If there’s one thing Google seems to be focusing more on recently, it’s photos. From the changes to the Google Photos app to snatching up Snapseed quite some time ago, Google is making a bigger show of pictures than before. This begins to culminate now with the official announcement of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X from Google, which come equipped with a 12.3MP sensor on the back and an 8MP camera on the front (5MP camera on the LG Nexus 5X). Sure, the rear camera is slightly less MP than last year’s Nexus 6, but the difference lies in the sensor used this time around which also sports the 1.55 micron pixels and a wider aperture for taking better photos in lower light situations. Google isn’t just serious about helping you make the most out of your photos once they’ve been taken, it seems they’re finally getting serious about smartphone photography from the moment before you even snap the picture.
The rear camera is also accompanied by a dual LED flash and laser autofocus (no OIS though) to help make pictures brighter when they need to be and to help with the faster focus on subjects. Aside from the hardware side of things, Google’s new camera app is paired with the camera on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X to provide some features which sound like they’ll be able to bring the A-Game to picture taking with a device nearly everyone has in their pockets. Functions like slow-motion video are setting the stage for a feature users have been asking for. Using this function users will be able to slow their videos down by up to five times after recording videos at 120 fps on the nexus 5X and 240 fps on the Nexus 6P, something which has never been possible on a Nexus camera.
Specifically with the Nexus 6P, Google and Huawei are also introducing a feature called Smart Burst, which will bring the capability for 30fps second shooting simply by pressing and holding the camera’s shutter button. Smart Burst will also analyze and pinpoint the best photo of the bunch just in case users aren’t confident in their own abilities to pick the best shot which takes a little bit of the work out of grabbing the nicest pictures. If this is something users are wanting, they’ll need to spring for the Nexus 6P at a higher price, but it could be worth it. The good news for fans of the HDR settings is that both the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P will offer the HDR+ functionality as this will be part of the new Google Camera app in Marshmallow. With HDR+, users will be able to focus on taking pictures and let the app figure out the best time to turn on HDR shooting.