Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P support full manual camera controls

Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P support full manual camera controls
While older Nexus smartphones had rear cameras that couldn't really stand next to what the competition was offering, things are different with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Both of Google's new handsets come with similar Sony-made 12.3 MP rear cameras that are really good at taking photos (as well as video).

What some may not like about the cameras on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P is that the interface (Google Camera) is a simple one, without many of the advanced controls that other smartphones have. However, in case you were wondering, both new Nexus devices support full manual controls: focus, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and even RAW support (this doesn't come as a surprise at all, since they're using Google's Camera2 API). What this means is that, although the pre-installed camera app on the 6P and 5X doesn't take advantage of these manual controls, you can always download a third-party app that can.

In case you want to know how the new Nexus cameras perform out of the box (thus without manual controls), check out our Nexus 6P review, and our Nexus 5X review.


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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)

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19 Comments

1. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Will the moto x pure/style support camera api 2 when it gets marshmallow?

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I hope so. Motorola better not disable it in the Marshmallow update.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

These cameras are really very good against the competition, Nexus phones previously were lacking li'l bit in camera departments. Sony is great in making these camera sensors, however they failed previously in their algorithms, now they are back with all Z5s.

3. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How durable is the 6P? The glass strip for the camera seems fragile and easily shattered. If the 6P had a removable battery and SD, I'd buy one tomorrow. Bring on a 5" LG G5.

5. KRISTIJANJE

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Not very durable. It appeares that it shatters spontaniously. I can't post url, but just google -nexus 6p rear glass shatters-

6. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

as expected from Huawei.

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sold about 30 since its came out at my store not one came back with such problem so its probably just a small batch thats has a small deffect. Not like Samsung and Apple phone thats at least 1-2 come back with deffect by every 10 phone sold..

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

As someone who actually owns one, I haven't had any issues with the glass or the body itself. If you look at all the reports, there's actually only a handful that actually have the issue, it's just those few being reported over and over. Another thing to consider is we have no way to verify that those people are being truthful in how it happened. If they cracked it it isn't covered unless they have Nexus Protect, and even then there's a deductible. I've had mine for almost two weeks now, and haven't had any of these issues. The size is a bit of an adjustment, coming from a Droid Turbo, but otherwise I'd say it's my best phone to date. BTW, we don't know if the G5 will have a removable battery. Word is LG is planning to switch to a metal unibody for the G5, so that will most likely mean a nonremovable battery.

9. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

5" LG ? It won't happen .

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do you ever give it a rest with the removable battery and SD requirement? Stop being so salty.

4. torr310

Posts: 1655; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

manually control shutter speed is what I need!

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Nexus 6P is HUGE. I currently have it but it remains to be seen if I can dig phablets. Lol The Nexus 5x is too big and cheap too so I had no choice but to try a phablet in the 6p. Lol

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The 5x is not too big, and not so cheap. You have to try it. It handles very well and the build quality is excellent, though the materials are not premium, of course.

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I owned it for two weeks before I requested a refund. The sim tray slot is loose, it jiggles when you press it slightly. And the buttons are cheap. Everything else was solid though but it is quite big for its screen size. It's like LG G4 or Xperia Z5 size.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2575; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Weren't there reports of 3rd party camera apps producing upside down pictures though? Has this been addressed?

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Just HDR+ all day everyday. Its like googles version of Super auto

19. wabre

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

does anyone have a Nexus 5X (or 6P) and using the Manual Camera or any other manual camera application? I am wondering - mainly in Manual Camera - what the longest shutter speed is with the Nexus 5X. I know that the LG G4 in their own software can go from 1/4000s to 30s. In Camera FV-5 the Nexus 5X can go up to 1/5s which is nothing to talk about. Long shutter speeds are 10 sec or longer. thanks

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