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Thread: Does anyone else think that the Razr Maxx camera sucks?

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    Motorola has been putting out rather poor cameras in comparison to other major manufacturers for quite awhile now. As has already been stated, megapixels mean absolutely nothing for the quality of a picture. Manufacturers advertise them like they do, but basically, all that an increase in megapixels means is an increase the actual size of the picture. It does nothing for the quality. There are a lot of things that impact the quality of the pictures that a camera takes, but two of the main things are the sensor and the lens. If you have a good sensor and a good lens, then having a larger megapixel count is nice if you're looking to make a very large print or crop in closely. But the megapixel count itself has no bearing on the quality of the pictures or the camera. I have an eight-year-old 5MP Sony Cybershot that still puts all of the mainstream cameras on phones today to shame.

    I find the camera on the MAXX to be serviceable, and even slightly above average in the right conditions. But the conditions have to be right, and more importantly, the phone has to be held very, very steady. I'm hoping Motorola will start stepping up their camera game, because they lag behind pretty much everyone in that department.

    ...and yeah, don't zoom in. Since it's just a digital zoom, you'd be better off taking a picture zoomed completely out and then cropping it closer in later. This is basically what a digital zoom does anyway, except when cropping, the results are likely to be less pixelated and blurry.
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    Nope.

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    Having an iPhone 4s & razr MAXX in the same household, have to say the MAXX takes Comparable, maybe a tad better than 4s. Both shutter speed are fast.
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    Agreed with some posts above;I almost never use digital zoom. If I do it's only for 1-2x. Also when my wife just started using the MAXX, her little finger always hover around the lense due to the way she held the phone which resulted some pics from being blurry. Now she curled her fingers down.
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    Agree with the above poster re: the necessity of keeping the camera steady. I'm really challenged in that regard, and my pics are often blurry...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosariorose9 View Post
    Agree with the above poster re: the necessity of keeping the camera steady. I'm really challenged in that regard, and my pics are often blurry...
    To keep the camera steady, cheat! Use table tops, anything solid, my favorite is door jambs. You can aim for your shot, and even pan for a video. All the while standing in a comfortable position.
    I also agree with the comments above, digital zoom = bad! Walk closer or crop the picture later. Here's a night pic at a Hotel that I used the door jamb trick on.



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    Along with keeping the phone steady, it helps me to use the timer in conjunction with using a solid surface.
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    Very happy with my maxx camera
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradenFontaine View Post
    how about that flash? anyone having the 'flash' not time correctly to show a darkened image?
    I agree. With my camera, sometimes when it flashes, it actually shows the picture darker. This was very confusing and frustrated the living hell out of me. I wondered how in the world the bright light can flick and then the camera takes a picture like 0.5 seconds later, not even capturing the light that was just shown on the object I took a picture on. This is totally screwed.

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnytheK View Post
    To keep the camera steady, cheat! Use table tops, anything solid, my favorite is door jambs. You can aim for your shot, and even pan for a video. All the while standing in a comfortable position.
    I also agree with the comments above, digital zoom = bad! Walk closer or crop the picture later. Here's a night pic at a Hotel that I used the door jamb trick on.



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    Eh...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bang Pow Boom View Post
    Compared to my wife's i*hone 4S, I would have to say there is no comparison. My pics always pretty hazy. I also noticed that I have to take a few more steps back to take a picture. Even when I am not zooming in.

    So yes, I would agree that the camera "sucks" on the Maxx in said comparison.
    I would say the iPhone 4s takes much higher quality pictures than the DROID RAZR MAXX. I've had my 4s since the release date, and just sold it last week to get the RAZR MAXX, and I definitely noticed a huge difference in quality. For me, this kind of proves my points to my friends about the specifications. Although apple was a little behind on upgrading the MP, they've always did great work when they upgraded any piece of hardware on the iPhones. It was never just slapping something that sounds great together and it not produce the expected quality.
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    My nephew just bought an Iphone 4s and I must say the camera is pretty impressive. Actually it is really nice, but it was not that much better than the camera on the razr maxx. With that being said I can not state enough that the camera is the only thing that the Iphone 4s does better than the razr. I was extremely disappointed and shocked. Disappointed because I expected a lot more out of the iphone. I would barely consider the iphone a smartphone. I would compare it to a pretty blackberry. Shocked because of all the hype and great reviews the iphone gets. It took me 19 minutes to download speedtest.net from the apple app store. To be fair 10 minutes was my mistake because after 5 mins I switch to a web page and 10 mins later went back and the download paused. I continued and it was an addition 4mins. Remember when windows would do that back in the mid 90's. So I will trade a slightly lesser camera to have an awesome phone like the Razr maxx than to have a piece of garbage joke phone with a good camera.
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