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Our first camera samples with the Xperia XZ Premium!

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Our first camera samples with the Xperia XZ Premium!

It was 2 months ago when Sony announced the Xperia XZ Premium, back at MWC 2017. The phone is the successor of the 2015 Xperia Z5 Premium and continues its 4K legacy. Unfortunately, the units that were displayed at MWC weren't exactly ready for prime time, and we didn't get much of a chance to play with them.

Today, we are at a top-secret location, getting our very first hands-on with the fully functional Xperia XZ Premium. We were getting eager to play with the camera, so we nabbed a unit and made a lap around the hotel. Now, you get to see the first samples we took with the 4K phone.

The Xperia XZ Premium rocks the same Motion Eye as the Xperia XZs — a 19 MP sensor with incredibly fast autofocus, Sony's Intelligent Active image stabilization, and the capability to shoot ultra slow-motion clips at 960 FPS. Of course, we tested out those modes and made a bunch of photos. Check out our gallery below for a good look at them!


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posted on 27 Apr 2017, 08:55

1. FlySheikh (Posts: 402; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)


Ayyy...

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:05 2

6. Bankz (Posts: 1325; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Why dont they ever do camera comparisions with other top dogs? Anyway, this sensor looks promising.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:35 2

14. sgodsell (Posts: 4518; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Considering Sony makes the camera sensors for almost all the OEMs, including Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, and many others. It's no surprise that they would have the best cameras. Besides this is the first to have a 960 fps camera in a smartphone. I remember paying $3000 for a 1000fps camera at a company I use to work. That was just the cost of the camera only. Mind you that was a good few years ago now.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:59 6

18. bucky (Posts: 3032; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


But they certainly dont in any comparison i have ever seen. They fail consistently in the post processing department. The hardware is always top notch though.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 12:46 2

26. danny_a2005 (Posts: 251; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


That was exactly what I was going to say, for example the pixel uses a sony sensor, but their post processing is amazing, and that HDR+ feauture makes your pics stunning, sony needs to work on that a lot, I would request some google assistance lol

posted on 28 Apr 2017, 01:16

34. askarak (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Aug 2015)


The camera can do 960 fps, but for less than a second, IIRC.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 08:56

2. bucky (Posts: 3032; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


They look good but i take all of these (same with apple and samsung) with a grain of salt.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 08:58 3

3. abdoualgeria (Posts: 653; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


I love that imx400 ...

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:00 8

4. shamrock_sean (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Apr 2017)


They look good but Phone Arena I have a suggestion. Can you change your photo viewing software as I cannot zoom in and see detail of images

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:22

10. ibend (Posts: 6427; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


even if you can zoom, you still can't see much detail on it, since the the full size of images that posted here been resized (for faster page load I guess)

i.ehttp://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/286280-image/Sony-Xperia-XZ-Premium-photo-samples.jpg

(they should include 100% crop :-/)

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:03 1

5. AmashAziz (Posts: 977; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


The problem is I haven't seen the actual images in reality. So I cannot tell how accurate they are.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:06 2

7. libra89 (Posts: 801; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


Wow! Amazing.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:21

8. Cat97 (Posts: 194; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


*yawn*...

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:22 2

9. Xperia14 (Posts: 872; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Best mobile sensor on the market. Perhaps the best camera on a smartphone.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 12:47 1

27. danny_a2005 (Posts: 251; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


There is nothing better than the Pixel, sorry.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 17:22

33. Rocastle (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


Who knows!

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:23 2

11. Rafael1703 (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Nice to see Portugal in the pictures :)

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:27

12. Xperia14 (Posts: 872; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Most beautiful country in Europe if you ask me!

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 11:14

23. JohnnyD (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Sep 2015)


Were those pictures taken in Tróia?

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:29 5

13. Landon (Posts: 663; Member since: 07 May 2015)


That ultra slow motion feature is flipping awesome!

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:47 1

15. chancooluk (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Sep 2015)


Dynamic range doesn't seem great to me. Everything other than the sky is very dark on the majority of those shots.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 11:43 6

24. mixedfish (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


That is the correct way to expose a brightly lit scene. Anymore than this and you crush detail or are using some fake HDR.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:50 1

16. fsjon (Posts: 120; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


In good lighting, you can't really go wrong with any flagship nowadays...so amazing in daylight is a moot point.

Low light is a terrible mess, noise galore with detail almost non-existent (the one at the hotel lobby, you can barely make out the out light of the white stones. The photo from the waiting area at the elevator is a complete mess with crazy noise, maybe turn on HDR may save that shot?) . But to be honest, that's typical post processing from Sony phone.

How can they make such amazing low light DSLR camera, but so terrible with their phones? Is it another bad contract they sign somewhere so they can't make it amazing, similar with their "no finger print sensor for NAM devices" debacle?

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 09:53

17. libra89 (Posts: 801; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


I think software is to blame here.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 10:47 3

20. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 943; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Lowlight performance is one of those extras that gets its value overestimated. I looked at my gallery, and less than 5% of my photos are lowlight. I really can't let that determine whether or not I get a phone. It's a nice extra, but no deal breaker.

On another note, Sony and Google prove with their latest flagships that OIS is not necessary for great video and photos, respectively.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 10:04 2

19. Export (Posts: 96; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)


Looks good, but needs comparisons of other flagships.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 10:52 3

21. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1762; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


They look great. June can't come any faster.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 10:59

22. Cambapo (Posts: 14; Member since: 24 Dec 2015)


It's pointless to show downsized images, they'll always look good. The details are visible in full size photos, such as noise and oversharpening issues.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 11:43 1

25. slannmage (Posts: 173; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Ois sucks, phones without it like this are so much smoother now.

posted on 27 Apr 2017, 12:55

28. Xperia14 (Posts: 872; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


No, OIS is really usefull with low-light shooting as it allows for longer exposure.

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