Quick camera showdown: Google Nexus 5 versus Apple iPhone 5s

Quick camera showdown: Google Nexus 5 versus Apple iPhone 5s
Oh boy! There are probably lots of people waiting patiently for their Nexus 5 smartphones to arrive at the footsteps of their homes. Needless to say, everyone is itching to get their hands on the latest Nexus smartphone, which yet again, stands out for its immaculate outright price point of $350 for the base model.

As with most things, most people are curious about how its 8-megapixel camera performs, especially when it’s following after some spectacular handsets that have shown their prowess. Certainly, we can go into detail regarding the delicious set of hardware in tow with its camera, like its OIS module and f2.5 aperture lens, but we’re just going to jump straight to the point.

Below, we’ve taken a few samples from the Google Nexus 5, and its highly esteemed rival in the Apple iPhone 5s. What do you folks think about it?

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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(17h talk time)
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the flower color is overblown by the iPhone... In my opinion the Nexus showed better results overall.

3. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yes it did. I'm so happy. Finally Google gets it right! Thanks PA. Can't wait till Wednesday to get mine

8. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Are you people blind? You do know that you have to actually zoom and compare the pictures side by side and if you do that you will notice that iphone 5s has more detail and better in door pictures. You can´t compare the colours on these pictures because we do not know the true colour of the scene, so we cannot judge it. Maybe if you could take a professional camera with you next time you are doing these shootouts, phonearena :)?

17. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

No you sir are being an izombie. you are looking at the oversaturation and the autobrightening of the iphone and saying it is better quality. You are giving into what teenage girls like. the Autobrighten feature shows less skin imperfections while the over saturation blends their makeup together. It gives a false sense of beauty. While the nexus actually shows the imperfections that exist in everyday life. the very first image of the flower shows this perfectly. the nexus shows imperfections while the iphone shows nothing but a perfectly pink flower. It looks bright and full of color when in reality the flower is not even close to being that color. Compare the two pictures and you will see the nexus takes a picture with its original beauty being displayed. thus making the nexus a much better camera

33. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Wrong. And calling people an iAnything shows just what a loser you are. Only people who need to put others down to look good or to feel smart do that. Welcome back to reality. You're a loser.

38. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Hes not putting anybody down lmfao, The iphone sucks.

41. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Dear god, seriously? Does thread that involves both android and iOS devices have to turn into an all out brawl? Was was the point in this comment. No, the person you replied to wasn't correct in his statement, but you are by far just as bad. Dang, so much for rational civilized human beings on the comment sections.

47. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Hmmmmm. "what a loser you are" "Only people who need to put others down to look good or to feel smart do that"

54. techfirst101

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

haha you say what you say about name calling... and then call him a name.

60. BobbyWright

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Lol, get over yourself lame ass.

61. smartass

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Always fascinating to see how biased almost every post is, and the extremely impolite tone. I've tried the iphone 5s camera but not the nexus, although I've tried the LG G2. The iphone 5s camera has a software that produces warmer tones but also a flash (hardware) that in some situations also produce warmer tones. It also has the largest pixels of all but the HTC one and that also make's the pictures brighter, not by fault but quite opposite, the other phone have a hard time letting enough light in. I for one have never liked the cold tones produced by the galaxy S4 and LG G2 and by the looks of it the nexus is somewhere near them as well. It may look crisp in some situations but more often just cold and stale. White's are bluish and you fell like you're in a hospital and people with light skin complexion look like they're dead. And compared to the galaxy S4 the iphone 5s is blasing fast. the galaxy takes a whole second tho snap a photo. To often that's to long and the moment is gone. again, I haven't tried the nexus so, maybe it's faster and better than the others android phones. It's certainly cheaper. But calling the one's colors false and the other's true is just hilarius, unless you took the photos's yourself and compared on site with a calibrated monitor there's no way of telling. therefore it's down to personal taste. I would like an HTC one with the iphone 5s camera and the "off screen" buttons of the S4 and a snapdragon 800. THAT'S a phone I would buy.

62. dskbfoeva

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Sorry, but you are wrong. In this video, it proves that the Nexus 5 Camera is indeed superior (even though they are the same exact camera.......): youtube.com/watch?v=Qp6clWG-b5c

35. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

No it didn't.

4. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I agree. Impressive work LG and Google.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

NEXUS produce best result here.all thanks to LG And check out this video, you will come to know how bad is 5S camera (Must watch).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXddteoA-Ms&feature=youtube_gdata_player

34. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Lol! Put your meat away. Nice try. You can take a bad picture with an $8000 camera. The nexus loses. But nice try. Maybe the nexus 6 will do better.

56. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Well tried iFAN.... How difficult is it to accept the truth???? Let me tell you how to accept truth. (From Android User/Fan)-- iPhone 5S is faster than Nexus 5 juz a split second (0.05 secs or so). iPhone camera is awesome. Nexus camera is equally great and improved a lot(remember the price of Nexus-$349) Nexus had bigger & higher resolution screen. iOS is boring. iOS7 has lot of bugs. Android is more productive. Safari is better browser than Chrome. Android beats any other OS in multitasking. Android has better customization and is user-friendly. iOS is user friendly but there are so many restrictions. I like iOS. I love Andoroid.. Now, the above written are facts. Android fans acknowledge & accept it. Why dont you try the same????

18. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

The iPhone tended to show more yellowish colours. The Nexus 5 IMO is better too, as the colours are more natural. Low light is also better with the Nexus 5, it showed less noise in Sample 9.

32. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

You saw what you wanted to see. Sorry.

2. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

$349 v/s $699

5. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

U mean $349 v/s $649

6. Beaustir45

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

haha, well said, big difference

20. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

hold up im looking at our price grid right here and it says $750 for the iphone 5s....

22. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

If you get the 32 GB version... but then it would be $399/$749

57. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Thats better comparision coz most people would prefer 32GB over 16/64... So the price is Almost Double. Which is better? Nexus...

26. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Why people need iphone ????? Just fashion ! The Nexus camera is the same (sometimes superior), and Android is much much better and ... free ! Good job Google !

27. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Can´t wait Sammy with OIS !!!!

36. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

What an ignorant comment. Thanks. Now we know who has absolutely nothing to say.

50. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

& why people want lagdroid phone?

58. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

why people want iBUG phone???

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