An alleged Nexus 5 log file made the rounds recently, revealing some of the specifications of the upcoming smartphone. Now, MyCe and AndroidWorld, the two sites that originally leaked the file, found a possible reference to the Nexus 5’s camera.
Scouring through the log file, the two sites found what they believe to be the code number of the camera module on the new Nexus: IMX179. Some quick research lead the two sites to an 8MP camera module equipped with a MEMS (microelectromechanical system) actuator manufactured by DigitalOptics (DO), a San Jose-based company specializing in imaging systems for smartphones. MyCe and AndroidWorld then connected the dots and concluded that the Nexus 5 will feature an 8MP mems|cam from DigitalOptics.
If this supposition would be accurate, it would be a huge deal – MEMS actuators are faster, longer lasting, more compact, and more precise that the conventional voice coil motors (VCM) actuators in most cameras. MEMS technology also enables some interesting applications, such as taking multiple images of the subject at different focus zones and combining them into one image, allowing the user to select the preferred focus level. Here’s a demo video of the tech, courtesy of Engadget.
However, we find it unlikely that the Nexus 5 would feature a MEMS camera from DigitalOptics, for several reasons:
We can’t rule out this report as 100 percent incorrect, but for now, we think it’s just a case of wishful thinking.
Update: here are a few samples taken with the Meizu MX3, which features a Sony IMX179 sensor.
Remember that the camera module may be different on the Nexus.