First Sony Xperia Z5 4K and 1080p video samples showcase its lightning-fast HybridAF focus tech

Updated design? Cool! A brand-new fingerprint scanner? Welcome! And yet, when we talk about Sony's Xperia Z line of devices, the conversation inevitably turns to camera performance, and that's not surprising — after all, the Japanese company's expertise in this area is beyond reproach. With a new, 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor with 23 megapixels of its own making strapped on the back of its new Xperia Z5, Sony is once again going to battle for dominance with other flagships for the title of best cameraphone. And though it's too early to tell just how well the company has done this time around, nothing's stopping us from commenting on some preliminary video footage we recorded during IFA 2015 in Berlin.

As can be expected from any self-respecting 2015 flagship, the Sony Xperia Z5 is a full-fledged camcorder with the ability to shoot up to 4K video at 29 frames per second. If you don't fancy sacrificing all that internal storage to store those giant 4K files, or you simply don't have the proper equipment to view them in their full glory, there's still the option of 1080p video at both 30 and 60 frames per second. Unfortunately, the improved SteadyShot stabilization is only available with the 1080p@30FPS mode, so 4K and silky-smooth 1080p clips are shaky in comparison.

Beyond the specs regurgitation, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Sony's new super-fast HybridAF focusing tech lives up to the company's claims, and is particularly responsive when shooting video under continuous auto focus (CAF). The shooter is very quick to determine whether the action is happening in the background or foreground, and we've got the footage to prove it. Check it out!

NOTE: Please do keep in mind that the camera software available with the demo unit used to film these clips is not final.

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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)



1. el_sur

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

I guess steadyshot stabilization doesnt apply to 4k recording?

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also no steadyshot stabilization for 60 fps 1080p :(

19. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yes it does, but it's not Intelligence Active

4. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

that would be really dumb cuz the sensor is really big to crop-out all the shakiness from the frame

5. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Might be a chipset limitation.

10. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Blablablabla , even if you have a dslr and a shaky hands you will not have a steady video , phonearena just posted a video comparison between z3 and z5 and you can see clearly that z5 is probably have the best video stabilization on market

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

depends on the lens and dslr

22. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Well 4K uses more of the sensor so it cannot digital stabilize as well.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

The autofocus is fast but the video quality is pretty average.

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sony always focuses on camera gimmicks and not on quality

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

S7 and G5 will maximize the quality of that sony's sensor

11. Amir1 unregistered

In your dreams. imx300 is exclusive to sony's flagships.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I doubt Sony would want to miss out on 40 million+ sales for the sake of exclusivity

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

you would think so, but if they believe they have a shot at competition in sales, it might be worth it.

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

That didn't stop hitting 40% of the sensor market did it?

20. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

exclusive FOR NOW only the same thing happened with the IMX220 when the Z1 came out months later you see the Galaxy K zoom and some other chinese phone that has the same sensor

21. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

And you got the information from where exactly? Even nobody is sure if the actual sensor is called IMX300 or something else. The Sony's website doesn't contain any reference to IMX300. And even if they are exclusive, I doubt that would stop anyone else making better sensors.

15. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I have the feeling that the Xperia devices are just "reference devices" for Sony to showcase their new camera sensors for their customers. Sony is mainly making money with PS4 and camera sensors.

7. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

The problem I have most of the time shooting video is focus. It always lags a second or two behind. Sucks when recording something with alot of motion at close range. I'll definetly pick up one of the Z5s. Probably the Premium.

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

auto focus is soo faaast. good job Sony.

16. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Image quality sucks again.

18. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Where's Ultra?

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