Sony Xperia XZ Vs Samsung Galaxy S7: whose camera focuses faster?

Sony Xperia XZ Vs Samsung Galaxy S7: whose camera focuses faster?
Today marks the last day of IFA 2016. As much as we don't want to leave, it is time to pack our bags and head home. We're not quite done covering the event, however. At the show floor, we had the chance to test the camera on the new Sony Xperia XZ quite extensively, and here's one of the comparisons we managed to execute.

In the video embedded below, we test the focusing performance of the Xperia XZ. In particular, we compare Sony's flagship against the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is a phone known for its ultra-responsive dual-pixel autofocus. Which of the two is faster? Well, we'd say that both phones deliver excellent results, although Samsung's handset seems a fraction of a second quicker. Still, we're not going to call this our final verdict, as the Xperia XZ we used for the test wasn't a final unit. 

Sony takes great pride in the Xperia XZ's 23MP main camera, and it sure is shaping up as a very capable shooter. If you're curious, feel free to check out our quick camera comparison with the Xperia XZ, as well as our first look at its refined camera app.

Related phones

Xperia XZ
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17.5h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

That Sony video is kinda dark and grainy

2. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

The natural and realistic over the overblown and oversaturated is a no brainer. There is one thing Samsung will never be known for : originality. Not just phones. Take a look at their other consumer products from TV to Fridges and Washing Machines. Many thousands of them exist but they are all the same.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

almost par focusing speed.... but image quality still one year behind S7


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

And that stabilization is lightyears ahead of the S7, too.

5. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

I dont think so. Depends on your taste. S7 colors a bit unnatural, overblown in my opinion but in xperia xz a bit wash but its pretty good. And one thing. If u say 1 year behind?? Its sammy that is 1 year behind!! Look at digital stabilization on xperia xz and ois on sammy and look whose better and without a doubt in stabilization on video, sony xperia xz wins

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The S7's OIS hardware-based, so it works in both videos and photos. Sony is one year behind.

7. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

I wouldn't speak so quickly about image quality. Overal, what i saw s blown and unnatural colors on S7 and slightly faster focus. For me low light photos will be more important, but for now - I think XZ will be my next phone. Little more time....

8. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Get that grainy video Sony!

9. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Sony can only brag how good its camera is, but in reality it's just a mediocre, useless and gimmicky term that it's been investing for the last few years to fool its fanatic fanboys. Nothing delivers as it suggests. And this comparison is totally a bad joke to be honest.

11. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Colours on S7 look better but the XZ macro video shots are better with the slight bokeh effect of the background. Sony needs to stop doing post processing of the image because they really can't get the processing right, they should rather leave the raw image, i'm sure it will look better!

12. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yeah I have to admit, I prefer the rich and vibrant colors of the S7 saturation . Just my opinion.

14. bhanushali_p

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I think the grain part is obviously a bit more on Sony, but 1. It is running on Pre-software 2. The resolution is huge so grain is obvious too. Check the day light and my guess is that it will through s7 out of water. 3. The sensor is much wider, which has to distribute its sensor capacity to much wider area. And for the washed out color, It is Sony that actually shines with realistic contrast and preserves more information in the shadows without compromising on highlights. Samsung just adds too much contrast and ruins everything. Grade Sony video and see what the video actually looks like.

26. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

I think both are nice. I am not into professional photography. Just what looks Best to share with others. S7 wins there.

30. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Sony Xperia xz wins real colours over unreal colours u want a phone that can give u real results not a over colouring like s7

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