Motorola Droid Turbo 2 takes #4 spot away from the LG G4 in mobile camera rankings


DxOMark isn’t the end all, be all of smartphone camera reviews, but even when taken lightly, they do a pretty good job at giving us a general ballpark figure of what to expect from a phone’s photo taking capabilities. It was only a few weeks ago we watched the Apple iPhone 6S debut on the list at 10, taking a back seat to this year’s Android flagships. It was also comforting to find, what with the big deal Google made about the new camera hardware in the Nexuses, the Nexus 6P taking the #3 spot behind the Samsung Galaxy S6/Edge and Sony Xperia Z5.

Motorola Droid Turbo DxOMark review

While it doesn’t look like anyone is going to be able to topple those kings anytime soon, the newly announced Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is now taking that #4 spot, tying the Nexus 6P and beating out the LG G4 by a single point. The weirdest part is if you take the average of the Nexus 6P’s 2 scores (photo and video), it only comes out to 82.5, which technically means the Droid Turbo 2 should be taking #3. Not sure what’s going on there, but I digress. Here’s the newly updated top 10 list.

  1. Sony Xperia Z5
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  3. Google Nexus 6P
  4. Motorola Droid Turbo 2
  5. LG G4
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  7. Motorola Moto X Style
  8. Sony Xperia Z3 Plus
  9. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  10. Apple iPhone 6

More interesting is despite having a similar 21MP camera, the Droid Turbo 2 beat out the Moto X Pure Edition/Style by a point. We’re guessing some of that had to do with the phone’s more beefy Snapdragon 810 processor. The Droid Turbo 2 also faced by similar auto-focusing issues and poor low light scores, likely due to the lack of OIS. We’re still waiting to see where the Apple iPhone 6S Plus will rank on the list (it still hasn’t been reviewed), so it’s possible its entry in the rankings could shake some stuff up.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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