Camera samples of the Sony Xperia Z vs 808 PureView vs iPhone 5 vs Note II appear (macro, low light)

Camera samples of the Sony Xperia Z vs 808 PureView vs iPhone 5 vs Note II appear (macro, low light)
A couple of quick sample shots have emerged from a Sony event featuring a presentation of the upcoming Xperia Z flagship with "stacked" 13 MP Exmor RS sensor.

The folks over there grabbed the Z, which was likely a non-final unit still, and snapped a few comparison photos with the Nokia 808 PureView, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Sony Xperia T.

Granted, too bad nobody had a Nokia Lumia 920 handy, which would undoubtedly skew the low-light shots in its favor, but you can still get a pretty good idea about the Exmor RS sensor general performance - while no match for the level of detail from the 808 PureView monster, it behaved very well in the less than ideal lighting situation, save for a slight white balance mishap, and is a clear improvement over the previous Exmor R generation in the Xperia T.

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48 Comments

1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

All are great except for the Xperia T which has some kind of tint. I like the ones from Pureview and Xperia Z though.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Here's how i would conclude it: 1. 808 2. Xperia Z 3. iPhone 5 4. Xperia T 5. Note II. Although i'm l'le confused with the iPhone and T, i chose the iPhone because the T was darker than usual and lacked more detail than the iPhone. Disappointed with Note II's lack of detail as i thought it would be better than T.

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

A little bit annoying that with NoteII or Galaxy S3 we have to turn the low-light shooting on in every indoor situation. Most of comparisons skipped it (they thought it's not fair for others?)

23. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't think it has problems with shooting where the lights are dim. What the image lacked was detail...it looked slightly muddy compared to the rest...a certain sharpness missing.

21. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

We hv to remember that this xperia z is still in prototpe stage. The retail version will be better than this

37. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

come on. T is much better than note. i think note 2 is the worst.

39. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

not really.. go to gsmarena.com use their photo compare tool, use galaxy s3 or note 2 den compare it with other sony's phone esp the xperia T, ull see that no sony's phone beats the note2 and s3.. also the videos taken by galaxies are better.. in low light condition>i dont know..

2. joshOps85

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

clearly 808 pureview is the best but xperia z is also clearly the best out of the lower pixel phones. Also interesting that the 808 doesn't do as close macro shots.

20. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

My Nokia N8 can't do super-close macros (like the ones shown from the droids and iPhone5). I guess they implemented the same thing on the 808.

29. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

808 can't do as close macro shots because different optics (field of view ?) or something like that. However, you can use lossless zoom feature to get closer than other smartphones.

43. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I agree, compared to the phones in the Xperia's class it is indeed the best, it improved on the Xperia T in term of fine details, noise and contrast! The contrast is what improved the most! Great job Sony!

3. joshOps85

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

i also thought the notes colors a bit dull

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think the Z is going to be the smartphone camera to beat for 2013. And in an Android phone of all things, dayum! Nothing like competition to spur innovation.... So Sony, which carriers are you going to release the Z on in the U.S.?

6. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Xperia Z camera making realy good picturesIbetter then iphone5), but cameraphone of 2013? I don't think so. S series and iPhone had best cameraphones last 2 years, so I expect they' will beat xperia z .. we only have to wait..

35. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This is not the same SONY. This year is SONY only. Last year was SONY+Ericsson

38. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

last year is Sony's start ryt?

15. XperiaUser unregistered

i m just starts thinking about next flagship from Sony with more better camera beast lolz......

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I don't think so, remember Nokia is coming with new Pureview phones. Even the old 808 beats the Xperia Z.

33. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

yes 41 mp lumia with 2kg weight and 60mm thickness lol

48. jiezel91

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

not so smart of a joke you got there

7. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Where is the king the Lumia 920!?

9. wendygarett unregistered

Because the camera guy (sony fan) is afraid to lose hehehe

18. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

From all the things you usually say, this is the worst

32. BLikens1619

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

Lest you forget, the iPhone 5 is sporting a Sony lens.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Kaliil...here's some tip. 1. Open the article. 2. Read the article. 3. Understand the article, and 4. Comment.

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Well, its older and more powerful brother, the 808, is present.

13. XperiaUser unregistered

i also want to see comparison btw Xperia Z and lumia 920 , but its too early to say Camera king to lumia , actually too early ;)

22. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

that is camera test between phones not bricks

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Atleast the 'brick' work wonders...unlike your brain which is underclocked.

25. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

atleast i have brain ...

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