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The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and an old Nissan Z: A camera test

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In addition to technology, one of my other major hobbies is repairing old vehicles. The majority of the time,  this second major hobby doesn’t ever get to cross over and apply to Pocketables content, but today I decided to figure out a way to make it work. I needed to test the camera from the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD on something, so I decided to bring it out to the wooded area where my garage is, and take some pictures of my two Nissan Z31s to gauge the camera’s performance.

I’ve never been the best judge of camera quality myself, as in general if a picture looks “good enough,” I am fine with it. As such, for the majority of this post, I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and give a short summary of what I think about the camera towards the end. Consider yourself warned – these are large images, and there are a lot of them, so proceed with caution if you have limited bandwidth. (Clicking on the images will open them full-sized.)

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Sunset, HDR off, default settings

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Sunset, HDR on, default settings

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Panorama, sun behind trees

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Panorama, sun opposite trees

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HDR off, default settings

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HDR on, default settings

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Single sample from multi-shot setting.

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Semi-closeup, default settings, bright light

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Close up, bright light, default settings

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Five foot distance, cloudy, default settings

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Closeup, cloudy, default settings

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Angled shot, cloudy, default settings

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Side shot, cloudy, default settings

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Dark shot, with flash, default settings

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Dark closeup, with flash, default settings

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Dark shot, with flash, default settings

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Dark shot, no flash, default settings

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Twilight level shot, no flash, default settings

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Twilight level shot, flash, default settings

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Indoor (in car) shot, no flash, default settings

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In car shot, flash, default settings

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In car shot, flash, default settings

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Daylight shot, default settings

Hopefully the images above have given you a better idea as to how well the DROID RAZR MAXX HD camera performs in different lighting situations and at different distances, as I feel the images can say much more than I could. Overall, my impression of Motorola’s camera software was that it was quite fast and fairly simple, and the shutter speed was actually very good. There was little waiting between pictures, and even when the camera has to focus, it does so fairly fast.

I’m not a professional photographer, and no smartphone will ever make me one, but I am quit happy with the performance of the 8MP camera on the RAZR MAXX HD in most scenarios. Like most cellphone cameras, it suffers a bit in darker situations with no flash, but in bright situations it does quite well. As a whole, it is quite good for a cellphone camera, and certainly an upgrade over my Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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7 thoughts on “The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and an old Nissan Z: A camera test

  • Avatar of juan

    There good, i do see some noise on the darker shots or ones where you used flash. I know that cell phones wont replace a dedicated camera, but compared to how they use to be they are amazing. I remember when I got my first camera phone, an old Nokia 3200, I thought that was amazing.

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    • Avatar of Aaron Orquia

      That’s a good looking Z, and not a bad picture either. What is the chassis code? S30 or S130? I should know, but I can’t quite tell from the picture. I’m not a member of ZDriver yet, mostly because all Z31 related discussion goes on at Z31performance. Most other places seem to think the Z31 300zx is dead.

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      • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau

        Nice Z Kid! Good to see some gearheads as well as techie phone geeks! Me too!

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  • Avatar of Randy S

    Sorry for the delay – I had checked later that day, but didn’t see your response.

    It’s an S30. It’s a 73–the last year of the original 240Z. The S130 is a little more boxy. However, it does have the 280ZX Turbo motor. And you might recognize the wheels on the 240Z from an 84 Z31 Turbo (the rear disc conversion also uses Z31 rotors, but that’s obviously not visible in the pic).

    ZDriver has subforums for each generation. It’s not a well-traveled website, but the people are more friendly than most other sites I’ve been to. And yeah, the Z31 tends to be the red-headed-step-child of the Z world. The 80’s just happened to be all about excess, and there are some features that were a bit too futuristic for most (case in point: bitchin’ betty).

    I had two 1990 Z32 Twin Turbos prior to the 240Z… I went to grad school and couldn’t afford to keep the last Z32 – which dynoed 469rwhp – running anymore. This past August was the 10th anniversary of my first Z, actually.

    Do either of yours run? I’m having sportscar withdrawals from not driving mine…

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    • Avatar of Aaron Orquia

      I would actually prefer to have an S30 to the Z31, but the Z31 is just so much cheaper. Your S30 looks great, and actually it has the same wheels as my 85 Turbo Z31. The paint job also reminds me of this awesome 240Z concept: http://www.diseno-art.com/encyclopedia/concept_cars/datsun_240z_concept.html.

      I just looked at ZDriver, and there is some good stuff there. A lot of the Z31P folks are there too, and even though it is a bit quieter, there is some good information that I’ll have to read through.

      The Z31 may be the step child, but it was one of (if not the) best selling Z chassis cars, and with a little bit of work can be just as fun as the 240sx, which is a bit overdone in my opinion. Plus, I like the 80’s styling, especially the Kouki versions. As a side note, bitchin’ betty actually works in the 85 (blue car), and I almost enjoy it.

      The Z32 is actually what got me interested in older Zs, those things are quite fast. I hear they’re quite the money pit in terms of maintenance, but in their day they could go head to head with much pricier sports cars. Styling is very unique, and still looks great too. I would like to get a Z32, but then again I also want to at least drive an S30. Who knows, eventually I may collect one of each in my driveway.

      Right now, the engine is pulled on the ’88 (black one) for a 5 speed swap, and the 85 (blue) turbo did run, but this past week it developed a stalling issue right after starting. I’m in the process of replacing the spark plugs, fuel filter, and testing the fuel pump and rails to get it running again. Then, I’ll install the intercooler, do some body work, and get the car painted.

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  • Avatar of Kevin

    How much did the Jelly Bean update in March 2013 improve the Razr Maxx HD camera?

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