Nexus 5X and 6P have a unique 12.3 MP camera and 1.55 micron pixels, here are some samples

Nexus 5X and 6P have a unique 12.3 MP camera and 1.55 micron pixels, here are some samples
Just as rumored, Google's Nexus 5X and 6P come with a unique 12.3 MP camera, to which the manufacturers added laser autofocus technology, like on some LG handsets. Google extolled the virtues of this new sensor, saying it is made by Sony, and the selling point are its huge 1.55 micron pixels, collecting much more light than the previous Nexus gear.

This means that in low light situations, the pictures should be exposed better, with less noise, and more definition. In fact, Google's folks said that this imaging sensor was designed for camcorders, and is "unprecedented" in a mobile phone, though it might have been the marketing team speaking. We found a Sony IMX377 1/2.3" sensor that is 12.3 MP with 1.55 micron square pixels, meant for compact cams, which might be the one they were referring to, and are providing its specs in the slideshow below. The camera unit comes with f/2.0 aperture.

Thanks to the new sensor, the Nexus 5X and 6P will be able to deliver 4K video recording (of course), as well as slow-motion video capture, it's just that the 5X will do it at 120 frames per second, while the 6P can do 240 fps slow-mo, pretty cool. Along with HDR+ and the new photo album and Camera app shenannigans, the new phones should finally usher the Nexus line at the top of mobile photography.

Related phones

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)
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)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Patiently waiting for camera samples.

7. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yes indeed. I'm not into this Stuart the one eyed minion look, but I suppose I will consider it if the camera can stand up against the Note 5.

16. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I really wonder what that means "stand up" and really why this matters so much. It was shown that the Moto X Pure camera "stands up" to the latest galaxies, in terms of the cost. You don't buy a Nexus phone for the camera, though that sure would be helpful to have a good one. If you've already invested in a N5 (which literally just came out) why would you want to change other than just wanting to spend more money?

19. TerryTerius unregistered

You're asking about why people would care about which one has the best camera? Because they want to take the best pictures and videos possible. That's pretty straightforward. And now a days, it's the largest point of differentiation between flagships. And the Moto x pure is good, a definite improvement over their previous flagships... But it isn't as good as the Note 5. Especially not in low light. Look at Erica Griffin's camera comparison between the Moto X Pure, One Plus Two, and Note 5. It is not even close, in low light at least. But it's not an excuse, Nexus phones shouldn't be expected to have a subpar camera. Especially since they're no longer budget phones and are basically not far off the pricing of LG, Samsung, and Huawei at this point. And at that price they are expected to have cameras that are as good as the LG G4, iPhone 6s, and Note 5. Or at least close. Also, where did he say he had a Note 5? Even if he did, maybe he's like me. I have a business line and a personal line. He might be looking to upgrade one or the other.

2. kabiluddin

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

They got a beast of a sensor. Now its time to prove that Nexus device can have great camera.

3. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

thats not bad. 1.55micron is a good feat achieved by Nexus. 12.3mp is great bcoz 16mp or 21mp takes ridiculously big size photos and I always have to crop and resize to reduce the size of jpeg file before emailing. Almost everyone is out with their best they could do and its Microsoft's turn to wow us with its new tech in Lumia 950 and 950XL.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

heck even the old sensor stands up to current flagships, imo that is.

4. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

That's gonna perform great in low light conditions, but mediocre in normal lights


Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Does it have OIS?

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


6. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Hhhhhuuuuuuuhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is google promoting the Nexus' (a developer edition phone's) camera like other OEMs?

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well, maybe because Google wants to sell Nexus phones to everyone? Just a thought.

8. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Can't wait to get it.

9. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

What are the benefits of larger pixels ?

14. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Surprisingly iPhone 6S has a brighter picture in 23mins after sunset picture

21. zyxxyz

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Look at the sky in the photo. You will know the difference.

15. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

I want it compared to Moto X pure edition soon.

20. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

23. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

I think it's imx117cqt

24. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

It mentions 240fps Search it in google and see the pdf maybe it's imx117cqt

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