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Google Nexus 6P review: Serious contender for mobile photography

By Paul Carroll - Tuesday September 29 2015

Mobile Review
Overview | Google Nexus 6P vs. competition: Excellent photography scores | Google Nexus 6P Photo Sub Scores: Best detail preservation to date thanks to the HDR+ mode | Google Nexus 6P video sub-scores: Pleasant video overall
DxOMark Mobile
84

Overview

Today Google unveiled the Nexus 6P. Having partnered with manufacturer Huawei to build this latest device, the Nexus 6P is the first to run Google’s most up-to-date version of its Android operating system — Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow (or “Android M”).

Tech specs for the Nexus 6P include a large 5.7-inch (1440 x 2560-pixel) AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and 16 million colors. The rear camera offers a 12.3Mp resolution on a 1/2.3”-type sensor, video resolution of 2160p at 30fps, and a lower-resolution front-facing 8Mp secondary camera. Other features for the Smartphone photography enthusiast include laser autofocus, LED flash, stabilization, face detection, HDR+, GEO tagging, and a built-in picture editor. Available with either 32Gb, 64Gb or 128Gb internal storage.

We’ve put a pre-release sample of the Nexus 6P through our industry-standard image quality tests prior to today’s launch and are delighted to bring you the results.

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
86
Exposure and contrast
88
Color
82
Autofocus
88
Texture
93
Noise
88
Artifacts
77
Flash
80

Pros

-Impressive detail preservation in low light conditions, by far the best tested to date.

-Good detail preservation in outdoor conditions.

-Accurate and fast autofocus in all conditions.

-Good white balance and color rendering in outdoor conditions.

-Flash: Good flash behavior with good detail preservation, white balance and color rendering.

-Images are well exposed.

Cons

-Visible irregularities in exposure, color, texture and noise due to HDR+ mode activation in low light conditions.

-In high dynamic scenes, the highlights of the images are occasionally blown out.

-When triggered, the shot is taken before the autofocus has converged.

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
79
Exposure and contrast
87
Color
83
Autofocus
76
Texture
83
Noise
88
Artifacts
88
Stabilization
55

Pros

-Good global exposure, white balance and color rendering.

-The autofocus is fast and accurate.

-Low noise level in all conditions.

Cons

-The strong jello effect due to the stabilization provides unpleasant videos during motions scenes.

-Refocus are visible under illuminant changes and thefocus is lost during tracking movement.

-Fine details are lost in low light conditions.

-Color shading is visible in low light and indoor conditions.