Camera benchmark specialists DxOMark takes note of the top devices with mobile cameras, ranking them mainly on image quality. Top rankers have consistently been from Sony’s Xperia line, with the Xperia Z3 being the latest, and those from Nokia with their PureView cameras. Surprisingly, the new Google Nexus 6 finds itself among the top performers as it barges into the DxOMark rankings.

The Google Nexus 6 – manufactured by Motorola – is truly a whale of a phone, with its gargantuan 6-inch AMOLED display putting out pixels at a whopping 2560×1440-pixel QHD resolution. It’s powered a Snapdragon 805 processor, running quad-core at 2.7Ghz, running the latest Android version – Android 5.0 Lollipop. But more pertinently, it has a 13MP main camera (rear) that features dual LED flash, an f/2 lens, image stabilization, autofocus, and HDR+ among others.

How does the Google Nexus 6 stack up in image quality from the top ranking devices? Pretty competent, actually. The Nexus 6 lands in 6th, just a bit better than last year’s leader the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Nokia 808 Pureview. It is just one benchmark point below the Xperia Z2, the Xperia Z3, and the Samsung Galaxy S5.


For our information, the Sony Xperia Z3 used to be top of the pile, until Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus took over the leadership spots when they debuted. All in all, the Google Nexus 6’s camera is nothing to balk at – it’s a pretty usable camera that puts out stunning images.