Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 Camera Comparison



I’ve been remiss the last week or so in reporting on my experiences with the Nexus 5. This is mostly because I’ve been awaiting a replacement for my first one, which has the same yellow tinted screen that I’ve seen on so many mobile devices over the last few years. I’m not sure why screen manufacturers can’t make a consistent product (whether it’s simply differences in color temperature or something else), but I’ve noted a distinct variation in how well different units of the same device display whites and colors overall.

Nevertheless, I thought I’d take a few minutes to post some picture comparisons between the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Since this is one of my primary issues with the Nexus 4 that prompted me to order a Nexus 5, how well the camera works is a real concern.

Generally, I’d say the Nexus 5 camera is an improvement over the Nexus 4’s shooter. Nothing spectacular, mind you—a just-better-than-incremental improvement that makes the Nexus 5 a little more than acceptable for quick shots and video (especially in low light conditions). If you’re looking for a truly great smartphone camera, you’ll need to look elsewhere. But if everything else about the Nexus 5 appeals to you and taking pictures isn’t your primary concern, then the camera shouldn’t hold you back. Just keep in mind that you’re apt to get much better shots with HDR+ turned on, and that you’ll need a second or so to get the shot off–which doesn’t work well for really spontaneous pics or scenes with motion in them.

Without further ado, then, here are a few comparison photos.



  1. The Nexus 5 is clearly better compared to the Nexus 4. But, I found its low light imaging was no where close to the performance of my Galaxy S4’s camera. There are some reports going on that Google will be releasing an camera software update which will fix this issue, but I’m not sure if they are true. I hope it will be released soon.

    • mark.coppock says

      Agreed, the Nexus 5 camera is much improved over the Nexus 4 but only just competitive with the better smartphone cameras on the market. That is, it’s at least at the low-end of the range of good cameras, while the Nexus 4 wasn’t anywhere near. I’ve heard the reports about a potential upgrade to the camera software, and I too hope it will be released soon. The camera on the Nexus 5 is _good enough_ for me that I love the phone overall, but if it were better (and faster!) then I’d have zero complaints about the Nexus 5.


  1. […] mentioned briefly in another post that my first Nexus 5 had a yellow tint to the screen, and the issue seems to be a complaint for a number of Nexus 5 owners since its introduction. […]

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