Nov 11 AT 1:17 PM Dima Aryeh 13 Comments

Nexus 5 camera improved thanks to developer software mods

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It’s old news that Nexus devices have had less than amazing cameras. The Nexus 5 is a bit of a departure from that, with a camera that can actually take some nice shots in good conditions. It isn’t bad by any means, but it isn’t up to par with other phones like the HTC One and the Galaxy Note 3.

But leave it to developers to improve every part of this phone that they can. Already, a developer on XDA is offering a flashable package that is said to improve the camera on the Nexus 5. The image quality has been maxed out, color reproduction has been modified, video and audio bitrates have been raised, compression has been lowered, and things like edge enhancement have been added.

If you’d like to check out these mods, keep in mind that you have to be rooted and willing to modify your phone. Considering you own a Nexus device, chances are that you’re down for that. Hit the source link and download the zip that’s right for you, then flash it in recovery. If you want to go back to the original camera, a zip for that is provided. Flash this mod and tell us if there is an improvement!

Via: Talk Android

Source: XDA-Developers

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Fulaman

    Umm according to unbiast reviews, it is better than the 4mp shooter on the HTC One. It is not as good as the GS4/Note 3′s 13mp shooter though, you are right about that.

  • David

    Well, I stopped worrying that much with cameras on mobile devices. There was a time where OSs were not that WOW and the only thing that made a phone better than another was the camera. At least in my case, the pictures I take are not that much and when I do take pictures I don’t print them and put them in an album. Rather, I upload a very few of them to Facebook and the rest are mine to keep. Like pictures from trips and my 1 year old nephew and so on. Nobody prints pictures anymore. You don’t need such stunning specs on a mobile camera. Only in low light conditions. But, when I want to take nice pictures like from a trip or a wedding or something of the sort, I use a professional camera. So, I no longer put my attention on the specs of a camera. The one on the Nexus 5 is just enough for my everyday use. =)

  • Niklas Ritzenhoff

    Would love to tell you
    But my Nexus 5 is still on the way );

  • mattcoz

    I was going to install this before I saw that edge enhancement was added and sharpness was cranked up. Those kinds of artificial enhancements should only be added in post-processing. You can always add them, you can’t remove them.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Ah, so edge enhancement is added sharpening? That’s too bad, oversharpening is a huge problem on some smartphone cameras.

  • Shrink

    I own them both, HTC ONE and the Nexus 5. Trust me the HTC is far better than the Nexus 5.
    It’s the autofocus and the shutter speed that turns the Nexus into a potato. Also the automatic white check is a joke. All images are tinted in some strange tone.

    I like both devices. But really, don’t argue which one is better in terms of camera.

    • Fulaman

      You tell me which is better:

      • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

        Can’t say much from a 1080p video, you’d need actual full size samples for that. But many of those photos looked much better from the One.

      • Ryan

        HTC One easily. The Nexus uses darker mid-tones, but the quality is much better, even in a video that generally makes it hard to tell.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      I’m not sure if you think I said the Nexus 5 is better or you’re determinedly agreeing with me :P

    • Peter Sommerfeld

      The question I have is, can the N5 pics be color/hue/shade-balanced with photoshop etc to get them to look good? Because that I can live with. But if the sensor is doing bad things that are harder to correct (blur, image noise), that’s not good :(

  • donger

    Yes.