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Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009

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Test 2: Nighttime pictures taken outside

This demonstrates how the camera behaves at night when using a longer exposure time and higher ISO to gather in as much light as possible. We took images using the camera’s Auto settings, as well as manually selecting the Night mode on the Samsung Omnia II and Motorola DROID.

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The Motorola DROID comes in at 1st place in our nighttime test, but only when using the “night portrait” mode in the settings. This allows the night images to look their best, while gathering in the most amount of light and having accurate colors, but at the same time remaining sharp and in-focus. If you set the DROID to Auto mode and take nighttime pictures, they are dark and hard to make out, so this is not recommended. Coming in at 2nd place is the HTC Imagio, as night images are bright (without any special mode settings) and in-focus, but some suffer from a warm hue. At 3rd place is the HTC DROID ERIS, as most night images are pretty close to the Imagio, but bright areas (such as brightly lit signs) can be overexposed. The LG enV Touch comes in at 4th place, since night images are darker than we’d like, but are still in-focus. In 5th place is the Samsung Rogue, since most night images are sharper and have less grain than the Samsung Omnia II, which comes in at 6th place. The night mode on the Omnia II is almost unusable, as it slows the shutter down to ½ second, causing images to be blurry and lights to be “booming”.

Motorola DROID - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC DROID ERIS - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC Imagio - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Omnia II - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Rogue - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
LG enV Touch - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009

Motorola DROID

HTC DROID ERIS

HTC Imagio

Samsung Omnia II

Samsung Rogue

LG enV Touch


Motorola DROID - Night mode ON - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Omnia II - Night mode ON - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009

Motorola DROID

Samsung Omnia II

Night mode ON


Motorola DROID - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC DROID ERIS - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC Imagio - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Omnia II - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Rogue - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
LG enV Touch - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009

Motorola DROID

HTC DROID ERIS

HTC Imagio

Samsung Omnia II

Samsung Rogue

LG enV Touch


Motorola DROID - Night mode ON - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Omnia II - Night mode ON - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009

Motorola DROID

Samsung Omnia II

Night mode ON


Motorola DROID - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC DROID ERIS - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC Imagio - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Omnia II - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Rogue - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
LG enV Touch - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009

Motorola DROID

HTC DROID ERIS

HTC Imagio

Samsung Omnia II

Samsung Rogue

LG enV Touch

Motorola DROID - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC DROID ERIS - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
HTC Imagio - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Omnia II - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
Samsung Rogue - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
LG enV Touch - Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009

Motorola DROID

HTC DROID ERIS

HTC Imagio

Samsung Omnia II

Samsung Rogue

LG enV Touch



The phones’ performance, sorted from 1st to 6th place:

1)    Motorola DROID: When using the “night portrait” mode, images at night came out the best, with plenty of light, accurate colors, and being in-focus.
2)    HTC Imagio: Night images are bight and in-focus, but some have a warm hue.
3)    HTC DROID ERIS: Almost the same as the Imagio, but brightly lit areas can be overexposed.
4)    LG enV Touch: Night images are darker than we’d like, but are still in-focus.
5)    Samsung Rogue: Night images look a bit blurry, but grain isn’t too bad.
6)    Samsung Omnia II: Images are blurry and look out of focus and show a lot of grain. The “nigh mode” is unusable.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. rtimi26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


Are you kidding me. It is either you guys know nothing about taking pictures, but hey its your opinion

posted on 29 Dec 2009, 16:12

2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Their opinion seems pretty right on if you ask me.

posted on 29 Dec 2009, 16:22

3. jwl3429 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)


i am not to sure about the review either i am a avid photographer and i have the omnia 2, i think with a few tweaks to the camera setting the pictures are much better it seems crazy to me that it is rated below the eris as well as most of the others the droid is not that great of a phone.

posted on 30 Dec 2009, 09:05

4. T DAWGv12 (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


I agree with all three of you actually. rtimi26 is right on about it being their opinion and boy does it seem inconsistent at best. Ace1122 is right about their opinion being right on. They took crappy photos and had crappy opinions to go along with them. This is my opinion coming from someone that is NOT an avid photographer but a tech geek fluent in digital cameras. jwl3429 is right on, I too have an the Omnia 2 (a far better phone than many reviews make it out to be by the way) and have quickly learned a few simple tweaks with brightness and flash options that can even produce crisp well balanced images in a dimly lit room. At the very least this review needs to be more explicit that they did not adjust any of these phones cameras outside of auto or factory settings. Should they do a re-review with the phones cameras tweaked they would likely have very different images if not very different results and likely all the phones are capapble of much better images. Thats my opinion.

posted on 05 Jan 2010, 01:25

5. smokiedabong (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2010)


:)) , sounds like a Droid comercial . I had an Omnia 2 for some time now , and couple of weeks ago also got a Droid , good phone at anything else but the camera . Definitely the Omnia 2 camera performs way better in quality in any conditions and speed than the Droid , to bad it's slower at anything else .

posted on 19 Sep 2010, 05:09

6. mathais (unregistered)


omnia 2 images do look smoother and deeper in colour but you have to know that droid represents colour more accurately.even the droid has manual settings that can tweak its images further.

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