Even though it’s nice to have a phone with a built-in camera that has a high megapixel count, it is even more important that it is capable of capturing good looking pictures in a variety of shooting conditions. Expect for the LG Revolution that uses a 5MP autofocus camera, all other come with 8-megapixel shooters.

When taking pictures outside, both the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge produced the most pleasing images, as they showed good detail and the most accurate colors, though ThunderBolt did at times seem to have an issue with its auto white balance, while the Droid Charge did not. Meanwhile, the Motorola DROID BIONIC’s outside pictures were just average and not anything worth writing home about, as its detail wasn’t as good, and color accuracy was also lacking at times. The LG Revolution produced the most overexposed and unappealing images outside with some unnatural looking colors.

For pictures captured indoors, we were surprised to see that the Motorola DROID BIONIC was actually as good as the HTC ThunderBolt when there was strong to medium light, while the Samsung Droid Charge and LG Revolution were overexposed. But for low light and flash images, the DROID BIONIC did the best, followed by closely by the ThunderBolt and Droid Charge, while the flash on the Revolution is very weak and had little effect in a dark environment.

Video recording on a cell phone is nothing new, but out of this group the video captured by the DROID BIONIC at 1920x1080p resolution was clearly the best, as it had the most detail and was also fluid at 30 frames-per-second. It was also the only device in the group to record videos with stereo sound (using the two rear mics), instead of just mon sound. The other three devices were limited to recording videos at 1280x720p resolution, with the HTC ThunderBolt producing good results, while the video by the Samsung Droid Charge had the lowest detail and also looked the most “shaky”.

Motorola DROID BIONIC Sample Video:

HTC ThunderBolt Sample Video:

Samsung Droid Charge Sample Video:

LG Revolution Sample Video:

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