Xperia XZ Vs iPhone, Galaxy S7 edge: selfie camera shootout

Xperia XZ Vs iPhone, Galaxy S7 edge: selfie camera shootout
Be it to share a personal moment with others or to simply collect likes on Facebook and Instagram, we all take the occasional selfie once in a while. Pretty much everyone and their grandma knows well how to use their phone's front-facing cam, which explains why over a million self-portraits are shot each day. Phone makers are aware of that, to no surprise, and make sure their products snap great selfies in any situation. 

Same applies to the Sony Xperia XZ, which takes advantage of a refined 13MP shooter. Features include higher sensitivity (up to ISO6400), image stabilization for videos, and gesture-triggered shutter for those tricky poses and dramatic angles.

How does it compare to its rivals, however? That's the question we wanted to answer, so we snapped a series of selfies with the Xperia XZ. Then we did the same with the iPhone 6s Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Alas, Taylor Swift wasn't available to assist us by posing for the shootout, but hey, we're not bad-looking either. 

Anyway, here's what we got. In a nutshell, all selfies look share worthy, despite the non-optimal lighting conditions we encountered at Sony's booth. Some differences stand out, however. Viewing angle is one of them – while the iPhone 6s Plus has the narrowest, the Galaxy S7 edge has a really wide field of view, with the Xperia XZ holding the middle ground. We can't say that one's approach is totally better than the other. Wider lenses can fit more people into the frame, while narrower ones tend to produce less distortion. Image quality is more than satisfactory. We see that the iPhone's screen makes an excellent flash in low light environments, but in more favorable conditions, you could say that the Galaxy and the Xperia have the upper hand.

So, how are you finding the Sony's new flagship so far? Do let us know in the comments, and be sure to read our first impressions of the Sony Xperia XZ.



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15 Comments

1. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

Y do i feel something unusual about phonearena today..!? :/ usually the give negative opinions on Sony phone but this, every one hour, one new article comes about Sony.. P.S. sony really looks like made an awesome flagship for 2016.. Hopefully they can reduce some more bezel in the next flagship

3. T-rex unregistered

IKR, although they cannot beat their nature they are positively less negative about sony

4. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

It's nothing unusual about PA. It's Sony which finally made a decent snapper after years( though the main camera is still not flagship grade ). You hear negative opinions about Sony because their phones suck. They make mediocre phones and price them double of what they are worth.

7. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I wouldn't have commented such considering your opinions are useless.. First nobody said that the rear snapper was not flagship grade as you call it and second even if you are proclaiming such by seeing the sample pic given by PA, don't forget that this is just a prototype more bloody likely not the one that would come to the market.. Also befor you call me a Sony fanboy let me make it very clear sarcastic_nerd that I am not even a Sony user.. I use a midrange phone and have no interest in buying flagships.. But still think before you use that fanboy mouth of yours.. Which fanboy are you Sammy's or Cupertino's

8. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I use a oneplus 3. So you can assume me as anyone's fanboy. I give more crap to Samsung and Apple than I give to Sony.I will never buy a galaxy or an iPhone because I need stock android, not bloated crap. Obviously you wouldn't know that and I don't care what you think of me, because you don't matter. Regarding camera quality, Sony camera software is enough to make it the worst on the market. You can't even enable HDR without going to manual mode, and tap to focus is broken since the phone doesn't want you to tell what to do. It wants to screw up and make you seem helpless since it doesn't work the way you want it. S7 and iPhone have bad cameras too, but at least they listen to what you tell them to do, and you can take some amazing photos if you turn on manual mode(3rd party app required on iOS). Not to mention that Sony still feels to cheap out and doesn't include OIS on a 800$ phone, which means the low light pictures will be trash. PS: If you think my opinions are useless and you shouldn't reply, please do the world a favor and don't.

10. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I am sorry because of my prejudice. But still you should not have commented such, on a phone that is not even out yet. Critics are good but let us just wait for the real review..God knows what comes then. Maybe it's worse or maybe better. And I know Sony cam software sucks even though I don't use it. But maybe maybe this time they did it better P. S Lack of OIS wouldn't do harm if the so called 5 axis stabilization would work good. Fingers crossed.. I am not a fanboy, but I adore Sony... somewhat.. IDK why. PPS Let's call a truce. I don't want any verbal battles. Peace

11. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Software stabilization works only with videos. Physics can't allow it to work on photos. And their camera app looks the same.

6. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I hope that they use the new display by JDI.. the one with systems for extremely small bezels

13. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

That JDI display goes into production next year. Xperia XZ comes with a new contrast filter in the display panel if that's any consolation.

2. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

pretty amazing sony! that bezel was there since Z3

15. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In today's trend, we worry much about exploding phones than those bezels.

5. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

i guess those huge bezels are there on purpose to ensure theres some kind of safety trip is there so it doesnt explodes . Nice job sony for building safe device.

9. mimicryXD

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

bcos of that bezels, sony has front facing stereo speakers so why bother if its has "bezels" if you can get dual front facing stereo speakers

12. dimas

Posts: 3235; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I like how xperia xz really did improve based on your selfies. Now I want an x compact vs. iphone 6s vs. note 7 camera face-off.

14. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Xperia XZ front facing camera produce the best result in this comparison because it doing the best job at preserving the overall balance. First scene you can see that background is less blown out than the S7 Edge while keeping the main subject area visible enough. The second and third scene the color of his eyes is more visible than S7 Edge while keeping the background under control.

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