Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4.2 – Is the camera better?


Very recently, Google had announced the Android 4.4.1 update to fix the Nexus 5’s camera. The update was quickly superseded with the 4.4.2 update that brought in more fixes and was directly delivered to all 4.4 users. We had reviewed the Nexus 5 initially, and found it to offer good pictures only in the HDR+ mode and not the normal mode which produced average pictures with warm saturated colours. Google says they have fixed that with the 4.4.2 update, with improved autofocus times and general overall speediness that will hopefully reduce the shot-to-shot time. Well, does it? We find out, in this video below –


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Demystifying the Google Nexus 5’s HDR+ mode, what does it actually do?


Demystifying the Google Nexus 5’s HDR+ mode, what does it actually do?

The Google Nexus 5‘s 8 megapixel camera has been a hot topic of discussion ever since it made its way into the market. With people getting their hands on it the day after it released, various reports came in. Some said the camera was average, some said the camera was great, and some said one must always use the in-built HDR mode for the best pictures. It definitely got us intrigued, especially with Google promoting the HDR+ mode one its Nexus 5 product page as “With HDR+, create vivid photos by day and sharper photos by night.” Technically, HDR directly means “Higher dynamic range” which will fuse multiple exposures and output a single photo that is equally exposed, but that doesn’t seem right in line with Google’s description, does it? Well, we set to find out exactly what it does, and the results are quite interesting, to say the least.


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Google Nexus 5 Camera Samples

Google unveiled their latest flagship smartphone – Google Nexus 5 on November 1st and the device went on sale immediately in US and other countries. For a change, the Nexus 5 was listed as coming soon in Indian Play Store right from the first day and it is expected to be available before the end of the month(Already available from other online sellers). One of the pitfalls about the Nexus phones have been their poor camera and it was very evident in the Google Nexus 4 which took below average 8MP shots. The latest Google Nexus 5 comes with a similar 8MP unit, but this time it has OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) for better low light photos and shake free videos.

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