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Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S camera comparison (video)

A Nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S camera comparison shows that Google's new flagship smartphone can hold its own against Apple's best iPhone.
November 5, 2013

A video comparing the cameras of the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5S has been posted on YouTube, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each device.

The iPhone 5S is one of the main handsets the Nexus 5 will be compared with, so it’s expected to see such comparisons in the wild. Who’s got the better camera combo? Some will say the iPhone 5S while some will say that the Nexus 5, however the video above (from SuperSaf TV) will show you that there isn’t a clear winner.


Looking solely at the hardware, we’ll remind you that the Nexus 5 has an 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), LED flash and Full HD video recording, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera with Full HD video recording.

The iPhone 5S has similar cameras, an 8-megapixel camera with auto image stabilization, backside illumination sensor, dual-LED “True Tone” flash and Full HD video recording, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera with backside illumination sensor and 720p HD video recording.

Camera battle

The front-facing cameras of the two flagship devices offers a similar performance when it comes to recording video and taking photos, but the Nexus 5 seems to be the winner. “Selfies” taken with the iPhone 5S seem to be overexposed in this particular test, although we’ll note that there was only one test performed in well-lit environment.

When it comes to the main camera, there isn’t a clear winner. The iPhone 5S offers manual focus during video recording, while the Nexus 5 doesn’t, and an overall better video recording performance, at least for SuperSaf. As for the sound, whether we’re talking about the front- or rear-facing camera, the Nexus 5 is louder than the iPhone 5S.

When taking outdoors wide photos with HDR mode off, the iPhone 5S appears to offer better quality photos especially for images with various lighting conditions. But once the images are taken with HDR mode on, the Nexus 5 is ready to offer better contrast. As for close up pictures in outdoors well-lit conditions, both devices offer “great detail,” and “sharp” images.

For indoor photos in good lighting, both devices offer a similar performance, but when flash is needed, the iPhone 5S will deliver better pictures than the Nexus 5.

Wrap up

This is just one comparison between the cameras of the two devices, and it’s certainly not the only one you’ll see – in fact, we’ll have our own Nexus 5 review for you, in which we’re going to take an in-depth look at the camera. But the conclusion here seems to be that the Nexus 5 can definitely hold its own against the iPhone 5S in the camera battle.