Camera shootout: Xperia Z1 vs Galaxy S4 vs G2 vs iPhone 5 vs One

Camera shootout: Xperia Z1 vs Galaxy S4 vs G2 vs iPhone 5 vs One
UPDATE: There was a technical issue which caused the images to not correspond to their respective device names. This has been fixed now. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

The 20.7-megapixel camera of the Sony Xperia Z1 sure is a topic of intense interest right now, and while we realize that it's not the wisest of things to compare a prototype unit to finished products, we just couldn't stop ourselves from taking a few test photos to compare against some of the handset's biggest rivals, such as the Galaxy S4, LG G2, iPhone 5 and HTC One.

Feel free to examine and compare the photos and videos below, just bear in mind that the pictures and footage the final Xperia Z1 is going to take might be slightly different. Anyways, here's a first glimpse at how it compares against those bad boys...



92. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Actually I'm shocked to see that the Z1 is better than the 1020. But with a dedicated Photo DSP, Android, and a sensor/lense coming directly from a standalone camera I understand. Not to mention it is feature rich phone and the 1020 takes 2-4 secs to reccord pictures which is very retarded and WP.

91. TMach unregistered

Open apology to all. Having now seen a live unit and played with it, there is only one word to describe this phone....Amazing! The viewing angles are amazing, the pictures are amazing, build quality and feel of the phone is amazing. I thought I would pass due to size but seeing it and holding it in the metal, I have had a change of mind and heart and this phone is a must have and it has the benefit of me being able to put a 64gb memory card in the phone! Forget the trolls and haters, it is all about the Z1. Oh yes, the screen is superb and the colours simply pop out at you! Good job Sony!!

90. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

xperia Z1 is a clear winner and thats a fact wtf...

89. tobybeast7

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

damn,z1 sucks...

88. torgrim

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

1. Tie 2. LG G2 (Z1 looks horrible... Shaky take?) 3. LG G2

85. lucid.brat unregistered

buddy different site tells different story....according to techradar lumia is best nd z1 fits in between htc nd lumia 1020 so dont bother other site only take review of ur fav site

82. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So now PA compares the z1 cam with everything else.

80. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

For those people who is upset about xperia z1 not having IOS. I\'ve seen videos from z1 and it\'s stable and not shaky and I\'ve seen low light sample from xperia z1 and it looks incredible and even better than 1020 with OIS. Why does z1 needs OIS again?

76. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I don't know why but something tells me that these camera comparisons always feel altered.... I have the HTC One and my pictures never come out that dark. Either the author can take a photograph correctly (there are people out there who cant) or pictures are doctored in some fashion.

75. yudi.nemesis unregistered

looks like phonearena is trying to make sony appear inferior

79. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I don't want to believe any tech sites now. I can't base my judgment on the product until I see it face to face. But I will surely get the Xperia Z1! Nothing, and no one can stop me :D

87. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

LOL - right on , buddy. It's pretty normal over here.

73. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

So now PA is deleting comments ? LMAO. CHILD MOVE!

78. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

They always do that..

84. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

no, the entire post was deleted. all the comments here are new. they did not selectively delete your comment so don\'t feel discriminated.

72. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Sony Xperia Z1 already a legendary. SONY FTW!!!!

70. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

just testing my apostrophe\' ...something seems wrong with the apostrophe s\'s

69. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

aren\'t your 100% crops mistaken again? the z1 and htc one crops seem to be different from what are shown on the gallery.

63. torrtorr

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hi, please don't you know if there will be update for Xperia Z with Xperia Z1 camera soft? I hope that if yes, it will bring more quality pictures from Z.

59. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Ok. Someone could moderate Wicpromd? Not doing anything, but spamming all of the topics which has a word on the Z1.

57. Jason2k13

Posts: 1487; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

to be honest, all the phones picture quality looks good and you wont really notice the difference in real life unless you compare pictures side by side every time you take a picture.

54. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

in that comparison Z1 is already better than Lumia 1020 but lets wait for more comparisons as already in this PA compariosn Z1 is clear winner

83. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

are you blind? or just a hater?

50. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I didn't even look at the pictures: some shots taken indoors at a show cannot be called a test.

48. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Xperia z1 ftw!

46. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

good. so it was a swap between the z1 and htc1. it's sony's fault after all. why are they using that "one" name.☻☻☻

60. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

Actually... They are just going back to what Sony Ericsson did with the naming of the Xperia X1 Xperia Z1 See, basically the same

65. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i was trying to joke☺ my bad. i\'m a poor comedian. phonearena said the photos were swapped and i think most of those that were swapped were z1 and htc1 photos. the system was probably confused with the names... there... i explained my joke. it\'s no longer a joke. i\'m depressed☻

45. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

ok again i have to do this so anyone who is looking for Z1 camera comparison against Lumia 1020 and see how Z1 camera is busting Lumia 1020 in daylight and night both and sorry for posting again

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