Sony claims the Z3 is the best cameraphone among leading smartphones, here's why

Sony's affinity for attaching a "Best" tag on its smartphones has a track record that now spans several generations. Indeed, whenever a new Sony device hits the market, there's at least one category in which the company sees it as best on the market, and it makes sure that you're well aware of that -- usually through PRs and its own website. Almost exactly a year ago, we detailed why it considered the Xperia Z1 to be the best cameraphone in the whole wide world, and now it's time to take a look at the new and hot Xperia Z3...
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71 Comments

62. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

BEST camera in a "Smart"phone! Piece of cake to understand

67. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So pretty much 'everything' since 05'? Still a ermmm no

16. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I do believe that Z2 & Z3 have the best cameras on android & ios environment. https://www.flickr.com/#/photo... I shoot the images myself and i'm not a photographer, I am just a noob that likes to go out there and shoot things. And I seriously doubt that i6+, note 4, LG G3, can produce such quality night & indoor shots. I ain't no scientist but I know two formulas that are facts. People who say Z2&Z3 cameras are bad are either: 1. Never own Z2 or Z3 2. They own one but don't know how to use it Case closed

29. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That link is broken, and FYI any recent smartphone can take quality pictures as evident by PhoneArena's photos taken by users contests. And the time i spent with the Z1 (someone very close to me owned it for 2 months) the 20 megapixel camera isn't that great, in indoors my M7 camera was better most of the time, the Z1 had very noticeable artifacts in low light pictures that made them look horrible. (Z2 and Z3 might have improved in these aspects, i don't own either nor have used them)

48. 21babydoll12 unregistered

My Z1 takes wonderful photos indoors but better outdoors for sure. Although, there can be variables such as photographer, subject matter, overall ambient lighting and even sensor and lens longevity. Overall, I like the Z1 camera. It does the job that I need it to do fairly well. Give an amateur a leica m9 and a proffesional a Minolta 35mm film camera and the pro will outshine the amateur. Cheers!

53. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Well.. Sorry for the broken link https://www.flickr.com/photos/125751132@N08/

32. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

i own sony qx10 and it beats the hell out of your pictures ur pictures dont have details after downloading in pc and cropping them but my qx10 have full details after cropping them even in low light i own z1 and its camera is for artist for paintings

57. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Please give me links where I can see your photos at full size

33. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

you are saying this because u are a blind sony fanboy just believing what sony says

44. SanteriAT

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I'm a so called Lumia fanboy and I have an Xperia Z2 that takes pictures that are comparable to some shots taken with my Lumia 1020. Z2 has great colours, great image quality, great software and everything. You can't go wrong with it but if you really need the best camera in a smartphone you should buy a Lumia (1020, 1520, Icon, 930 etc.)

58. richbella

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

I agree. I am a DP here in LA and there is always debates on which camera's are the best. Honestly, some cameras just have bigger sweet spots than others. If you know the cameras limitations and strengths then you can capture amazing images. I have seen amazing stuff shot on iPhone. I recently got a Z2 because iPhone doesn't have the ability that the Z2 has. The Z3 has even more wiggle room with manual setting to expose up or down. This creates opportunities to make "pro" type of shots if you know how to edit. We shoot flat in the industry and color correct in post then color grade afterwards. For those that want a point, shoot and deliver. Get an iPhone. Just saying.

17. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

They didn't test the Z3 against any Nokia Windows Phones eh? No matter. The Z3 will be my next phone on day one. Can't wait.

18. surethom

Posts: 1635; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Sony camera phone sensors are among the best BUT Sony is terable at the software side, when other manufacturers use the same sensor they produce a better picture with way less compression.

34. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

its sony camera team helped making of bionz and glens for mobile and sony mobile division who creats the software are nuts why add this much post processing and compression sony mobile could have asked sony camera team for a proper algorithm and software because they are gods in making camera and camera software sony mobile division sux in terms of camera software ..............sony camera team made qx10 30 and qx1 they are awesome cameras

19. jhaw19

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

as per this video.. I agreee! w.youtube.com/watch?v=kMrybYOm8Sg

20. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Among current flagships-maybe. But all-time best -no way. 808, 1020 and even 1520 dethrone Z3 in photo quality. Video quality is another story, though. Sound quality of videos is the only part where it lags behind and it still has a lot a space for improvement. Z3 can't hold a candle to good old 808 in that department.

45. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I have no doubt with the 808/1020 But 1520 dethrone Z3 in photo quality i'm not sure about that this crops is from GsmArena image comparison tool. http://www.esato.com/board/img.php?id=159143http://www.esato.com/board/img.php?id=159142http://www.esato.com/board/img.php?id=159141http://www.esato.com/board/img.php?id=159140

22. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

And that's exactly the point, most of us are interested that our photos look good to common people (friends, colleagues, grandma, etc), personally I don't care what a panel of photography experts has to say about my shots.

30. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Lumia 1020/1520/930 - "That's cute Sony".

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

All these "808 and 1020 cams are the best" comments I dont see in other cameraphone articles. Only in Sony. If it wasnt on long loading tines, 1020 is my best cameraphone.

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because Sony needs to step off their high horse and stop claiming they have the best camera phone when clearly they don't.

50. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Hmm ... atleast Nokia sets a standard for them. Nokia is like motivation for other OEM's. From design to durability to everything else :)

41. SanteriAT

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I see them everywhere and always agree. I have Lumia 1020 and it's THE BEST CAMERAPHONE. But I also have Xperia Z2 which has almost the same camera as the Z3 and it performs amazingly well. Great pictures, great colours, great everything. Only thing is... As it always is with smartphones with "best" cameras... It just can't come even close to Lumia's picture quality or anything. Lumia just is the best along with 808 PureView and newer flagship Lumias.

38. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

on other new meizu MX4 beats sony xperia z3 using same sensor has better colors details vs grainy and rough z3 pictures http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Meizu-MX4-Review_id3809/page/3

42. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

lol sony , they really fu.ked up this sensor potential , thinking they used same sensor z1 for one year ,i just compared with other phones, meizu have best details and colors...

39. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

this is a comparision btwn z3 and NOTE 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMrybYOm8Sg

40. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

guys off topic ...im planning to get a z1 is it good now or else can i get something else ?

46. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Only benefit from Z1 is having the purple color which I like. Battery life with a coc, ff6, Raiden, YouTube, mp3 and extensive Web surfing reading news comes to 28-36% over 12hrs of usage every 2hrs. Since the update with color management setting my battery life has improved (prior was 7-11% by 12hrs of usuage) Just do yourself a favor and get the z3, my fingers hurt like hell holding my Z1 for long periods of time cuz of its weight. Btw, screen brightness can be blinding on the z3 at night.

47. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Interesting comparison. Although judging from Sony's old camera that weren't particularly good. Now it looks okay but noise is so high.

49. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Full auto shoot-out with the best Lumias: http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/features/item/20150_Camera_head_to_head_Lumia_9301.php Lots and lots of noise on the Sony shots when you look closer, and the dark shots are completely over-exposed. Zoom is also practically broken. No physical OIS and no stereo recording... Seriously, Sony?!?
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