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Is the camera as unpredictable as the reviews say?General

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  1. rcyphermd

    rcyphermd Well-Known Member

    I am considering switching from the s4. I have read a couple of reviews that seem to have the same theme: the camera is Ok in good light, but very unpredictable in less than ideal situations. What is your real world experience? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

  2. jalov

    jalov Well-Known Member

    I'm coming from the droid 4, so my comparison may be skewered, but I absolutely love the pic quality on the maxx. Sometimes may have to snap one or two extra shots to get it perfect but its a camera on a phone so I'm not expecting perfection. Also if you hold your finger on the screen it will take multiple shots automatically and you can delete the ones you don't want in a matter or seconds
  3. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    This was a point and click in really mixed light taken the other day with my Maxx. You tell me how bad it is... ;)

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  4. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    And here is another. I like this one a lot...

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  5. Whatstreet

    Whatstreet Well-Known Member

    Camera comparison to impressions formed from images taken with a DSLR isn't fair. I want to see side by side images taken from smartphones at the same place and nearly the same time.
  6. Cincybearcatfan

    Cincybearcatfan Well-Known Member


    This is the type of shots most of us parents will be taking. Point, click, shoot, and share. Nice quality if you ask me.
  7. distortedloop

    distortedloop Member

    One site I watch says the unpredictability of the camera on the Droids and the Moto X is just the default settings the camera ships with.

    HDR is on auto mode. Turn it off and the camera does better. Touch to figure should be turned on also.

    The best way to get a good picture is to take a lot of pictures.
  8. speede541

    speede541 Well-Known Member

    Biggest camera complaint for me is situations with mixed brightness, where the subject is in the shadowed area and there are bright highlights behind (under a tree on a sunny day, for instance). The phone seems to always default to exposing the highlights correctly, leaving my subject underexposed. Even with Tap To Focus (you'd think by default this would also determine the exposure).

    My Nexus, as bad as its camera was trounced by reviewers, didn't give me this problem. I'd also say the Nexus had faster focus and shot to shot times. I was always happy with that camera.

    My rule is to take lots of photos. So despite these observations, the camera is fine --great under even light, and very good for still subjects in low light. Don't expect to blow low light pics up too big, though: the noise kills it.
  9. Highland Ranger

    Highland Ranger Well-Known Member

    working fine for me.

    (for reference I shoot a D90)
  10. mistermojorizi

    mistermojorizi Well-Known Member

    yea....it's a mixed bag. it seems to have two different modes, and it's not the HDR auto mentioned above. At some point it switches to a night mode which tries to get as much detail into the shot in low light as possible at the expense of noise and postprocessing artifacts.

    also, just in general the colors are washed out
  11. Spg210

    Spg210 Member

    I've noticed mixed results. My girlfriend has an S4 and we tested our cameras, taking photos of the same objects. The S4 performance was more consistent. I found that I had to take a few shots in order to get a clear photo. My conclusion is the Maxx takes serviceable photos most of the time. But nothing on the level of the S4. If taking quality photos with little effort is important to you, you might want to pass on the Maxx. It might frustrate you.

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