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

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:44

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...

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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:52 2

30. desniper9 (Posts: 38; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Here in Australia there is a much bigger gap
16 gb {N5 399/I5s 869/I5c 739}
32 gb {N5 449/I5s 999/I5c 869}

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 21:00

46. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

349€ vs 729€ ;-)

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:27

59. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

In India,
16GB-iPhone 5S= Rs.53,500/-
16GB-Nexus 5= Rs.28,999/-

32GB-iPhone 5S= Rs.62,500/-
32GB-Nexus 5= Rs.32,999/-

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:04 6

7. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

the nexus 5 seems more natural while the 5s looks yellowish, they both seem equally sharp though

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:13 2

10. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Hmm... Tough call, most of the samples looked almost identical. But from other photo comparisons between them it shows Nexus 5 as a clear winner.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:07 2

42. 14545 (Posts: 1668; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I would like to see some DSLR photos to compare, but from what I see above, N5>>>>>>>>>>>>>iP5s in the camera department. Especially with that horrendous flower photo.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:14

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 24346; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Spot on even.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:22

12. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

Both pics came out good, but still prefer kitkat phone:)
Second pic is overblown (iPhone)

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:25 11

13. Qbancelli (Posts: 75; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)

Bottom line is, the Nexus 5 camera DOES NOT suk!

Thats a win in my book.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:15

44. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)

Good call. That is what held me back from the N4 (and it's fragile hull).

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:51

55. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

This. The sensor seems to be superb for a 8MP shooter while the driver and camera SW needs some work cause some shots are great, others are off-focus and bad color'd.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:26

14. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

They look pretty even, though I thought the Nexus won the Flower and Bicycle pic. The iPhone 5S won the rest. Plus it's tough to judge because they aren't taken at the same "exact" angle from the same "exact" distance.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:19

29. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

More has to do with how wide the viewing angle is with each phone

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:36 1

15. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

nexus 5 wins imo

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 21:13

48. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Which is insane because the iPhone 5S camera is astonishingly good for a phone camera. This makes me happy. Good work Google.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:44

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Besides the house pic and the stack of games pic the Nexus wins but only barely. In those two pics the iPhone 5 destroys the Nexus.

That said I don't give a crap about the camera.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:00

19. cse.vicky (unregistered)

Good :) Why a lot of comparisons :(

I just need my Nexus 5 to take good photos :) , Anyways I will always go for a Nexus [ considering the other perks] Hence does not matter if its better or worse than some in the market. It just needs to take good photos.

With the Nexus 5 samples only, I believe it captures nicely :)

I am getting mine tomorrow !

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:16

21. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

In low light condition (bike) and flower Nexus 5 seemed better. Other photos, iphone 5s. I'm no photographer, just noob opinion.

Funny is, that reading its review on The Verge is like asking to Cook how's the new Nexus...5 to Camera :)

Btw, first impression is good, dunno if there were issues or shutter lag with photos?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:24

23. Fuego84 (Posts: 352; Member since: 13 May 2012)

This camera test is a joke there were different angles and zoom distances and that makes the image change the light and color intensity. The only thing I can say that I would think is fair to conclude is that the iPhone 5s camera is very inconsistent with its color intensities, the flower for example looks Totally over saturated while the green leaves in the same shot look dull while on the Nexus 5 the whole shot is vibrant, the flower plus the leaves.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:26 1

24. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

The only thing I hated about the Nexus 4 was the camera. It looks like Google [and LG] got the camera right this time.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:28 3

25. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

I think the great thing here is that we finally have a nexus phone with a great camera. It matched the s4 and beat in certain cases and is close to the iPhone 5s and beat in some pics as well! All this for a great price if you are in a Google play store area that is!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:02

28. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

100% agree with you! It´s not about if it has a BETTER camera than the iphone 5S. The thing is if you can ever start a discussion of which one is better (and from those pictores it´s hard to tell for me) then the camera is already quite good. Good enough for me for sure.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:52

31. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)

The colors produced by the Nexus 5 seem a little off at times in the few camera comparisons I've seen

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 21:14

49. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

The Nexus 5 camera shots have been all over the freaking place. I'm guessing this is an amazing camera with kinda crappy software. Just have to download one of the many excellent camera apps out there. It was a similar issue with the Nexus 4. Google just doesn't put the resources towards the camera app. Fortunately, it doesn't matter because of all the great options in the play store.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:24 1

37. ejkk81 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

good enough quality camera with NEXUS device.
good enough for everyday use for average Joe!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 19:11

39. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I would definitely say that the Nexus outperformed (or put out performance equal to) the iPhone.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:01

40. Izoe (Posts: 141; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)

Think both cameras are about even, the Lg seems to do better in low light (picture 9). Played with the LG today, shows a plastic doesn't necessarily mean cheap feeling. Weird how this phones costs way less than an s4 but still manages to feel more premium. Pretty quick phone, fore a moment I forgot I was using an android phone. Yes, didn't spot any lag. Think my iphone 5 can take a back seat now.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:12

43. 14545 (Posts: 1668; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Phonearena, from now on please do these as a poll with the inclusion of a professional pic as a reference. This way all the fantards will vote and see if their "side" is really as good as they thought it was.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:52

45. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Never thought I would see the day that a Nexus camera beats the iPhone. Great job LG and Google. The iPhone's camera is no slouch by any means, but the Nexus 5 took this one.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 01:01

51. dis1111 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)

nexus 5 is better

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