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Nexus 5X camera samples: An old friend gets a major upgrade

by Brandon Russell | October 19, 2015October 19, 2015 5:30 pm PDT

It’s no secret how much we enjoyed the Nexus 5, and it seemed to only get better with age. But the one area where it fell short was the camera. A phone’s camera has quickly become one of the most important features, which is why Google said it spent so much time getting the sensor right in the Nexus 5X, which is the spiritual successor to Google’s best Nexus phone to date.

For the price ($379), you can’t really argue the value Google is offering the with the Nexus 5X. You get good specs, a terrific build, the latest version of Android, and some cool technology that future proofs the phone. But if its camera is bad, it won’t really matter how good the phone is. The device’s 12.3-megapixel sensor, which has 1.5 µm pixels and an f/2.0 aperture, aims to ensure users get the best possible experience.

Note: The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X comes with the same sensors, apertures, and IR laser autofocus. That said, we thought we’d break it up into two separate posts so you know how they stand on their own rather then lumping them together.

As a reminder, the specs for the Nexus 5X camera are below:

  • 12.3 MP
  • 1.55 µm pixels
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • IR Laser assisted autofocus
  • 4K (30 fps) video capture
  • Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash

People might scoff at the small megapixel count, or the relatively large aperture size. But Google says it engineered the Nexus 5X’s camera to produce the best possible results, whether it’s shooting pictures in a dark restaurant or at the beach.

We’re not here to scrutinize the images or analyze where it excels or where it falls short. Instead, we just wanted to show you some quick examples of what the Nexus 5X camera can do. If you want to compare them to the Nexus 6P, you can check out that post here.

We had to resize and watermark the images before publishing, but if you want to peep the untouched versions, you can see those over here on imgur.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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