The Nexus series of smartphones so far have been plagued by the bug of poor camera performance. Other than the Galaxy Nexus at its time, most of the following Nexus smartphones have had sub-par cameras, including the Nexus 5, which thanks to consistent software updates at least was nearly usable after a few months of its launch. This time, Google has announced not one, but two new Nexus smartphones, you have the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, going on sale in the month of October.
What is also new this time is that Google is making no compromises when it comes to camera of the devices. Both the Nexus 5X and 6P have the same 12 MP sensor within them with 1.55 microns pixel size. Both the phones are capable of video recording in 4K, though the Nexus 6P can capture slo-mo videos in 240 FPS while the Nexus 5X will only be able to do so in 120 FPS. The folks at DxOMark put the pre-production unit of a Nexus 6P through paces and concluded that it is the second best camera smartphone in the world, behind the Galaxy S6 Edge.According to the report, the 6S produces great details in low light shots and the autofocus works well across. Details are crisp and the images have good saturation and expoure. The camera struggles when it comes to videos in low light and finer details are lost. While the results are not in for the 5X, given that the two phones have largely the same senors, the results should not be too different.
You can check out the entire report by DxOMark here. However, if you simply want to know the conclusions, then we are quoting them for your reference here, quickly, regarding the pros and cons of the photos:
Impressive detail preservation in low light conditions, by far the best tested to date.
Good detail preservation in outdoor conditions.
Accurate and fast autofocus in all conditions.
Good white balance and color rendering in outdoor conditions.
Flash: Good flash behavior with good detail preservation, white balance and color rendering.
Images are well exposed.
Visible irregularities in exposure, color, texture and noise due to HDR+ mode activation in low light conditions.
In high dynamic scenes, the highlights of the images are occasionally blown out.
When triggered, the shot is taken before the autofocus has converged.
It is absolutely clear from the description, that the Nexus 6P is the best camera phone that at least Google has produced in the Nexus line.