The latest edition to the Nexus family, the Motorola made Nexus 6, has been short of the success that we are used to seeing with Google’s other flagship devices. However, Google’s adventure into phablet territory hasn’t gone unnoticed.
DxOMark is a website notorious for putting smartphone cameras through their paces via a series of 12 tests. The latest device to skirt through the test was none other than Google’s first Phablet, the Nexus 6. Let’s just look at the final score awarded to the device – 78 out of 100. The score puts the Nexus 6 quite comfortably in 6th position beside a tie between the Lumia 808 PureView, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and the Galaxy S5 with scores of 77 for the former devices’ 20.7-MegaPixel sensor and the latter’s 16-MegaPixel ISOCELL sensor; only to be outdone by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Nexus 6’s score is a combination of both picture and video performance which scored 81 and 74 respectively – good news for all of us shutter bugs out there.
The Nexus 6 scored really well when it came to exposure and contrast levels. However, it lost points when it came to autofocus which is slower than a lot of the competition out there, but, DxOMark notes that the autofocus does well overall being very consistent and stable. Sharpness inconsistencies and also a pinkish hue which seems to appear under overcast and cloudy conditions also led to marks being deducted. Colour reproduction is quite accurate coming close to true. One of the biggest assets of the device remains to be Motorola’s Ring Flash technology which it introduced with the second generation of its flagship Moto X.
The main downfall of the Nexus 6 video performance is its autofocus which DxOMark reports to often over shoot when refocusing. This problem is easily addressed with a tripod – something which is reflected in the results of the benchmark done by DxOMark.
It’s refreshing to see a 13-MegaPixel shooter pull its weight beside larger 16- and 20.7- megapixel sensors.