Short and sweet, with each one hitting a single feature

Following up on the initial "I Do" commercial that came with the launch of the Nexus 5, Google has just published three more short videos to its YouTube account. The commercials highlight HDR+, Photo Sphere and Auto Awesome, and are each just 15 seconds long, but still get the point across — there are a lot of interesting camera features available on the Nexus 5. The most powerful among them is likely HDR+, which you can see above.

Now of course Photo Sphere is available on more than just the Nexus 5, and Auto Awesome animated pictures can be made with pretty much any camera, but we can see why Google would want to highlight these camera features to sell the latest device. Hit the break for the other two commercials.

 

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Three new Nexus 5 commercials highlight popular camera features

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If I were going to do a commercial on the Nexus 5 the camera is probably the last thing I would highlight. I have one, I love it, but a camera replacement it is not.

URABUSO924... You nailed it, took the words right out of my mouth. Well done for a first comment.

Everything does not have meaning, and I think you would ship it before you tell someone to buy it.

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Well... that finally made me understand what HDR does in photography in less than 15 seconds, so I'd call that commercial a win.

(Yeah as you might have guessed, I don't really care much for cameras/photography in general)

A commercial win would be if they persuaded you to go out and buy a Nexus 5. I don't get having HDR in a phone camera (handheld).

Most people don't know/understand photography and lighting; they just want a good looking picture, which HDR helps achieve.

(Handheld)? What camera's do you use? One's that are foolheld lol just say slr dslr or compact next time :-p

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Not sure why he made a point of putting that in, but usually amongst photography enthusiasts when someone states handheld they mean it as opposed to using a tripod...

Now, artistic or high end uses of HDR do rely heavily on a tripod, but that's the sort of HDR that's accomplished manually in a computer after auto bracketing several exposures (that are later combined for the desired HDR effect).

If you're talking about HDR and phones or compact cameras (or even low end DSLR/ILC), then you're talking automated HDR performed by the device and the entire point of it is to get less noise and more dynamic range WITHOUT a tripod...

Ergo, handheld is implied and he's just being pompous.

What don't you get? It saves alot of photos, I very rarely have it turned off on my SIII, why wouldn't you have it on when it saves the normal and HDR photo at the same time so you can choose...?

I love having HDR on my Moto X. It really helps with photos that I can take instantly without having to whip out a DSLR and worry about settings. I am a professional photographer and I can tell you that I DO NOT carry my Nikon D800 with me everywhere I go.

No use being a camera snob and showing off on a cell phone site that you don't like to use your cell phone for photos.

Hope that camera api comes soon. If my N4 gets a boost from it, I'll definitely use it for another year.

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Photo sphere is the most awesome camera feature ever created. They need to showcase that more often. It leaves everyone I show amazed and dumbfounded

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How about the popular camera feature known as "being able to focus reliably"?

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The locking on the subject and focusing is terrible in the camera app. Not sure how Google can say "Capture the moments." when the moment has already passed by the time the camera app is ready to take a picture.

Someone enlighten me: how is the HDR+ function on the Nexus 5 different than the HDR function in the Nexus 4? As far as I know both take three pictures at different expositions and merge them. Both are slow as hell and both require that you're extremely quiet (and the stabilization of the Nexus 5 might help here but it won't change the way the photo is taken and HDR applied) so, what's new?

Probably just a change in the actual way the exposures are combined or the actual exposure used (which a you said, OIS can change)... Impossible to know the technical difference even if you compared pics, too many variables. It's just marketing, new and improved HDR, now with more DR. :P

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