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Sony Xperia Z2: early camera comparison against iPhone 5s, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1, and more

Sony Xperia Z2: early camera comparison against iPhone 5s, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1, and more
No smartphone can be regarded as a true high-end device if it doesn't have a good camera outfitted on its back side. That is why we're not surprised to see that smartphone makers are putting extra effort in developing or picking the best snappers for their flagships. Take a look, for example, at the newly-announced Sony Xperia Z2 - it packs the same camera we know and like from the Xperia Z1, with 20.7MP of resolution and an Exmor RS sensor with size of 1/2.3. And it is good. Really good, for that matter.

How do we know? Well, you didn't think we'd miss the chance to snap a few shots with it here at MWC, did you? What's more, we also had a number of other flagship handsets with us, so we took a few photos with them as well for comparison's sake. Just keep in mind that the demo Sony Xperia Z2 unit that we had access to was most likely not running a finalized version of its software build, so the camera on a retail unit might behave differently. With that out of the way, the results can be found in the slideshow below. 


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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:45 2

1. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Tbh all these smartphones(except HTC One) have reached a point where one is not simply ''better'' than the other and the pictures are now more or less personal taste and you win no matter which you choose

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:13 1

9. papss (unregistered)


I would agree other than the 1020

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 00:58 2

28. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


Sad that wp destroid the phone.

Now is nokia going Android 5 years late

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:26

32. givemespecs (Posts: 64; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Are you Yoda?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 05:33

35. papss (unregistered)


No they made it better troll

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:14

10. Finalflash (Posts: 1460; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea its all pretty much the same now, features will distinguish them from here on out. Performance is almost exactly the same for all of them regardless of which one you use.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:25 2

13. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 371; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I have to disagree:
1. Looks like you haven't seen all those glorious photos taken by a pro DSLR's. I am not talking on facebook but go flickr and you will be amazed. Of course I dont expect DSLR quality on a phone but there is always room for improvement.
2. The low light pictures are still mediocre and in that field A LOT can be done and will be done for many years to come.
3. We have been just catchin up with cheap compact cameras quality with our high end phones. And compact cameras always improve, some of them are close to DSLR territory. So lots of room to improve.
4. Software optimization can make lots of difference, look what has iphone done with a 8mp camera but with amazing optics and amazing software optimization.
5. We need new technologies for our phone cameras. Maybe HTC will crack it down one days since them and NOKIA are the only ones experimenting and trying to innovate. Even if its not a great result in some cases.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 21:36

24. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


software optimization is what the developers on XDA do best...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:29

29. Snoobab (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Unfortunately the Sammy pics look "good" due to excessive software sharpening (Sammy's signature trait).

The optics used aren't able to resolve enough detail on their own so they have to use software tricks.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:46 2

2. digitalw (Posts: 48; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


It's ineteresting to see how Sony simply can not change their way of developing new image sensors. On 100% scale you can always say wich photo is from Sony mobile camera. It hase those .. #@$@# all over the area of similar colour and edges that express to much contrast... :(

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:29 3

14. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 371; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Their sensors are AMAZING, apple uses them, NIKON a top DSLR brand also uses them, many other use them. Its about sensor, optics, software, and making all that work together well. You can have a top 50mp sensor camera with s**tty optics or bad software and its gonna be a bad camera.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 19:24 1

19. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I agree with you because most products with Sony sensor is always on top of the list.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 19:30 1

20. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Sony Exmor RS is still one of the most advance image sensor.

And i really want to know wich one better between Sony Exmor RS vs Samsung ISOCELL because both of them claims their sensor is about 30% better than "Conventional BSI" sensor.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:47 8

3. Tizen007 (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Wow I'm surprised by the picture quality. But it does lacks features compared to the S5. Not an S5 fan at all but the more I see it the more I like it... Sammy magic.
Is there a 32G version of the S5?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:59 7

5. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


your name is Tizen and you not a samsung fan LOL

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:04 7

7. nctx77 (Posts: 445; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


It's not Sammy magic, it's called (S)heep!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 20:39 9

22. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


He said he's not an S5 fan, not that he's not a Sammy fan.

Reading is fundamental.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:32

16. UglyFrank (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Is the 8974AC guaranteed or is there a chance of 805?
I dont remember Samsung state what chip they were using, unless someone used CPU-Z on a show device.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:48 9

4. Bootutu (Posts: 184; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Z2 and Note 3 for me, better colour contrast and lots of details. HTC One is just aweful...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:02 2

6. bigdawg23 (Posts: 346; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Why include all of these phones but leave of Nokia? I understand leaving off my Lumia 1020 but why not put in the Icon or 920/925? The Icon has a 20MP getting it a fair to MP size vs 1020. I have a Note 2, Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5. 1020 does have some things to get use to for picture taking. Last week I snapped several photos at night with no flash and people were stunned.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:31

15. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 371; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


In many comparisons they leave top lumias out. Maybe their ad clients wont let them or they are deliberately trying not to showcase them too.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:13

8. grahaman27 (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Z2 and galaxy S5 were the winners to me. sharp details, accurate colors, least muddly grain.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:21

11. rsiders (Posts: 233; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Is there any way/app that gives Android users control over shutter speed like what's available on the Lumia devices?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:23

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Looks like an improvement over the Z and Z1, but even looking at 8MP of the full 20 (downsample to 40%), you see noise and heavy sharpening, look at the edges. To Sony's credit the Z2 shows most details of these phones, but the healthy softness of the 5S retains more natural looks. If Sony just tones down the sharpening, they'll be fine, although one must ask why go for 20MPs if it looks better in 8?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:33 2

17. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 371; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


1. Lossless zoom
2. When you scale it down a bad photo can look good
3. Bragging rights, good for ads

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 19:10

18. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


"Just keep in mind that the demo Sony Xperia Z2 unit that we had access to was most likely not running a finalized version of its software build, so the camera on a retail unit might behave differently"

"but do keep in mind that the GS5 unit we used wasn't final (running non-final software), so results may differ with the retail version of the Galaxy S5 (it mighteasily be even better)!"

Now I understand why there is so many articles about the S5 in PA.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 21:37

25. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


P.A. does it for advertising....

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 22:57

27. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Yeah i know that it just samsung doing some aggresive marketing.
Just be ready for some dirty moves from samsung just like what they have done to HTC

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 19:34

21. Andrewtst (Posts: 294; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


All look OK except HTC One.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 21:20

23. jamsatu (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


It's funny when a lot of people say "all is ok except htc one" yet when PA threw blind comparison pictures, HTC one has more vote than S4.

Brand does influence opinion 'eh?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 21:57

26. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


No doubts HTC One 2 will have an awesome camera in their phone and will probably beat S5 in user experience. Hopefully people start buying HTC instead of Samsung but I also hope HTC will update their flagship phones fast and 24 months update support.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:54

30. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2686; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Mod thing i must say that sammy's camera software is the best. It can revive a crap camera into something amazing.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:56

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2686; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Edit: damn typo not mod its one.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:33

33. TisaTsir (Posts: 53; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Z2 pictures have more details.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:52

34. matck (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


You have not even seen the image does not match with the smartphone Galaxy Note 3= iphone 5s

watch exif they are all wrong and does not correspond!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:17 2

36. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 90; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Here is my short judgment from detailed pixel peeping:

The winner is obviously Xperia Z2. Images show the best details compared to the others, noise levels are also great. that macro shot is yummy, DAT BOKEH EFFECT AND DETAIL. I am very pleased that image quality of Z2 is noticeably improved over Z1. And no more corner softness which is an issue in Xperia Z1 camera, yeay!

Xperia Z1 is also very detailed, but there is corner softness, and in some areas the pictures are a bit blurry

Note 3 and S4 are very detailed, look a bit overprocessed, noisy in corner areas of the image

iphone 5s shows decent detail but noisy in shadow areas

LG G2 is inconsistent. In scene 1 there is loss of detail due to noise reduction. In scene 2 there are some visible sharpening artifacts.

HTC One is dead last

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:30

37. dbrie (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Do we know if the Z1 and Z2 shots were taken using the full automatic mode or the manual mode? The Sony automatic mode gives you the 16:9 aspect ratio that so many people like but limits the files to 8MP, as opposed to the manual mode which lets you use the full 20MP. Judging by the picture aspect ratios it looks like they're 16:9 as opposed to 4:3, especially since they seem to have similar ratios to the other phones. If these are 8MP instead of 20MP, then the 100% crops wouldn't represent the best quality. Can anyone clarify this?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 11:39

38. PhotoPixel (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


The winner is Note 3 .Xperia Z2, on second place/

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