The lack of a rear camera on the original Nexus 7 was always a bit of a downer. It clearly had the space for a module inside, but including a camera didn’t align with the efforts to drive that device into the price point that made it successful. With the new Nexus 7 we finally get a camera, and a 5 MP one with autofocus at that. Inside the camera is an OV5693 sensor, which best I can tell is a 1/4" format sensor with 1.4 micron pixels. It might not be the world’s best camera, but it’s no slouch either.

I took a handful of photos and videos with the Nexus 7 (2013) to gauge camera quality, and even if this isn’t necessarily a device with focus on imaging it’s not bad at all. I came away pretty pleased for what kind of camera it is. Even though I still strongly believe that you shouldn’t be using a tablet to take photos you intend on using for anything more than sharing on social networks, in this brave new era of mobile devices it’s a feature every tablet and smartphone does need.

I’ll save you the discussion once again about how the Android 4.3 camera UI continues to present a 16:9 aspect ratio crop of the 4:3 image captured by the sensor, which results in a smeary looking, inaccurate preview.


Video on the Nexus 7 (2013) is 1080p30 at 12 Mbps, H.264 Baseline with 1 reference frame, and 96 kbps 48 KHz single channel AAC audio. I've uploaded a sample I took in SF to our servers as well as YouTube. Again I’m dismayed why more OEMs don’t use the full encode capabilities of APQ8064 (20 Mbps H.264 High Profile) but that’s what it is by default on the new Nexus 7.

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  • jjj - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    Still no microSD so not touching it but the really sad part is that this is the best and will most likely remain the best small Android tablet since everybody is focusing on budget. There is plenty of room for better specs but somehow i doubt we'll see such a product. Google should have made a high end model too,nobody else does it. Android for small tablets shouldn't be upper mid-range (like the new Nexus) or less. Everybody is making Android tablets nowadays and somehow they don't manage to cover all sizes and market segments. It's fantastic that there are decent 7 inchers at 100$ but it would also be great if there was a 7 inch tablet that's not missing anything - and that goes for all sizes.
    It's also nice to see that screen , such screens getting cheap enough will enable a nicer Oculus Rift :D
  • aNYthing24 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    This is ridiculous. How many tablets do know that have replaceable memory and replaceable batteries?
  • nerd1 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    Most android tablets have micro sd slots. That said, I just dont have enough excuses not to buy this one...
  • sherlockwing - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    Unfourtatedly I have to pass on this one, my Video library is 40GB+ so the lack of a 64GB model or a micro SD slot kills it for me.
  • Sunburn74 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    You watch all 40gb on a daily basis? This is a mobile device, not a media server.
  • Broo2 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    You have 40GB of videos that you like to watch on a re-occurring basis? or is the 40GB a collection of movies you have purchased that you may want to watch again? (i.e. a digital version of a shelf of DVD/Blu-Ray movies.)
  • mr_tawan - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    You can just install the custom rom, plug-in a card reader in with the OTG cable. Then you can plug your media card (even CF).

    Well I would say setting up a media server is a lot more convenience.
  • Impulses - Sunday, July 28, 2013 - link

    You don't even need root to use USB OTG (at least not with the original Nexus 7), much less a custom ROM, just an app... And USB OTG is far more versatile in general since you can hook up fast USB 3.0 flash drives that way, if you actually need tons of storage then you're also transferring tons of content from a PC and USB 3.0 helps immensely with that (microSD cards can't touch the 200MB/s speed of some of the cheap drives out there).

    I fail to see the usage case for card slots that can't be satisfied by USB OTG.
  • leomax999 - Sunday, July 28, 2013 - link

    Would you rather carry a usb thumb drive,cables and adapters everywhere or have a microSD card in its slot?

    Let's try to break down. Assuming 32Gig Nexus has ~27Gigs of free space.
    Couple of 1080p movies + videos = ~12G
    A bit of music, Say ~10G
    Some pictures ~1G
    Applications + Games (No offline Maps,No big games!) ~2G

    Which leaves you about 2Gig of free space which is a bit too full for flash performance, without counting any other space required for app data/cache etc.

    The new Nexus is a good upgrade,But google has yet to sort the storage.
  • deathgod1 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    I'm with you on the micro SD. I currently have a Tranformer Infinity 32GB with a 32GB SDcard and I'm constantly having to delete items off both to free up space. I don't live in a country where wifi is everywhere (or where streaming options are offered), so I keep all my media on my tab. That includes app backups with Titanium, backups of the ROM i'm using, nandroid backups, movies, music, music videos, pictures,books, comics, etc. HD games like NOVA are several GB's in size. It's really easy to run out of space if you're a media centric person like me. My tablet has basically replaced my laptop, but I guess I'm in the minority of people.

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