Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
Both handsets have 8 MP cameras on the back, but the one on the Z Ultra lacks an LED flash companion. We get plenty of scene and shooting modes in the camera apps, plus a number of color effects thrown in. Sony lets you shoot both stills and videos in HDR mode, and offers much faster camera app startup and shot-to-shot times, especially for HDR photos, compared to Samsung's phone.
Both devices offer a slightly more saturated look than the scene gives in reality, but luckily we didn't spot any glaring exposure or white balance issues. Detail captured is in the normal range for 8 MP shooters..
Noise creeps up significantly more in low-light situations when you are shooting with the Z Ultra than the results from the Mega 6.3, and the lack of LED flash makes matters even worse when it is dark around.
Video is captured with fluid 30 fps in 1080p resolution from the phones, but the Z Ultra has an added advantage here, sporting a superior HDR mode, which evens out the footage dynamic range, and should be left on at all times.
Rich image editing options can be found built into the grid-style gallery apps on both handsets, and it is pretty handy to work on such large screen canvass. Z Ultra offers the ability to outline for cropping, to annotate and shoot an image via email, all without letting go of a regular pen or pencil.
The music apps offer a number of equalizer presets and sound modes, but the phones sport pretty average loudspeakers, which are strong enough, but not that adamant on quality sound output, no matter which sound enhancement you apply.
Watching videos is what such large handsets are best at, compared to other phones, simply on account of their screen sizes. Both phones support all major video formats out of the box, up to 1080p resolution. On the Xperia Z Ultra, however, such footage will be shown in its beautiful native resolution, plus the superior contrast and antireflectance coating make viewing much better indoors and out, compared to the Mega 6.3.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Camera and Multimedia