Nexus 5 camera compared against Nexus 4, spot the differences

Nexus 5 camera compared against Nexus 4, spot the differences
The Nexus 5 has finally arrived and we already know it offers top notch performance with the Snapdragon 800 system chip at a very affordable price, but question remains whether its 8-megapixel camera can hold its ground. Truth comes in comparison and this latest images shows just how much of an improvement the Nexus 5 camera brings when fared against the 8-megapixel shooter on the Nexus 4.

This set of images comes courtesy of Google Plus user Adrian Salcu, an early Nexus 5 owner, and focuses on the low-light performance of the two Nexus phones. And the difference is huge.

Even though both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 4 feature an 8-megapixel camera, you can see just how little this tells about the actual image quality. The difference comes because the two phones use totally different sensors and camera setups. The new Nexus has a larger 1/3.2" sensor and a wider f/2.5 aperture.

The images below are a great illustration of how this results in more light making way into images. The new Nexus also features optical image stabilization and this could be one of the reasons why many of the images below look sharper even in these dim-lit conditions.

Take a look at the camera samples from both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 below. Looking in comparison, it seems that the Nexus 5 camera really is a huge leap from the shooter in the Nexus 4, doesn’t it?


source: Adrian Salcu

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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
Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh

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34 Comments

1. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

They seem to have learned something from Nokia!

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

But does Nokia and Microsoft has lerned something from them? P.S. Try to troll harder. ;)

6. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I hope there is something to learn from them. P.S. Do not worry, if I start Trolling you'll will know.

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Try harder! :D

15. papss unregistered

Says another troller comment ;)

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I have explained it in troll way since they don't understand it in normal way. :D

2. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Awesome low light improvement!

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Finally no more red tint, I don't even use my nexus 4 for pictures its camera is so crappy.

5. HnT8906

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

woww..looks great to me..nexus 5 if far batter.

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nice to see a Nexus device with LTE and a capable camera. Now all we need to see is how battery life is.

10. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

You are right... just the battery life. That's the only thing preventing me from getting it and that's why I'm leaning towards LG G2 for now.

14. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I bet the N5 will have almost the same battery performance as the stock G2. LG's absolutely horrible, almost unusable software completely ruins any chance that phone has. Only get the G2 if you plan on rooting and flashing a custom ROM.

16. papss unregistered

Unusable? Lol... You could call it a lot of things but it's far from unusable. It may be the most customizable skin out there

17. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Doubt that. Picked up a G2 last week, only charged it once this past weekend.

19. szaboagoston

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Why would it be the same, when the G2 has 3000 mAh and the N5 has 2300? I believe we all would sign for the G2s battery performance. The G2s software is more interesting and customizable than touchwiz, at least in my opinion.

22. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Better quality hardware and better optimization can make a huge difference in energy use. It was leaked in the manual that it does have some high energy efficiency parts.

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Why would it be the same, when the G2 has 3000 mAh and the N5 has 2300?" Read his comment again, he has explained why.

8. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Ok , now against S4 and other Androids top (Z1, LG G2 etc.). I don´t care about Nokia. I know that it´s the best camera-phone. But I prefer Android, no offense.

25. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

There is a video on the comparison between the n5 and s4 camera, here check it out!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-6AszlQIIs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

9. silver

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

its look really great big improvement from nexus 4

11. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Against note 3 ...http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-5-initial-p​hoto-and-video-samples

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Biggest difference is in the noise level

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I'm quite impressed. I would like to see a camera comparison (if possible a blind one) with the iPhone 5S, the LG G2, sony Xperia Z1 and Galaxy S4. It may be the first time that a Nexus can compete against the real flagships. And no, I didn't forget about the Lumia 1020, but I think it's stupid to add it to this kind of blind comparison as it's clear is going to win, and because (and this is just my opinion) it should compete just agains other camera phones. Let's call it the "under 9 mm thick" comparison and call it a day. And no, I didn't include the HTC One casue in the last blind test it was quite clear it had the works camera except for "low light", so it's useless to add it to the comparison.

18. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Wow amazing improvements

20. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

I hope it not the 2nd one!!! LOL Well done Nexus 5 :^)

21. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Campare nexus 5 against past year model is easy...

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The point is nexus devices cameras have always sucked and now its good.

24. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

How do you know it is good? do you have any comparison against others 2013 flagship?

27. siluro

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah the Nexus 4 was awful, even in daylight pictures seemed colorless and dull... So it's good to know the Nexus 5 is a huge improvement, but still waiting on the PA comparison for more in-depth comparing to this year's flagships. I will be pleased with it so long as it out performs the S3, but hope it hangs with the S4!

30. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

There is on youtube n5 vs galaxy s4 camera comparison, front camera wins the s4. Rear camera n5...let's wait further details / vids tough

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