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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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