Monday, 5 January 2015


Nexus 5, f2.4, 1/15, ISO 785, JPG

It doesn't happen often, actually quite rare, but on the odd occasion I leave house without a camera or a battery in he camera. Today, it was without a camera but I still had my phone with me so all was not lost.

The Nexus phones have a bad reputation when it comes to the camera quality and I can only assume it's from people who have no clue about cameras or need an excuse to praise the (average) iPhone cameras. Both the Nexus 4 and now Nexus 5 have fairly good cameras with the biggest problem being the high JPG compression standard in phones. The Nexus 5 has actually better image quality when taking panoramas than the Sony NEX-3n I have, they are better stitched and provide more details (the very strong JPG compression almost ruins this though).
In HDR mode it's actually very decent and certainly on par with what I've seen from other phones and even some normal cameras.

I took this photo while walking back to the station in he evening and processed it using Snapseed on the phone.

One thing that I will never understand however is why no manufacturer puts an electronic leveler in their camera software, given that all phones have more than enough gyroscopes and other things to provide this information and more.


  1. Happy New Year, Cristi.

    As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you and this shot proves it.

  2. Happy New Year Calvin!

    Thanks for your comment and you're right about the camera, although one should try not to leave the house without one. Still, at least the phone camera is decent enough. :)