Sony Xperia XZ vs iPhone 6s Plus: let's see which does video stabilization better

Sony Xperia XZ vs iPhone 6s Plus: let's see which does video stabilization better
One of the Sony Xperia XZ's strongest assets is the camera. It isn't just high in resolution or quick with its laser-backed autofocus. It is also great at stabilizing shaky video. And we're not just quoting Sony's web page here. At IFA 2016, we personally got to try the phone's camera, and we can confirm that it delivers spectacular results. 

But you know which phone also boasts excellent video stabilization? The iPhone 6s Plus, of course. It could be almost a year old now, but the quality of its super-steady video is still hard to beat. Naturally, the question that follow is how does the Xperia XZ compare to the iPhone 6s Plus in terms of video stability. To answer that, we compared the two side-by-side in an impromptu video shoot-out. See the results in the video below, and be sure to read our Sony Xperia XZ first impressions.

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)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It's not even the retail version, why compare now? Besides we know who'll be the winner. Might as well wait for the ip7.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, but they have to compare to something in the meanwhile and they'll do it 20x more when the iPhone 7 does come out. Still, in this video the Sony one is better even though both are good overall. There seems to be less wobble and the movements smoother.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

You're correct though. Sony is the most underated smartphone and yet their quality and software stabulity is 2nd to none. Iphone has it's own world no competition in ios. Tried different brand and apple but the walled garden is not for me, reason why I still choose Sony. I don't care aboit the resell value.

13. Kumar123 unregistered

Both are doing great. But iPhone 6s Plus is now 1 year old, they will improve even more with their upcoming plus model. I want to see how iphone 7 plus and Xperia XZ retail version come out. BTW, this phone looking better and better with each passing moment especially after the Note 7 debacle.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I love the Z5 compact but starting with my next switch (probably new nexuses) I am done with Sony. The new compact is terribad hardware wise and they seem to have no direction in their mobile division. Honestly, they had the best chance of being the Apple of Android (not in the retarded way) in that they could have had a good ecosystem of their own within Android. Yet they squandered every opportunity and are basically unwilling to change.

19. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Sony since the Xperia Z1 always did really stabilised videos. One thing I really liked about my Xperia Z1C. Even though the rest of the camera sucked. Only thing holding Sony phone back. Everything else was good. Great UI well designed hardware and battery. I can't wait for this to come out and reviewed. I hope this is the Sony phone I have been waiting for.

3. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Thats the best part, its not even retail version but it beats the iphone in overall

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And yet they'll make any kind of excuses for it.

5. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

the xz is clearly better, both in stabilzation and in quality, IMO.

7. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

XZ wins this one, even though just a slight win. the iphone has some juddery when moving too fast, whereas Xperia does it smoothly. But whichever you own, it won't matter too much, just enjoy what you have :)

8. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

Sony xz is the clear winner here.

9. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Ummm I don't know, I like Sony but i like how the gray hair on the men's head looked gray on iphone 6s plus unlike on the sony xz where it looked yellowish.

10. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Quite surprisinging how good the digital stabilisation is, reminds me of hyperlapse in some of the scenes. Colour reproduction looked a little iffy though.

11. T-rex unregistered

The way the article started, and I said to myself "how come PA praising Sony over iPhone " but then suddenly they came to theirselves. Anyway for your watching pleasure Watch Sony's superb stabilisation and be amazed

12. T-rex unregistered

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

TBH Xperia always had the best video stabilization for years now.

15. mimicryXD

Posts: 184; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

i totally agree.. the digital stabilization on xperia devices are really good thats why sony dont care about OIS.. and kudos to sony they stick to their comfort zone.

17. f1r3z0r

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

First the camera on the iPhone is made by Sony so why such as comparison ?

18. monoke

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Lol. You're not gonna beat any Sony phone with intelligent active stab. This goes back to the z2 if i'm not mistaken. This is proven with countless youtube videos. If there's one thing Sony has nailed, it's video stabilization regardless of absence of ois!

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