Nexus 5 likely coming with an OIS camera
Optical Image Stabilization is great. It's always there for you, and it can mean the difference between an unwatchable 'action' sequence and a clip that's actually enjoyable. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, most manufacturers have ignored the tech, with a few exceptions, like HTC, Nokia and most recently: LG with its G2.
So what does all of the above have to do with the upcoming Nexus 5? Two things. First, it appears very likely that LG's great work with the Nexus 4 has convinced Google that it should manufacture the Nexus 5, as well. And second, if the street has the truth of it, the Nexus 5 will be based on the LG G2, to a certain extent (probably a smaller screen, no rear buttons). We know that, because of a wildly publicized FCC filing from yesterday, which requested a “class 2 permissive change” for the LG G2. What went under the radar, however, is that the torn-down Nexus 5 actually uses the very same OIS camera unit that the LG G2 does, even though as far as the looks go, the Nexus 5 is completely different in that regard. This means that the next Nexus will probably be the newest device to join onto the camera-loving bandwagon, and this is certainly good news.
For those of you who haven't had the chance to catch up yet, the Nexus 5's release date is expected to take place by the end of the year, or at worst -- early 2014. As we said earlier, the screen will probably be smaller, at the reported 4.96-inches, and so will the battery – down to 2300mAh from G2's hearty 3000mAh unit. And though we're expecting the Nexus 5 to be a great performer, courtesy of Snapdragon 800 and the 2GB of RAM its said to pack, the most eye-catching feature of the device for most will probably end up being the alleged Android 4.4. KitKat its said to arrive with out of the box.
Nexus 5 coming with OIS?
13. D.Aceveda (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Lets hope so. The Nexus 4 was based off the Optimus G but only got a 8mp camera as opposed to the 13mp camera on the Optimus G
If costs is an issue I expect them to cut corners somewhere with the N5....probably the camera. The battery is already looking smaller than its G2 cousin
26. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Google realized with the nexus 4 they needed to improve the camera and screen colors.
29. Ihateregisteringtocomment (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)
Camera and battery life.
The screen colors can be adjusted.
27. UCLAKoolman (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)
There were two versions of the Optimus G, one with the 13mp camera, and one with the same, mediocre 8mp camera that was used in the N4.
28. D.Aceveda (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
There was 1 version. The international model. That was the first and main version and that phone had a 13mp shooter. Only the N4 and AT&T O.G had the 8mp camera.
All other versions had the better, 13mp camera
31. dancorcal (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
How can you say there was only 1 version and then go on to describe the "2" different versions. The one ATT sold in the US and the international.
35. D.Aceveda (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
How can you be stupid? There was 1 LG optimus. All others were variants based on the Korean LG optimus.
36. dancorcal (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Versions or variants what ever you want to call it...there were two. You say "versions" plural in your on post. There was one with the 13 mp an one with 8mp period.
38. killroy134 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Yes there were two versions. The AT&T phone has the 8 MP camaera. The Sprint phone had a 13 MP camera. They were also slightly different in size. I believe the Sprint phone was slightly slimmer than the AT&T version.
2. asingha94 (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
Lg is really doing great in camera department!!
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2132; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
And if it will be the Sony Exmor RS, I'll be so happily get rid of my 5-day Nexus 4...
12. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 847; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Sony Exmor RS is nice wonder why Sony didn't put an OIS on Z1.
17. boosook (Posts: 1027; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Because many people do not even know what an OIS is, while they know what 20 megapixels are, even if the 20 megapixels of the Z1 do not deliver the same quality of other cameraphones with less pixels but better sensors.
16. boosook (Posts: 1027; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
No, thanks... don't be fooled by the name... giving a name to a sensor does not mean it is good, and the Exmor RS is not a good sensor... it's too noisy and Sony phones are still behind the competition. Besides, it lacks the optical stabilization. The iphone, GS4 and G2 all have better quality and have an anonymous sensor (altough we know that the iphone sensor is manufactured by Sony itself).
20. alexfiran (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
i don't know about the g2 but the s4 uses sony's sensor, plus the iphone has the last year sony's sensor but better software and so it takes better pictures.
25. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)
The Exmor RS is fine, Sony just has bad software.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5845; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Interesting. Nexus fans can wait until late 2013 or early 2014 for the N5. Or, they can get a G2 now. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
18. Reality_Check (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
You're contradicting your own statement. Why would Nexus fans get the LG G2? It won't get the latest releases directly from Google + it's not stock Android :S
5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Interesting why glass on camera eye is so wide? Because now it looks a bit silly.
6. hadouken (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
That would be awesome. That's 1 of the weak points of the current nexus. The n4 camera is OK, I can get great pictures if I put in the time to get the right setting. Auto usually result in bad quality.
LTE is also a plus :)
7. Derekjeter (Posts: 275; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Does the G2 take 4k video and slow motion? I really want to get it but i don't know how good the camera is. I'm ready to drop my iPhone 5 for it. I hear its better than any phone out there.
14. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 847; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Heard great reviews about it's camera. And i think g2 cannot record 4k videos. Besides 4k video is not much needed. 1080p with 60fps is great which g2 can record.
currently its one of the best flagship smartphone available.
9. Mrmark (Posts: 151; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)
Is it just me that thinks Google purposefully leaked the 5! Thumbs up if you agree!
10. datsyuk (Posts: 166; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Why can't this come with Verizon bands in it :(
30. Sailingmaster (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Google won't let Verizon have another Nexus phone without some sort of guarantee not to interfere with software updates. Greedy Control Freak Wireless.. ahem. I mean, Verizon Wireless probably isn't ready to give that kind of deal to Google for a phone that won't sell well outside the techie culture.
11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2689; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Yes, I need OIS in Nexus 5 and everything close to G2.
15. boosook (Posts: 1027; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Since the G2 takes great pictures, I really hope it will have the same camera module! It's probably the best camera module out in this moment, since it has the same quality of the GS4 but adds an OIS.
22. marshalmin (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)
I still believe that Motorola is still making nexus 5
33. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
If that's the case it will lauch with a S4 Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB RAM and their RGBC Camera. The G2 OIS is amazing. Makes my GS4 look like crap! Motorola is horrible with "catching up with the times"! After having EVERY Verizon Motorola phone released I realized that. Went to Samsung!
24. JMartin22 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Some aspects of this Nexus phone is going to be watered down. Simply because LG doesn't want it to overshadow their more profitable LG G2 handset, as opposed to letting Google's cheap, subsidized off-contract phone taking the staring wheel.
32. mrmessma (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Considering Michael J Fox has come to terms publicly and has a sense of humor about his sad impairment, he should be in a commecial advertising the OIS.
34. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
The G2 is going to make the OIS the new "Megapixel" in terms for the usual consumer. Megapixels mean NOTHING if the image is blurry and grainy at high zoom! DIS (Digital Image Stabilization) is OK (the GS4 has it) but it's NO OIS!
37. kpuk1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
You see - the doubt I have is based on all the past rumours always turning out to be over-optimistic. We've heard before of amazing cameras, wrap-around screens, incredible batteries, massive RAM, etc. and when the real thing comes out, it's almost always a bit of a disappointment. The Nexus range has never been ground-breaking and is desired by those who want that pure Android experience and prompt updates. I'm one of those. I would very much love a Nexus device to be launched at the high-end of specs. so that its lifetime is maintained, not just by speed of OS updates, but also that its hardware is more durable.
We'll need to wait & see, but I suspect the real device will have specifications somewhat under the more optimistic of those I've seen posted.