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Quick camera showdown: Google Nexus 5 versus Apple iPhone 5s

Quick camera showdown: Google Nexus 5 versus Apple iPhone 5s
Oh boy! There are probably lots of people waiting patiently for their Nexus 5 smartphones to arrive at the footsteps of their homes. Needless to say, everyone is itching to get their hands on the latest Nexus smartphone, which yet again, stands out for its immaculate outright price point of $350 for the base model.

As with most things, most people are curious about how its 8-megapixel camera performs, especially when it’s following after some spectacular handsets that have shown their prowess. Certainly, we can go into detail regarding the delicious set of hardware in tow with its camera, like its OIS module and f2.5 aperture lens, but we’re just going to jump straight to the point.

Below, we’ve taken a few samples from the Google Nexus 5, and its highly esteemed rival in the Apple iPhone 5s. What do you folks think about it?


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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:47 28

1. buccob (Posts: 1421; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


the flower color is overblown by the iPhone... In my opinion the Nexus showed better results overall.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:52 11

3. NexusPhan (Posts: 464; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Yes it did. I'm so happy. Finally Google gets it right! Thanks PA. Can't wait till Wednesday to get mine

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:10 8

8. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Are you people blind? You do know that you have to actually zoom and compare the pictures side by side and if you do that you will notice that iphone 5s has more detail and better in door pictures.
You can´t compare the colours on these pictures because we do not know the true colour of the scene, so we cannot judge it. Maybe if you could take a professional camera with you next time you are doing these shootouts, phonearena :)?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:58 19

17. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


No you sir are being an izombie. you are looking at the oversaturation and the autobrightening of the iphone and saying it is better quality. You are giving into what teenage girls like. the Autobrighten feature shows less skin imperfections while the over saturation blends their makeup together. It gives a false sense of beauty. While the nexus actually shows the imperfections that exist in everyday life. the very first image of the flower shows this perfectly. the nexus shows imperfections while the iphone shows nothing but a perfectly pink flower. It looks bright and full of color when in reality the flower is not even close to being that color. Compare the two pictures and you will see the nexus takes a picture with its original beauty being displayed. thus making the nexus a much better camera

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 17:58 2

33. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Wrong. And calling people an iAnything shows just what a loser you are. Only people who need to put others down to look good or to feel smart do that. Welcome back to reality. You're a loser.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:54 8

38. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hes not putting anybody down lmfao, The iphone sucks.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:04 2

41. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Dear god, seriously? Does thread that involves both android and iOS devices have to turn into an all out brawl? Was was the point in this comment. No, the person you replied to wasn't correct in his statement, but you are by far just as bad. Dang, so much for rational civilized human beings on the comment sections.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 21:08 3

47. NexusPhan (Posts: 464; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Hmmmmm.
"what a loser you are"
"Only people who need to put others down to look good or to feel smart do that"

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:11

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


haha you say what you say about name calling... and then call him a name.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:58

60. BobbyWright (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Lol, get over yourself lame ass.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 04:03

61. smartass (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Always fascinating to see how biased almost every post is, and the extremely impolite tone. I've tried the iphone 5s camera but not the nexus, although I've tried the LG G2. The iphone 5s camera has a software that produces warmer tones but also a flash (hardware) that in some situations also produce warmer tones. It also has the largest pixels of all but the HTC one and that also make's the pictures brighter, not by fault but quite opposite, the other phone have a hard time letting enough light in. I for one have never liked the cold tones produced by the galaxy S4 and LG G2 and by the looks of it the nexus is somewhere near them as well. It may look crisp in some situations but more often just cold and stale. White's are bluish and you fell like you're in a hospital and people with light skin complexion look like they're dead. And compared to the galaxy S4 the iphone 5s is blasing fast. the galaxy takes a whole second tho snap a photo. To often that's to long and the moment is gone. again, I haven't tried the nexus so, maybe it's faster and better than the others android phones. It's certainly cheaper. But calling the one's colors false and the other's true is just hilarius, unless you took the photos's yourself and compared on site with a calibrated monitor there's no way of telling. therefore it's down to personal taste. I would like an HTC one with the iphone 5s camera and the "off screen" buttons of the S4 and a snapdragon 800. THAT'S a phone I would buy.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 20:33

62. dskbfoeva (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Sorry, but you are wrong. In this video, it proves that the Nexus 5 Camera is indeed superior (even though they are the same exact camera.......):
youtube.com/watch?v=Qp6clWG-b5c

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:00

35. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


No it didn't.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:53 15

4. sadiqahmed (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I agree. Impressive work LG and Google.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:12 10

9. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


NEXUS produce best result here.all thanks to LG
And check out this video, you will come to know how bad is 5S camera (Must watch).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXddteoA-Ms&feature=youtube_gdata_player

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:00 1

34. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Lol! Put your meat away. Nice try. You can take a bad picture with an $8000 camera. The nexus loses. But nice try. Maybe the nexus 6 will do better.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:16 1

56. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 635; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Well tried iFAN.... How difficult is it to accept the truth????
Let me tell you how to accept truth.
(From Android User/Fan)--
iPhone 5S is faster than Nexus 5 juz a split second (0.05 secs or so).
iPhone camera is awesome. Nexus camera is equally great and improved a lot(remember the price of Nexus-$349)
Nexus had bigger & higher resolution screen.
iOS is boring. iOS7 has lot of bugs.
Android is more productive.
Safari is better browser than Chrome.
Android beats any other OS in multitasking.
Android has better customization and is user-friendly.
iOS is user friendly but there are so many restrictions.
I like iOS.
I love Andoroid..
Now, the above written are facts. Android fans acknowledge & accept it. Why dont you try the same????

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:59 3

18. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


The iPhone tended to show more yellowish colours. The Nexus 5 IMO is better too, as the colours are more natural. Low light is also better with the Nexus 5, it showed less noise in Sample 9.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 17:56 1

32. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


You saw what you wanted to see. Sorry.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:48 16

2. brar.arsh (Posts: 146; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


$349 v/s $699

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:55 5

5. Kishin (Posts: 600; Member since: 30 May 2013)


U mean $349 v/s $649

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:03

6. Beaustir45 (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


haha, well said, big difference

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:09 2

20. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


hold up im looking at our price grid right here and it says $750 for the iphone 5s....

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:20 4

22. a_merryman (Posts: 671; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


If you get the 32 GB version... but then it would be $399/$749

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:19

57. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 635; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Thats better comparision coz most people would prefer 32GB over 16/64...
So the price is Almost Double. Which is better? Nexus...

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:28 7

26. sergiobr (Posts: 416; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Why people need iphone ????? Just fashion ! The Nexus camera is the same (sometimes superior), and Android is much much better and ... free ! Good job Google !

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:33 2

27. sergiobr (Posts: 416; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Can´t wait Sammy with OIS !!!!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:04

36. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


What an ignorant comment. Thanks. Now we know who has absolutely nothing to say.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:56

50. amasog (Posts: 130; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


& why people want lagdroid phone?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:20 1

58. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 635; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


why people want iBUG phone???

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:52 2

30. desniper9 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Here in Australia there is a much bigger gap
16 gb {N5 399/I5s 869/I5c 739}
32 gb {N5 449/I5s 999/I5c 869}

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 21:00

46. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


349€ vs 729€ ;-)

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:27

59. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 635; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


In India,
16GB-iPhone 5S= Rs.53,500/-
16GB-Nexus 5= Rs.28,999/-

32GB-iPhone 5S= Rs.62,500/-
32GB-Nexus 5= Rs.32,999/-

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:04 6

7. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


the nexus 5 seems more natural while the 5s looks yellowish, they both seem equally sharp though

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:13 2

10. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Hmm... Tough call, most of the samples looked almost identical. But from other photo comparisons between them it shows Nexus 5 as a clear winner.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:07 2

42. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I would like to see some DSLR photos to compare, but from what I see above, N5>>>>>>>>>>>>>iP5s in the camera department. Especially with that horrendous flower photo.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:14

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 11172; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Spot on even.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:22

12. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1005; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Both pics came out good, but still prefer kitkat phone:)
Second pic is overblown (iPhone)

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:25 11

13. Qbancelli (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Bottom line is, the Nexus 5 camera DOES NOT suk!

Thats a win in my book.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:15

44. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Good call. That is what held me back from the N4 (and it's fragile hull).

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:51

55. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


This. The sensor seems to be superb for a 8MP shooter while the driver and camera SW needs some work cause some shots are great, others are off-focus and bad color'd.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:26

14. suneeboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


They look pretty even, though I thought the Nexus won the Flower and Bicycle pic. The iPhone 5S won the rest. Plus it's tough to judge because they aren't taken at the same "exact" angle from the same "exact" distance.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:19

29. Jommick (Posts: 198; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


More has to do with how wide the viewing angle is with each phone

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:36 1

15. terabyteRouser (Posts: 419; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


nexus 5 wins imo

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 21:13

48. NexusPhan (Posts: 464; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Which is insane because the iPhone 5S camera is astonishingly good for a phone camera. This makes me happy. Good work Google.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:44

16. Taters (Posts: 2935; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Besides the house pic and the stack of games pic the Nexus wins but only barely. In those two pics the iPhone 5 destroys the Nexus.

That said I don't give a crap about the camera.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:00

19. cse.vicky (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Good :) Why a lot of comparisons :(

I just need my Nexus 5 to take good photos :) , Anyways I will always go for a Nexus [ considering the other perks] Hence does not matter if its better or worse than some in the market. It just needs to take good photos.

With the Nexus 5 samples only, I believe it captures nicely :)

I am getting mine tomorrow !

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:16

21. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


In low light condition (bike) and flower Nexus 5 seemed better. Other photos, iphone 5s. I'm no photographer, just noob opinion.

Funny is, that reading its review on The Verge is like asking to Cook how's the new Nexus...5 to Camera :)

Btw, first impression is good, dunno if there were issues or shutter lag with photos?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:24

23. Fuego84 (Posts: 267; Member since: 13 May 2012)


This camera test is a joke there were different angles and zoom distances and that makes the image change the light and color intensity. The only thing I can say that I would think is fair to conclude is that the iPhone 5s camera is very inconsistent with its color intensities, the flower for example looks Totally over saturated while the green leaves in the same shot look dull while on the Nexus 5 the whole shot is vibrant, the flower plus the leaves.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:26 1

24. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


The only thing I hated about the Nexus 4 was the camera. It looks like Google [and LG] got the camera right this time.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:28 3

25. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I think the great thing here is that we finally have a nexus phone with a great camera. It matched the s4 and beat in certain cases and is close to the iPhone 5s and beat in some pics as well! All this for a great price if you are in a Google play store area that is!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:02

28. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


100% agree with you! It´s not about if it has a BETTER camera than the iphone 5S. The thing is if you can ever start a discussion of which one is better (and from those pictores it´s hard to tell for me) then the camera is already quite good. Good enough for me for sure.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:52

31. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


The colors produced by the Nexus 5 seem a little off at times in the few camera comparisons I've seen

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 21:14

49. NexusPhan (Posts: 464; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


The Nexus 5 camera shots have been all over the freaking place. I'm guessing this is an amazing camera with kinda crappy software. Just have to download one of the many excellent camera apps out there. It was a similar issue with the Nexus 4. Google just doesn't put the resources towards the camera app. Fortunately, it doesn't matter because of all the great options in the play store.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:24 1

37. ejkk81 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


good enough quality camera with NEXUS device.
good enough for everyday use for average Joe!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 19:11

39. Sniggly (Posts: 6996; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I would definitely say that the Nexus outperformed (or put out performance equal to) the iPhone.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:01

40. Izoe (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


Think both cameras are about even, the Lg seems to do better in low light (picture 9). Played with the LG today, shows a plastic doesn't necessarily mean cheap feeling. Weird how this phones costs way less than an s4 but still manages to feel more premium. Pretty quick phone, fore a moment I forgot I was using an android phone. Yes, didn't spot any lag. Think my iphone 5 can take a back seat now.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:12

43. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Phonearena, from now on please do these as a poll with the inclusion of a professional pic as a reference. This way all the fantards will vote and see if their "side" is really as good as they thought it was.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:52

45. Whateverman (Posts: 3196; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Never thought I would see the day that a Nexus camera beats the iPhone. Great job LG and Google. The iPhone's camera is no slouch by any means, but the Nexus 5 took this one.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 01:01

51. dis1111 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


nexus 5 is better

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