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First Nexus 6 camera samples surface

First Nexus 6 camera samples surface

Google took the wraps off its Nexus 6 yesterday, and it turned out to be exactly as rumored: a 5.9-inch large phone with a powerful Snaprdagon 805 system chip and a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS).

Nexus 6 uses the new Sony IMX214 image sensor

Google was nice enough to announce right from the start that it uses Sony's new IMX 214 camera sensor. It's a 1/3.06" stacked CMOS sensor with Exmor RS for better low-light performance. On top of it, comes a lens with a wide, f/2.0 aperture, and there is also a dual LED flash with a ring to add it a slight diffusion.

Having just the specs for the camera, however, does not tell you much - one needs to see the actual images to learn how good of a camera does the Nexus 6 really have. Luckily, one of the early testers of the new Nexus is sharing first camera samples and they don't look bad at all. What do you think about the new camera in the Nexus 6, do you like the shots?

source: +DuanDao

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posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:39 29

1. dorfoz (Posts: 149; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Still think note 4 is better tho :(

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:43 13

2. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I am feeling the same

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:56 7

27. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Even HTC ONE M8 takes better pictures than that.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 04:37 14

29. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


You going to far!!

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 08:40 1

40. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


His car break is not working.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 09:19

44. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


It's like the up close shots are amazing but normal and far away are horrible Google really needs a camera guy to work with them to do a software update

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 10:18

45. andonia2 (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)


The best image is #10 .. Look at the sky in that PIC!!!!

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 17:46

50. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Because you like number 13 better?

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 09:12 2

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am not going to lie, the Note 4 is the champion of the smart phone cameras. This Nexus 6 does take good pictures though, that can't be discounted. I am sure with future updates the camera on the Nexus 6 will get even better. It will never be in the Note 4's league but being second or third best after an update or 2 would sit VERY well with me.

All OEM's are getting better & better with their cameras... The gap is narrowing exponentially so all of them are starting to take great pictures...

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:58 15

8. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Obviously note 4 would be better. it uses the IMX240 sensor from sony. It's a 1/2.6 inch sensor which is much larger than the 1/3.06 inch one one nexus 6. Also bigger sensor implies better dynamic range.

If we go by samsung's claims, the OIS is also better in note 4. Adding to this the phase detection autofocus, much better image processing and 16:9 default aspect ratio leave for almost no competition.

Nexus smartphones traditionally have crappy cameras.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:08 1

11. vincelongman (Posts: 4569; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also Moto has traditionally have crappy cameras, while Samsung has been arguable been in the top few

IMO its pretty disappointing the $650 Nexus 6 doesn't have Sony's latest IMX240 1/2.6" sensor

IMO those low light pic have quite a lot of noise
Hopefully Google fixes that in a future update

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:34 2

20. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


are you sure it uses sony's sensor? i think it uses samsung's proprietary isocell sensor.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:43 4

23. Genza (Posts: 540; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Yes Anandtech has confirmed it in their review.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8613/the-samsung-galaxy-note-4-review

The Note 4 is not the first Samsung phones with IMX240, because the GS5-A variant is also use the same sensor.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:03 3

10. bingeMAFIA (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


Samsung features a 16MP Sony IMX240 ISOCELL. The Nexus 6 uses the same 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor as the OnePlus One.

For using a lower quality sensor the pictures are the best I've seen from a Motorola device. They much better then the Moto X photos using the Sony IMX135, and best Nexus photos I've seen taken by far.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:19 3

15. Genza (Posts: 540; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Actually it is an Exmor RS sensor not ISOCELL.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:29 2

18. Af1rPA (Posts: 704; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


You mean Exmor R, not RS.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:34

21. Genza (Posts: 540; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Yes, thanks for the correction.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:11 2

13. Genza (Posts: 540; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


In theory yes, because the Sony IMX240 sensor in Note 4 is bigger and has more MP count.
But I'm sure the difference would not be too far since both of them has the same aperture, pixel size and also OIS.

The Sony IMX214 in Nexus 6 is actually pretty impressive sensor, it's the industry first cmos image sensor that capable of HDR outputs for 13MP @30fps, 4K @30fps, and 1080p @60fps.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:45

3. iLegend (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


nothing great..!! Need some really good photography, and then we will come to know the real power.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:47 2

4. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2117; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


cannot compare this to the note 4 even note 3, G3 even better.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:28 4

17. Genza (Posts: 540; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


I don't agree with you because the camera module in the Nexus 6 is still better than Note 3 and G3 + with F2.0 lens the Nexus also will perform better in low light.

With good image processing software the Nexus 6 camera can be just as good as the Note 4.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:47 1

5. ishan.heru (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


Its good in some pics and bad in other.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:47 4

6. HussamAldean (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


My iPhone 4S has better pictures than this

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 10:27

46. isheepdumbos (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


But it's an iphone, yuck!

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 02:52 4

7. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


All the images aren't very sharp.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:01

9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


More and more the Nexus 6 looks like it should have been the Moto Shamu.

The samples look like they are from the typical mediocre camera that seems to come with every Motorola phone.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:10 4

12. Kcube989 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Not impressive, if they are really serious about its price then they should make no compromises.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:48

25. tango_charlie (Posts: 254; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Exactly! Premium Price, No compromise!

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:14 3

14. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Even m8 would take better pictures than this. Darn you Google, optimize better software for the camera.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:19 3

16. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Not even close to Nokia's photo quality....

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