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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

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.
  • yardie

    Impressive. Can’t wait to receive mine

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      aren’t you scared about the 810 in it

      • Sergio Arroyo


      • Jehan Kateli

        The OnePlus 2 hasn’t had any issues with the 810 at all.

  • Armand Bernard

    This just goes to show how amazing hummingbirds are. The photos are good too, but I’m a bit disappointed in the lack of a manual mode in the camera app. You can however get third party manual camera apps so it’s not the end of the world.

    • Andrew Alamilla

      +1 on the manual mode

      What I’d really like to see is if the camera app on the 6P has support for RAW capture

      • Gavin

        I don’t think so, since Google’s Camera app has always been very minimal, also lacking in the features department. We’ll have to depend on third party camera apps like @armandbernard:disqus says.

        • Meri

          Thats true yet keeping features phone is capable of using out of stock application is hard to udnerstand for me.
          Lets take my nexus6 atm, if I want to have a manual mode I have to open some other app (=9/10 times it is paid app) to set focus, shutter speed and such. If I have worse light condition, the best I can do is let HDR+ from stock camera do it’s magic.
          So I have to switch between apps >constantly< which is annoying and plain dumb.
          Just imagine having manual focus AND HDR+, now that'd be awesome, but noohooo, why would google do that…

        • Armand Bernard

          It’s a shame, but you’re most likely right. It would be nice if they had a hidden setting somewhere to turn on manual or go for an LG approach which is to have a manual mode that doesn’t take up much space.
          I might have to wait for the LG v10 or G5 to get myself a fingerprint scanner and a great manual camera. (currently on G3).

    • Android Developer

      I’ve noticed that it took some time for the hummingbird to stop moving its wings, as if it was on automatic mode…

  • this is coming on camera 3.0 for the Nexus 6, right??? wonder how many FPS’ it will be able to handle.

    • dafuq

      like 240 or so

      • cannot wait for the APK to hit. If everyone has the APK teardown, why hasnt the APK hit the net yet??? I seriously do not know, and mean that with no sarcasm.

      • Josh Flowers

        I think 240 is normally a 720p recording characteristic for Slow-Motion, too. FWIW.

  • sergejsbabikovs

    Man, these photos are TERRIBLE when enlarged

    • Armand Bernard

      They’re probably downscaled.

      • sergejsbabikovs

        Stop comforting yourself. Just stop.. These are indeed terrible photos with low dynamic range, uneven sharpening algorithm, low microcontrast, extremely visible noise even at ISO 317, with washed out colors. Look at them! Nexus 5 is able to output cleaner images than this.

        • truth_cutz

          It’s a phone dude!! if you want high dynamic range, and better contrast with cleaner performance, stop whining and get yourself a real camera!

        • seancaldwell

          I have a Samsung S6 and have thought it has been one of the best cameras available. The pictures Romain posted from the 6p look quite nice to me; comparable to the S6. Appears the Nexus 5x/6p camera has come a long way. Excited to get my 5X.

          • sergejsbabikovs

            Are you SERIOUS? S6 beats the living shit out of N6P in low light. Look at 100% crop of DAYLIGHT images. Look at the plants there, the books. Comparable to s6? It is not even comparable to N5. And I own Nexus 5.

          • seancaldwell

            Yes, SERIOUS. In my fam we have the S6, G3, 6S, the original Nexus 5, and some high end Canon DSLR’s and L lenses. And to my trained eyes, the outdoor and indoor pictures he posted looked pretty good for a camera phone. I didn’t crop and go pixel peeping as you may have. You may have better eyes. Yet, to say the Nexus 6p/5x pictures are “not even comparable to the N5” seems a bit off.

            Most reviewers said the original N5 didn’t have a particularly solid camera, certainly not in the range of any of the other phones mentioned above. When more detailed reviews arrive of the new Nexus, let’s see how the reviews go. If any reputable site says “the original Nexus 5 provided a better camera than the new Nexus 6p/5x,” I’ll buy you a coffee.

          • sergejsbabikovs

            Make that a caramel latte machiatto with soy milk and a drop of almond syrup!

          • Filly Jnr

            Dude Nexus 5 had a reputably bad camera and this is the number 3 camera behind galaxy s6/note 5 and xperia z5 according to DXOmark which is sorta the go to thing for this f you didnt know.
            Which it appears you dont

        • lenientwhale

          Right? What does DXOmark’s rigorous and comprehensive testing procedure That ranked the 6P among the best Android cameras mean, anyway? I say to hell with “facts” and “substantiation”, it’s oddly irritated people on blog comments we should be listening to!

    • wrkerr

      These are resized for the blog. You can view the full resolution photos on Romain’s G+ page.

  • Jeremy Tsuei

    That hummingbird looks like he came straight out of Birdemic…

  • Roby

    I’m honestly impressed o:
    I still find it useless though. Haven’t used slow motion capture even once since I got my latest phone about a year ago.

  • Harvie Galenzoga Boles

    Hmmm we need the original file since Youtube only supports 60fps :D

    • TheDude

      Not sure if joking or serious….

    • Kamina

      240 fps played at 30 fps allows for 8x slow motion without stuttering. Thats what the video means to show.

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  • Carsten Frank

    I hope for nexus6 will soport slow motion although . the 805 supports I think 120fps ….

  • dugzino

    Quality’s bad. White dots everywhere…

    • Chirag Kalra

      White dots? You seem to have color blindness, bro!

  • KeyserSoze

    I can definitely use this 240fps slomo cam to study my awesome golf swing! Does Note4 or 5 do 240fps slomo at 720p?

    • Daggett Beaver

      I don’t think so. The Note 5 can only charge wirelessly and make payments at any magnetic strip reader, things which people almost never do. It can’t do stuff everyone does daily, like take slo-mo pictures of hummingbirds. Or maybe it can, I don’t know.

      • KeyserSoze

        Do you KNOW this for sure or are you just talking out yer ass?

        • Daggett Beaver

          Can you read? I said I don’t know. Googling it seems to indicate it does 120 fps at HD or 4k. It’s a shame, too, since it’s a feature everyone will use daily, if not multiple times a day, unlike those useless gimmicks wireless charging, fast wireless charging, and MST payments on any magnetic strip reader.

          • KeyserSoze

            Stick to the point, we’re talking about slomo vids, don’t really care about your personal problems with wireless charging or whatever the fuq else.

          • Daggett Beaver

            You’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you?

          • Filly Jnr

            Chill out man he was just asking a question

          • John Mortimer

            I think you find he was trying to say he uses the thing he listed as gimmicks as a joke, as the slow speed thing is a gimmick and will not be used in a big way unlike wireless charging and so on

          • lenientwhale

            Take it down a notch pal, you’re trying way too hard.

    • Sherpa

      My Note 4 does not have Slow Motion video; however, I can increase/decrease the speed of videos.

      • xtriker360

        Are you are sure? Because my note 4 does slow mo videos, just not in HD.

        • Sherpa

          I will check again.

      • David

        Are you sure? My Note II has slow motion video… I only used it twice, though, since getting the phone…

        • Sherpa

          Hmm, I will check again.

  • xtriker360

    This or the note 5? What would you choose?

    • Chirag Kalra

      Nexus 6P. A guy says this who was a BIG FAN of Note series. I have Note 2 and still Note series is awesome but I kinda hate that samsung is too late on updates. Also, I am not so big fan of TW. Whereas price wise Nexus 6P is cheap and specs are Top Notch.

      • xtriker360

        I fell you, I’m a big fan of the notes series too, right now I have a note 4. I’m not sure if the p6 is any better than my note 4? I’m a little disappointed of the note 5.

        • lenientwhale

          Better in terms of what? Everyone has their own priorities. The note 4 camera is great, the screen is superb, the build is nice, battery life is great (and replaceable) and you have expandable storage as well as the S-Pen which is indispensable to some. The real big advantage of the 6P is it has stock Android with timely updates. So it really depends what you’re looking for.

      • Lorne

        Fully agree. I’ve had note 3 and 4 and am a big fan. However the prices are insane now and when they lost the SD card and removable batt, why is it any better than the competition? Still rocking 5.0 and bloat. 6p 128gb ordered since note 5 64gb isn’t enough.

    • DSORBgoggles

      Nexus 6P… a no brainer really. Pure Android. Fast updates. Camera is comparable to the Note 5, and most of all, NO TOUCHWIZ or bloat. Plus if you want it, the 6P will work on Google’s project fi.

      • xtriker360

        And what if you already have a note 4, will you change it for a p6?

        • Jonathan King

          no, not worth the price to feature differences

        • DSORBgoggles

          Would not every buy a Samsung device. This is for one reason. TOUCHWIZ…it slows the phone down and is completely unnecessary.

    • Daggett Beaver

      Note 5, unless you plan on taking slow-mo videos of hummingbirds every day.

      • KeyserSoze

        “Note 5, unless you plan on taking slow-mo videos of hummingbirds every day.”

        You gonna keep re-posting the same shit over and over hoping someone will agree with you is that the deal? You must be on a mission to be the world’s biggest asshole. Mission accomplished.

        • Daggett Beaver

          Wow, butthurt much?

          • KeyserSoze

            Only faggy little teen boys say “butthurt”, hahahaha!

    • Arman

      They are both great i was struggling on the same thing, its about what you want in a phone. Guess I would choose Note 5 just because Samsung pay is better than Google pay at the moment, also maybe because the camera has OIS and has proven to be the best camera. Also Note 5 will get Android M soon too.. But you have to keep in mind Note 5 is around $200 more as well.

    • Beem Keeratithananun

      6P will give you very good experience I’m sure. Note 5 still has terrible RAM management issue. It has like 4 GB of RAM, but it keeps killing app when you have only just a few open. Samsung still keeps their terrible software in their current phone generation.

      • Daggett Beaver

        It doesn’t kill apps. Learn how Android works. If it killed the app, you’d lose any progress (such as the comment you were typing), and that doesn’t happen.

        • Beem Keeratithananun

          kill or not kill. It doesn’t give a good user experience.

          • Filly Jnr

            And he doesnt reply to you haha
            Get the 6p it will manage your ram correctly
            plus front facing speakers, bigger battery, stock, timely updates, (days not months) and its cheaper
            Its really a no brainer

  • Daggett Beaver

    There’s a poll on Google+ that asks what feature would you be most likely to use daily or multiple times a day. The choices:

    * Take slow-motion videos of hummingbirds
    * Wireless charging
    * MST Pay (usable on any swipe-to-pay terminal).

    As of right now….

    77% said wireless charging
    6% said MST pay
    16% said they plan to make slow-motion videos of hummingbirds daily

    Which only goes to prove that at least 16% of Google+ users are Nexus fanboys.

  • Deep Impact

    excited for the giveaways for those that i will never win looooool

  • Googles

    Glad to know that it beats my m7’s low light performance even with the pink tint =)

  • Linh

    Shit….photo of nice well lit stationary objects…any phone can do it.

    Can someone try to take a picture of a little three yrs old running around….not sitting still….and picture come out not blurry?

  • Breathe_Easy

    Will the slow motion video be brought to the Nexus 6 via an update?

    • Arman

      Not unless you get a new camera OTA :P Don’t think the camera on Nexus 6 supports that..

  • gbro77

    What I want to know is about the video editing : will there be a feature to edit slow motion-videos like on iphone/s6/xperia , where you can edit part of the video as slow motion. Like action ease into slow motion, ease out into action again ?

  • Chase Masters

    Love my Nexus 6P. A complete, carrier independent, phone!