First Xperia Z5 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs S6 vs Z3 vs G4 camera samples comparison


Despite most phones now being outfitted with Sony camera sensors, Sony's own Xperia flagships have so far failed to impress in our camera comparisons. 

Sony, however, took all by surprise at the IFA expo, letting a brand new 23 MP Exmor RS sensor out of the bag. It makes a cameo in a Sony flagship for the first time for the Z5 trio, and will seemingly stay exclusive to Sony phones. We can reasonably expect extremely fast performance, as the new Xperias sport phase detection autofocus. Sony promises 0.03s focusing times, which is a record speed indeed, about three times faster than the quickest autofocus systems announced, like on Samsung's Note5 or the Redmi Note 2.

Still, Sony warns that this is the minimum, while the average focusing speeds will range from 0.1s-0.4s, but that is still plenty fast, even for the lowest of light scenarios. Since Sony went all-in with the rear camera, which comes with the world's fastest 0.03s autofocus, 5x Clear Image Zoom, up to ISO 12800 for photos and ISO 3200 for videos, improved Steady Shot features, as well as rich 4K video recording with 8 MP screenshot taking, it is only suitable for us to take a few real camera samples from this new 23 MP shooter, and compare it with the best that the other flagships can offer. 

The Z5 carries a camera with the highest resolution in the Android universe, yet we know resolution is not everything, and can be even detrimental if the sensor size is kept the same, while the pixels have gotten smaller. Check out the comparison with the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, LG G4, and Xperia Z3 in the slideshow below, and bear in mind that these are preliminary samples with a display version of the Z5, so stay tuned for our comparison with a retail unit. Be very patient, as these are the full-size untouched images, and Sony now lets you shoot in full-res with its Intelligent Auto mode, resulting in the sizable 5-10 MB per piece.

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107 Comments

1. ander204

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Wow. just compare the color reproduction with 3rd kind of picture with Z5 and S6. Z5 FTW

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

In the 3rd pic. there is almost no difference between color reproduction of S6 and Z5. It's G4 which screwed up. Look closely.

6. ander204

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Look at the floor(tiles)and the color of those flower. in 4th pic S6 is kind of saturating too

26. TyrionLannister unregistered

S6 looks fine to me. Besides, we don't know the color of floor anyway. 4th pic S6 is out of focus. So, I wouldn't even judge further as it skewed the pic already.

35. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Both are great indeed, Sony has more FOV that's why it might seem like the better one (FOV is VERY important in camera benchmarks). I think Sony finally did it. I loved the S6 camera and hoped the Z5 would even come close, this is perfect.

108. iddles

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

That's not much of a defence, in fact I see that as an indictment of the S6 - I'd rather have a camera that can autofocus in 0.03 seconds like the Xperia Z5; bad shots like these are less likely to happen.

92. LGGThree

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

G4 have RAW mode and color temparatre & shutter speed changing option. So i can always take the picture i want and also can tune the way i want by editing RAW . So these comarisons are of no use . Practically you can getting better pictures sing G4

93. TyrionLannister unregistered

You can get raw and shutter speed in S6 too using manual camera app or any other 3rd party app with manual controls. So your argument is useless. Besides, almost no one uses RAW on smartphones as you have to correct for vignetting and other aberrations which is not easy. People just want to point and shoot.

103. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

It's about point and shoot capabilities here my brother, all these photos were shot in auto modes, they all have manual capabilities excluding the iphone which to me is the worst camera here. Terribly oversaturates and has narrow field of view, everything just looks yellowish on the iphone. The g4 beats the s6 in the car picture but on the pictures with the two women the s6 has the slight edge. The g4 beats the s6 in the pic with the hankerchief. But the z5 tops in all categories, the z3 only was fab in the low light category with the hankerchief but still beats the iphone in other categories excluding the car pic where it comes last.

110. jbjardinico

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

I compared Note 5, G4, Iphone6s vs Xperia Z5 at manilashaker.com and proved that Z5 has indeed better color reproduction, white balance control and toning.

18. kingsbounty

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

G4 is the best . you just see more to noise in other phones and see true color in G4. 1-G4 2-Z5 3-S6 & Iphone 6 plus 4- Z3 = Really bad

64. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

G4 was the best? No way, white balance was off and there's quite a lot of noise in all G4's pictures. Z5 has nice colors and good white balance but too much digital noise. S6 is really good in all areas and there's the least noise in S6's pictures.

75. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Lol somebody ^^^^^ owns a G4 lol

83. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

i agree g4 still the best camera phone with laser auto focus, manual mode RAW f1.8 and more accurate and sharper. overall still the g4 is the king

97. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Agreed about the G4. I would rate the iP6 next, then the s6 then the z5 followed by the z3. I'm a z3 owner. I love it. I know I can get WAY better results using 'night scene' mode. The other devices 'night scene' modes are sub par. I wonder how night scene will be on the z5

21. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Iphone has nicest picture.. but they probably used stand and.on others phones just moved with hands ..

22. PhotoPixel

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Xperia camera soft even in new Z5 has not changed..... ( Still oversharpened and noisy photos with blurred details.

46. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Yep ! I expected a better photo, G4 > iph6 > s6 > z5 > z3 indoors

52. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

You seriously ranked the iph6 2nd in that company... ohkay.

91. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I saw at 100% in a UHD TV and ... S6 > LG G4 > IPh6 > Z5 > Z3 ! Impressed with the sw in S6 (sharpen details) and Sony ... fails again with this 1/2.3' sensor. At 100% looks like a paint full of blots.

98. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Wow. Exactly my line of choice too. You know your stuff. Z3 user here.

104. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

so which pictures above beats the z5? The z5 beats them all and has the best field of view, the colours look far more accurate on the z5, look at the women pics on the iphone, lg and samsung. The women look yellowish, how many white women actually look yellow white in real life? it's just over sharping and processing by the iphone especially. The z5 has the best field of view and colour representation amongst them all, details is debatable with the g4 and s6 as they all show good amount of details, and all of em show noise when cropped 100%

86. XperiaShubhi

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 01, 2014

It is a surprising thing that phone cameras can offer these kind of images and videos like image stabilization in z5 and dynamic range in all phones above and F1.8 lens in LG G4 For me i cant spot difference without zooming (maybe i have poor cone receptors in my eyes?). For white balance z5 is improved because z3 was messed up in white balance Details are good in all phones but noise levels make difference like z5 gives noise

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Three things are clear: 1. The Z3 is totally outclassed by all other cameras. 2. Color reproduction of G4 can be very bad in certain lighting(garden scene) 3. Z5 is very very close to S6, or even slightly ahead. Also, it's clearly better than the iPhone. Kudos Sony.

5. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Look at details in 100%. Z5 sucks and S6 is the king.

9. ander204

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

look at 4th pic and load 100% dude

27. TyrionLannister unregistered

4th pic S6 is out of focus.

14. ferretsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

agree, the improvement from Z3 to Z5 is pretty huge

105. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

nice objective analysis

3. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Still S6 is the camera king!

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