I have the same "popping noise during video recording" problem as others (just as I did with my N5 and GN2). Can't stand it. Stupid noise cancellation gone overboard. However, I've found that using the Google Camera app the sound is much better. I'd was thinking that if that app was able to take advantage of the laser focus, I'd exclusively use it. If not, I'll use stock for pics and GC for video. I'd rather only have to use one app though.