Sony Xperia Z2 climbs to the top of DxOMark's best smartphone camera ranking


With the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 already out on the market, winning hearts, it feels like all eyes are on the Sony Xperia Z2, expected to join the fray shortly. 

But not everybody is as intent on waiting it out, and French DxOMark, known for its camera reviews, is case in point. The folks behind it have already apparently gotten some hands-on time with the Xperia Z2, and its 20.7-megapixel G Lens snapper in particular, and have arrived at a pretty generous relative score, which actually puts the Z2 on top of its mobile cameras chart. With 79 points (averaged between stills and video), the Z2 landed a final score that surpasses that of even the evergreen camera on the original Nokia PureView -- the Nokia 808. Not bad. 

Of course, do keep in mind that DxOMark hasn't gotten around to reviewing the cameras on the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5 just yet, so there's certainly could be a quick upset. What's more, we're expecting LG to come out with its new G3 flagship sometime in the next few months, and the company has sure earned itself some credit in the camera department. We'll live, and we'll see, as they say.

source: DxOMark 

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)

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96 Comments

1. MrTzr unregistered

Why is the Lumia 1020 on the sixth place?

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The Lumia 1020's video quality might drag down its score and lands itself at 6th place. I'm not sure since i haven't work with a Lumia 1020 yet. However, I have to say Z2 does produce some really nice pictures. I have yet to take any video or 4k video yet which I am looking forward to use it soon.

20. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Z2 doesn't have an OIS, and still it is top ranked. 1020 has OIS, so the videos are crisp compared to shaky videos of other device. Is it because of 4K recording, that it got such a high ranking?

32. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

"At first sight this seems a similar spec to the Z1, however, the new model offers significantly upgraded movie capabilities with 4K (3840 x 2160) video over its predecessor (please note that only the default video mode was evaluated, not 4K mode). " DoxMark

34. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

no. it was mentioned in the article that the 4k vid was not included.

57. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I know this is not the same... but the Digital Image Stabilizer in my Xperia is actually quite good... (not OIS levels, but it does help).

61. AppleHateBoy unregistered

The DxOMarks guys are bunch of nincompoops. Xperia Z2 beating the 808 Pureview?! Bollocks! I bet that 808's 1080p video is just behind Z2's 4K video, but 808's stills are eons ahead of the Z2 because of 808's superb algorithms.

65. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Easy, are you a photographer?

85. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

LMAO. what do u know about algorithms? LOL do u even know what it is?

89. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

according to dxomarks experts : The still photography score of the Sony Xperia Z2 is 81. Thanks to its beefy sensor, the handset impressed the folks at DxO Labs with impressive detail preservation both outdoors and in low light, well-sorted noise levels, fast autofocus, and good color reproduction in all conditions.In the video department, the handset achieved a score of 73.

66. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

xperia z2 has steady shot , which work so great as ois ;)

63. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I wonder if the update on the Z1 will improve image quality, day shots are awesome but it falls a bit behind on night shots... what settings you use?

17. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

DxOMark are professionals, they're not biased..

90. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Second that.

28. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Look at that guy the 808 pureview, 2011 model and still on top two. Hand's down. Nokia + legendary symbian.

64. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The 808 was/is a masterpiece. People wouldn't believe me when i said the 808 pureview is far far better than any phone, in imaging. I thought the 808 would have topped this ranking, since it has the largest sensor in a mobile device.

78. nightfury

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Symbian days bro, wonder y nokia abandoned symbian

83. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Because the OS had nothing to do with the success of the camera in that model. It was just a giant camera module that really wasn't fit for a phone, and it did great camera work.

94. jacobspeeds

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

The OS is in a way important for how compatible different hardware is with the OS. Such as the dedicated imaging chip!

93. jacobspeeds

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

symbian is very boring man! i have an 808! the camera is the only fun part! i have been using symbian since the s40 era! you get bored really quick!

41. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

inaccurate colors. faulty white balance. poor autofocus. they mentioned it there. it received the highest scores, however, for detail retention.

67. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I have no problem with Z2 being at the top. But I find it funny that the iPhone 5S sits on top of Lumia 1020? Hilarious ranking.

2. djmuzi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

LOL I think the iPhone 4 will beat most of this phones in real world image quality :) Especially this using Sony image sensors.

5. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 294; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

why just phones.. it beats all slr's too... keep it and you will be the ultimate photographer...

7. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

haha he really needed that

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hah, nice one, really though it probably makes him dinner and makes him feel special at night too.

79. nightfury

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Funny comments

68. THE_Hulk

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

hah hah hah hahha ha xD xD you just made my day...

55. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

So what does iphone uses then???? Iphone to uses sony made image sensor you idiot...

92. djmuzi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

LOLing around doesn't make you sound intelligent :) I own the Nokia N86, N8, N9, 808 Lumia 925, iPhone 4S iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and... the iPhone 4 :P I can tell you the iPhone 4 beats the N86, N9 and !! Lumia 925 !! (Not to mention some phones from the news above like SII, 920 or BB Z10)

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