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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: 434; 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: 4833; 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: 4421; 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: 539; 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: 539; 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: 688; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


You mean Exmor R, not RS.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:34

21. Genza (Posts: 539; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Yes, thanks for the correction.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:11 2

13. Genza (Posts: 539; 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: 2054; 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: 539; 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: 250; 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: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


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

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 20:32

58. phichart (Posts: 277; Member since: 03 May 2014)


yeap... Nokia is the best camera phone...

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:33 1

19. Spedez (Posts: 450; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Looks quite poor and out of focus. Just like the Motorola's camera.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:38

22. Af1rPA (Posts: 688; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Moto X gen 1 had an Ominvision sensor like the one found in the HTC M7 - quality was poor.
Moto X gen 2 has a Sony Exmor RS IMX135 which should produce better pictures but Motorola stuffed that up.

Now this Nexus 6 has the Sony Exmor R IMX214 which is an old sensor from Sony but has proven it can still produce quality pictures if you look at the OnePlus One.

It's going to be up to Motorola or Google to optimize the software and sadly they do not have a good track record so far.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:54 1

26. Genza (Posts: 539; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


The IMX214 is also Exmor RS it's the second gen of Exmor RS and probably the most advanced mobile image sensor.
http://www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/new_pro/april_2014/imx214_e.html

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 03:46 1

24. tango_charlie (Posts: 250; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Premium Price = I want premium hardware. Since the Nexus 4 and 5 were quite affordable devices I was "satisfied" with the camera quality.
But now the Nexus 6 is in the same price-league like other flagship/high-end devices, that means NO COMPROMISES!!! NEITHER IN CAMERA QUALITY NOR BATTERY LIFE!.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 04:27 6

28. Zylam (Posts: 752; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


What the heck is going on with this note 4 fanboi riot? They feeling threatened or something? Go go buy that ugly garbage if you want, this is a Nexus article, we have taste and we don't want touchwiz loving freaks to get the Nexi anyway, it will tarnish the value.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 04:47 1

30. TRUVILLE (Posts: 146; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Note 4 specs are better but the main purpose of a smartphone is software, touch wiz is bad, its laggy, no timely updates,and most features people don't use

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 12:20

59. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


well said . There are people out there who will never buy a touchwiz phone .

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 04:52 1

31. blaruku (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


How do we know these are the photos from Nexus 6?

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 05:40

32. alebphi (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


i don't think it's out of focus. with that f/2.0 aperture now you have to tap on screen to focus on subject you want. it affects the depth of field. with f/2.0 you get more light but less objects are in focus.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 05:57

33. Limbopope (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


More importantly...an awful photographer with awful photo composition...

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 11:36

55. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


Sorry The army isnt known for great photography. but at least we get everything to test it out. And these are out of the box photos.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 06:04

34. ggg377 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


The thing with smartphone photography is - you can ramp up the specs of the camera like crazy, but if the software is not up to par it won't take great pictures. Apple undeniably has the best smartphone cameras for all light conditions since iPhone 5s and that's achieved with modest (even average) specs of F2.2 aperture, 3" sensor and 8MP. 6+ with OIS is stellar, but 6 and 5s best your average Android smartphone as well. LG has also achieved great results with the G3 and OIS+ (again with just average specs) and Nexus 5, which had below average specs. Oneplus One has the newest Sony sensor, F2.0, 13MP and it completely drops the ball in all low light situations. Another example is how GPE phones and phones using AOSP see a very noticeable drop in photo quality. Good hardware can produce bad results with average software and average hardware can produce good results with good software. Digital image stabilization is essential for success here.

As for the actual article, Motorola isn't exactly known for great camera software so I don't think this will be the case here. It will just be another camera with great specs and average results. With LG off the Nexus line, it's very possible that Nexus 5 might end up a better snapper than the Nexus 6.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 02:25

61. ggg377 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


In case anyone is still here - the prediction became true. You can check out the iPhone 6+ vs Nexus 6 review and see yourself how bad the camera really stumbles in low light - all I can say is it's embarrassing. OIS and F2.0 aperture do pretty much nothing to help the situation. Now I'd like to see a Nexus 5/Nexus 6 camera comparison.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 06:17

35. alebphi (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Personally, i don't care much about photography. i care about video quality.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 06:32 2

36. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1926; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Personally, I like it. And I agree with Zylam. This is a Nexus article. No need for the Note 4 fanboy's to be on a troll. It's unneccesary. Not everyone likes Samsung or Touchwiz. Get over it already.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 06:36

37. GeekOB (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


is there a ghost in third image? :O salient feature of new n6 camera

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 07:21

38. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


It's funny how haters always find things to hate. Now the note comes with metal, good camera, good battery, good screen, and now it hate has been shifted to touchwiz. Very funny, you guys are the onces that are insecure. Sammy is not going anywhere soon no matter how you haters hate. The nexus is a nice phone but it would never stuck up or beat the note 4 in a fair fight. In fact even with the touchwiz you guys hate so much no phone on the market including apples 6+ can stand up and and win a fight against the note 4. You guys are pathetic.
Not in performance, screen, battery, camera, features. No phone can come close. You guys better suck it up and go use your so called simple and featureless phones. Leave the note to those who know how to use smartphones.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 17:42

57. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


I bet you dont even use your phone you just know what it does. sounds good and all, but the people who know how to use smartphones don't choose samsung.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 12:24

60. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


i just lolled .

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 07:55

39. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Another small camera sensor. Come on companies, the Nokia N8 has been commercially available for over 4 years and still most phones do not surpass its 1/1.8 sensor, optics or Xenon flash. I hoped for a much larger sensor in the Nexus 6 because I am disappointed in the camera in my Nexus 5.

Sure, the N6 will take pictures that are good enough but our cameras should be better. Sony needs to make bigger sensors and not just small and super huge sensors, we need some middle ground, 1/1.8, 1/1.5, 1/1.2 and so forth. Even a 1/2.0 would be better than what we have been given in our favorite devices.

The Nexus 6 is shaping up to be a powerful and well rounded device though so I honestly can't complain about anything else. :)

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 09:12

42. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


This images are poor compared to Samsung and Apple. I'll wait to see if they have tweaked the software to improve performance, but this is quite underwhelming. I don't expect much from Nexus cameras though.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 09:15

43. Jeremy8000 (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


These shots are not impressive, but it should be noted that we have no context by which to judge them.

A bad photographer can make a great camera produce junk, and a good photographer can make a mediocre camera shine.

Until we have direct comparison shots of the same subject matter by the same photographer in the same conditions using different devices alongside the Nexus 6, any observations on actual relative performance are premature.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 11:06

47. onthecouchagain (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Early samples, early impressions: Doesn't look THAT good.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 11:08

48. Rapha.194 (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


Too bad!
Neither the girl's father recognize his daughter in that photo 3 !

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 15:21

49. alan_1230 (Posts: 83; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


Von Karman street in the picture ? Newport Beach Ca ????

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 21:16

51. fran77 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


When i heard that motorola was designing this phone i lost all hope for good quality camera. when i saw the size i started considering keeping my nexus 5. Now that i have actually seen the pictures i can say this "f**k that phone" i will not upgrade. $650 for a crappy camera, not for me.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 02:27

53. Landmarkcm (Posts: 505; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


I just got the Nexus 5 from Tmobile & I am loving it! I think it takes pretty fantastic pictures, Ya def better then the ones shown here!

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 06:29

52. akkis (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)


samsung galaxy note 4 or galaxy s5 have better camera's.... hey dont take me seriously b'coz I like everything from samsung. its a nice phone with normal camera and worst looks.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 16:20

54. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


To be Honest going by these shots, the M8 produces better photos. Just my 0pinion, but just being honest.

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