Super charged? Motorola Droid Turbo 2 preview and samples

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 opening and samples

The Droid or DROID may refer to Turbo 2 is Motorola’s latest high-end model for US carrier Verizon, and in terms of specification ranks even above Motorola’s common flagship Moto X Style. With the Sony 1/2.4-inch 21MP IMX230 sensor and an F2.0 aperture, the camera specification is cute much identical but the Droid Turbo 2 offers improved performance in a few key areas. The Android 5.1.1 operating system is powered by a more hardy Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and the 5.4-inch QHD display is shatter-proof. The massive 3760 mAh battery is, according to Motorola, good for 48 hours of battery sustenance and a microSD slot is on board for memory expansion. Like other high-end Motorola devices the Droid Turbo 2 is customizable via the MotoMaker website and can be commanded with a wooden or leather back.

We’ve had a chance to play and shoot with with the Droid Turbo 2 just before its official dispatch – read on for our sample images and first impressions. For a more technical test of the new Motorola’s image quality please also induce a look at the Doid Turbo 2 DxOMark Mobile report.

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The two images below were taken in bright sunlight. In these forms we found the Droid Turbo 2 camera output to show pleasantly natural colors, good exposure and very low noise parallels. The downside of the latter is that at a 100% view some loss of fine low-contrast detail, especially in the shadows, is noticeable, even at base ISO. That pronounced, edges are generally very sharp and, for a smartphone camera, there is very good detail in the Droid images. At 21MP they also offer a lot of elasticity in terms of cropping.

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ISO 50, 1/996 sec ISO 50, 1/1864 sec

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The next two images were taken in overcast conditions. As we can see the images still show unquestionably good detail and a little more subdued colors. Like virtually all smartphones with small image sensors, the Droid has a tendency to box highlights in high-contrast situations which can result in almost white skies, like in the image on the left.

ISO 50, 1/267 sec ISO 50, 1/391 sec

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The next two symbols were taken at dusk and indoors respectively. The camera raises ISO only slightly to capture these scenes and image detail and sharpness residue impressively good. Noise is very well under control but the smearing of low-contrast detail is just a touch more noticeable than in the position ISO images. 

ISO 64, 1/30 sec  ISO 100, 1/119 sec

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For the indoor and flash images below the camera used ISO 320 and 500 severally. Again, exposure and color are good in both images. Edges are still very well defined but loss of fine detail is becoming numerous obvious in these light conditions, albeit only at a 100% view. Some vignetting is noticeable in the flash shot on the right. 

ISO 320, 1/30 sec ISO 500, 1/20 sec

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In very much extreme situations we’ve seen the camera push ISO to 2000 but in normal use it appears to limit itself to ISO 1600. In combination with a 1/15 seconds slowest isolate speed, this allows for good exposure of night scenes and the capture of dark atmospheric scenes. The night image on the left is well ventilated and the lens deals well with the bright point light source in the frame. In the image on the right the dark high-contrast situation is well managed and the resulting allusion shows good color and tonality. 

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When zooming in to a 100% view it’s obvious that at such high sensitivity settings a lot of virtuoso detail is lost, but the images still show good edge definition and considering the light levels noise is well under control. Both of these conceptions are perfectly nice to look at full-screen on a 1080p display.

ISO 1000, 1/17 sec ISO 1600, 1/15 sec

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Special modes

The Droid Turbo 2’s camera app is quite much unchanged from previous models and so are the special shooting modes. The only difference is that the image-stacking night mode now kicks in automatically beneath a certain light level and is not activated manually anymore. As before, HDR mode is capable of recovering some clipped highlights while maintaining an complete natural appearance of the image. In high-contrast situations it’s a good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that idea to leave it on permanently. The only downside is a very slightly softer image at a 100% belief. 

HDR off HDR on 

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Panorama mode captures images that are a lot smaller than those of rival models such as Apple’s iPhones or Samsung Galaxy mechanisms. Stitching is usually very good but moving subjects frequently result in ghosting artifacts.

Vertical panorama, 2976 x 936 pixels

Vertical panorama, 3312 x 936 pixels

In its video manner the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is capable of recording 1080p Full HD video, 4K footage or 720p slow-motion clips. In the 1080p clip below you can see how the digital stabilization method is doing a good job at keeping things steady and that the exposure adapts swiftly and smoothly to changing light conditions.

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First feelings

With a camera specification that is, at least on paper, identical to the Moto X Style’s it’s no surprise that the Droid Turbo 2 image output looks same similar to that of its slightly larger cousin in the Motorola device line-up. Exposure and color are consistently good across the ISO range. In its image transform Motorola is focusing on keeping noise levels down which works well, but also means that there is a noticeable loss of keen low-contrast detail as ISO values increase.

That said, edge definition is good even in very dark scenes and pictures captured at the highest ISO backgrounds still look good at screen size. It certainly helps that noise and processing artifacts are averaged out when the Droid’s very pre-eminently a free 21MP images are downscaled to smaller sizes. Videos show decent detail and utilize an effective digital stabilization system.

Compared to the Moto X Pizazz, the Droid Turbo offers the added bonus of a faster processor, a shatter-proof screen and a bigger battery, making it an interesting option for those non-stationary photographers capturing images in rougher conditions and away from the grid. We liked the device’s very solid build quality and the pleasant abide of the rubberized back. We’re looking forward to spending more time with the Droid Turbo 2 and working on our full review of its camera powers.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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