And here are some Sony Xperia Z5 Clear Image Zoom photo samples

And here are some Sony Xperia Z5 Clear Image Zoom photo samples
We often state that modern smartphones have sent point-and-shoot cameras on their way to obsolescence. And that's clear to see why – the cameras on today's smartphones take photos of great quality, but no less importantly, they're always on us when we need them. Still, there's a handful of features you will only get on a dedicated camera and never on a mainstream handset. One of them is optical zoom. 

Optical zoom uses a physically moving lens to increase the camera's focal length. The result is image magnification with little or no loss in image quality. In contrast, smartphones use the so-called digital zoom – the image is stretched in software, which reduces sharpness. 

Then there's Clear Image Zoom – a Sony camera technology that has been available on select Xperia smartphones for a while now. In essence, the image is still zoomed digitally, but additional software algorithms are applied in attempt to minimize the reduction in photo quality. The feature is available on Sony's latest smartphones, namely the Xperia Z5, the Xperia Z5 Premium, and Xperia Z5 Compact. 

Curious to see how Clear Image Zoom photos look when snapped with the Xperia Z5's 23MP camera? So were we. At IFA 2015, we snapped a few photo samples using 5x, 3x, and no Clear Image Zoom in automatic mode. The shots are not jaw-dropping, unsurprisingly. Despite the fancy name, the zooming tech can't really do much to enhance the details present in the image. Still, there's a clear increase in sharpness applied to the zoomed images, which could be helpful in some situations. Feel free to take a look at the images yourself and let us know what you think of their quality in the comments.

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Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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59 Comments

1. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

I will be stuck between Z5 and Z5 premium. Any idea guys?

5. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Do you want battery life or a big size with a show-off-display?

41. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

You call it a Show-Off display? Why? Because there's no Samsung/Apple logo in it?

42. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

WTF has his comment got to do with Apple or Samsung? He's talking about the 4k display, you tool !!

48. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

What u think of me? Stupid for not knowing what he's talking about? To sum up what I said, why is it whenever those 2 release something, people would go Owmagawd innovation! And whenever other brands does it, people would go Nah it's just showing off..

50. DeusExMobular

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

I feel you dude. hahah If apple will release a leather back version for the iphones people will be like its elegant and classy and i think that will be the same with review, why? #BecauseApple xD Or have you wondered why people complain about the bezels on android phones while they dont with iphones? why? #BecauseApple haha xD i may not make sense or sound butthurt but people will always have different opinions so :)

56. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Because it says it is a 4K display but doesnt show any 4K content besides 4K videos, the rest like interface and apps is still 1080p.

6. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Read this before you decide, I am sure Anandtech will provide more details if they decide to review Z5. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/IFA-2015-Android-laeuft-auf-dem-4K-Smartphone-Sony-Z5-Premium-nicht-in-4K-2803891.html ^^ Use google translate if necessary

20. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

more people need to read this.

25. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

doesn't have to be google translate,, bing translate will do the same.. LOL!

33. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Yep, that would work too.. Cheers!

36. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

52. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so they split each subpixel bar to 4 circle, so the total number of pixel will be 4 times of FullHD, thus it became 4k? but can it fully render 4k image? o.O

11. Ummay

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

wait for the reviews if the battery endurance rating of Z5 premium surpasses or even matches to that of Z5's then go for Z5 premium.....

44. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This. Especially since the Z5P has a 3430mAh battery and the Z5 has a 2900mAh sized battery I wouldn't be too surprised if the Z5P has better battery life

13. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

wait for nexus or htc 29 sep.

27. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

I'm also waiting to see what HTC has to offer as I'm due for an upgrade.

16. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Thanks guys, If the battery life is okay I will probably get the Z5 premium. Of course will be waiting for the review

24. kingsbounty

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

z5 more compact and i think more battrey life

34. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Why waste extra 150-200$ on a phone that offers nothing more and actually will have a big minus of worse battery? In best case lets assume they did magic and it doesn't have worse battery but same as normal Z5. Literally you are wasting money on a handset with only purpose to fill marketing billboards with the letters 4K. Between 1080p and 2K there is a tiny difference in quality which your eyes can see. There is absolutely no quality difference your eyes can see between 2K and 4K on a phone screen. It could have had 8K screen and it would make no difference. I would take samsung super amoled even with 720p which is the best quality panel right now over 4K or 8K or any other gimmick.

46. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

bla bla bla somebody's jealous

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

With ois it would be perf

8. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

DIS works great for those phones... Superior Auto has it automatically set.

18. TyrionLannister unregistered

DIS can work just as good or even better than OIS in video recording. And Z5 has pretty good DIS. In videos, it just reduces the FoV and changes the frame a little to account for little shake. The issue with DIS is that it can't be used for photos. When you want that low light shot with a 1/10 s exposure, you need optical stabilization.

30. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The Lannister is correct here. To this day I can get handheld shots between 1-2 seconds (using the elbow tucked in method of course) with my old Lumia 920. Only OIS can enable that type of magic.

35. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Of course it can, apple has some kind of DIS and it works like magic on the iPhone 6. Actually I have compared it against OIS in some phones and it works equality if not better. Issue isnt DIS but sony horrible track record with software optimization in all its products. I cant imagine them suddenly becoming experts in software optimization same like HTC does not become expert in camera quality.

47. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

But Sony truly has the imaging history behind their mirrorless cameras to bring to their devices they just never really seemed to care besides saying that they did. This year seems different in every aspect. Sony has the edge over every other OEM making phones except maybe Samsung in that they also make cameras as well.

49. TyrionLannister unregistered

If you look at the exif data, the iPhone 6 plus goes much much longer exposure than the 6 in low light and is better. DIS can't work as you just have 1 frame.

40. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

yes. although dis already works amazingly for videos. OIS would be great for the stills.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Any type of digital zooming (even with some fancy names) is useless.

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