Sony Xperia Z2 vs iPhone 5s vs Lumia 1520 low-light camera comparison

Sony Xperia Z2 vs iPhone 5s vs Lumia 1520 low-light camera comparison
Sony had a box for testing the low-light capabilities of its newly-minted Xperia Z2, with a 20.7 MP Exmor RS sensor, Sony G Lens, and BIONZ image processor. The handset offers plenty of shooting modes, including a low-light one, which automatically switches on if you are using the default Intelligent Auto mode of the handset.

That's exactly what happened at MWC, when the Z2 was set against the iPhone 5s, and the Lumia 1520, using the three phones in the same way - to snap a picture of the contents in a box, mimicking low-light conditions. The image from the Z2 looked much brighter, at least on the phone's display, as the LED flash fired up, indicating the phone's algorithms were reluctant to use slower shutter speeds, higher ISO, or a combination of both, with those smallish 1.1 micron pixels of the Z2's sensor.

The images from the iPhone and the Lumia looked more natural, as if they were indeed taken at night, which the dark box was meant to simulate. Of course, it is premature to draw any conclusions whatsoever, from pictures taken with demo units, and shown on the phones' displays only, so we'll wait to put the new handset though its camera review paces as soon as it arrives in the office.

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73 Comments

1. WienconByk unregistered

L1520 all the way.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

You do realize literally noting can be seen on the Lumia while you can see the full subject on the Z1? Of course what we really need is the photos uploaded and not just seen on the phone screens, but the Z1 is the only one with a bright result. Of course #2, it's a Sony controlled test environment, so the situation is surely made to make the Z2 shine. But it does.

47. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

"The image from the Z2 looked much brighter, at least on the phone's display, as the LED flash fired up" Obviously gonna be brighter if it uses the flash!

49. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Where do you see that the z2 was using flash? On the display it shows the flash was off

70. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I read the article, maybe...

71. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You should check the video it doesn't use flash also the lumia and iphone don't use it

5. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

the hole is too small so that l1520 sensor cant work right!

10. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Its SONYs box - :) id quess there is NFC tag on the box that transfered that preshooted pic into Z2 so it looks like a realtime shooting :) with best pic... I wish succes to SONY - i might be their customer again but they need to prove their quality for that BIIG money they are selling every half a year their rubbish "flagships" since XPERIA S.

7. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Yeah, a black wallpaper all the way !! :x

9. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Your username is very fitting in this instance.

22. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

LMAO hahahaha

54. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

Thats not really fair cause he turned on night mode on the xperia Z2 while on the Lumia 1520 he used the standard settings

61. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think, on the Xperia Z2 the phone was on Intelligent Auto and it automatically selected 'low light' mode. So it was a fair test :)

11. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

i cant tell if you meant Loser 1520 or Lumia 1520 lols

13. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Really..U So blind to see which had Black Wallpaper... Z2 All the way..

14. Amir1 unregistered

what an ignorant fool you are. 1020 camera is better then 1520, yet, Z1 smashed 1020 in this shot.

16. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

what a noob

21. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Did you watch the video? Ahh, I see your post is still 1 and you were registered 2 days ago..

27. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 300; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

How is that lameia1520 ? Are u blind?

46. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

One more thing why 1520 didn't took good photo because Nokia use flash to focus and flash work on box but not inside the box.

2. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Wow! the Z2 blows them away by a wide margin, very cool.

4. toink unregistered

Z2 wins this, which is surprising.

6. rav405 unregistered

they have kept the night mode off in the 1520 and on in the Z2.....

12. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

lol lets not turn this into a war

62. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think, on the Xperia Z2 the phone was on Intelligent Auto and it automatically selected 'low light' mode. So it was a fair test :)

73. soblist

Posts: 1; Member since: May 25, 2014

hey! have you ever used Lumia 1520?? there is Auto mode that is not Auto mode it looks like auto but it's not for Auto

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow, the end result was surprising! You guys gotta test this when you have your hands on it!

15. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

And where is Nokia 1020? Or SONY is too afraid of it?

17. desniper9

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Does the Z2 have an Oreo sized lump on the back of it?

25. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's physics. If you want noise-free photos, you need an Oreo sized sensor. Case closed.

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