We don’t mean just the camera app UI. The KitKat camera is plain, boring, and as basic as we’re used to from past versions. LG on the other hand, has put some time and money into the camera controls on the G2. Inclusions like Time-Catch or live view color effects are things that people seem to like, and many of them are in camera applications you can download and install right from Google Play. While you can’t duplicate the G2 camera features on your Nexus 5, you can install apps with plenty of their own.
But we can’t change the software that creates pictures from raw camera image data. Software used to build .jpg files from image data is complicated, and expensive to license. It’s almost all patent-burdened as well, which makes it difficult to add to a phone you plan to release factory restore images for. First impressions say the Nexus 5 has more of this software included than past Nexus phones, but the really good stuff from players like Sony or Kodak is something we likely won’t see in a Googlephone. This is good and bad, and we’re glad that Google has to deal with the headache and we don’t.
The bottom line is that the G2 camera is a much better shooter than the Nexus 5. If a good camera is important to you, keep this in mind.