, then you should definitely change your diet routine. It is advised to consume low carb high protein diet in order to maintain your weight permanently or until your next GM diet session. Failing in doing so will obviously ruin your efforts that were put into following the General Motors diet program.

    Simple Weight Loss Logic:

    1 pound of FAT = 3500 calories; 1 KG = 2.2 Pounds; In order to lose 10 Kg of weight, you should spend/burn around 10 x 2.2 x 3500 = 77000 calories. Since, reducing such a huge number of calories won’t happen even in the dreams, it is recommended to reduce a minimum of 500 to 800 maximum per day. So, if you cut down 800 calories per day, then it would take 77000/800 = 96 days to lose 22 pounds/10 Kgs of weight naturally without following any crash diet plans.

    What to Eat After Finishing GM Diet?

    First, calculate how many calories you need per day and based on the BMR value, you should plan your meal plan accordingly. Below, you can find sample meal plans for both vegetarians and non-vegetarian eaters.

    If your BMR is under 2000 calories, then you can consume either the 1200 calorie meal plan or the 1500 calorie meal plan. No matter, what your BMR is, you should never go below the 1200 calorie limit as it would impact your health in a negative manner.

    Along with the above diet routines, below are a few tips which if followed will result in much quicker weight loss.

    • Avoid high calorie foods like noodles, samosas, pasta and all kinds of foods that are high in carbs or starch.
    • Replace the white foods (white rice) with brown colored foods (whole-wheat). Brown rice is always better than the White rice.
    • Try to stop your coffee or tea drinking habit and consume Green tea for weight loss. It is both healthy and boosts your metabolism.
    • Drink enough water per day (min of 3 to 4 liters)
    • Soups are very beneficial for losing weight as they aid in better digestion. Include this Cabbage soup or Tomato soup in your daily routine.
    • Try to allot at least 30 minutes every day to perform exercises like cardio workouts or Yoga poses. If time is your biggest problem, then at least try to perform this 7 minute HIIT workout instead.

    If you follow these tips, you’ll definitely lose weight and also keep it OFF after finishing the GM diet.

 

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Julia Lipscombe: Postpartum hair loss is no joke — but it grows back

Julia Lipscombe, with her son Indiana in their Edmonton home on Feb. 2, 2017, noticed a few strands of hair fall from her head about three and a half months after her son was born.David Bloom / Postmedia

“Thinking about getting pregnant again so that my hair stops falling out.”

It was an innocent Facebook post a few months ago. And, for the record, I’m not recommending that.

The post was just a joke that I thought would make a couple of people smile. But it ended up being one of the most popular mom-related things I’ve ever put on social media.

The women in my larger Internet circle really wanted to talk about their hair falling out. And mostly, it seemed, this was one of those things they hadn’t been prepared for.

Personally, I’d heard about the glossy, shiny and thick hair you’re supposed to acquire during pregnancy. I hadn’t been aware, however, that after you give birth you will be leaving a trail of DNA behind you everywhere you go.

My hair loss went something like this.

At three-and-a-half months postpartum, I noticed a few strands of my almost chin-length bob coming out in my hands in the shower. It wasn’t gradual — from that moment on, I couldn’t touch my hair without several coming loose.

There are a few different causes for postpartum hair-loss, said Dr. Jonathan Tankel, an obstetrician gynecologist working at the Hys Centre and the University of Alberta’s University Health Centre.

“By far, the most common cause is called telogen effluvium. There’s different phases of hair development — there’s a growth phase, and a resting phase. (In this case), the resting phase, where you lose the hair, tends to be accelerated and the growth phase is decreased.”

Telogen effluvium isn’t exclusive to women who’ve given birth, and can also occur when someone has had major stress, a major surgery or has nutritional deficiencies, for example.

There are two types of this condition — acute, the kind most women will experience after childbirth, and chronic.

“The acute type will usually occur in the first few weeks or months after childbirth and most people will start regrowing their hair by a year or a year-and-a-half afterward,” said Tankel.

In other words, most people shouldn’t stress too much about it.

But how much hair loss is too much?

“If someone is having hair-loss that is ongoing for more than a year, it’s worth seeing their primary care physician, just to make sure there’s no other cause. For example, we would generally check people’s blood count, we would check their iron.”

He also suggests seeking help from a family doctor or dermatologist if the hair loss is causing psychological distress, or if it’s showing cosmetically.

I was pretty lucky.

The shedding slowed down by five-and-a-half months postpartum, and by six months it had altogether stopped. My hair is not noticeably thinner.

But, there’s another thing they don’t tell you about — regrowth.

My now legitimately chin-length, curly brown bob is accented by a ring of short, copper-brown curls that stick out around my face like a crown — including new short sideburns. I love curly hair, but the inconsistency is pretty funny.

When I wear my hair down, it looks like I have a tangled nest around my head before my regular hair starts. And when it’s up, I have a sort of Orphan Annie thing going on. My hairstylist, Quinn, is able to straighten and therefore hide the tiny hairs when I see her for special events, but I can’t do it at home for everyday.

On the grand scale of life’s annoyances, this is tiny and insignificant. Hair grows back. I joked to my mom friends that I’m paying more attention to wearing cute outfits so that people don’t look at my mane. Ball caps have become my best friend.

I wonder though, is there anything I could have done to be proactive? To stop the shed in the first place? Can I make my little wisps grow faster? My original Facebook post resulted in plenty of tips that some of my friends swore by. But I’m skeptical about most miracle beauty cures.

Tankel suggests that supplementing with iron might make a difference, but is uncertain about other remedies. “Some studies showed that taking extra iron — even if the iron levels weren’t low to begin with — could make a difference.

“There are other supplements that people use. For example, some people use zinc, some people use biotin, some people use vitamin D. But there’s no clear proof that they work. I can’t say that (they definitely don’t work), but I’m not aware of any clear evidence that they do.”

Vance Elliott, of the Advanced Hair and Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery Clinic, agrees.

“There’s no harm in taking biotin, but it doesn’t do anything,” he said. “But there is also treatment that does work.”

Like Tankel, Elliott suggests that postpartum women experiencing hair loss for a year should see a doctor. And if you’re worried about it, he said, there’s no harm in seeing a doctor before then.

“If they’re concerned that their hair isn’t going back to normal or is continuing to thin, they should have it looked at. I don’t like the idea that treatment gets delayed for someone just because it gets chalked up to, ‘This is what happens after babies’.”

Elliott said that significant, prolonged hair-loss after childbirth can, in some cases, be the onset of female pattern hair loss.

“If someone genetically has inherited the genes that predisposes them to female pattern hair-loss, sometimes pregnancy or their series of pregnancies can be what kicks that off.”

If you’ve seen your physician and determined your hair loss is outside of the postpartum norm, there are two main medical treatments that are effective, said Elliott.

“Minoxidil, which is also on the market as the brand name Rogaine, which is a topical medicine. And low-level laser therapy, which is not medication. It’s a laser modality that’s applied to the scalp externally.”

You can undergo laser therapy while breastfeeding, said Elliott. But the safety of Minoxidil during breastfeeding is not known and Elliott recommends discussing either option with an obstetrician or family doctor first if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

For most of us, though, the worst things we’ll have to deal with is a drain full of hair and all that pesky regrowth.

“It’s a normal thing,” said Tankel. “In the vast majority of people, the hair will come back.”

In the meantime, it’s summer — invest in a good floppy hat.

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LeEco X10 gets benchmarked, will have dual cameras on the front and the back

Back in November China’s TENAA certified the upcoming LeEco Le X850 for sale in the country, though it still hasn’t launched. And now it looks like the same handset (or a slightly different version of it) was put through the paces of GFXBench, which as usual has resulted in a pretty complete listing of its specs on the benchmark’s website.

The phone’s model number is said to be X85x, and the second “x” could obviously stand for “0”. Then again, GFXBench also calls it X10 as if that may be its name, so it’s unclear what’s going on here. Finally note that there are some small differences between the specs outed by TENAA for the X850 and what GFXBench lists for the X10/X85x.

The Chinese regulatory authority spoke of a device with a 5.7-inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual 13 MP rear cameras, and a 16 MP selfie snapper.

GFXBench says it has a 5.5-inch QHD display, the Snapdragon 820 at the helm, 4 or 6GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage, a 12 MP + 12 MP dual rear camera setup (with 4K video recording), and surprisingly a 16 MP + 16 MP dual front camera arrangement too. Four camera sensors on one device are apparently becoming mainstream this year.

There’s still no telling when the LeEco X850 / X10 / X85x will finally be outed, but hopefully that will happen soon. And with MWC practically right around the corner, it could be that LeEco is waiting for that particular setting for its grand unveiling.

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Spinal health is essential to combat back pain

Take care of your spine (Thinkstock)Take care of your spine (Thinkstock)
Experts feel that, when it comes to maintaining spinal health, even small changes can help with the healing process over a period of time. Here are some simple ways to support your spine. Keeping these tips in mind will help you prevent back pain issues.

Rest your spine in the correct way
When lying down, make sure that your mattress and pillows allow your spine to rest and be comfortable by giving it proper support. So choose the best mattress that does not harm your spine.

Strengthen your core
Your back and abdominal muscles need to be strong and supple always. Tone them through specific, targeted exercises. Strong core helps to support your spine and take the pressure off your lower back.

Wear the right shoes

Most do not know this, but your shoes are every important when it comes to your spine health. The right shoes support your lower back and keep your spine and body aligned.

Sitting the right way is essential

You must practise good ergonomics while sitting. Limiting the total amount of sitting time is essential. If your job entails sitting down for long, you must take 15 minute breaks every couple of hours. Your spine has to handle pressure if you are sitting for long and slouching or leaning aggravates back pain.

Choose the right chair

Sitting on a chair that encourages a good posture and supports all the natural curves of your back is essential if you want to deal with back pain for good.

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Your love for coffee may prevent risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

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If you drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day, new research spells good news for you! A moderate intake of coffee may provide protection against age-related cognitive decline and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, says recent research.

The researchers, from the University of Coimbra (CNC) in Portugal, suggested that regular, long-term coffee drinking may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 27 per cent.

The greatest protection against cognitive decline can be seen at an intake of nearly 3-5 cups of coffee per day, they said.

“Moderate coffee consumption could play a significant role in reducing cognitive decline which would impact health outcomes and healthcare spending,” said Professor Rodrigo A. Cunha, at the university.

Caffeine, anti-inflammatory agents as well as antioxidants such as caffeic acid — a polyphenol (antioxidant) found in coffee — may be associated with the improved cognitive function, the researchers said.

Intake of up to 400mg of caffeine — the equivalent of up to 5 cups of coffee per day — from all sources do not raise any concerns for healthy adults, suggested European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in its scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine.

The research was presented at ISIC’s symposium held during the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society’s 2016 Congress in Lisbon recently

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Yoga May Help Fight Back Pain In Astronauts: Study

LOS ANGELES: Yoga may help fight spinal stiffness and reduced mobility suffered by astronauts during prolonged spaceflight, a new study on NASA crew members suggests.

While astronauts on long space missions do not experience a change in spinal disc height, the muscles supporting the spine weaken.

The study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US provides new insights into the elevated rates of back pain and disc disease associated with prolonged spaceflight.

“These findings run counter to the current scientific thinking about the effects of microgravity on disc swelling,” said Douglas Chang, associate professor at UC San Diego Health, and first author of the study.

The findings suggest possible preventive steps to reduce the spinal effects of spaceflight. Core-strengthening exercises, like those recommended for patients with back pain on Earth, might be a useful addition to the astronaut exercise training programme, Chang said.

He also said yoga might be another promising approach, especially for addressing spinal stiffness and reduced mobility.

“It is information like this that could provide helpful information needed to support longer space missions, such as a manned mission to Mars,” said Chang.

Six NASA crew members were studied before and after spending four to seven months in microgravity on the International Space Station (ISS).

Each astronaut had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of their spines before their mission, immediately after their return to Earth and again one to two months later.

The researchers’ goal was to understand factors affecting lumbar spine strength and low back pain during long-duration spaceflight, as well as the spine’s response after returning to Earth gravity.
Back pain is common during prolonged missions, with more than half of crew members reporting spinal pain.

Astronauts are also at increased risk of spinal disc herniation in the months after returning from spaceflight – about four times higher than in matched controls.

Back issues in astronauts are accompanied by a roughly two-inch increase in body height, thought to result from spinal unloading (lack of weight carried by the lower back) and other body changes related to microgravity.

The MRI scans showed significant weakening of paraspinal lean muscle mass during the astronauts’ time in space.

The functional cross-sectional area of the paraspinal muscles decreased by an average of 19 per cent from preflight to immediate post-flight scans.
A month or two later, only about two-thirds of the reduction had recovered.

There was an even more dramatic reduction in the functional cross-sectional area of the paraspinal muscles relative to total paraspinal cross-sectional area.

The ratio of lean muscle decreased from 86 per cent preflight to 72 per cent immediately post-flight.
The study was published in the journal Spine.

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Exercises that Alleviate Back Pain

Back pain is no joke. Affecting more than 80 % of the population at one time or another, it’s a problem that can spring up early in life and only gets worse with age. However, unlike other illnesses and chronic pain issues, a lot of the time, there are things that we can do to strengthen our spines and the supporting muscles to reduce, if not eliminate, back pain all together. Regular back exercises actually deliver nutrients to the spine, increasing the quality of the discs, associated muscles and ligaments in the area. Being dedicated to these activities improves alignment, eliminates stiffness and builds muscle in the areas supporting the spine.

  1. Yoga

The face of yoga has changed over the years, from Eastern cultural roots, to hippy culture, therapeutic activity, and mainstream fitness. However, one thing that has not changed is the profound effect that regular yoga has on the body. From increasing flexibility, building strength, improving coordination and more, it also has been shown to alleviate back pain and improve posture over time. A commitment to regular yoga can decrease pain as well as return mobility to those who were otherwise unable to move without pain.

  1. Pilates

Though Pilates is not considered as “holistic” as yoga, this form of exercise increases core strength and with an emphasis on lengthening the spine and protecting the neck. The core keeps the lower and middle back in place to minimize slouching and improve posture. The slow and steady movements mean that there is little chance for you to “jar” something while exercising and the low intensity means that it can be practiced every day.

  1. Exercise Ball Workouts

Though at first glance, many physio ball workouts might seem simple, once you try them, you’ll know otherwise. By using the exercise ball, also known as a yoga ball or a physio ball, you add an element of instability to your workouts, forcing your body to overcompensate in order to keep you steady. This really engages your core muscles, also responsible for propping up your back. Most exercises are simple and low-impact, however expect big results with regular use.

  1. Custom Physiotherapy

Sometimes traditional workout classes aren’t enough to really target the areas of your back that are hurting. Safe and natural chiropractic care can help with many forms of back pain, and when coupled with a personal physiotherapy program, can elicit quick and effective results. The chiropractor will “tune up” your spine and align it manually, meaning no pinched nerves, slipped discs, or pressure while the physiotherapist will instruct you on how to safely strengthen the muscles and ligaments in your back to hold everything in place properly. This is the quickest way to decrease back pain with exercise, as it caters to your precise pain points, your current state of mobility, and in junction with any other medical treatment you are undertaking, even surgery. However, it is important to continue regularly exercising, even when the one on one sessions are finished, in order to maintain the strength and flexibility of your back for the long term.

While there are a number of reasons for why you could be experiencing back pain in the first place, a large proportion of cases are due to poor sitting posture, lifting heavy objects incorrectly, or even carrying heavy backpacks or bags without the right adjustments. It is worth educating yourself and seeking information on how to maintain a healthy back to avoid having to deal with back pain and all its associated issues later in life. If you are worried about the health of your back, consult your family physician, a chiropractor, or an occupational therapist.

Samsung Galaxy Note7’s South Korea relaunch has been pushed back

If you recall, Samsung confirmed over a week ago that it will resume sales of its Galaxy Note7smartphone in South Korea on September 28. That, however, is not happening now, as the relaunch has been pushed back.

The tech giant said yesterday that sales of the new Galaxy Note7 units will now begin October 1. As for the reason behind the move, Samsung said it will help speed up the ongoing recall of the phablet in the country.

“The recall rate will likely fall sharply should new sales have resumed on Sept. 28,” a Samsung spokesperson said. “Affected customers would no longer be able to exchange their devices through domestic carriers starting on Oct. 1, making the process more difficult.”

Just to give you an idea, only half (around 200,000) of the total Galaxy Note7 users in South Korea have registered for a replacement unit so far. In case you missed, the company has also extended the Note7 refund period in the country to September 30.

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First ‘Project Tango’ phone’s release gets pushed back from “Summer” to “Fall”

hasselblad zoom hero shot

We’ve seen plenty of products that snap a lens over top of your existing smartphone lens, but nothing quite like this. The Hasselblad True Zoom is a Moto Mod that works with Moto Z phones, and completely replaces your phone camera with a point-and-shoot that gives you 10X optical zoom. It certainly doesn’t come anywhere near approximating the quality of Hasselblad’s famous medium-format cameras. Frankly, Hasselblad should be ashamed to have their name on this.

It’s a curiosity, a technical “huh, that’s kinda neat” exercise that delivers lower quality and less value than a comparably-priced point and shoot camera.

Hasselblad in name only

Hasselblad is famous for its high quality medium format cameras. When NASA took cameras into space on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, they were (somewhat modified) Hasselblads. This Moto Mod will not deliver quality deserving of the name.

Snap it onto your Moto Z and it completely replaces the built-in camera (currently only the Moto Z Play is supported, with a software update coming soon for the Moto Z and Z Force). The camera app works the same, but the HDR toggle is gone, and in its place you get a few shooting modes. You can shoot JPG, black and white JPG, or JPG + RAW.

hasselblad modes

You lose HDR shooting, but gain a few shooting modes. It’s not a good tradeoff.

A thin grip makes it a little easier to hold your phone horizontally for shots, and a tiny, flimsy zoom switch quickly pulls the lens from 4.5mm to 45mm (equivalent to 25mm to 250mm on a 35mm camera). There’s a reasonably bright xenon flash, toggled using the on-screen button. And of course, the shutter. That’s it, that’s all the physical controls you get.

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Jason Cross

You want physical controls? You get a shutter, power button, and flimsy zoom switch. That’s it.

The True Zoom features it’s own sensor, a 12 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS that doesn’t particularly impress me. Sure it’s got 1.55 micron pixels, but these specs don’t supercede the best smartphones. The size and resolution is matched by the Nexus 6P. While most good phones have an lens with an aperture in the f/1.8 to f/2.0 range, the True Zoom features a fixed aperture that is f/3.5 when zoomed out, f/6.5 when zoomed in. That narrower aperture means worse low-light shots.

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Jason Cross

The grip is better than nothing, but too shallow to be really useful.

So you’ve got a sensor equivalent to what you’d find in a good smartphone, a much smaller aperture, and a couple of extra physical controls. All photos are sent to the camera over the Moto Mod interface, to be processed by the phone. The interface really isn’t fast enough for burst photography, and there’s a significant lag after taking each shot.

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Jason Cross

The shutter is small and zoom switch flimsy, and those are really the only controls you get.

You can’t even record great video. You’re limited to 1080p at 30fps. No slow motion, no 4K. Optical image stabilization is limited to still shots; with video you get electronic stabilization.

10X optical zoom and not much else

The whole point of this Mod is to give you a true optical zoom. That’s something smartphones can’t do. Those thin bodies prohibit moving lenses, so you’re stuck with crummy digital zoom.

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Yep, that’s 10X optical zoom all right. It’s really the only thing the Hasselblad True Zoom does quite well.

As far as that goes, the True Zoom works. You can get clear shots from a long way away, and quickly zoom in and out. And that’s about it. It doesn’t take better photos than any of the Moto Z phones it works with, let alone industry leaders like Samsung or Apple’s latest.

moto z play vs true zoom

Jason Cross

Indoors, photos with the True Zoom are dimmer, duller, and noisier than those shot with the Moto Z Play.

Photos in low light are a bit dull and visibly grainy. In bright light it fares better, but it’s still somehow slightly soft and still shows noise. In other words, you’re better off not snapping this onto your phone, even if you have it with you, unless you need to zoom in. That’s a fairly scathing intictment: the snap-on replacement camera is worse than the built-in one.

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Jason Cross

Would you pay $250 more to get the photo on the right? Me either.

Buyer beware

A Moto Mod that you slap onto the back of your phone and instantly replace the built-in camera with something way better? What a great idea!

It’s too bad the Hasselblad True Zoom isn’t actually better. For $250 you get true 10X optical zoom, along with lower-quality photos, worse video, no HDR, and to few physical controls. The True Zoom doesn’t even have it’s own built-in battery, so it drains your Moto Z’s battery quite a bit.

For the same price you can get a dedicated point-and-shoot like the Canon PowerShot SX610 ($245 on Amazon) that will give you more zoom, more detail, better image quality, and more physical controls. There’s little excuse for this Moto Mod to cost what it does, considering that the phone does most of the heavy lifting. I’m not sure I would pay $50 for this Moto Mod, let alone 5 times that price. It’s a great idea, but the execution and value proposition are miles from where they should be.

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