Nexus 9 camera Specs Overview

November 7, 2014

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In this article we’ll take a closer look at the Google Nexus 9 camera specs for both the front and rear facing cameras. The Nexus 9 is a very popular tablet.  It’s interesting to see if that tablet feature a highly capable camera as well.  Some people might not pay big attention to the camera if they already have a good camera on their smartphones. Some people buy a tablet for its larger screen, dedicated tablet apps and all the other benefits that comes with it.
Lets take a look at the Nexus 9 camera tech specs first:

  • Rear: IMX219PQ BSI 8MP /  F2.4 / 1080p video recording
  • Front: OV9760 BSI 1.6MP / F2.4 / 720p video recording

The HTC Nexus 9 rear camera utilizes a 1/4.0″ (3.20×2.40 mm)  Sony IMX219 Exmor R sensor with 1.12µm unit cell size (pixel size). This back-illuminated sensor was designed to produce images with high sensitivity and low noise and excellent anti-blooming characteristics.  The sensor output images at  3264×2448 maximum effective pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio.

The rear camera lens utilizes a 5 element 29.3mm (equivalent) f/2.4 aperture lens with LED flash (3m range), which also can assist as AF light. The camera lacks an optical image stabilization, but has digital stabilization for videos.  It certainly gives us the feeling that the camera is not the main attention of the device, and it wasn’t unexpected.  The front camera is also not that attractive with very low resolution and mainly intended for making video calls, rather than taking any high-quality selfies. Most people will do it with their smartphones anyways.

On the bright side, it’s nice that we see two snappers in the Google/HTC Nexus 9. It’s also nice to have the ability to record 1080p Full HD videos with the rear camera, because it’s more fun to edit your videos on the big screen of the Nexus 9, rather than of a small screen of a phone (although some phones do have large screens as well, but not as large as the 8.9″ of the Nexus 9).

Google Nexus 9 sample video by phonearena:

Looking at the Google Nexus 9 sample images at, we can clearly see that the image quality is very pleasing in daylight but not that bad in low-light as well. Overall a decent offering from HTC, but as I mentioned before, this is not it’s main selling point.  It’s main selling point is the new stock Android 5.0 Lillipop OS, a beautiful slick and slim design that is comfortable to hold and carry, large 8.9″ display, HTC BoomSound front stereo speakers and 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor 2.3 GHz.

So overall the camera is decent and the emphasize is obviously on the other features. The Nexus 9 16GB costs around $399 and was sold for a limited quantity for $199 after the first day it was launched. Even if you didn’t get the change to get it for that very low price, it’s still offers an excellent value.

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