Sony Xperia Z camera compared against Nokia’s juggernauts, the 808, N8, Lumia 920

The Sony Xperia Z boasts a 13-megapixel camera with the new Exmor RS sensor and back-side illumination…
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70. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Lumia 920 No sd card slot - true Poor os - false. the people that actually use WP8 like it. Less apps - true. but every app i had on android i also have on WP8. Dual core processor. Others are using quad core and now moving to octa core - true. but WP8 is efficient enough to where it doesnt need more processing power to make up for its shortcomings. Non removable battery - true Poor multi tasking - false. you can have multiple apps open at 1 time in WP8 and also switch between them. i do it every day. Weight of a brick - false. the lumia 920 weighs less than a 16oz bottle of water. i guess you're saying a bottle of water is too heavy for you. suggestion: get out and exercise.

75. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Do you know that the majority of phone stuff cant utilize all the cores and that most only utilize the 1st core?

80. No_Nonsense unregistered

You: No brain, only blind love for samsung.

83. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Can't stand a great phone? Get a life you pathetic Samsung plastic loving loser..

73. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Objection! Everything you said described the iPhone! You evil person, mistaking XZ for iPhone-insert number here- LOL! XZ, Doesn't have a glass back. 2012 Tech is expected since it materialized LATE 2012. And it supports 64GB SD cards. and You're missing the water resistance.

121. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Lol it always comes down to the water resistance and have you ever held the z as yes it does have a glass back!

79. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

IT HAS AN SD CARD. And IT'S NOT fragile, you fool. On contrary. It is super tough quality craftmanship product https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3yMw2L3tJA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

111. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

hahaha!! SOny is always been OUTdated, but wait where is nokia in smartphone chart, opps out of top 5 while the outdated sony is in 3rd hahaha. nokia is only on 3rd spot worlwide thanks to its cheapo phones

62. Guarulhos

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Very Interesting… Great Comparative ! Unquestionably The 808 PureView PRO Was The Best, But With Good Light Conditions, If All Went Well ! In My Opinion The Top Were Respectively: 1º Nokia 808 PureView PRO (Armed With Its No Fuss, No Image Post - Processing, Large 1/1.2" Sensor And Carl Zeiss Lens Assembly, Is Unchallenged Winner... Pure Detail, Natural Colors... Amazing Results) 2º Nokia NSeries N8 ( Large 1/1.83" Sensor, Carl Zeiss Lens Assembly, Great Results, Great Detail, Great Cameraphone) 3º Lumia 920 PureView LITE (Good Results, Average Noise, But With Surreal Colors) 4º Sony Xperia Z (Still Images Is Heavily Processed And Poor Image Post - Processing) 5º Sony Xperia S (Images Are Very Noisy, Poor Detail And Surreal Colors) !!!

66. Guarulhos

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

P.S: Nokia 808 PureView PRO (__ABYSS__) All The Other Phones With Camera !!!

72. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Amazing what the Nokia n8 still can prove

96. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Like I said all the rest (samsung,sony,apple,htc etc) are trying to catch up to the N8! which is 3 years old!

74. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

this is how i'd rate the picture comparisons. first sample :808, N8, xperia s, lumia 920, xperia z second sample: 808, N8, xperia s, lumia 920, xperia z third sample: 808, N8, lumia 920, xperia s, xperia z fourth sample: 808, xperia z, lumia 920, xperia s, N8 i did notice the lumia 920 had alot of noise in the samples, this is a direct byproduct of the old firmware. so PR1.1 wasnt used in these samples. i have no doubt this was intentional by phonearena.

105. oyalinkaya

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Finally, someone with a rightful eye. It really is intriguing that Xperia Z has given the worst output in the first three pictures, yet has given an output which is the closest to those of 808 in quality in the last one. I think the "shaky-hand" and the "must-use-the-auto-settings-coz-I-have-no-knowledg​e-on-taking-good-photos-with-a-smart-phone" syndromes have been spread amongst the PA editors.

78. yero789 unregistered

I think that the best is Nokia 808,then Xperia Z,N8 and Nokia Lumia 920(I think they're equal) and the worst one is Sony Xperia S(I had it,and macro shots are great,but the camera overall is awful with a lot of noise),,just my opinion,don't kill me(virtually) :D :D

87. vivzek

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

This is clearly a partiality towards Z. The clicks have not been taken properly.

91. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

lol. n8 still performs very well FOR A 3 YEAR OLD SYMBIAN DEVICE. other companies got burned here. and it's 2013.

98. mandar1997

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I think Z's camera Will get fix after update

99. mandar1997

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Xperia Z camera is not too bad and not too good.and i think z's camera Will get fix after update

104. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

yes, n8 and n9 are epic !! (n9 because of meego, hope jolla release a sailfish phone), i hope nokia eos trounces s4 and note 3

106. Kalevro

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

By looking at these photos I am seriously disappointed by SONY. An I want to be a SONY fan I really do. Well maybe next year :D like always SONY style.

107. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

if you want the real comparison, ignore the first two pics and just look at the last two. those last ones show Z's real ability. the first two were taken while the photographer was shaking!!

108. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

crab xperia z camera

110. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

what to expect from a phone with no shutter button, Xperia S is much better than Z and 920. of course hands down to pureview and N8!!! cant wait too see sample on ZL it has shutter button so im hoping its not that blurry on all shots

133. oyalinkaya

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

On the opposite shutter buttons cause much more shake in any given situation unless you use a tripod. Tap-to-focus and tap-to-snap are the best photo taking options ever. I have an Xperia S and the device in general has known auto-focus issues. Yet, with tap-to-snap I take pretty decent shots even in low-light conditions. Yet, on every phone, when you use the shutter button, you apply pressure towards one end of the phone this momentum affects the stability of the device in your hands. That's why, shutter button is not a nice option but just an imitation of mechanic cameras and dSLR's. If you have photographic knowledge you can take nice photos even with a 3.2Mpx. Once I owned SE K810i, and it was so impressive that most of my friends left their cameras at home if I was hitting the party. Now, I wish it had had a touch-screen and a tap-to-snap option, instead of a shutter button. ;)

136. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

ohh I forgot there is a tap then focus then snap on xperia on my sis phone. hahaha.. my iphone 5 sucks, theres no way to focus then snap in one tap. i have to tap inorder to focus then tap the snap button... poor me hahahaha

117. Siaw_Yong

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

808 shots is amazing.

119. Ikechukwu

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

This was expected

120. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Xperia z is epic fail while nokia stunns it with its camera quality.. To the water she goes...

123. DesmondZ01

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

You know what......... dslr will beat all of these hahahaha

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