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Nexus 5 might not feature a MEMS camera after all, just a Sony IMX179 sensor

0. phoneArena 03 Oct 2013, 09:38 posted on

In the DigitalOptics' PDF brochure about the wonders of its MEMS phone camera module, IMX179 is listed as the sensor only, not the whole module, alongside another sensor alternative we are spotting there - OV8835. A quick search returns that under these codenames we get two phone camera sensors - OmniVision's 8 MP OV8835, and Sony's IMX179...

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posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:42 1

1. boosook (Posts: 1081; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Ok, before commenting consider the price of the Nexus phones compared to the price of the various Z1, G2 etc. An 8mp good sensor would be OK for me, for that price.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:03 2

11. Gigabinzle (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


i want ois and 50 mega pickles

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:12 1

12. apple4never (Posts: 971; Member since: 08 May 2013)


u like the mega pickles eh

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 16:02 2

15. boosook (Posts: 1081; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Then buy a nokia 1020 and a nokia 920 for the additional 9mp!

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:46 3

2. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


please no Omnivision, we have already seen stupid Omnivision gimmick sensor on Moto X
Sony's sensor on G2 just rock

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 13:03

18. techfirst101 (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


the Moto X actually has a very good cam now after they got the recent OTA update out.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:50 12

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Nexus 5 will be a great phone anyway. I respect the nexus line because it's more apple-like as in Google has control over the hardware and software and will never overload it with junk like what samsung has done with touch wiz.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:00 2

6. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Agreed.. If samsung removes touchwiz & sticks to stock android, the specs would make even its midrangers a beast in performance....

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:18 1

9. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Exactly and my galaxy s3 would be running flawlessly. I know people will tell me I can flash cm10.2 but the cm team hardly releases any stable builds. My experience with cm10.1 was beyond terrible. Even after 5 months they never released a stable build.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:30

10. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Stable c m10.1.3 is available. I run the 10.2 nightly on my T-Mobile s3.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:42 1

13. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


CM isn't the only ROM out there. In fact, it's far from my favorite. I haven't used CM EVER on my Note 2.

As for Touchwiz, Kabhijeet, have you even used the latest iteration? I used to be a die hard pure Andoroid guy until I got used to my Note 2.

There are many nice features that are in Touchwiz that aren't in vanilla Android. My ultimate favorite is smart stay - the screen stays on while you are looking at your phone. Get used to that feature and you can't go back!

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:37

16. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I know there are several awesome/useful features in Touchwiz. But the only issue I have is that it is the heaviest custom skin & consumes lot of RAM.. Because of that I face issues of "Touchwiz lag" lot of times. As soon as I install a custom launcher-APEX, the phone works flawlessly (RAM-520MB). I have tested this on My Galaxy S2 (old touchwiz which was very light & smooth), then updated to new Touchwiz Nature UX on my phone & can see a lot of difference. (the RAM consumption has increased from 365MB/1GB to 590MB/1GB in new touchwiz - just turned on the device).
I have seen the same touchwiz issue on my friend's Galaxy S3 & my Boss's Galaxy S4.
I do like touchwiz but Samsung ought to make is a bit lighter so that RAM consumption is not more than 450MB/1GB. Bottom line I want my device to work smooth even if I had to lose some of Touchwiz features..

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:41

17. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


If you remember, We used to think HTC Sense is a heavy skin & can cause lags. Now Touchwiz is heaviest & HTC sense has become very light & smooth skin...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:53 4

4. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


13MP sensors are not expensive there are Chinese phones with the same Sony sensor the s4 has that cost $150-$200. I got a zopo for $250 and it takes better pictures than my nexus 4.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:57 1

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Check out these MX3 samples, the IMX179 matches the iPhone's Sony variant, probably outdoes them in low light. It's an excellent 8MP sensor though much depends on the lens, aperture, the processing chip and post-processing, the Nexus 5 may cut corners there.

http://www.abload.de/img/0003564201u5q.jpg
http://www.abload.de/img/0003568448us3.jpg
http://www.abload.de/img/000357051yux4.jpg
http://www.abload.de/img/keithyim_4_meizu-_e12ovu1f.jpg
http://www.abload.de/img/meizu_mx3_camera_sampkiuhi.jpg
http://www.abload.de/img/meizu-mx3-15c9urd.jpg

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 12:27 3

7. LionStone (Posts: 465; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


..."that got everyone so worked up"!? Well, with headlines like,

"Nexus 5 to be first smartphone with MEMS camera: fastest on a phone, Lytro like functionality"

Jumped the gun there just a little bit PA...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:44 1

14. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


PA jump the gun??? NO WAY! They neeeeevvvvveeerrrr do that!! (sarcasm)

if you're looking for journalistic integrity (verifying stories, unbiased opinion), then you'll have to look elsewhere.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 12:37

8. Finest (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


It's no "just" a sony camera
It's a Sony camera.

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