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Camera comparison: Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s

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Camera comparison: Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s

Introduction


Over the past several weeks, we've been enjoying the presence of the Sony Xperia Z2 at our office. We gave it the review treatment it deserved, we compared it thoroughly against many of its high-end rivals, and we even featured it in a recent blind camera comparison. There's still one more major item on our “to do” list, however – an in-depth camera comparison dedicated to Sony's new smartphone. Well, this gets written off with the post you're reading right now.

Yup, it is camera comparison time, and the Sony Xperia Z2 is having the honor of being the star of the show. Its impressive list of camera specs includes 20.7MP of resolution, G Lens optics, and 1/2.3" image sensor, which means that Sony's flagship has the potential to emerge triumphant once we take it through its paces. Just let's not forget that the Z1's camera was identical, yet it had its drawbacks. Has Sony managed to implement any significant improvements in its flagship's camera?And no less importantly, how is it going to stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G2, the HTC One (M8), and the iPhone 5s? That's surely going to be one tough race, folks, knowing that all these handsets are pretty good at taking photos. So without further ado, let's take a look at some photo samples.

Note: We're using a Panasonic Lumix GH2 with its kit lens as a reference camera.



Colors


Color reproduction is the first thing that we'll comment on; color accuracy, to be more specific. The Sony Xperia Z2 performs well in this particular category, with only some insignificant deviations in its daytime images. Colors have a slight boost to them, but we don't see it as anything that bothers us. We also noticed that its photos turn out slightly brighter, which is a bit of a double-edged sword – shady areas are clearer, but brighter objects might get “burned” because of that.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes photos with mostly neutral colors in them and a slight cold-ish tone seen on some occasions. That same “burning” effect we mentioned can be seen in the S5's photos as well, but its presence isn't as pronounced as it might be with the Z2.

The LG G2 also performed really well this time around and nailed a good color balance in most of its shots. We see that it doesn't tend to oversaturate the colors it has captured. Some images, however, exhibit a slightly greenish tone.

Apple's iPhone 5s has a mind of its own when it comes to color representation. Its photos often turn out noticeably warm and bright, which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. On one hand, photos from the 5s are very attractive with their warmness, but on the other hand, we can't consider them accurate.


Camera comparison: Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s

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posted on 23 May 2014, 09:33 21

1. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Xperia Z2 reign continues.

posted on 23 May 2014, 09:35 27

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Go to Page and see what the S5 got before dropping a comment.

posted on 23 May 2014, 09:40 33

6. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Considering you are the prominent unofficial ambassador-at-large for Sammy, I surely understand insecurity that Sammy got the same score as Sony. Don't worry, when Sammy sells less phone, they would need to hire less keyboard warriors. :)

posted on 23 May 2014, 09:42 28

7. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


They both scored the same, smarty pants !

But S5 is also people's champ as it won on PA's own blind test on both the occasions.

posted on 23 May 2014, 10:54 6

52. Penny (Posts: 1653; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


It won against the Z1, not the Z2, correct?

posted on 23 May 2014, 09:44 10

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What? Funny because I already have money to buy myself the M8 next week and iPhone 5S for father's day.

Sony selling more phones than Samsung? Lololol okay.

posted on 23 May 2014, 09:57 1

23. Frankiebeans (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Whaaa?

posted on 23 May 2014, 10:25 13

41. CoastCity (Posts: 257; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


HOW is Z2 equal in detail with S5 when anybody can use PhoneArena's camera comparizon tool (and GsmArena's) an see on the color poster and the ISO chart, S5's superiority in detail field?

posted on 23 May 2014, 10:38 3

45. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Also on that poster the white background is bluer in Z2's photo

posted on 23 May 2014, 10:52 7

51. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Do you have issues comprehending my sentences? I clearly say Sammy selling less phone solely without mentioning Sony. Try harder.

posted on 23 May 2014, 12:22 6

65. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And who do you think is going to step up to the plate and rise above them? No one because they're unstoppable ATM. The only competitor they have is Apple. Apple sells more iPhones in three months than all OEMs in a year so have a seat and keep quiet.

posted on 23 May 2014, 12:36 6

69. Frankiebeans (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


you need help my friend. this whole phone battle seems to really have some effect on your life why does it bother you so much?

posted on 23 May 2014, 14:24 4

74. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lololol thanks for the laugh. Got anything else?

posted on 27 May 2014, 17:02

125. Pflamingo (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 May 2014)


Apple honestly isn't a competitor, they put all of their money into the first phone and not much improvements at all. But I'm rockin Samsung right now.

posted on 23 May 2014, 15:00 1

76. babyk (Posts: 312; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


samsung dont know how to make a premium classy looking 1 million looking dollar phone. Sooner or later people will be heading that direction and care less about high end specs.

posted on 23 May 2014, 15:16 6

77. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You think the Z2 looks a million bucks? LMFAO I think you need to get yourself check out bud. The M8 and iPhone 5S look way better than the Z2.

BTW, "million dollar" phone that can't do 4K video without turning into a mini stove?

posted on 27 May 2014, 17:03

126. Pflamingo (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 May 2014)


Lol even the Vertu Ti doesn't even look classy, it's a piece but some people are still willing to pay $10k on the phone.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 23:02

141. great (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


all phones having 4k video capabilities have the same problem because the chipset cant handle it

posted on 23 May 2014, 16:09 9

82. gamblor77 (Posts: 106; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They didn't even score the same at all, that's the REALLY sad part. Z2 lost by a hefty margin but apparently you can't do math.

PA eliminated all the categories that the Z2 sucked in to force a tie. If you actually took an average of all the categories (not just 3/7) - the Z2 got 7.08 and S5 got 8.25.

They even removed HDR category because the S5 got an 8 and the Z2 got a 3. HDR is something is a very important feature and it makes the S5 stand out above the rest. It's not like Panoramic or Night mode which you'd only use occasionally.

Z2 can suck it hard!!!

posted on 23 May 2014, 16:40 6

86. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The Sony fans cut out the math so they can tie with the S5 haha.

posted on 25 May 2014, 03:49 1

108. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


The Z2 does terrible in panorama & HDR shots and performs worse than the S5 in night shots. Clearly the S5 is the superior overall camera but PA are the new Sony fanboys?

posted on 25 May 2014, 03:19 2

98. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Sammy is got is higher score than is z2, now go to h*ll and learn to speaka inglish, this is a site in english not in uzbekistani

posted on 27 May 2014, 13:26

124. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Yes is yes. go speaka inglish not uzbekistanni. no one is care for sony. sony is for old people. now go to h*ll

posted on 27 May 2014, 17:23

127. Pflamingo (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 May 2014)


Lol Sony isn't for old people, they obviously have updated their phones. Just sayin..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:49

138. karan75 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


tu chutiya hai

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:50

139. karan75 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


tu chutiya ha bc

posted on 23 May 2014, 09:56 4

19. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Where is Nokia L1020

posted on 23 May 2014, 10:06 6

36. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Where it deserves: nowhere! :)

posted on 23 May 2014, 12:27 9

67. Shubham412302 (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


this competition is for second rank
lumia is first

posted on 23 May 2014, 10:02 12

32. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Love my Z2 more than the N3, the N3 feels cheap tacky light and has no prestige

Cheap junk dustbin plastic

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