Razr Maxx camera....should this change my decision?
I have had the Droid Incredible for over two years. I have really enjoyed the Dinc and think that I need a new phone soon. I will not just settle for something and can wait it out a bit. With ICS out by the end of the week hopefully this makes me want the Maxx even more. And the only thing holding me back is the poor reviews I have read about the camera. Therefore I am hoping for some feedback about the camera quality of the Maxx.....is it really that bad? Thanks for any input or advice!
I just got a DRM yesterday - upgrading from the DInc. I honestly never understood what all the hoopla was about the DInc camera. I wrestled with that camera for the entire two years I had the phone (two DInc's, too - the Gingerbread update trashed my phone so Verizon sent me a new one). The pics were always kind of soft on the focus, and just never did anything for me. I probably deleted half the pics I took with the camera because they were out of focus (both phones). I tried a ton of different settings as well as a couple different camera apps.
The pics I'm getting with the DRM are great, and blow away anything I took with the DInc. I will say the ones that were taken with a flash were a little washed out, but they are still better than anything I got out of my DInc.
I know there are folks that got great pics out of the DInc's, but I am loving the camera on the DRM, so I wouldn't let it hold you back. If you don't like it you can always take it back in 14 days and save your upgrade for something else.
I get better, richer colors with my maxx cam than my canon rebel. Both in auto mode. I think it's a very good quality camera for a phone. Some people just over expect then complain about nit picky stuff. Can't go wrong getting the maxx.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the picture quality of the MAXX. It might not be at the absolute head of the smartphone pack, but it's definitely well above average and at least on par with the Incredible, if not better. Since it's a more than capable shooter, you shouldn't let the camera in the MAXX be a factor in determining whether or not you purchase the phone. Base your decision off the battery life, performance, and upcoming ICS update. When you look at those things, in my opinion it wouldn't matter if the MAXX had the same camera as the original Droid (which, of course, it doesn't).
Just to give you an example of the greatness of this phone:
I went snowboarding this weekend and I have had the MAXX for about a month and was iffy on it being such a great purchase until I confirmed it this weekend. I used my phone all day while on the mountain streaming pandora and keeping track of my tracks with GPS on all day. ALL DAY. Plus made a bunch of random phone calls to meet up with people. The phone had no issue making it to the end of the day on one charge.
One day the phone fell out of my pocket and slid 10 feet in snow, completely buried in it. I picked it up and plugged my headphones back in, and it kept going. Did not phase it whatsoever. That in itself is worth it.
The panoramic picture modes worked really well on the top of the mountian and the multi shot worked really well too.
After this weekend I was easily convinced, then I find out the great news ICS is coming April 4. I would call you an idiot not to get this phone.
I also had an Incredible for the full 2 years and it was hard letting it go. But after a month I am more than satisfied.
I just checked all my photos on a computer, and they look pretty fantastic. Pretty damn fantastic. Nothing will top the Iphone camera at this point, but this is pretty darn good.
Last edited by droidmo; April 2nd, 2012 at 03:31 PM.
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All these guys saying there is nothing wrong with the picture quality must be taking them under perfect, controlled conditions. If the lighting isn't perfect, or you are moving, or the camera is not perfectly still, forget it. The focus is junk. Just got back from a trip to AZ, took over 400 pictures, and over 80% of them are crap. I just posted a thread about it. BTW, I take a TON of pictures with my phones, came from a Droid X which was pretty good, but to date nothing beats my blackberry. Not as many MP, but perfect focus and color balance every time...
The Maxx camera is truly phenomenal, from an engineering standpoint. Think about how small the lense is! You have to put things in perspective, and for such a tiny lense this camera gets amazing exposure, decent colors, and respectable depth perception. The auto focus works well. It replaces everything but a full sized, expensive camera (with a huge lense). 8 Mp is the top of the line as far as smartphones are concerned. And the 1080p video is pretty good at 30 fps. Don't let the camera hold you back from this purchase. It shines.
Here is a picture taken of Suzzallo Library, University of Washington. Taken by me yesterday. Not incredible, but keep in mind the picture was scaled down to upload to photobucket. I think it looks pretty good for a 2 mm lense!
If you wanted to make any criticism of the Droid Razr Maxx's camera, it would be the zoom capability. It is physically impossible with such a tiny objective to create a crystal clear image above 4x or so. It does alright at low zoom levels but maxed out it is blurry. And that is being extremely nit-picky. Everything else gets high marks from me. So get the phone already!
Now take that picture while driving down the aisle in a moving car. I'm talking from direct experience, how the picture quality compares to my past phones. I have thousands of landscape and moving pictures from trips out to AZ (I go 10 times a year) and to date the worst pictures by far came from my MAXX. If conditions are not PERFECT, your picture will be blurry. And forget about handing the phone to someone else to take a group photo. If the person doesn't know to wait for the thing to finish focusing, and they have even a slightly unsteady hand, it WILL be blurry.
Here's a sampling of the best photos from my recent trip. Of the 400+ that I took, these were the only ones worth keeping, and the quality on most of these is marginal. Keep in mind that I'm no noob, I've taken thousands of camera phone pictures over the years. To date my Blackberry gave the sharpest pictures, with my Droid X a close second. MP and color depth mean nothing if the thing can't focus.
unfortunately I can't comment on the camera quality while moving. I simply wanted to give an example of the capabilities of the camera in a positive light. not discounting that other folks have had poor quality but it could very well be an individual issue associated with your specific software/hardware causing blur. I will attempt a few photos on the highway and follow up with an objective look into the issue. whether they look blurry or not I will post the photos for the sake of th interested. and to the OP I still think you should consider the long list of pros an d keep in mind that folks with negative experiences are far more likely to post them than those with positive ones. just the nature of the forums.
I too had the DInc for over two years... and there is no way the MAXX cam is better... I just returned from disney and all photos I took with the MAXX were washed out and faded looking... now the video camera on the other hand is awesome... the HD vids I took with the MAXX were all crystal clear and the colors were amazing... just can't say the same for the still camera.. it has to have something to do with the software, I assume... if anyone knows a better photo app, I would really like to know
The Canberra on the MAXX is good. You just have to learn to use it. You can fix the washed out photos with programs or apps. Those complaining about the camera, don't know how yo use it or have good cameras and expect the office to be as good just cause it says 8mp. Get a nice camera if it is that big a deal.
The razr camera is horrible at photos with background lighting like taking a picture of someone standing in front of a bright window. Everything else seems good enough for me? I too was spoiled by the DInc camera.
Outside in bright conditions the camera is excellent. Inside or in medium to low light the camera quality takes a significant dive.
In my experience that's been true of any cell phone camera though I took some low light photos today that turned out very good with the MAXX. No complaints coming from the GNex which had a subpar camera.
For a phone, it takes decent pics. In some situations, my thunderbolt pics were more robust, but in general, Maxx comes out clearer. Low light sucks on all phone cameras, but this one is the best i've used. Better focus and color saturation than my 10 MP Sony point-n-shoot.
i just see these review in these 3 site that say maxx camera is way beter than orginal razr .
and for i . camera quality is very important . and battery life too .
i know maxx battery is awsome . but please help me and say for me more about camera . especialy in take picture .
please maxx user help me . and if u can upload your taken picture in site /
The RAZR MAXX's camera performs much better than that of the original RAZR. It is faster to focus, and taking pictures is less cumbersome. The whole process is streamlined and you can shoot multiple pictures faster. Most of the improvements come with tweaked autofocus behavior.
The camera of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX is an 8MP autofocus unit with LED flash Ė right in line with the top offerings from the competitors. The interface is simple and intuitive. You can start the camera straight from the lock screen with a swiping gesture. I was also pleasantly surprised by the speed with which it captured photos.
The camera interface holds no surprises
The pictures which the DROID RAZR MAXX took came out great. They have great contrast, nice metering and dynamic range for a phone camera shots, along with top-of-the-line resolved detail and pleasant colors. Check out a few of samples below.
attention : all know gsmarena dont love motorola ever !?
but in above . even gsmarena say maxx camera is very good /
Camera: I covered camera in the RAZR review, but wanted to touch on it again. Not only is this camera incredibly fast, it also takes pretty damn good pictures. As someone that has been on the Galaxy Nexus since it was released in December, this was a welcomed change. It may not match the camera of the HTC Rezound, however, itíll do the job.