The results from our Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s photo quality survey are in. The winner is probably not a surprise (the iPhone 5s) but the margin may have been a bit of a surprise after so many people rated the Nexus 5 camera so poorly (and Google subsequently offered promises of fixes).
At the time we turned on the answers, the iPhone won about 55% of the votes overall from over 200,000 votes placed.
Nexus 5 − 89724 (45%)
iPhone 5S – 110828 (55%)
After testing the Nexus 5 camera for a few days, it is pretty clear that it isn’t the best shooter out there, and even the best Android shooter. But it also isn’t that bad. In fact, I think it might be a bit better than other high profile phones like the MotoX. The weaknesses in the survey and in my own testing is in speed (it is slow, especially in low light), Low light images in general weren’t great and paradoxically over-exposure outside in well lit situations (though people in the survey seemed to appreciate that bias) seemed to happen frequently with the Nexus 5.
The bottom line however is that the Nexus 5 camera isn’t the best but it really isn’t that bad – especially for a $350 phone. Full results before we turned on the labels below: Read more