The new Nexus 6P already rated as the second-best mobile phone camera


The new Nexus 6P, as well as the smaller 5X, come with a unique 12.3 MP Sony camera sensor, whose main virtue are the huge 1.55 micron pixels, collecting up to much more light than usual on smartphones. Google said that this imaging sensor was designed for compact point-and-shoots or camcorders, and is "unprecedented" in a mobile phone, and indeed we cam across an IMX377 sensor on Sony's website, under the compact cam section - it's a 1/2.3" unit that is 12.3 MP with 1.55 micron square pixels, so that might be the one they were referring to.

Along with the new camera software found in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, this largish sensor should finally usher the Nexus line at the top of mobile photography. In fact, the pro camera testers from DxOMark have gotten their hands on a preview Nexus 6P unit, and immediately posted the results of their thorough camera testing methodology. One of the conclusions really warms out hearts: "Impressive detail preservation in low light conditions, by far the best tested to date." That big hump housing the camera on the back isn't for naught, it seems.

In fact, if the DxOMark rankings are referred, the Nexus 6P comes with the second-best mobile phone camera they've ever tested, giving way only to the Galaxy S6, which is not a bad result at all, given the lack of an OIS module on the new Nexus phones. We can't wait to get an actual review unit, and put it through its paces, as DxO haven't yet tested new phones like the iPhone 6s, or the Xperia Z5, which could give the new Nexus camera a run for its money, too.


source: DxOMark

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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)

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40 Comments

1. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Impressive! Can't wait to pick one up!

15. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

same here! more I am reading about 6p, more I am getting inclined to purchase one. But I have to wait for full reviews first as my old habit, although my heart is dying to immediately get one. Old habits die hard

28. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

there need to be blind camera comparisons between Nokia 1020, galaxy note 4, galaxy S6, galaxy note 5, LG G4, Motorola X style, Sony z5 premium and Nexus 6p. ..man this would be interesting ...and finally finding out the real king of mobile photography. ( Note: no iPhone on my list coz already imo they are not among the top dogs). ^_^

38. TerryTerius unregistered

At this point, it isn't really possible to say there is a clear best smartphone camera. In different situations, some Phones take better pictures than others. Look at The Verge shoot-out between the g4, note 5, and iPhone 6s and that becomes blatantly obvious. It's almost entirely situational at this point, & I don't think there is going to be a camera that is flatout superior unless we have another substantial leap in mobile photography. Of course, you have the Panasonic Lumix cm-1, & a potential successor to the Lumia 1020. That's a different beast altogether.

2. 10aera

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Too quick for a review, but at least it gives hope regarding the camera and the possibilities in low-light conditions. Hope the results can be trusted and we are trully in the presence of a true flagship in the imaging department.

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

sorry but Sony Z3 was ranking high as well and we all know how lame its camera is... so i'll wait to see final results but without OIS i doubt it's better than my G4 at night

7. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

OIS has little to do with low light performance, rather, it makes sure you don't end up taking shaky photos or videos by suspending the camera on a series of self centering "springs" which center the camera unit when the phone is shaking

13. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

OIS has a lot to do with low light performance. When you are in a low light situation, the camera has to use A) a longer exposure, which means more opportunity for the camera to shake B) a higher ISO, which hurts detail or C) a combination thereof. A stabilized sensor will allow you to increase the exposure time without causing blur from your hands shaking, which in turn would allow the camera to use a lower ISO, which in the end means a cleaner image that preserves more detail.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

While I agree with you that OIS does have a bearing on low light photos, the premise here is that with the larger micron pixels, that allow more light to be captured, the shutter time could be reduced. That's the theory anyway.

18. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Maybe you should first understand how a camera actually works, don't you think? Penny's explanation is right on.

25. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Kind of....it's still not going to stop motion blur though. So lowering the shutter speed and ISO if your photographing a moving subject. You'll just end up with a blur picture. I'd rather have a larger sensor with better low light then a smaller sensor with ois. Not to mention the benefits of the probably increase in dynamic range and highlight recovery in the larger sensor.

39. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Absolutely. Everything you can do to improve the light-gathering capabilities of a camera is what you want to do technologically. A camera is all about capturing that light... And the benefits of a larger sensor do outweigh OIS in my opinion. But again, we are talking about phones with limited space and pretty terrible ergonomics when it comes to photography, so OIS at this stage in the game makes sense, and hopefully we eventually trend toward larger sensors as well.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

you are Lame. My Z1 using older sensor take better picture than the S6. Its the built in camera app thats the fault lie on just put it on manual ( manual on sony device feel like automatic on others device and you can still put all options in automatic one by one but you can also use the full resolution instead of a crappy 8 mpix ) As for your G4 i know its pretty hard to beat i love thats phone. Bigger pixel do improve low light.

17. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

You are literally the definitely of stupid... The Z1 camera doesn't even come close the the S6s camera... In fact the Z3+ does not have as good of a camera when comparing images taken with multiple different camera apps... The Z3+ doesn't even have RAW support. Like shut up you don't know what you're talking about... The IMX240 is better than the IMX230 in the Z3+ and Samsung Optics are clearly better. Stupid fanboy

32. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

According to that website the z3+ is in fact very close to the s6. It's the 4th best (tied) camera. It's on par with the iPhone 6. Got a score of 82 vs 86 for the Galaxy s6. The z1 scores just below the s5 and above s4. It's not too bad either but a bit below the s6 scoring a 76.

14. p51d007

Posts: 703; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

OIS is a crutch. An out for poor skills using a camera, ANY camera. I have OIS on my dSLR, and, unless I'm shooting speeds slower than 1/30th of a second, I don't even bother using it. Just hold the camera still. Oh wait...people take "selfie" photos (I don't understand the narcissistic need for self shots, but, in this me me me world...not surprised)

24. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

OIS is much more important on a phone than a dSLR in my opinion. Phone is much lighter and much less ergonomic, so it is very prone to hand shake. A dSLR is easier to stabilize in the hand. In any case, it is a cool piece of technology that I don't see being a negative in any situation I can think of. And you don't have to worry about that selfie cam -- the OIS is only on the rear cameras. If you want to talk about real crutches, we should talk about something like digital cameras versus film cameras. Digital allows you to take unlimited shots to get the perfect exposure and framing, unlike film cameras back in the day where you had to be more calculated with each shot. You are shooting digital, right?

4. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Same scoore as the LG G4 so both are second place. Very interesting indeed. Its like an improved ultra pixel from HTC :)

6. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

If android 6.0's new software is taken into account, does that mean other cameras might close the gap once they get 6.0? While more megapixels doesn't necessarily mean better photos, I am ever so slightly concerned about the relatively small count; 12.3 really is an odd number, far less than just about everyone outside of Cupertino

20. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

12.30mp is not small. Infact it is a very good mega pixel count for keeping the file size small and bigger pixel size make up for the light and detail. More pixels like in 16mp and 21mp creates insanely bigger jpeg file size which eats up precious data plan and make it difficult to email many pictures at a time. Faceboot and any app down size the pic anyway while uploading so you loose detail anyway. Smaller mega pixel count than 12.30mp, like on ip6 & 6plus is also not good for taking pictures from distance bcoz it is not able to preserve good amount of detail properly. Lesser pixel count than 12mp is only good in Pureview technology. Like 2mp and 5mp shots of pureview gives equal detail of 16mp and 21mp bcoz of super pixels(very big size pixels). I wonder why google has excluded OIS? the reason they have given doesnt make much sense to me

26. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The Newly announced Panasonic fz300 has a 12.1 mp sensor. And this is a high end point and shoot.

11. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

they new iPhone didnt make it, so ya, its only samsung, sony and nexus territory now

31. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

They didn't review the new iPhone cameras yet, not they "didn't make it." They also haven't reviewd the Z5's camera yet either.

44. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

From the youtube reviewers, the s6 and G4 is still better than the new iPhones.

16. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

Ha yeah, when DxOMark means something call me back...

22. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

DxOMark means a thorough test of camera's capability. Now come back plz

43. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

yeah, like when they said the iPhone 5 had a better camera than the Lumia 1020 for crying out loud...

19. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So They Rated The G4's Photo 86 And Video 79 Same As The Nexus 6P But The G4 Scores One Less Point In Overall, That's Stupid How Does That Even Makes Since. http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/LG-G4-Mobile-review-A-new-contender-in-the-top-3

23. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I loved it until I realized the FRONT camera (which is the one that 99% of the population uses the most) has an f2.4 aperture, which obviously sucks. Even though I love the price and the battery size, I'm probably gonna get the Note 5.

27. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I think if the camera had OIS it would have come out #1. I do think the should have added ois. But if the lens is really sharp. It's a good trade off.

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