I’ve been using the Motorola Droid for a week now, and while the device is quite impressive overall, the camera is a mess…
“But wait,” you protest, “those shots look fine.” Sure, the Droid can take pretty decent pictures (slide show). But I’m a camera buff, and do you know how much effort I put into these?
It usually takes 3 to 5 attempts for the auto-focus to actually work, the camera must often be tricked into using the right exposure, color balance is all over the map, and don’t even get me started about low-light performance – that small sensor is noisy!
The Motorola ZN5 (ZINE) camera is truly remarkable, so I hope Motorola can fix most of these problems in a future update.
When it comes to stills, the Droid camera is no match for the Nokia N900 or N97. Andy Ihnatko claims that the iPhone 3GS beats the Droid, but based on my time using both phones, I don’t think he put much effort into his pictures :)
I agree that normobs will get better results with the iPhone 3GS, but photographers will do better with the Droid, especially once Motorola tweaks the firmware.
The Droid supports video recording with a resolution of 720×480 pixels at 24 fps, matching the excellent Nokia N900 and Samsung Memoir. There’s no initial auto-focus, however.
Here is a sample video (download original):