The Droid 4 sports an 8MP camera, and in a upgrade from it's predecessor the Droid 3, the front camera has been upgraded from 640x480 VGA resolution to 1.3 megapixels capable of shooting 720p video.
In addition to those 8 megapixel stills, the main camera can shoot full 1080p HD video, and the LED flash added an often-needed boost of light, especially when shooting in sub-optimal conditions.
Like most phone cameras, the Droid 4's images turn out best when you play to the cameras' strengths. Outdoors in bright light, images are clean and contrasty (in a good way).
Full auto usually gives the best results, but if you want to push your photography a bit, the Droid 4 offers a variety of scene modes and shooting options.
The Effects panel includes 8 color and tint options from Black and White, Solarize, and settings to give your give your shots red, green, or blue tints.
Seven scene modes help you capture everything from landscapes to low-light situations. Four different shooting modes offer single and multiple shots, as well as panoramas and timed photos.
Ouside, the Droid 4's snaps were good. But introduce some variation in lighting, or try to shoot indoors in lower light, and the photos got predictably blurry and noisy. Autofocus could also be a bit wonky, particularly when trying to capture busy scenes.
You can tap to focus, of course, but we preferred to keep both hands on this bulky phone to prevent its untimely death, and the shifty autofocus left us with more than a few blurry shots that fall into the "almost got it" category.