Why NOT ? With the rise of software simulated bokeh on smartphones in particular Google Camera App, we thought of a quick comparison to see how the Nexus 5 using Google's Camera app for Android would fare against a "real" camera, the Leica M Typ 240 with a 35mm Summarit f/2.5 lens. Purely for an aesthetic comparison nothing more
While at coffee we snapped a few pics of Jeremy, Hannah and Nick. We tried to match it up as best we could, then used VSCOCam to edit the image before emailing it to myself.
I imported it into Lightroom for a slight adjustment and exported it out for this article. The image above of Nick and below of Hannah are the results. Obviously there is some massive colour shifts and if I was not impatient I would have Nick correct these in Lighroom. I haven't bothered because what I really wanted to look at was not the obvious quality differences but just how capable an old mobile phone with the new Google Camera App held up.
I think they look quite good, in some crazy way I am impressed with the app's rendering giving a more portrait lens feel to the image. It is definitely a much better looking result than the normal deep depth of field you get out of a smartphone.
We started with some nice lighting and that helps in this comparison, I certainly would be happy with the Nexus images if I didn't have a large sensor camera on me. I am very interested to see the results using a much nicer camera say like that on the iPhone 7 using Apple's potentially more refined algorithm. You could certainly get away with it, though in the end it can never be as accurate as the real thing. Give it a shot!
Quick enlargement showing the obviously superior Leica Glass.