Camera spotlight: impressive pictures captured with Google's Nexus 6

The world of photography has changed so profoundly in just the past few years. With smartphone cameras passing a certain threshold, the sheer number of captured images in the world has grown multiple times, and more and more of them gets shared on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, and so many other venues. It’s hard to say when this transition started to snowball, but to us it seems that the growth of Instagram is a good point of measure. In this series of articles, we’d be exploring the amazing world of smartphone photography done right by professional photographers and advanced enthusiasts.

In previous editions of this series, we saw creative images from Apple’s iPhone series and the OnePlus One, but this time around it’s time for a first-hand encounter with Google’s flagship phone for Android 5.0 Lollipop - the Nexus 6.

The 6-inch Nexus 6 is a large phone with a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization that is certainly capable of capturing some great shots. We have also already seen the first camera apps for Android 5.0 that allow users to take full manual control over the camera, including control over shutter speed, which was not possible in earlier versions of the platform.

This selection of images comes from Reddit (hit the source link right below to see the thread), and it is a brilliant illustration of the possibilities of the Nexus 6 snapper. How do you like these photographs?

source: Reddit

Related phones

Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)



1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Great images. It's nice to see Motorola stepping up their game.

7. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Raw saw some stars there! I like 14. But in the Louvre yard there are some tiles detached. Economic crisis hit France

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not good enough.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, this is where Kanye drops in unannounced and interrupts the award ceremony with his uneducated opinion. "I'ma ganna let you finish, but the iPhone had the best camera ever! Ever!" lol, anyone else seeing these similarities??? lol. Oh, by the way, read the article about the phone actually being good, then read the article I've posted in comment 5, which I keep providing you with time and time again but apparently the great Kanye cannot read.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not Kanye West.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

When you stop trolling Google and Motorola, you'll stop being Kanye West. Until then have some fish sticks. :P

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

so you're trolling me pretty much?

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm simply pointing out the striking similarities between you two. Personally if you ask me, it's more of an insult to the actual Kanye West.

35. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You just can't stop trolling Google & Motorola can you? Let it go akready. Its beyond annoying now. And completely childish.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Akready isn't a word.

39. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Ooooh! I guess that's all you can say back. Such a witty comeback. But I see you can't deny that you're a troll. As usual.

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

"Gp on and prove me right." That was from a reply you made to one of my comments in another article. So either Gp is a word or maybe sometimes autocorrect doesn't work as intended and people don't catch it until it's too late.

33. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

How about you stop exploding on people, like condom, when they disgaree with you or say something you don't like. You mention Kanye West in your post often as if you dislike him but it seems his balls are really deep in your chest, you can't stop talking about the man.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol +1

31. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

It's the photographer, not the phone. In the right hands, even the iPhone6 can produce good images.

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012


3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

if those were great, imagine how great they could've looked if taken by an iPhone 6 Plus...

4. peace247 unregistered

I think u guys comment like this on purpose... Or maybe pa pays u so they can get more comments...,

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agree. I posted a link on a camera test between the Note 4, nexus 6, and the iPhone 6+. Note and the iphone were neck and neck while the Nexus was pretty much an afterthought.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yes you sure did, and I'm pretty sure I told you that the article you posted was an opinion piece with no data to back up the writer's statements (probably written by an Apple fan boy) and does not hold up in an argument when pitted against a blind survey where where the overwhelming majority of several thousand participants voted the Nexus 6 over the iPhone.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Above comment is in denial.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

He's right. A blind camera test holds much more weight than the opinion of some writer. If you know what camera took the picture than your biases for or against a certain company can come into play.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm stuck with the crappy camera of the Moto X 2014.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Can't say for myself how good the 2014 Moto X is, I have the 2013 model and I'll admit that it's not where I would like it to be in regards to quality imagery. That being said, I would choose the functionality of the unique Motorola software and hardware over a marginally better camera any day. Still, it would be nice to have both.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And specs, battery life, and a few other things.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Just a simple reminder that the current iPhone used display technology that was used on the original Motorola Droid, also, over priced storage space, restrictive OS, limited RAM, bendable phone, that pulls the facial hair of the user, changes color in their pockets, with a battery so pathetic that there's a whole mudslinging marketing campaign about it calling iPhone user's "wall huggers". the OS is less stable than the competition and even after a record smashing year quarter of sales can only account for 15% of the global market against Androids 81%.... "and a few other things." But please Mr. Kanye, don't let all the truth keep you up at night.

20. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

How do you "like" someone's comment multiple times? Please someone teach me!!!

22. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Open up multiple accounts.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Don't do it! I learned the hard way!!! lol

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