As I mentioned in my previous post, I took the Droid RAZR out this weekend and used it as my primary camera to really push its limits. On the photo side the results weren’t so great. But this smartphone boasts 1080p HD video capture–just like the iPhone 4S. How good is it?
I’ve recorded five sample videos with the RAZR, four outside and one inside.
If you’re indoors in medium to low light, the camera won’t help you much. There is an option to turn the LED flash on the back on as you’re recording, but that light is super annoying. So you have to deal with whatever ambient light the sensor can suck in, which is not much.
This jazz trio was playing at the Vagabond Cafe in NYC and, as you can see, they’re pretty good. I was standing about 15 feet away and the mic picked up the audio really well. You can also hear the chatter in the room, but the music comes through best. Note the lack of sharpness…
Even outside the video isn’t as sharp, but it’s not as noticeable. Here’s another musical performance, this time someone playing a grand piano in Washington Square Park.
The RAZR’s camera app offers video stabilization. Sometimes this results in wobbly moments in the video. Here’s the same park but with me moving the camera around more and a bit more action.
The colors in these outdoor videos are fairly close to how they look in life. Not as muted as some of the photos turned out.
As I left the park, I noticed a confederacy of squirrels, so I filmed them, too.
One thing I really appreciated about the phone is that users can upload videos to Flickr or YouTube easily. Once you enter your account information, you can then upload from the gallery with one tap.
Overall, the RAZR’s video prowess is decent but not impressive. If good video is important and you don’t want to carry an extra camera, this may not be the smartphone for you, despite its other great qualities.