September 30, 2015
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nexus 6p first look aa (12 of 23)

The new Nexuses check a lot of the right marks, including an attractive design, a fast fingerprint sensor, and a friendly price tag (well, not so much in Europe or India). But the feature that’s got us really excited is the camera shared between the Nexus 5X and 6P, featuring a 12.3 MP sensor with large 1.55-micron pixels and laser-assisted autofocus.

We already knew that the Nexus 6P camera does a great job in real world testing, thanks to the experts at DxOMark, who ranked the Huawei-made smartphone on the second place in their top of the best smartphone cameras. DxOMark praised the “impressive detail preservation in low light conditions,” calling the Nexus 6P the best device it ever tested in this regard.

But how about some real samples of the Nexus 6P in action? Googlers to the rescue.

Former Android engineer Romain Guy, who is currently working on a different, undisclosed project at Google, shared a gallery of shots he took with the Nexus 6P.

Romain is a skilled and gifted photographer and these images have been post-processed to a degree, but the quality of the Nexus 6P camera definitely shines through. Some of the low light shots do show some graininess, but the scenes are never smudgy or blurry. Plus, Romain explained in this Reddit thread that he boosted the brightness of some of the shots in the phone’s photo editor, which caused some of the noise.

Asked about his overall impression of the Nexus 6P, Romain Guy said it’s “a camera that makes me want to go out and take pictures.” Sure, he’s not exactly a neutral source, but looking at Romain’s amazing photography portfolio, his endorsement is very encouraging.

Next up, the head of Android engineering, Dave Burke (who introduced the Nexus 5X and 6P on stage yesterday), shared a video of a mid-flight hummingbird shot in slow motion at 240 frames per second. This video (even if it’s filmed in ideal conditions) is really an incredible achievement and a testament to the advances of technology that we rarely remember to acknowledge.

And here’s a GIF if you can’t play the video (via Clien.net):

hummingbird gif

Thoughts on these samples? Are you excited for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X?

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
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