December 22, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The Galaxy Nexus camera is not impressive. Sorry to dig the knife is so quickly, but that’s just the reality of it. The 5 megapixel camera with LED flash will not wow anyone or part the heavens as so many people who anticipated the Nexus hoped it would. The only thing that this device promises is that it will take pictures fast and respectably.
And when I say fast, I mean fast. The Galaxy Nexus has a zero-lag focus feature that takes a picture as soon as the user taps on the capture button. While other Android phones have been slow to focus and capture moments, the Galaxy Nexus recognizes faces and focal points within a second, then snaps the picture even faster. The camera software is otherwise basic, but there are some silly effects to alter photos and videos, as well as some hipster filters. Of more common and practical use, it allows users to toggle flash, choose 1 of 5 lighting modes, adjust exposure, and choose 1 of 5 scene settings designed to record the right image.
It’s not always successful in that mission because the Galaxy Nexus images sometimes capture a lot of noise rather than the comparatively smooth photos captured on an HTC Amaze or Samsung Galaxy S II. It also doesn’t seem to capture color as accurately. That has nothing to do with megapixels and everything to do with lens quality and processing software. While the Galaxy Nexus does capture images very quickly, the results are not as good as what we’ve seen on other Android devices. You won’t notice or care if you’re just taking a picture every now and then, but shutterbugs who rely on their mobile phone will notice that this camera is good, not great.
Specs & Notes
- 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- LED flash for snapping photos and staying on when filming video in low-light
- Films video in up to 1080p HD video
- Does a surprisingly good job capturing images in low-light situations
- Captures time lapse video (intervals of 1 to 10 seconds)
- Apply live video effects and background images
- Capable of taking panoramic photos
Here are some sample photos and videos to see what the Galaxy Nexus can create.