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Droid 4 Camera Review: Photo and Video Samples



The Droid 4 is a new 4G LTE smartphone launching on Verizon on Friday, and many users are looking forward to using the camera on the back of the Droid 4 to capture fun videos and take photos to upload to Facebook and share with friends.

The Droid 4 has an 8MP camera capable of recording in 1080P HD, but the device is set to take photos at 6MP by default and to record at 720P. To show you the capabilities of the Droid 4’s camera I took several photos and shot an HD video which are shown below.

I left the camera settings on default, as most users will, but Will include sample videos and photos at the higher settings in our full Droid 4 Review.

Watch Droid 4 Hardware Tour and Keyboard Performance Video

I’m not impressed with the camera on the Droid 4, especially indoors where colors suffer. In terms of video, it is also OK, but colors are drab and un-impressive. The Droid 4 is $199, the same price as the iPhone 4S, which has a better camera. I’ve included two samples taken with the iPhone 4S below to showcase the difference. All of these samples were uploaded straight from the Droid 4.

As you can see, Motorola needs to step up the camera quality on the Droid line.

Droid 4 Sample Video 720P

Droid 4 Sample Photos

As you can see in the image below, the colors indoors are not very impressive. I’ve included an iPhone 4S photo to the right for reference. Click the images for larger versions.

Droid 4 Sample Image Indoors. 

When you go outdoors, the images look nicer, such as this close up image of a fencepost, and the scenery shots in the gallery below.

Droid 4 Sample

Droid 4 Sample Photo Outdoors

Here’s the same shot taken with the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S Sample Outdoors

iPhone 4S Sample Outdoors

Here’s a photo of a nearby field and highway, which gives you a look at how the camera is for scenery shots.

Droid 4 Sample Photo - Scenery

Droid 4 Sample Photo - Scenery

The gallery below includes many more Droid 4 sample photos.



  1. Calvin Taylor

    02/09/2012 at 10:31 am

    1080p video recording is always awesome

  2. Madambane

    02/09/2012 at 10:47 am

    Gosh did u even use the built in custom settings? They are amazing but for a novice your pics were fine.

  3. Michael Anderson

    02/09/2012 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the samples … I am currently using a Droid Pro so *any* of those shots absolutely blow my camera away!

    Check the DoF on the iPhone in that fence post shot …

  4. Tessa

    02/09/2012 at 2:59 pm

    Are there any 3rd party camera apps that can improve the resulting pictures?

  5. Anonymous

    02/10/2012 at 4:46 pm

  6. Ivan

    02/10/2012 at 5:14 pm

    Great samples. Looking forward to this camera.

  7. David Pat

    02/11/2012 at 1:19 am

    This camera looks pretty good to me

  8. Anonymous

    02/12/2012 at 4:56 am

  9. Pete

    02/13/2012 at 12:32 pm

    Is this camera plagued with the Force Closes like the Droid 3?

  10. dingo

    05/06/2012 at 8:05 pm

    Droid 3 camera was the worst.  In fact, Droid 3 was just the worst.  All the problems were fixed with the recent patch, but Moto has to push them out faster.  It’s downright embarrassing.  

  11. dingo

    05/06/2012 at 8:06 pm

    I have to add, the Droid 4 is the opposite of the droid 3.  rock solid software from the word go.  

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