Razr Maxx camera....should this change my decision?General

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  1. Smudgie

    Smudgie Well-Known Member


    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!

  2. Fred Bassett

    Fred Bassett Well-Known Member

    camera quality is perfect esp with some of the 3rd party apps out there. Dont believe half what you read on these forums .. get the phone and try it out for YOURSELF
  3. Gatman

    Gatman Well-Known Member

    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.

  4. cbreze

    cbreze Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. mark 2550

    mark 2550 Member

    I honestly believe my droid incredible 1st edition takes better photo's but now that I have the maxx I'm getting use to it's picture quality just a personal preference.
  6. bsweetness

    bsweetness Well-Known Member

    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).
  7. rcyphermd

    rcyphermd Well-Known Member

    What apps do you like?
  8. droidmo

    droidmo Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. moespeeds

    moespeeds Well-Known Member

    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...
  10. AlbinLee

    AlbinLee Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. AlbinLee

    AlbinLee Well-Known Member


    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!
  12. AlbinLee

    AlbinLee Well-Known Member


    For example of an outdoor image. This was taken on-board the USS Midway in San Diego a week ago.
  13. AlbinLee

    AlbinLee Well-Known Member


    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!
  14. moespeeds

    moespeeds Well-Known Member

    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.

    http://s422.photobucket.com/albums/pp301/moespeeds/AZ Bike Week 2012/
  15. AlbinLee

    AlbinLee Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. tbhausen

    tbhausen Well-Known Member

    I took this at the Pacers vs. Knicks game last night. I don't think it's too bad at all...

    EDIT: Upload fail... resending.

    EDIT AGAIN: I downresed this to 1080 vertical to fit most HD monitors.

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  17. smurfe

    smurfe Well-Known Member

    I came from the Dinc to the Maxx. The Maxx camera is much better. I have had absolutely no complaints with the camera quality at all.
  18. thereallybigj

    thereallybigj New Member

    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
  19. ffemtopy

    ffemtopy Member

    I am able to take pictures in the bedroom when its pitch dark and still come out with a decent picture. The photo quality is GREAT on the Droid Maxx. Well worth the upgrade to a MAXX
  20. fire159

    fire159 Member

    hi all .

    i heared razr maxx has beter camera than orginall razr !?
    is this true ? please help me . i want choice between razr and razr maxx ? and camera is important for i / thx for your replay

    i want buy razr maxx or razr

    camera is important fatures for me .
    i want know more about maxx camera . i hear maxx has beter camera than orginal razr ? is this true ?

    camera specialy for take picture is important for i .
    can maxx user upload simple picture that take with their phone for i . ?
    thx so much .
    and sorry for my bad english
  21. Skeeter125

    Skeeter125 Well-Known Member

    They have the same camera, and yes it can upload pictures.
  22. arparaspolo

    arparaspolo Well-Known Member

    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.
  23. carracerz14

    carracerz14 Well-Known Member

    Its the same. Only difference is the big battery.
  24. Twiz

    Twiz Well-Known Member

    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.
  25. ballroomdru

    ballroomdru Well-Known Member

    I almost got and ipone for the camera. But the promise of best battery life ever on a smartphone won me over. And my kids have proven too fast for anything short of a digital slr camera.

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