1. Zendroid1's Avatar
    I bought an N5 at launch but haven't used it in about a month. I was waiting for Google to update the software to improve the focus speed mainly. I see they released an update. What's the verdict on the update? I remember auto focus being very slow and could not capture anything moving, even slowly. I also had a low keeper rate for regular shots as we'll with focus being missed too often.

    Just curious if I should wipe the dust off and give it another try.
    01-11-2014 11:00 PM
  2. Gwaron's Avatar
    Only you can answer that. I use the phone daily for photos on the job and I have no complaints. I've snapped a LOT of photos in the last few weeks and I can count on one hand the number of bad shots. On a typical day I take on average 100 pictures. Just use the appropriate mode when taking pictures.

    Because I use a phone as my main camera, for reasons of portability and to minimize the amount of devices I carry on the job, my first choice was a Lumia 1020. That was a spectacular camera. I just couldn't get past the OS, and the lack of app support. My past phone was a GS3, and although the shutter was faster between shots, the picture quality of the N5 is every bit as good, IMO, and the N5 takes much better low-light shots.

    These are just my experiences, FWIW. There are other threads that cover this in depth.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    01-11-2014 11:18 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'm coming from a Razr Maxx, whose camera was unfairly criticized, but admittedly still pretty mediocre. I am finding the N5 camera to be terrific so far. Images are sharp, color saturation is decent, and it captures action pretty well. Low light pics are also good.
    01-12-2014 12:37 AM
  4. greydarrah's Avatar
    Like Gwaron said, only you can answer your question. Mine is working great, better with the update, but I had no complaints before it. Try it out again. Every forum has plenty of complaints about there camera, but I've yet to try one that I couldn't get a good shot from. I think there are a lot of people out there that have shaky hands.
    01-12-2014 05:29 PM
  5. onthecouchagain's Avatar
    More or less satisfied. It's much better than the HTC One it replaced, so I'm happy.
    01-12-2014 05:34 PM
  6. LegalAmerican's Avatar
    The video camera is astonishingly bad in my experience unless you're outside on a sunny day.

    The still shots are great though.

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    01-12-2014 10:13 PM
  7. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Overall, it has improved. Keep in mind that everyone expects something different from the device, so you should take it did a ride and see how r you like it.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    01-12-2014 11:21 PM
  8. ottscay's Avatar
    Coming from an N4 (and before that a Galaxy Nexus) and never having used the camera before it was patched I have to say I'm thrilled with the camera. The video is a step up from my previous cameras but nothing to write home about, but when taking photos of relatively slow moving or static images I'd put the Nexus 5 with HDR+ mode on up against almost any phone's camera. It also excels at low-light situations, although the lack of rapid movement becomes more important. In well-lit rooms or outside HDR+ sometimes will correctly isolate quick-moving subjects while also extending dynamic range, but this is hit and miss and if you're taking a can't-miss photo of say a game played at a first birthday party you are better off going without HDR+ in all probability.
    01-13-2014 09:50 AM
  9. madlaw1071's Avatar
    The camera is still a bit too slow to focus, especially in low-light but I am overall pleased with the performance and rarely have to delete or retake a pic. I keep it in HDR+ by default.
    01-13-2014 12:10 PM
  10. camo15's Avatar
    I've been finding it so much better in my eyes on par with the 5s

    Posted via Android Central App
    01-13-2014 01:22 PM
  11. ottscay's Avatar
    I've been finding it so much better in my eyes on par with the 5s
    In terms of results I'd put my better images against with what I see on the 5s in the hands of associates. The 5s is clearly a faster performing camera when it comes to focusing and shutter lag which matters on some subjects, and the panoramas are simply better (in part because they don't throw away so much resolution), but for my needs I'm quite happy with the N5 (and prefer it in basically every other category).
    01-13-2014 02:24 PM
  12. robertmclure's Avatar
    I've had my N5 now for about 3 mos so I've used the camera before and after the update that updated the camera functionality. Before the update the camera was sluggish, and after the update the camera was much quicker. As another reply indicated, it will take slightly longer to focus, but the pics themselves are fantastic. Especially in low light. HDR+ is good, but does slow down the capture.

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    01-14-2014 05:00 PM

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