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Google Nexus 6: Google's latest handset storms in to the DxOMark Mobile top 10

By Paul Carroll - Thursday November 13 2014

Mobile Review
Overview | Google Nexus 6: A solid all-round camera for shooting stills | Google Nexus 6: behind the main players for video | Google Nexus 6: Examining the Photo scores in a little more detail | Photo imaging results in pictures: Good overall color and center sharpness
DxOMark Mobile
78

Overview

Google has launched the 6th generation of its Nexus smart phone featuring a massive 6-inch AMOLED display and whopping 2560x1440-pixel QHD resolution.

Powered by a quadcore 2.7GHz processor and Snapdragon 805 chipset, the Nexus 6 runs the latest version of Google’s Android operating system (5.0 Lollipop), and features a 13Mp rear-facing camera (2Mp front) with dual LED flash, a f/2 lens, autofocus, image stabilization and a HDR+ mode. We put the Nexus 6 through the DxOMark Mobile image quality tests to see how it performs.

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Ranked 6th on the DxOMark Mobile database, overall image quality on Google’s Nexus 6 is very close to the top-ranking camera phones from Apple, Samsung, and Sony

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
81
Exposure and contrast
85
Color
80
Autofocus
83
Texture
76
Noise
76
Artifacts
82
Flash
85

Pros

- Good overall exposure

- Excellent detail preservation when shooting in bright light conditions

- Strong and pleasant color when shooting outdoors

- Good detail preservation, color rendering, and exposure when using flash

- The autofocus is stable and repeatable

Cons

- Slightly pink White Balance shooting in overcast and cloudy conditions

- Sharpness noticeably inconsistent between image centre and corners  

- Autofocus performance slow in both low and good light conditions

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
74
Exposure and contrast
84
Color
82
Autofocus
50
Texture
82
Noise
84
Artifacts
93
Stabilization
52

Pros

- Very good texture preservation

- Good color

- Good noise performance

Cons

- Image stabilization for walking movement could be improved

- Rolling shutter artifacts are visible

- Overshoot during refocusing