Remember when the camera on Nexus phones was sort of terrible? Yeah, it looks like that's about to change.
Google is betting big on photography this year. The Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P include significant enhancements to both the front and rear camera modules. On the back of both phones is a 12.3 megapixel Sony sensor with impressively large 1.55 micron pixels, an f/2.0 lens, laser autofocus, and dual LED flash. The front-facing camera module now sports an 8 megapixel sensor with HDR+, "so you can get the world's best selfies" on your Nexus phone.
Support for slow-motion video is probably one of the features users have been most clamoring for, and now it's here on both the Nexus 5X and 6P. Videos can be recorded in 120fps on the Nexus 5X and up to 240fps on the Nexus 6P, allowing playback to be slowed down by up to a factor of 5 at 48fps.
The new camera app now also has an upgraded HDR+ mode, which automatically detects when high-dynamic-range should be enabled based on lighting situations. This means you can spend less time fumbling over the camera controls and more time just taking photos.
Google claims the new camera sensor provides 92% more light-collecting efficiency than the one on the Nexus 6, which, combined with the updated HDR+ software, should allow for exceptional photos in high contrast situations. Larger pixels in the sensor also mean the camera takes in more light, which translates to a shorter exposure and less motion blur.
Smart Burst is exclusive to the Nexus 6P, and lets users hold down the shutter button to capture bursts of photos at 30fps, which can be used to create animated GIFs and automatically pick out the best image from the burst.
The Nexus 5X and the 6P also include a few nifty features like the ability to double tap the power button to instantly launch the camera app. On top of all that, the camera app also has a snazzy new interface which should allow easy swiping between camera and video mode.
New Camera, Smart Burst, slow motion, double tap, and other demos
There was no mention of the dirty lens detection we found in our teardown, but that may be simply because Google decided it wasn't worth mentioning.
Have a look at some sample photos from the Nexus 5X and 6P below.