If there is one element of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus bound to divide opinion, it's the camera, which clocks in at 5MP.

It's not the most adventurous of phone camera specs considering the iPhone 4, which launched almost 18 months before this, came with that. Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy S2 beat the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to market by a good few months, and that rocks an 8MP camera.

In the time since the Samsung Galaxy Nexus launched its camera has become even more dated, with 8MP snappers becoming the standard on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S. Not to mention the slightly ludicrous 41MP Nokia 808 PureView.

Yes, we read the comments on the reviews and we know that readers often berate us for mentioning megapixels and point out that there is so much more to a camera than that and yes, we agree.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus review

Light levels, lens and so on all contribute. But the fact of the matter is that whatever the Nexus has, it's not brilliant.

Don't get us wrong - if you take a photo in bright daylight and stand still it comes out fine. But in low light or snapping a moving subject, you'll be disappointed.

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus takes photos unbelievably quickly. You tap the capture button on screen and before you can remove your finger, the photo is taken and saved. It really is that fast.

But that comes at a price: focusing. We get the impression that the camera is constantly refocusing to avoid having to do it solely when you take the picture, but it means that photos can come out blurred, particularly with landscapes, fast movement and busy environments. Luckily, you can tap to focus to redeem this.

The actual camera comes with very few options - yes, you can change the scene mode to one of a handful of variants.

You can also change the white balance and exposure as well as turning the flash on and off, but in terms of settings that's all there is. They're easy to change at least, with only a couple of taps needed to do anything.

There is also an inbuilt panoramic mode that we really enjoyed using - but don't do it in a hurry. Even when you've finished, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has to stitch the photos together. And our unit took almost 20 seconds to do this.

There's a 1.3MP front facing camera too, which is used for Face Unlock, self shots and Skype/webcam.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus review
In the right conditions it's possible to take quite pleasing, detail rich photographs.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus review
Action mode lessens blurring on fast moving objects, but fails to eliminate it.

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Bright light can flood images, but unless you're pointing the camera right at the sun the results aren't normally too bad.

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Close ups are handled well, with the camera managing to focus easily.

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Without flash, dark indoor scenes display a significant amount of noise.

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With flash dark indoor images are a lot less noisy, but come out slightly blurred.

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While objects in the foreground look good, those in the background lack detail.

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Night mode produces images that you can at least make out, but they're still very dark.