The stills are fine, except for low-light situations, where the phone performed like your average smartphone camera, i.e. underwhelming. The video has snappy continuous autofocus and adjusts exposure very quickly when moving from outdoors to indoor scenery and vice versa. It is also rather smooth, with good contrast and colors, which a lot of users will find appealing.
Needless to say, we will need a final retail version before passing any judgment, but for now it seems that the 5MP shooter on the back of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus won't disappoint. At least not more than your usual smartphone camera, that is. Texas Instruments' OMAP family pride themselves in having some of the best digital signal processors around embedded in their system chips, and we hope that Samsung has managed to make the maximum out of it. One thing is for sure - Hong Kong seems to be one big construction site.