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.)

Sunset, HDR off, default settings

Sunset, HDR on, default settings

Panorama, sun behind trees

Panorama, sun opposite trees

HDR off, default settings

HDR on, default settings

Single sample from multi-shot setting.

Semi-closeup, default settings, bright light

Close up, bright light, default settings

Five foot distance, cloudy, default settings

Closeup, cloudy, default settings

Angled shot, cloudy, default settings

Side shot, cloudy, default settings

Dark shot, with flash, default settings

Dark closeup, with flash, default settings

Dark shot, with flash, default settings

Dark shot, no flash, default settings

Twilight level shot, no flash, default settings

Twilight level shot, flash, default settings

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

In car shot, flash, default settings

In car shot, flash, default settings

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.