By Rich W Woods
A week ago, I published the first part of the camera comparison of the Nexus 6 and the OnePlus One. In researching the two devices, I realized that they both use the Sony IMX214 Exmor RS rear camera sensor. Because of that, the only difference between the two rear cameras is software, firmware, and the fact that the Nexus 6 has optical image stabilization (OIS).
In that comparison, I used the stock camera apps. For the Nexus 6, I used Google Camera and for the OnePlus One, I used the stock CyanogenMod Camera app. I promised a part 2 to see what would happen if we used the Google Camera app for each and this is that part 2. It’s important to note that although the same camera hardware and the same software is being used, both devices still have different firmware.
OnePlus One vs Nexus 6: Specs
|OnePlus One||Nexus 6|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801||2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 420|
|Display||5.5″, 1080p, 401 ppi, LCD||5.96″, 1440p, 493 ppi, AMOLED|
|Body||152.9×75.9×8.9 mm, 162 g||159.3x83x10.1 mm, 184 g|
|Camera||13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front||13 MP, 4128×3096, 2 MP Front|
|Video||4K DCI – 24 fps, 4K UHD – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps||4K UHD – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB|
|Storage||16/64 GB||32/64 GB|
|Battery||3100 mAh||3220 mAh|
I went over the specs in part one of this comparison. It would be tedious to do it again, but feel free to check out the first one!
OnePlus One vs Nexus 6: Rear Camera
Since we’re using the Google Camera app for this comparison, there are a lot of options that we lose on the OnePlus One’s side. With the OnePlus One, there is no option in the Google Camera app for 4K video like there is for the Nexus 6 and there is for the OnePlus One in the stock Cyanogen Camera app.
Another option that is not available in the Google Camera app for either device is RAW support. Of course, RAW can be done by a third party app on the Nexus 6 and by the stock Cyanogen Camera app.
Please note that in order to enlarge the photos, simply click or tap them. To view the full size images, there is a link in the carousel.
|OnePlus One||Nexus 6|
One thing that is clear here is that the OnePlus One is better in low light than the Nexus 6 is; however, the Nexus 6 doesn’t look as washed out as the OnePlus One photos do, although they look better than they do using the Cyanogen Camera app.
I never thought that it could get worse than when the flash is used in the Cyanogen Camera app. If you look at part one of this comparison you’ll see what I’m talking about. When Google Camera is used, there is not as much of a contrast between when the flash is used and when it is not but there is a line drawn down the image. It is terrible.
I really commend the OnePlus One camera because it doesn’t have a glare in bright lights, as many Android smart phone cameras have. You’ll notice that any of these photos taken in bright light look much better from the OnePlus One.
Another thing that is missing in the Google Camera app with the OnePlus One is HDR+. The OnePlus One has HDR but the Nexus 6 has HDR+, and there’s a difference.
I think that it’s clear that the Nexus 6 HDR+ beats the OnePlus One HDR in most cases. There is still the problem with the glare in very bright lights with the Nexus 6; however, I think it’s clear that with both the OnePlus One and the Nexus 6, the best photos come from HDR and HDR+, respectively.
OnePlus One vs Nexus 6: Video
As I mentioned above, the Google Camera app doesn’t allow for the OnePlus One to take 4K UHD video. The Cyanogen Camera app allows for both 4K DCI and 4K UHD, which I showed off in the first part of this comparison. For the purposes of this comparison, I will show the Nexus 6 videos that I showed in the original comparison along with a similar video taken with the OnePlus One in the Google Camera app.
Also, please note that unless you have a monitor that has a resolution of more than 1080p and you expand the video to full screen, you will not be able to tell the difference between 1080p and a higher resolution. I hear a lot of people comment on how sharp the picture looks on a 4K video that’s embedded in a web site on their WXGA monitor.
Nexus 6 4K UHD
Nexus 6 1080p
OnePlus One 1080p
OnePlus One vs Nexus 6: Benchmarks
Benchmarks mean very little, if anything, when it comes to real world use. For example, a battery test with Geekbench 3 on the iPhone 6 will say that it gets 3 hours and 3 minutes of battery life while the Nexus 6 will get an additional hour; however, in real life, the Nexus 6 won’t make it through the day with moderate use while the iPhone 6 will.
People have been requesting benchmarks so I’m going to show benchmarks. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, check it out. If you’re not, don’t worry. You’re not the only one.
Take what you want from those screenshots. Somehow, the Nexus 6 gets a better battery score while draining faster than the OnePlus One does. The Nexus 6 does have a slightly larger battery, coming in at 3220 mAh while the OnePlus One comes in at 3100 mAh; however, the Nexus 6 uses a more powerful processor, coming in at 2.7 GHz while the OnePlus One comes in at 2.5 GHz. Possibly the most dominant factor thayt drains the battery on the Nexus 6 is the 1440p display. 1440p is 3.7 MP and 1080p is 2.1 MP. That’s a lot more lights on.
GFXBench and AnTuTu provided different results.
As you can see, the Nexus 6 scored better on both battery and CPU with Geekbench 3 but the OnePlus One scored better with GFXBench and AnTuTu. You might be asking yourself what all of this means. The answer is simple: nothing.