Video stabilization comparison: Sony Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z3


The new trio of Sony Xperia Z5 smartphones - including the 4K screen-laden Z5 Premium, the regular Z5 flagship, and the 'mini' Z5 Compact - is here and it brings a new camera solution.

Sony has decided to cramp even more pixels in the camera of the Xperia Z5 family and sensor size remains one of the largest of any phone: a 1/2.3” 23-megapixel Exmor RS for mobile. Among the key advantages introduced with this new Z5 are more phase-detection pixels that allow for faster focusing: the new hybrid auto-focus system in the Z5 can lock focus in 0.03 seconds, one of the fastest we've ever seen on a phone.

Sony has also integrated some of its camera insights and with clever processing claims that it can achieve up to 5x clear image zoom (still digital zoom here, but with some smart processing).

The one feature we're particularly curious to see, though, is called SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode. This is the fancy name for the digital video stabilization used to reduce jitter in your footage. Naturally, we had to test this out and we're showing you a comparison of the Xperia Z5 against the Xperia Z3, a phone from last year that also features software stabilization. The goal is to show you how much of an actual improvement we get with digital stabilization on the Z5 family. Take a look right below and let us know: is that a tangible difference in your opinion?

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Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)

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45 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Naturally, The New Z5 Is The Winner Here. Sony Really Up Their Camera Game This Time Around.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow, I am really amazed by this!

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, just when I was about to write Sony off, they seem to be ready to deliver the best offering this year.

32. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

This time around? lol Sony always washed the competition in terms of everything(battery, camera, design, stable software). Most other flagships uses the Sony sensor. Samsung tried to do waterproof design and failed. Sony waterproof actually works and still accept micro SD cards. Legendary.

33. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I'm Talking About The Camera Specifically Cause That's What This Article Is About. Their Phones Cameras Have Sucked In The Past.

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Holy sh*t, that difference in video quality! Z5 camera still needs some tweaks tho

12. Kumar123 unregistered

Looks like with Z5 Sony finally has a great overall camera. Picture quality seems miles better than Z3. But I have to say low light performance could have been better. Colors are fantastic. All the other camera's color seems to be so mess up. All the other cameras artificially brighten up the scene. Look at S6 colors, there is always a orangey tint in the pic. G4 colors are hilariously wrong. Even iphone 6 color seems kinda artificial. Lens quality is also much better than Z3. So good job here Sony. But Details are much better on iPhone 6 and G4. If you carefully examine all the photos you'll notice that iPhone despite its meager 8 megapixel preserve amazing amount of details. iPhone's processing seems to be more mature than all the other camera. I know its too early to judge the camera, since its a prototype and all, but IMO iPhone consistently took better pic over Z5 ( despite being looks like a slightly color inaccurate).

15. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

In sharpness indeed you are correct. But camera isn't all about that. Sony takes bigger resolution pictures and a bigger FOV. They only have to fix the sharpness and BAM best camera. S6 is better right now in sharpness

30. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Did you know this is pre-production unit?

3. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Seriously they have the best video stabilization in the industry. I would almost say that having a stabilized shot is better than the resolution of the video. You're not gonna see how crisp a shot is if the video is all jerky and wobbly.

13. Kumar123 unregistered

Agreed. Video stabilization on the Z5 is fantastic. Looks like they will take the crown of best smartphone video camera.

39. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Video stabilisation on the Z3 was even better than the competition, now the Z5 takes the quality of the picture and makes it industry leading too. This may be the first brand of phone that I buy two consecutive iterations of. Well done Sony! (I haven't written off the new nexus or the premium lumia, but Sony's is a hard act to best)

4. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Z5 blows z3 out of the water. This might be the end of one the few drawbacks with the camera. Kudos Sony, i cant wait.

5. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Z5 blows z3 out of the water. This might be the end of one the few drawbacks with the camera. Kudos Sony, i cant wait.

6. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Z5 blows z3 out of the water. This might be the end of one the few drawbacks with the camera. Kudos Sony, i cant wait.

7. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That's literally night and day. Wish you all the best this year Sony. Seems like I can finally replace my trusty Xperia Z.

8. Joosty

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Z5C you're mine...

9. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

the Z5 makes a much better video... well done sony

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It has all this...AND waterproofing AND SD card, yet Samsung couldn't do that with SGS6? I wonder why, seriously.

31. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Because they're greedy

37. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well to be fair, and no this isn't directly a jab at Apple. But many many companies are trying to get the same profit margin Apple has, but they can't build up the hype/fandom and such that Apple did, so Apple can sell a product that is objectively, component wise, inferior for a significant higher margin. And again this isn't a jab at Apple if you enjoy their products get one, but they are created cheap and sold expensive.

38. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I have no clue about the waterproofing part , though they could have done away with microSD card slot due to UFS 2.0 ? Anyway I am never gonna buy a phone without SD card. Asus Zenfone Deluxe is pretty good in this regard.

40. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

That is what they claimed, however since there is nothing that prevents you from connecting an usb stick via the USB 3 port, they could easily make an internal adapter that simply made use of USB or similar?

43. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

A pen drive connected to a microUSB 2.0 port is still better than most microSD cards. And from what I seem to notice , general public is woefully unaware of which microSD card to buy ....they end up buying a high capacity but slow performance microSD card and then blame the phone for lag and stutter.

44. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This is 'so so' as it really depends on the product you get, and yes you are correct, it also depends on you actually knowing what you are getting, so yeah, a bit of a double-sided issue I would say. Though it shouldn't be a problem to add SD card support internally via another connector type so UFS doesn't have issues with it.

45. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I too do hope so ! It was a major dealbreaker for me and S6 Though , Rumors say S7 will have a microSD card.

14. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Impressive, HTC, I hope you are paying attention.

16. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

WOW, GG

18. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

In my experience, I think the Z5 has an awesome camera and a very much improved overall quality BUT the Z3 compared here either has a smudge on the lense or he recorded using a wrong setting... maybe he hitted Rec from the Superior Auto screen, instead of going Manual>Video> and set the device accordingly... I say this because the video on the Z3 looks way too cold, and this happens with a bad White Balance setting (or a lens with fingerprints)... Additionally if you record on Manual, and set 1080p @30 fps, then you are able to also use "Intelligent Stabilization" mode which differenciate from "Standard" because it can determine the best mode between mixed vibrations, high and low frequencies... Also, I still think that DIS from Sony is the best out there and sometimes it outperforms OIS from competitors... I know that my Z3C has better stabilization than a Nexus 5... though I haven't compared to other devices with OIS yet.

21. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I agree., the quality was worse than it actually is, but z5 was on another level, completely.

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