Google Nexus 6P review: Not worth tracking down in 2018
Google Nexus 6P review: Camera quality
The good news continues with the 6P’s camera, which (on the rear, at least) is exactly the same as on the Nexus 5X. That means you get a resolution of 12.3-megapixels, laser autofocus, an aperture of f/2 and large light-gathering 1.55μm pixels. There’s no optical image stabilisation, but video can be recorded at resolutions of up to 4K and 30fps.
The camera on the 5X is excellent, and the 6P’s is just as good. It’s simply fantastic, capable of producing stunning results in good light as well as bad, and it’s one of those cameras – such as the one on the Samsung Galaxy S6 – that has that uncanny knack of being able to capture scenes exactly as you see them.
I took the 6P along with me to the Olympic Stadium to watch England’s rugby league team get stuffed by New Zealand, and despite the grey, rainy skies and extremes of dark and bright light, most of my images came out perfectly exposed, packed with crisp details, eye-catching colours and very little blur.
The only criticisms I have surround the lack of optical image stabilisation, which means video can look shaky if you’re not careful to hold the phone still, and that the camera software itself is rather basic, offering little to no control over advanced parameters such as ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.
This is a small complaint, however, and on the plus side the front-facing camera is a step up over the Nexus 5X’s, hitting an impressive eight megapixels in resolution. If Huawei had managed to widen the angle of the lens, it would be the perfect selfie camera. As it is, it can be a bit of a struggle snapping group shots.[gallery:14] [gallery:15] [gallery:16]
Google Nexus 6P specifications
Octa-core (quad 2GHz and quad 1.5GHz), Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
1,440 x 2560, 518ppi (Gorilla Glass 4)
12.3MP (f/1.9, phase detect autofocus, OIS)
Memory card slot (supplied)
802.11ac (2x2 MIMO)
Bluetooth 4.2 LE
78 x 7.3 x 159mm
Android 6.0 Marshmallow