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Re: Did Jellybean improve the RAZR M's camera?
I have a few pics not using HDR, but they're not really good examples of the camera's capability. Tomorrow I might make a comparison of a few different shot styles (macro, outdoor, indoor, indoor low light) using no HDR, and then HDR. I'll be sure to post the results here. I can tell you for sure that there is some camera lag, especially when using HDR mode, but it's nothing unmanageable. Shots are near instant outside of HDR mode, and with HDR on, it's about 1.5 seconds from hitting the shutter to the animation of the picture "floating up" to the gallery box in the corner. For certain though, you're not getting the virtually "zero shutter lag" effect that you feel on phones like the One X or Gnex. It's honestly not a big deal though and just speaking for myself, it definitely wouldn't be enough to deter me from getting this phone if that was the only issue. Just yesterday I tried the Razr HD and HD MAXX out for the first time and I can safely say they have LESS lag than the M, but it's still there, and HDR is still of course slower than non-HDR.
Originally Posted by motionxxusxx#AC
One thing I will say though is that HDR isn't a catch-all. As you probably know you can't use the flash with it on, just by the nature of how HDR works. Also, it shouldn't be used in low-light situations, as it results in a whole lot of colorful digital noise. One thing I've found is that despite the lower megapixel count (6 vs. 8), I've found using the "widescreen" option in the stock camera app to be worthwhile. I'll post a comparison example of that tomorrow too.
After using the Razr M for about 3 weeks, my opinion on it is really simple. To me it feels essentially like the iPhone 5 of the Android lineup. It's not as powerful as the top tier phones out there, but it has no gaping flaws either, so just for that it's a very solid, reliable (at least so far) phone overall. My best advice is not to underestimate the screen real estate of this phone. While it's true that the softkeys take up some room on the bottom, it's still a 4.3" display which is far from small, despite the upward trend. There's a tendency to think of this phone as being a lot smaller than it is just because of the impressively small bezels. Personally 4.3" is the best screen size for me, as I do no gaming or long video watching sessions on my phone. I have no feeling of being cramped while browsing the web on the phone, as the default browser being chrome means that you get an automatic zoom-in when you click something very small), and it's VERY comfortable to hold during long phone calls (excellent call quality/signal too)