Here's what happens when you give a Nexus 5 to a photographer

Here's what happens when you give a Nexus 5 to a photographer
One way or another, it's clear that smartphones have already narrowed quite the gap in terms of quality, compared to traditional DSLRs. Sure, sure, it's still a child's play for the latter, but there's no denying that phones are coming dangerously close to transforming the traditional DSLR into a professionals-only product. That's because smartphones can now manage shots that are more than good enough for 99% of the trigger-happy crowd out there. These people are not professionals, and most smartphone snaps taken are done by amateurs or hobbyists at best. But what happens if you put a flagship phone into the hands of a trained professional? Some pretty darn good shots. Duh!

Anyway, Italian blog AndroidWorld has done just that with a Nexus 5. They've given the budget-friendly flagship to a professional photographer for a month, and the results are quite impressive, indeed. Some of the snaps below, taken by photographer Alexander Michelazzi, have been edited, using VSCO Cam or the built-in Android editor. According to the reviewers, the Nexus 5 is the best cameraphone in its class.

You can also check out the video at the bottom, which was wholly shot and edited using a Nexus 5. 

NOTE: The images haves been resized, as they are gigantic otherwise. You can download their respective full versions from the source, with EXIF data and all (you need to register). Direct all your awesome credit to Alexander Michelazzi, Pixel Square, and AndroidWorld.





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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh

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63 Comments

1. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Give him a Lumia 1020!!!

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nyah ! They probably wanted to give them a 'smartphone' rather than a 'camera-phone' !

5. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Are you jaleous ? 1020 is SMARTPHONE , not a cameraphone .. if that is so good ... so , you cand still be jaleous more and more .. Only crap of samasugi do a cameraphone useless so useless !!

11. loginfailed

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

With limited apps, what can you do with that..lol Nexus 5 FTW!!

13. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The camera on the Nexus 5 is really underrated. Glad someone proved everybody that the Nexus 5 camera is no push over.

22. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

you all fadroinds every day repeat . Your CD are broken ? There is no more gap of APPS , 90 % of usual are there . So i dont really care about this useless comment .

33. loginfailed

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

ok, no customization and boring live tiles just to name a few... lol

34. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Dont cry baby when you grow up i will buy lumia for you so that you can play halo spartan assault. But for now use your toydroid

28. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Duche

39. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

It has hardly any major apps a day games, so what good is that. Samsung phones camera is on par with iP5s, but below the 1020,... Lumia1020 only has a great camera and nothing else. The screen and specs are outdated for a 2013 device....

55. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Lumia 1020 does just about everything you could ask for, without any lag what-so-ever. Also, there are plenty of apps available now for WP8 users (around 250,000), and so that is not a valid reason to avoid the platform. If it lacks customization, WP8 OS also lacks the huge amount of malware and viri that hampers Android. Unless you play mobile games that require advance processing capabilities, or if you require some kind of obscure techie app to your control your mother board, there is no reason to shun WP8 devices, especially the vaunted Lumia Brand. The 1020 also has great audio & video record and playback capabilities, and is both light and durable. Are there better smartphones out there? Probably, but if you are into photography and need a smartphone device that takes great photos, then the Lumia 1020 is most likely your best option.

64. Droiderr

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

All u do is praise the camera in the comment. Is there anything else to that phone apart form the camera. Nokia knows that too.. as a result all the ads feature the camera and nothing. U might have heard a concept "multi tasking", haven't you? Trying doing that for once and let me know. Oh.. and try playing a mkv file too, which is the norm these days. And secondly it costs almost as much as note 3. Is that justified? Now justify your comment, quoting "Lumia 1020 does just about everything you could ask for, without any lag what-so-ever"

58. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's a smartphone but it compromises a lot to put the camera in unlike almost every other flagship. That camera bump is horrible and most people would take an iPhone or android camera over it if it meant not having to deal with that hideous camera hump and wp8. And if you must have a hideous camera bump, add zoom or flaunt your camera heritage. The 1020 is effectively an garbage smart phone that uses a comb over to try and cover it's camera roots.

59. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Taters clearly knows absolutely nothing about either smartphones or cameras for that matter...

69. jeffgr

Posts: 1; Member since: May 12, 2015

For f##ks sake, learn to put a sentence together.

29. Tamer81

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

You really don't know nothing about Windows Phone do you? I think you are confused with SGS Zoom! Now that is a Camera with smartphone functions!

6. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Rather give him G2..

7. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

anyways this proves that you must have skills to take good photos

19. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

and a beautiful lady

42. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

This right away proves dat just dont increase mps.. There's other stuff too.!!!!

2. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

After the update the Nexus 5's camera has improved greatly. Hell Yeah !! :P

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

#Wow #MuchImpressive #SuchTechology #VeryAmazing #Wow

8. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Troll detected!

51. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

It's not a troll; it's a doge.

9. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Amazing photography skills! Imagine the stuff he can do with a proper DSLR!

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"...best camera phone in its class." That's laughable. It's a decent camera, but not anywhere close to that. The Z1, G2, 5S, and 1020 all smoke the N5 camera.

16. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

All those phones cost $600 and above, whereas this costs only $350 in the US.

18. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

You are so wrong. I've seen samples from all those smart phones and they do not blow the Nexus 5 camera away. The only camera that can kind of sort of do that is the 1020. The Nexus 5's camera is extremely capable and it easily beats the GS3 and one UP's the Gs4 by a hair. I have those phones and I've tested them all. The Nexus 5 comes very close if not slightly surpassing the 5s, Z1, G2 and even in some scenarios the 1020.

32. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I've owned them all (Z1, N5, 5S, GS4, N3, 1020, and G2) and the N5 camera is slow and not up to snuff. Digital Photography Review and other professional photography websites share my opinion.

45. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Were those reviews done before the major camera update in 4.2.2?

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