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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: 853; 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: 12; 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: 767; 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: 639; 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: 326; 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: 712; 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: 425; 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: 712; 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: 326; 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: 253; 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: 574; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Still S6 is the camera king!

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