Our first camera samples from the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Our first camera samples from the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
Looking at the two brand new Google Nexus phones, the 5X and 6P, most people would certainly agree that the camera hardware in them aren’t necessarily the most fearsome we’ve seen – more so when there are easily other phones that bear 20+ megapixel snappers. Donning 12.3-megapixel snappers, both of which utilize the Sony IMX 377 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture lens, it might seem quaint to compete against the 20+ megapixel cameras utilized by its competition, but nonetheless, we all know that it’s just not solely the amount of megapixels crammed in there that counts.

We’ve been spending a bit of time over the weekend getting acquainted with the two new Nexus phones, so we’re sharing just a few samples from them to show you what they’re capable of. Of course, there’s never any doubt about samples taken when lighting is ideal and plentiful, but we’re always more concerned about low-light performance, seeing that it’s the bane for most smartphones.

While we won’t detail about the quality of the photos until our review, we will instead say that the stock Google Camera app isn’t for everyone. True, its intent is to offer an instant, quick, and straightforward experience, evident in its lack of shooting modes and manual controls, but it’s going to have a tough time trying to convince those who have been accustomed of being given those features on other high-end phones. Still, there’s always a quick stroll through the Google Play Store that solves the concern. However, we can certainly agree it would be useful to have them on board from the beginning – and without having to download some sort of third party app.

Nevertheless, don’t forget to check out the samples below for yourself to see how each one handles. Maybe you might be won over already?




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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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37 Comments

1. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

The photos are very good. But not top 5imo

4. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Actually, I believe it is in the top 2, bro. REALLy impressed with the optics in this device. Shame about the battery life. I also notice that the 6p shows a hair more detail than the 5x. Anyways, I can't wait for the 5 way shootout with the 6P.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm, the photos honestly don't stand out as "amazing" to me, they look great, but I think I've seen sharper outside, daytime images on Moto X Pure samples, but that won't keep me from buying the 6P... I Just got my Fi invite today... sadly, the 128GB model I want is sold out so I must wait until it comes back in stock before I can make the purchase. It seems the wait will never end.

20. desgua

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Just imagine if you lived in Brazil. We still don't know when (if ever) Nexus 6P will be sold here. And when it comes, it will sure cost 4-5 times the minimum wage. Imagine how expensive it is for us.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

... Well that sucks. Thanks for the perspective. I'll just sit here quietly and twiddle my thumbs until I can buy the model I want. Sorry about that buddy, hope your region get's some Nexus love at a reasonable price before too long.

24. desgua

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Thank you.

25. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Don't worry, I'm sure others will be praying for the 6P to make it to your country at a price point that everyone will be able to afford to buy a few. I'm sure it helps when you get thirsty, hungry or need some shelter.

33. Rager722 unregistered

I heard in Brazil that they still use Sega Genesis...why???

35. desgua

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Here in Brazil the most used console is Xbox 360 (42,9%), the second is PlayStation 2 (38,9%) and the third is PlayStation 3 (30,3%). ww tecmundo com br/video-game-e-jogos/73795-xbox-360-console-popul​ar-brasil-aponta-pesquisa.htm

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude! I loved the Sega Genesis!... Well, I loved Sonic and Toejam and Earl at least. lol

34. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Mabye top 5, but not top 2, but i agree, the shootout will be fun. BUT i think it will loose to 6s,s6 g4, lumia950 (if its out by then) and Z5 if sony has deliverd the softwear update they promised. Is steep competision, but TBH i am starting to not care anymore, since almost all phones now preform stellar in terms of pic quality.

37. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Top 3 at least. Mark my words

2. arman9953

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

yeah cause they are top 3 :D look at that DR *-*

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

the colors look quite dark, otherwise they're good photos

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You're just used to looking at the iPhone's photo's which are washed out looking.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

These photos tell the story of Spider-Man's tragic descent into alcoholism... :(

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

but still lags behind the Z5, S6 and G4

30. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

So wrong. The Z5 is trash. I've seen ALL the video reviews! Recombu, SuperSaf, Android Authority all agree the Sony camera is subpar. It looks like the same Z3 camera in there.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Pictures are a little godly in lowlight. If only they tried to add OIS...

8. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Dxomark gives the 6P the rank of 3rd best camera on a smartphone. John V uses 3 paragraphs to give as many 'subtle' digs as possible while attempting (and failing) to look unbiased. I'd lol if it wasn't so sad.

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meanwhile someone out there praising iPhone camera because it can shoot better video compared to entry-level DSLR now thats really sad

9. JakeG

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Great detail. Poor light capture. This is why sensor size matters = dynamic range. Almost all detail is lost in dark areas of these pictures.

10. Calvin35

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

These pictures don't look good to me. I see over exposure in pretty much everything white.

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

This is where the G4 rules! #LaserAutofocus #ColorSpectrum #f/1.8

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You could probably have left the LaserAutofocus hashtag off considering both of these also have that.

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Looks pretty good but will wait for a comparison to make a final judgment. I can't imagine it being better than my s6 edge plus but you never know... Anything is possible

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The problem I have with your statement is that you have to wait for a side by side comparison to know for sure if the cameras are good or not... Can't you just look at an image and say, "Hey, that's a pretty clear picture.", instead of zooming in on two photos from separate cameras at the same time to see the absolute minute differences? Because in real world, every day circumstances, those tiny details will go overlooked and people will just want to make sure that their memories are clearly recorded.

18. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Good isn't good enough anymore bud.. I want the best and if it's not better than my current phone it's not good enough so yes I need a side by side.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh, if that's your priority then cool. I simply have a different attitude than you on the matter. What do you do if your current phone has clearly better daytime images and the Nexus has clearly better low light images? Just curious if that were the scenario how you would react.

22. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

"What do you do if your current phone has clearly better daytime images and the Nexus has clearly better low light images?" Then it's 50/50, still not good enough though... So he'll still need a side-by-side comparison.

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