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Nexus 6P camera samples: The best Nexus camera out there?

by Brandon Russell | October 19, 2015October 19, 2015 3:00 pm PDT

Everyone wants to know: is the Nexus 6P’s camera really that good? Google talked a big game when the device was officially unveiled, and a recent test confirmed that, yes, the device’s camera is indeed one of the best out there. But outside of canned examples provided by Google, how do the images look out in the real world? We took the device out for a quick spin around the office to find out.

Note: The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X come 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 quick reminder, the specs for the Nexus 6P 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

So it doesn’t have the most megapixels, and the aperture isn’t the widest we’ve seen. But Google said it spent a lot of time perfecting the camera’s quality, creating a shooter that’s supposed to be miles ahead of any Nexus device that came before it.

Google said the Nexus 6P comes with larger 1.55 µm pixels, which are capable of absorbing more light in dim conditions. To test that out we went into a dark studio with only some office light coming in through the main door. We didn’t have a chance to take the Nexus 6P to a dark restaurant or anything like that (yet), but the example still gives us a small glimpse at low-light performance.

This is by no means a comprehensive look at what the Nexus 6P has to offer. Rather, it’s just a quick look at what the device is capable of after a quick jaunt around our office. We’re not here to make any judgement calls just yet. We’ll let you determine the quality.

We’ve resized and added watermarks to the images, but if you want to see the untouched versions, you can follow this link to 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...