Features cont.

Lens Blur

Lens blur uses the Nexus' processing power to simulate the shallow depth-of-field you get from a large sensor and fast lens combination - allowing you to isolate your subject from the background. To achieve this, the camera takes a series of images while you "sweep" it slightly upwards. It then uses the captured information to create a 3D-model. We covered the mode in a news article when it was first integrated into Google Camera.

Lens Blur, 1536 x 2048 pixels
Lens Blur, 1536 x 2048 pixels

Lens Blur can achieve good results with decent background separation but sometimes a usable image requires more than one attempt. In the left sample below you can see that the mode did quite well in terms of background separation, with very few artifacts around the main subject. The right image of a static subject shows a few more imperfections on the subject outline. Image output size in lens blur mode is smaller than a standard still frame.

Front camera

The Nexus 6 front camera comes with a F2.2 aperture and 1920 x 1080 full-HD resolution. It is perfectly suitable for the occasional bright light selfie or video chat but soon gets to its limits in darker conditions.

Front camera image, 1920 x 1080 pixels

Gallery App and Editing

On the Nexus 6 the Gallery app of previous Android generations has been replaced with Google’s Photos app, which offers a gallery view of the camera roll and an editor that is based on the popular and comprehensive editing app Snapseed. It includes basic options such as cropping and rotating but also offers a selection of adjustable filters and advanced options such as tilt-shift, selective focus or frames. Like in Snapseed most filters and functions are easily selected and adjusted by swiping left and and right and up and down respectively.  

The Photos app lets you view images on the device and/or your Google Plus account.
In addition to a range of Snapseed-based editing tools the Photos app comes with a selection of filters.

The Photos app also manages optional automatic backup of your photos to Google+, either at full resolution (which uses the Google+ space allotment), or at 2,048 pixels on the long side (with unlimited free storage). Additionally the Photos app comes with Google’s “Auto Awesome movies” feature, which combines photos, video, and music to produce a ready-to-share mini-movie. Though hands-off automation is clearly the priority, you can change the order of elements and tweak the segments of video that are used.

A selection of themes offers different transition styles and filters. As a fun, quick-and-dirty way of converting stills and video into something shareable, it works, though some of the themes are a bit too heavy-handed with the source material.

Like in Snapseed functions are controlled by swiping across the screen.
A tilt-shift effect can be applied to your images.