It seems that DxOMark and Motorola are forming a budding friendship. When the Moto X Style was announced, DxOMark was ready with a review of the smartphone’s camera features. Now that Verizon has similarly unveiled the DROID Turbo 2, also made by Motorola, of course, DxOMark is once again first on the scene. And it’s probably for a good reason too! Based on the scores from one of the most sought after digital photography authorities on the Internet, the new DROID Turbo 2 is right up there in the Top 3 of the list.
Motorola’s smartphones haven’t exactly been notable for their cameras, so when the Moto X Style managed to land in the top 3 back then, it was a pleasant surprise for Moto fans to say the least. And now it seems that Motorola is proving it does indeed have more photography chops these days. While the DROID Turbo 2 may be derived from the Moto X Style, at least in the camera department it has surpassed its predecessor.
DxOMark naturally tests smartphones on their performance in both still photos and video recording. When it comes to capturing images, the DROID Turbo managed to get a score of 84. Though that might sound quite high, it actually trails behind some of the top smartphones in the market, including the Sony Xperia Z5, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, the LG G4, the Nexus 6P, and surprisingly even the Xperia Z3+. While the performance of the DROID Turbo 2 was excellent in good light, it faltered in low-light. Still, it managed to surpass Apple’s iPhones in overall total score.
In contrast, the DROID Turbo 2 actually managed to shine when it comes to videos, ranking just 2nd behind the Xperia Z5. The device exhibited good detail preservation and accurate exposures in well lit scenes. Autofocus and stabilization were also decent though not exactly topnotch. That said, again the smartphone tripped up in low light conditions, which seems to be this particular model’s Achilles’ heel.
Overall, the DROID Turbo 2 ties with the Nexus 6P in third place with a score of 84. It surpassed by just one point the Moto X Style, which actually performed worse in low-light photography. The DROID Turbo 2 does sound impressive as far as the camera goes, but, of course, a smartphone isn’t just a smart camera and a lot of factors will play into whether this will actually be a smartphone Verizon subscribers might want to reach for.