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First Xperia Z5 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs S6 vs Z3 vs G4 camera samples comparison

Xperia Z5 vs Z3 vs 6 Plus vs S6 vs G4 cameras - fight!

Xperia Z5 vs Z3 vs 6 Plus vs S6 vs G4 cameras - fight!


Despite most phones now being outfitted with Sony camera sensors, Sony's own Xperia flagships have so far failed to impress in our camera comparisons. 

Sony, however, took all by surprise at the IFA expo, letting a brand new 23 MP Exmor RS sensor out of the bag. It makes a cameo in a Sony flagship for the first time for the Z5 trio, and will seemingly stay exclusive to Sony phones. We can reasonably expect extremely fast performance, as the new Xperias sport phase detection autofocus. Sony promises 0.03s focusing times, which is a record speed indeed, about three times faster than the quickest autofocus systems announced, like on Samsung's Note5 or the Redmi Note 2.

Still, Sony warns that this is the minimum, while the average focusing speeds will range from 0.1s-0.4s, but that is still plenty fast, even for the lowest of light scenarios. Since Sony went all-in with the rear camera, which comes with the world's fastest 0.03s autofocus, 5x Clear Image Zoom, up to ISO 12800 for photos and ISO 3200 for videos, improved Steady Shot features, as well as rich 4K video recording with 8 MP screenshot taking, it is only suitable for us to take a few real camera samples from this new 23 MP shooter, and compare it with the best that the other flagships can offer. 

The Z5 carries a camera with the highest resolution in the Android universe, yet we know resolution is not everything, and can be even detrimental if the sensor size is kept the same, while the pixels have gotten smaller. Check out the comparison with the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, LG G4, and Xperia Z3 in the slideshow below, and bear in mind that these are preliminary samples with a display version of the Z5, so stay tuned for our comparison with a retail unit. Be very patient, as these are the full-size untouched images, and Sony now lets you shoot in full-res with its Intelligent Auto mode, resulting in the sizable 5-10 MB per piece.

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posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:24 14

1. ander204 (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Wow. just compare the color reproduction with 3rd kind of picture with Z5 and S6.
Z5 FTW

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:28 22

4. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


In the 3rd pic. there is almost no difference between color reproduction of S6 and Z5. It's G4 which screwed up. Look closely.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:30 3

6. ander204 (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Look at the floor(tiles)and the color of those flower.
in 4th pic S6 is kind of saturating too

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:14 12

26. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


S6 looks fine to me. Besides, we don't know the color of floor anyway.

4th pic S6 is out of focus. So, I wouldn't even judge further as it skewed the pic already.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 12:36 5

35. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Both are great indeed, Sony has more FOV that's why it might seem like the better one (FOV is VERY important in camera benchmarks). I think Sony finally did it. I loved the S6 camera and hoped the Z5 would even come close, this is perfect.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 12:09

108. iddles (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2015)


That's not much of a defence, in fact I see that as an indictment of the S6 - I'd rather have a camera that can autofocus in 0.03 seconds like the Xperia Z5; bad shots like these are less likely to happen.

posted on 06 Sep 2015, 10:01

92. LGGThree (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Aug 2014)


G4 have RAW mode and color temparatre & shutter speed changing option. So i can always take the picture i want and also can tune the way i want by editing RAW . So these comarisons are of no use . Practically you can getting better pictures sing G4

posted on 06 Sep 2015, 10:32 1

93. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You can get raw and shutter speed in S6 too using manual camera app or any other 3rd party app with manual controls. So your argument is useless.

Besides, almost no one uses RAW on smartphones as you have to correct for vignetting and other aberrations which is not easy. People just want to point and shoot.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 05:34

103. ogee4life (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


It's about point and shoot capabilities here my brother, all these photos were shot in auto modes, they all have manual capabilities excluding the iphone which to me is the worst camera here. Terribly oversaturates and has narrow field of view, everything just looks yellowish on the iphone. The g4 beats the s6 in the car picture but on the pictures with the two women the s6 has the slight edge. The g4 beats the s6 in the pic with the hankerchief. But the z5 tops in all categories, the z3 only was fab in the low light category with the hankerchief but still beats the iphone in other categories excluding the car pic where it comes last.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 02:05

110. jbjardinico (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


I compared Note 5, G4, Iphone6s vs Xperia Z5 at manilashaker.com and proved that Z5 has indeed better color reproduction, white balance control and toning.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:56 5

18. kingsbounty (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Apr 2015)


G4 is the best .
you just see more to noise in other phones and see true color in G4.
1-G4
2-Z5
3-S6 & Iphone 6 plus
4- Z3 = Really bad

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 19:30 6

64. may_czos (Posts: 708; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


G4 was the best? No way, white balance was off and there's quite a lot of noise in all G4's pictures. Z5 has nice colors and good white balance but too much digital noise. S6 is really good in all areas and there's the least noise in S6's pictures.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 23:49 2

75. KParks23 (Posts: 579; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Lol somebody ^^^^^ owns a G4 lol

posted on 05 Sep 2015, 09:34 2

83. fonelover123 (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 May 2015)


i agree g4 still the best camera phone

with laser auto focus, manual mode RAW f1.8
and more accurate and sharper.

overall still the g4 is the king

posted on 06 Sep 2015, 18:13

97. Jango (Posts: 290; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


Agreed about the G4. I would rate the iP6 next, then the s6 then the z5 followed by the z3.

I'm a z3 owner. I love it. I know I can get WAY better results using 'night scene' mode. The other devices 'night scene' modes are sub par. I wonder how night scene will be on the z5

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:03

21. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Iphone has nicest picture.. but they probably used stand and.on others phones just moved with hands ..

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:04 10

22. PhotoPixel (Posts: 29; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Xperia camera soft even in new Z5 has not changed..... (

Still oversharpened and noisy photos with blurred details.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 14:49 3

46. sergiobr (Posts: 690; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Yep ! I expected a better photo, G4 > iph6 > s6 > z5 > z3 indoors

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 15:16 12

52. Niva. (Posts: 417; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


You seriously ranked the iph6 2nd in that company... ohkay.

posted on 06 Sep 2015, 07:52

91. sergiobr (Posts: 690; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I saw at 100% in a UHD TV and ... S6 > LG G4 > IPh6 > Z5 > Z3 ! Impressed with the sw in S6 (sharpen details) and Sony ... fails again with this 1/2.3' sensor. At 100% looks like a paint full of blots.

posted on 06 Sep 2015, 18:14 1

98. Jango (Posts: 290; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


Wow. Exactly my line of choice too. You know your stuff. Z3 user here.

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 05:41

104. ogee4life (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


so which pictures above beats the z5? The z5 beats them all and has the best field of view, the colours look far more accurate on the z5, look at the women pics on the iphone, lg and samsung. The women look yellowish, how many white women actually look yellow white in real life? it's just over sharping and processing by the iphone especially. The z5 has the best field of view and colour representation amongst them all, details is debatable with the g4 and s6 as they all show good amount of details, and all of em show noise when cropped 100%

posted on 05 Sep 2015, 10:11

86. XperiaShubhi (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Feb 2014)


It is a surprising thing that phone cameras can offer these kind of images and videos like image stabilization in z5 and dynamic range in all phones above and F1.8 lens in LG G4
For me i cant spot difference without zooming (maybe i have poor cone receptors in my eyes?).
For white balance z5 is improved because z3 was messed up in white balance
Details are good in all phones but noise levels make difference like z5 gives noise

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:26 43

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Three things are clear:

1. The Z3 is totally outclassed by all other cameras.

2. Color reproduction of G4 can be very bad in certain lighting(garden scene)

3. Z5 is very very close to S6, or even slightly ahead. Also, it's clearly better than the iPhone.

Kudos Sony.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:30 22

5. Kakarotto (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Look at details in 100%. Z5 sucks and S6 is the king.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:31 5

9. ander204 (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


look at 4th pic and load 100% dude

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:15 12

27. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


4th pic S6 is out of focus.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:38 5

14. ferretsama (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Nov 2014)


agree, the improvement from Z3 to Z5 is pretty huge

posted on 15 Sep 2015, 05:43

105. ogee4life (Posts: 105; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


nice objective analysis

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:27 18

3. manojmcn (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Still S6 is the camera king!

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:40 3

16. ander204 (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


currently i would say yes. wait till iphone 6s and retail Z5 come out. hopefully some1 can make a comparison FAST.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:30 7

7. mistercarter (Posts: 349; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


iPhone and G4 are the only ones who show true colors while keeping a great dynamic range...
Z3 and S6 cant show off red colors, they tend to picture washed up red shade
anyways, i'm so glad Sony has improved their image processing algorithm in the Z5! now, it's a pre-production unit so please dont F it up tweaking what's not necessary before launch

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 19:37 3

65. may_czos (Posts: 708; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


G4 and true colors? Not here. G4 has problems with white balance, some areas were too bright (floor around the car, girl from the last picture), two pictures came out too yellow. There was also some noise in all of them. Z5 has the best colors and white balance but there's definitely too much digital noise. S6 was the most reliable performer with the least noise in all pictures.

posted on 06 Sep 2015, 16:00

94. Trex95 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


True.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:31 13

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The S6 is still ahead of the pack. The camera focus on that girl's face with the S6, 6 Plus and G4 came out rather poor. I think they focused on the wrong exposure points.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 13:36 3

41. killerpollo (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 May 2015)


are you kidding?, the G4 was the only to properly take a shot of her face, the GS6 is out of focus so it can't be compared and the Z5 is an absolute disaster...

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:31

10. c.hack (Posts: 603; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


If your comparing to the 2014 iPhone, shouldn't you compare to the S5?

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:34 2

11. manojmcn (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


They are going by the latest available model while Z3 is for checking Sony's own improvements. Next month we will see the comparison of iphone 6S against six month old S6.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:36 2

12. JMartin22 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


iPhones use H2 technology components that are meant to contend with H1 technology of the proceeding year. Apple chose not to utilize the best components and adjustments for their flagships. The S6 is using H2 2014 components for the camera module. It's the same one on Note 4 with adjustments made for the S6.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 18:14

59. tedkord (Posts: 9850; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, because there's roughly 6 months in between this two, also.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:36 2

13. ferretsama (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Nov 2014)


Z5 looking good, but the red seems to pop a little too much in the car photo :/

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 19:39 1

66. may_czos (Posts: 708; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Question is - how red was the car?

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 12:44

102. mrasool (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


I can confirm that the red reproduction by the Z5 is amazingly correct. I have the exact same car in the exact same colour. All the other images make the colour look slightly pink which is not the correct colour. So to answer your question, the car is THAT red.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:39 4

15. jackto (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


i gotta say that people in phonearena comment section have very good eyesight.

for me all the photos are very good for smartphones and they are almost at the same level.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 14:30

45. AlikMalix (Posts: 4816; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


It's called nit-picking! I thought the same as you - if be happy with any of those phones. All the photos are great specifically because it was taken inside and some with bad lighting.

You'll notice that in any set one of the phones is out of focus or didn't read the colors right - but overall great consistent results by all.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 15:01

47. marorun (Posts: 2859; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


I would not say this often but i am in agreement with you.

They all take amazing picture.

Some had a tad better colors other a tad more detail but they are all amazing.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 10:47 2

17. rsiders (Posts: 830; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


We'll have to wait until the official review to see if Sony's claims live up to the hype but at least they have finally given a damn enough to put a new sensor instead of the usual one we've seen a hundred times already. If they really use the technology from their mirrorless camera division and put it to work in their phones, Sony will finally win the camera award this year. I just need a full fledged manual mode like what Nokia, LG and Samsung has in the camera interface.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 15:03

48. marorun (Posts: 2859; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Get the app Camera FV-5 cant beat the amount of manual options you get from this app. All stock camera app are joke compared tho this app ( for manual control not for interface itself its not an easy app to use but in good hand its make even a Sony Z1 take better picture than a S6 )

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 15:43 1

53. rsiders (Posts: 830; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I had that app and it sucked. I would most likely use Manual Camera or ProShot.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:00

19. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Parena why u didn't include Mate S ?!?!?

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:19 1

29. srirachacha (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Mar 2015)


Because they are in the Sony section and they can't just walk all over the place with showcase phones..?

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:02 4

20. Exige85 (Posts: 143; Member since: 12 Aug 2015)


S6 and G4

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 19:40 2

67. may_czos (Posts: 708; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


S6 on its own. G4 has too many issues (white balance in 3rd pisture, too much noise).

posted on 05 Sep 2015, 09:35

84. fonelover123 (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 May 2015)


in a proper professional comparison g4 is the king of camera phone

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:06

23. dimas (Posts: 1799; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Z5 made iphone 6 plus pictures look like they came from a mid-range device. And look at that height, even over towering the G4.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:12 2

24. sip1995 (Posts: 1543; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


The real competition will start with the Lumia 950/950XL

posted on 05 Sep 2015, 11:01

87. elitewolverine (Posts: 4989; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Shoot even now I would choose my 1020 for 39MP detailed RAW over any of these.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:14

25. mdsheik (Posts: 52; Member since: 03 Sep 2015)


Z5 camera portion improved a lot it shows real colour better than S6 and iphone, G4 low light pic is a highlight. Iphone 6s is coming soon so the comparision should made with iphone 6s not with the 6.

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 11:18 7

28. phichart (Posts: 229; Member since: 03 May 2014)


For me,..
S6
G4
Z5
6Plus
Z3

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 13:34

40. killerpollo (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 May 2015)


yep, pretty much, although I would say the 6+ and Z5 are both #3 because the first gets too much noise and the second while produces less noisy pics the color seems on the extra warm side of things...

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