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I don't believe the replies here. I have yet to see ONE photo in this bunch that is even acceptable, even for a phone.
I don't buy phones FOR the camera, but if they're going to put one in, it should at least give sharp images. The Nexus shot is the only one that seems to meet that baseline standard.
I guess I belong to the camp that is happy with the quality of the cameras they put in these phones these days. I suppose that is because I have been around long enough to remember when 90% of the time I didn't have my camera with me when I needed one because you had to think ahead for such things, then was pleased with my first flip phone that had a camera. That was pretty cool because even though it didn't take good pictures, you at least always had a camera with you. And now, the cameras in phones is well beyond the quality of those days. For $200 I don't expect a whole lot more for my camera, which is really not a camera but is a communication device. If I want perfect pictures, I will use my $700 camera... whose only purpose and dedication is pictures.
Coming from the DX, I am quite pleased with camera.
One, I belong to the camp that is old enough to remember when cell phones didn't have cameras and they were 50 cents a minute up to a dollar a minute, prepaid (GTE). Text messaging? BAH!! Back in my day you either called them or got on AOL and IM'd them that way. A time when "email" was that thing that people sent from eWorld (Apple) and AOL. When IRC ruled the earth. But I digress.
Two, Your phone IS $700. Remember, these phones are subsidized but that doesn't negate their true MSRP. The MAXX HD, in particular, is $649 plus tax. So no, I don't accept that a phone that expensive should take photos inferior to a $129 CoolPix camera.
I'm not expecting Glamour Shots here. But sharpness is a fundamental feature of photography. Even the regular RAZR and MAXX got that part right:
Couple more pics from my wife's school. Again, low/ambient light on the "cafetorium" but I did bring my DSLR so this will give something to compare to. I am by no means an experienced photographer. DSLR shots were on full auto, I believe flash went off. No flash on the HD pics.
While at the Verizon store the MAXX HD's camera looked decent compared to the GS3, but take a look at the photos today. These were taken in 8MP, and use both HDR and single shot mode.
These are some nice photos. I have noticed on reviews and playing with the phone in the store that if you just take the photos and don't press on a particular area of the picture the exposure and the photo will come out quite nice. I've also seen some side by side comparisons with iphone and GS3 and the Maxx came out worse than the iphone, but better than GS3. So can't really complain. Apple has got that camera thing down pat.