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Camera shootout: The Nexus 6P meets the competition

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Herald as the best Nexus camera to date by some, the timing of the Nexus 6P could easily work against it. With the current generation of smartphone cameras breaking barriers and capable of some amazing photographs, given the right conditions; what does the flagship Nexus have to offer?

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Utilising Sony’s lens on the rear and front, the device in question doesn’t boast an amazing pixel count, only at 12.3-megapixel. It also doesn’t have optical image stabilisation, which by today’s standards could be a big no-no

Google does however bet on the sensors large pixel size, listed at 1.55 µm to compensate the fact that the lens has no Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). A combination of an aperture of f/2.0 and the larger micrometre would mean that it’ll absorb a lot more light, at least on paper; making shots in low light scenes easier to manage. Also, PDAF and laser autofocus makes a formidable duo, mediating those poorly dialed in images.

How about the front? Well, the 6P gets a much appreciated 8-megapixel f/2.4 sensor that’ll greet you every time your eyes meet the screen. There are no fancy add-ons on this 1.4 μm pixel lens, it’s just a bare-bones camera but you will be lucky enough to get HDR+ on the front too.

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