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Motorola Droid Razr HD review

Motorola has sharpened its Razr, but can it cut through the competition?

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The Droid Razr HD sports an 8-megapixel camera, backed up by an LED flash. Just like its display, the Razr HD's camera tends to blow out colors with high contrasts. While it's not exactly to true to life, we liked the ultra saturated look makes already strong colors truly eye popping.

Droid Razr HD review

The front facing camera is 1.3-megapixels. It boasts image quality that makes it perfectly capable for Skype chatting and the occasional self-shot.

Despite this flair for saturation, the camera underperforms overall. Images are often blurry or grainy, and manual exposure adjustment is usually a must, either by using a slider or choosing a point of focus on the screen.

On the software side, there are all the typical options, including panorama, multi-shot, timer and HDR, which optimizes shots with difficult lighting.

While HDR can significantly improve a picture, it slows down the speedy shutter time considerably. We really liked how the camera would suggest HDR in certain lighting situations, where it thought it would help out.

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Even with all the software perks, it's rare to get a shot out of the 8-megapixel lens that would be mistaken for anything but a cell phone picture. Also, the camera's snappy shutter speed is undercut by the need for manual light adjustment and the occasional shift into HDR. Basically, it's good enough for a plate shot or party snap, but don't capture anyone's high school graduation with the Razr HD's camera.