Sony Xperia Z nighttime video samples impress, quality smokes Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Nexus 4

Sony Xperia Z nighttime video samples impress, quality smokes Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Nexus 4
The Sony Xperia Z comes with 5-inch 1080p display and water and dust resistant body, but as impressive as the combination of those two features are, it might be the 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor with its impressive low-light recording capabilities that will steal the show.

Folks from French Android Tube have gotten an early Xperia Z unit and placed it along two of the best smartphones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Nexus 4. And when lights went off in Paris, in the night, the Xperia Z smoked the competition with its video recording quality.

The Sony Xperia Z is the first to support HDR mode in video as well as in photo capture. And when turned on, the results turned out to be hugely impressive. Everything looks so much better well lit, with much less noise and with more clarity. This might be a bigger leap in smartphone photography than we thought earlier, and the only thing missing right now is such a comparison against the other big name in cameraphones, the Lumia 920.

Still, in Android land, the Xperia Z has good chances of becoming the best cameraphone, at least for night shots.

source: FrAndroidTube via Xperia Blog

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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75 Comments

1. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Yes! Beat that - too. Lol.

2. oister85

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

When is the xperia z coming-out

32. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Once SIV is launched :)

34. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That could be the reason the Z flops - no one can buy it. Certainly not in the U.S.

36. redmd

Posts: 1873; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Sony has a record of delayed releases.

49. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Played around with an xperia z demo unit myself today. Camera is certainly top level. I expected the screen to be better for menus etc although when the bravia engine kicked in on videos the screen quality was great. Although its not a finished unit it was a good demo. The xperia z will be a hit,I was a little worried about all the scratches on the back of the unit though

70. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

its a tempered glass both front and back, so no need to worry about being scratch. FLOP? i think that's never gonna happen to Sony this year. Sorry Haters

62. drunkenjay

Posts: 1626; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

feb 28

72. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

march

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Go Exmor RS. Not that I have personal interest in the camera unit, but I want that appear in more phones and end up owning one. Here's hoping Sony cuts down the heavy noise reduction seen in earlier sample images, something a rival company done well with the same module.

4. harsh_doshi

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

to be honest the xperia z is overexposing the scene and also has purple tint to the white light this is not what I quite like

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I don't think it overexposes. The detail it needs to capture is everything BUT the lights and it manages to capture more of Paris at night with slightly better color reproduction than it's rivals (to be honest both the iP5 and the 920 beats those Androids on that front, they should've been included). The worrying bit is the purple haze as you point out, and the random refocusing blurring up the picture every now and then. I think the Oppo does that too during video shoot. Look how stable the Samsung remains on the move.

58. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I want to see Nokia Purview vs Xperia z Vs IP5 vs HTC One.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I also have noticed that, but but according at least to this example still looks less affected with "Purple Halo" than iPhone 5.

15. bparkerson unregistered

I agree...This doesn't impress me as much as I had hoped...matter of fact I'm disappointed! IMO the Nexus and Note 2 look much better. The purple ruins it! People be honest its clearly awful!

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Disagree! Yes, ther is a bit purplish effect but not so much that it would ruin everything. In my opinion Sony Xperia Z wins in those departments: Sound recording quality. Low light conditions. Focusing.

27. bparkerson unregistered

I guess I just had my hopes set too high. When I saw this headline I rushed to check it out. My jaw is still dropped open in disbelief...Not only was it not as good as I was expecting, its just really isn't good at all, compared to the Note 2.

35. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Are you kidding? Look at the objects in the distance. Look at the car colours and peoples clothing colors, looking at LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2, it is hard to tell what colour is object.

37. redmd

Posts: 1873; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

yes and all but I prefer my night sky dark not purple.

40. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, but object colours are still more naturel on Sony Xperia Z. Look at at 1:07, it is hard to see people looking at LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2, while looking at Sony Xperia Z you can even tell clothing colors.

66. AnukulVcool unregistered

switch off hdr and purple is gone. use hdr in daylight

21. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

to be honest, also, the hdr mode didn't help. Also, the microphone of NEXUS 4 is the s**ttiest microphone like, ever. the purple tint destroyed the quality. Hope they test this phone compared to lumia 920 and iphone 5

5. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

why is the nexus 4 even part of this lol but its not all that impressive i have to say i did expect more

59. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Nexus 4 was a flop IMO, if it wasn't out of stock for 2 months straight I probably would have gotten one.

6. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

i'm impressed with xperia z

38. redmd

Posts: 1873; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

im not impressed with the purple sky.

45. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

as nokia lumia 920 set a benchmark of low light performance....they should compare z's sample to it...

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good video and sound quality - well done Sony!

9. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Where is my lovely Lumia 920.?

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, would be nice to see such test with a Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia Z.

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