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Does The Nexus 5 and its 8 Megapixel OIS Camera Have What it Takes?

October 31, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Every time that Google release a new Nexus device, we’re always interested in what’s under the hood. Thanks to the fact that these devices will be updated long after most other devices on shelves, the chances of users living with their Nexus for almost two years is pretty high. So, understandably, buyers will want to make sure that this year’s Nexus is a good bet for them and that they’ll be spending their money well. For those looking for the complete specs of the Nexus 5 you can take a look here and you can also see how it compares to other Android flagships here.

No matter how great value for money the Nexus 5 is there have been a couple of key areas where previous Nexus devices have stumbled. Namely in their camera and battery performance. Last year’s Nexus 4 featured a 5-megapixel shooter and this year’s model comes with an 8-megapixel shooter. Already, you can see that the Nexus 5 is lagging behind the competition with a lower megapixel count. With the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3 and other all featuring a 13-megapixel camera. With Sony’s Xperia Z1 putting Google and LG to shame with a 20.7-megapixel sensor. However, resolution isn’t everything – after all you could have a 24-megapixel photo of a bad image. This year’s Nexus 5 features Optical Image Stabilization, or OIS for short. Essentially making for a faster camera experience, you won’t have to stand absolutely still to get a stable image, as the camera module will be doing most of the steadying work for you.

While the Nexus 5 camera isn’t going to wow you with anything too brilliant like the HTC’s “UltraPixel” technology, it should be perfectly adequate for everyday use and realistically, if you’re looking to take great shots, there’s a good chance that you have a camera in your bag. This time around though, the Nexus 5’s camera is, on the whole, a lot more capable than last year’s model. A small gyro and motor actuator moves the lens on the X and Y planes to capture the cleanest image possible, free of as much blur as possible. Not only that but, the 8-megapixel shooter is capable of taking HDR+ photos, which is essentially True HDR. Meaning the Nexus 5 now takes multiple photos at different exposures, rather than using algorithms after the photo has been taken.

When official camera samples start rolling in, we’ll all be able to make our judgments but, what looks good to one person might not look good to another. One thing’s for sure though, the Nexus 5 does have a very capable shooter inside.