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    I've had my Nexus 5 for 3 weeks now and it would be a fantastic phone if it wasn't for the excuse of a camera. When I say it's terrible it's an understatement, it's bloody awful.

    I came to the Nexus via other Androids, iPhones and Nokia Lumia. I think it's the Lumia 1020 that has ruined the Nexus for me. When I compare photos I took on it to the noisy, blurry, under exposed rubbish that the Nexus takes it makes me want to throw it in the bin. It's so slow to focus that it's almost unbelievable. What the hell are Google playing at?

    The price argument doesn't cut it as lower end Lumias outclass the Nexus. It's a real shame because this ruins what would otherwise be an excellent phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdc1 View Post
    I've had my Nexus 5 for 3 weeks now and it would be a fantastic phone if it wasn't for the excuse of a camera. When I say it's terrible it's an understatement, it's bloody awful.

    I came to the Nexus via other Androids, iPhones and Nokia Lumia. I think it's the Lumia 1020 that has ruined the Nexus for me. When I compare photos I took on it to the noisy, blurry, under exposed rubbish that the Nexus takes it makes me want to throw it in the bin. It's so slow to focus that it's almost unbelievable. What the hell are Google playing at?

    The price argument doesn't cut it as lower end Lumias outclass the Nexus. It's a real shame because this ruins what would otherwise be an excellent phone.
    It is a balancing act and each manufacturer has to decide where they want to focus their energy and resource. Nokia may have a really great camera but the N5 might excel in areas where the Nokia lags. We also expect quite a bit from a phone's camera today than we did 2 years ago.

    My iPhone 5 took better photos than the N5 but the N5 does many things better than the iPhone 5. I like to look at something as a whole package and the N5 is a great phone package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharky19 View Post
    It is a balancing act and each manufacturer has to decide where they want to focus their energy and resource. Nokia may have a really great camera but the N5 might excel in areas where the Nokia lags. We also expect quite a bit from a phone's camera today than we did 2 years ago.

    My iPhone 5 took better photos than the N5 but the N5 does many things better than the iPhone 5. I like to look at something as a whole package and the N5 is a great phone package.
    I accept that it is a balance of course. One of the most important things many of us do with our phone cameras is snap photos of our kids. With the N5 this just isn't possible. It takes an age to focus and the shoot is invariably missed. On the is occasion where is does get the shoot (usually outdoors in good light) it's barely worth keeping.

    Google made a big deal about the supposedly improved camera on the N5, so they were apparently focusing on this aspect of the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdc1 View Post
    I accept that it is a balance of course. One of the most important things many of us do with our phone cameras is snap photos of our kids. With the N5 this just isn't possible. It takes an age to focus and the shoot is invariably missed. On the is occasion where is does get the shoot (usually outdoors in good light) it's barely worth keeping.

    Google made a big deal about the supposedly improved camera on the N5, so they were apparently focusing on this aspect of the phone.
    Do you have the 4.4.2 update? It does improve the camera. Won't make it Nokia quality but still an improvement.
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    Troll
    I can't express an opinion without being a troll?

    Looking at photos I took off my daughter tonight prompted this thread. I'm sure others have similar experiences with this camera.

    This is a forum, go look up what that means in a dictionary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharky19 View Post
    Do you have the 4.4.2 update? It does improve the camera. Won't make it Nokia quality but still an improvement.
    Still on 4.4. My Nexus 7 got the update last night so hopefully soon.
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    What a deal breaker

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    Have you looked at the photos posted in the stickied thread at the top of this forum?

    Share your Nexus 5 camera photos, videos, and thoughts!

    We came from Nokia Lumia 920s. The shutter speed is slower on the Nexus 5, but outside of that, we're very pleased with the photos it takes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lessnau View Post
    Have you looked at the photos posted in the stickied thread at the top of this forum?
    Share your Nexus 5 camera photos, videos, and thoughts!

    We came from Nokia Lumia 920s. The shutter speed is slower on the Nexus 5, but outside of that, we're very pleased with the photos it takes.
    I have indeed. The shots that matter most to me are of my family, spur of the moment spots grabbed with no planning. Outdoors in good light the N5 ca take acceptable shots of buildings and stationary objects, that's about it really. Once the subject is moving forget about a good photo. Anyone planning to use their phone as the main method of taking precious family snapshots can only be disappointed.
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    The update has done wonders for the camera. Wait until you get 4.4.2

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    Quote Originally Posted by benhmadison View Post
    The update has done wonders for the camera. Wait until you get 4.4.2

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    Yeah, I hope there's improvement in the focus/shutter speed. This was a bit of a rant from me I admit, I was very pissed at having to delete several blurry photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdc1 View Post
    I have indeed. The shots that matter most to me are of my family, spur of the moment spots grabbed with no planning. Outdoors in good light the N5 ca take acceptable shots of buildings and stationary objects, that's about it really. Once the subject is moving forget about a good photo. Anyone planning to use their phone as the main method of taking precious family snapshots can only be disappointed.
    I'm less inclined to believe this ever since I saw a beautiful photo in the n5 photos thread of a poster's dog in mid jump, even before the 4.4.2 update. The clarity was remarkable. And in the nature shots, the flora are beautifully clear, no blur from wind, likewise the shots of lakes and such, and water is always in motion. I haven't seen one blurry picture, so I do believe these posts about the crappy camera are nonsense. Yes the shutter may be slow enough before the update that you might miss a child's fleeting funny antic in that split second, but the update fixes it by all accounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    I'm less inclined to believe this ever since I saw a beautiful photo in the n5 photos thread of a poster's dog in mid jump, even before the 4.4.2 update. The clarity was remarkable. And in the nature shots, the flora are beautifully clear, no blur from wind, likewise the shots of lakes and such, and water is always in motion. I haven't seen one blurry picture, so I do believe these posts about the crappy camera are nonsense. Yes the shutter may be slow enough before the update that you might miss a child's fleeting funny antic in that split second, but the update fixes it by all accounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdc1 View Post
    Yeah, I hope there's improvement in the focus/shutter speed. This was a bit of a rant from me I admit, I was very pissed at having to delete several blurry photos.
    Watch this since since I just got 4.4.2 I haven't had a chance to test it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shilohcane View Post
    Watch this since since I just got 4.4.2 I haven't had a chance to test it yet.]
    Now that's more like it. The focus speed seems much improved and the tones seem more accurate. Thanks for posting this.

    A software fix rather than a hardware problem then.
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    Some further Googling shows that the update improves the camera markedly. I can't wait to get it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdc1 View Post
    Have you used a Nexus 5?
    Yes and I'm posting from my Nexus 5 right now. I just don't take pictures very often at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdc1 View Post
    The price argument doesn't cut it as lower end Lumias outclass the Nexus
    Why not? Do the lower end Lumias outclass the Nexus in everything, or just the camera part? If those moments are precious to you, then don't skim. Spend another $350 or whatever and get a good camera with a phone attached to it.

    I can't wait till Motorola comes out with the modular phone, so I can "un-select" the camera off my phone.
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    I've had my Nexus 5 for 3 weeks now and it would be a fantastic phone if it wasn't for the excuse of a camera. When I say it's terrible it's an understatement, it's bloody awful.

    I came to the Nexus via other Androids, iPhones and Nokia Lumia. I think it's the Lumia 1020 that has ruined the Nexus for me. When I compare photos I took on it to the noisy, blurry, under exposed rubbish that the Nexus takes it makes me want to throw it in the bin. It's so slow to focus that it's almost unbelievable. What the hell are Google playing at?

    The price argument doesn't cut it as lower end Lumias outclass the Nexus. It's a real shame because this ruins what would otherwise be an excellent phone.
    I had a Lumia 1020 and it did take good pictures but it was a brick in the pocket and about all you can do is take pictures because the app store is not quite ready for prime time. I then thought about the 925 for the camera and it only comes in 16GB so no dice for me. The improvements in the Nexus 5 camera are fine for my smartphone camera thank you!

    Now if Nokia ever wants to get into the full blown Android business, we will talk again because their quality and camera are first rate...OS...not so much. At least try the Nexus on 4.4.2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdc1 View Post
    I can't express an opinion without being a troll?

    Looking at photos I took off my daughter tonight prompted this thread. I'm sure others have similar experiences with this camera.

    This is a forum, go look up what that means in a dictionary.
    You can express an opinion. But you're wildly exaggerating. It's not even close to awful. Sure, it's not a $800 DSLR but it's decent.

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    Based on your original post, you seem like someone who has an eye for good pictures and has high expectations for photo quality...which is likely the root of your problem. You have unreasonable expectations. Depending on your phone's camera to grab all of life's precious moments in perfect clarity and tone and whatnot, isn't reasonable and is just asking for disappointment. I understand the need/desire to capture family memories, but if the camera is so important to you, why didn't you stick with the 1020? Or why don't you just carry around a good camera with you?

    I think I'm coming off more judgmental and accusational than I intend to be, but it does seem a little puzzling why you'd have such high expectations for an 8 mp camera phone. I was with my brother and my nieces over Thanksgiving and was able to take some great shots of my niece running around in the yard and playing and everything. I don't know if they're perfect, but they're certainly clear enough that they bring a smile to my face every time I see them. They're certainly not fuzzy or blurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles
    l I just don't take pictures very often at all.

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    Figures.
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    The Nexus 5 is an excellent phone in every other way, it's just the camera that I'm disappointed with. I'm not switching back to a Lumia just yet. 4.4.2 seems to go some way to solving the problems I have with the camera so I'll shoot right and hope Google get it right.
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    I'm just curious what you consider an "awful" picture. Here are a few of the pics I took of my niece over Thanksgiving. As you can probably tell (and if you have young kids, you know they're always moving) she was moving in all of these. I'd be interested to see some examples of pictures you've taken that you don't like.

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    Nexus 5 Camera - Improved with 4.4.2-img_20131127_154709.jpg

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