Sony Xperia Z5 camera autofocus speed test: how fast is it?

At IFA 2015, we had the privilege to get our hands on Sony's latest and greatest Android devices, namely the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium. Long story short, all three combine plenty of silicon strength with stylish glass-and-metal design, which makes them phones worth being excited about. But one of their best features is shaping up to be the new 23MP main camera all three are packing. We're promised outstanding image quality out of the new snapper, and then some!

Image quality, however, is one thing. Camera speed is a whole different story. Both factors are of importance to anyone serious about photography, and Sony knows that well. As a matter of fact, Sony has put great efforts into improving the latter – we're promised extremely fast auto-focusing out of the Z5 smartphones' cameras. Given optimal conditions, they should be able to focus on an object in as little as 0.03 seconds, which is about 10 times faster than the blink of an eye. In comparison, the top phones of yesteryear boasted focusing times of about 0.27 to 0.3 seconds. 

But is the Xperia Z5's camera as fast as Sony claims it to be, or does the record-breaking figure exist only in the realm of theory? Well, our impromptu text gives a hint, and the results are very promising. While attending IFA 2015, we took an Xperia Z5 and put its 23MP camera to the test. Firstly, we pointed it at a far object until it focused on it. Then we panned the camera quickly onto an object located about 6 inches (15 centimeters) away from the handset. Did the camera nail it? See for yourself in the video below.

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Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat


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