Sony Xperia XZ selfie camera demo: 5-axis video stabilization

Sony Xperia XZ selfie camera demo: 5-axis video stabilization
There are two ways to produce smooth, steady video using nothing but a smartphone. Option one is to keep the device as steady as it is humanly possible. Option two is to pick a phone equipped with top-notch image stabilization. Of course, most of us don't have the hands of a brain surgeon, which is why today's high-end phones all feature some kind of image stabilizing feature built into their cameras.

The Sony Xperia XZ is no exception. In fact, it is the phone on which Sony's new 5-axis image stabilizing algorithm is making its debut. There's no optical stabilizing involved. All the shakiness is removed in software, which, as a matter of fact, is an approach that has its advantages. One of them is that the software can be applied on the front camera of the Xperia XZ – something we were curious to try out.

In the video below, you'll see sample footage taken with the XZ's front-facing camera. All in all, the stabilization works pretty well, and while the results aren't flawless, we'd say that we're content with the image quality, given the non-optimal conditions at the venue. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments!

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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)



1. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

damn, that is crazy stable. and it doesn't even have OIS, way more stable than HTC 10's. really excited about the main snapper, looks really promising.

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

2. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Stabilization 100% good. Quality, very bad, blurry and hazy. HTC 10 S7 And G5 better.

3. slavytodorov

Posts: 48; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Bazikash sa

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

English please. This is international website.

8. slavytodorov

Posts: 48; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Well English isn't really the only language in the whole wide world. Plus, many of the guys who work for Phonearena are Bulgarians so rest assured, they'll know what I meant.

9. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Invalid argument. English is the most used language in the world and like said above, this is an international website. Plus, even though PA guys are mostly Bulgarians, they still speak English here.

10. slavytodorov

Posts: 48; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I am utterly ashamed to admit that I have been defeated. I am deeply sorry for hurting your feelings. Have a productive day!


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Amazing once again, Sony is the stabilization masters of Android. Wobbly edges seem to be the result of OIS. I think OIS is better for photos, and EIS is better for video.

7. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

nice, but focus seems to be a little off ?

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