Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Nexus 6: Camera Authority

I'm a big shutterbug - I've been learning about and playing with photography since grade school, even having built my own camera obscura.  I always like to test out the cameras on the phones I use.  I take a lot of sports and action photos from the kids, lots of nature photos while I'm out hiking and riding, and the obligatory cat photos when I'm home.  Most cell phone cameras have been fair at best - poor detail, washed out colors or slow.  The Nexus is none of those.  While the camera functions are relatively basic, offering only HDR+, Photosphere and Panoramic modes, the camera itself is fantastic.


As you can see in this snapshot of my Random cat, the clarity and detail is uncanny.  Each whisker and hair is captured clearly.  At a 100% crop there's no color fringing or purple edging at the high contrast areas between the dark background and the bright sunlit cat.  The many different layers of grey and hints of yellow and brown all come through with excellent clarity.

Depth of field is interesting too - this shot was at F2.0, and you actually get some background blurring and depth of field from a small sensor cell phone camera.

Running a 1/3.06" Sony CMOS sensor at 13 megapixels, the Nexus can open up to F2.0 for excellent low-light performance.  The flash uses dual LED's on the back encased in a ring for more even lighting and better flash performance.  It even offers optical image stabilization for less shake and blur when you're shooting those low-light photos!


Disclaimer: I work for Sprint and volunteer as a Product Ambassador.  The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.
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