Xperia XZ2 vs iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Xperia XZ1: first camera comparison

Xperia XZ2 vs iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Xperia XZ1: first camera comparison
Amidst the hustle and bustle of MWC, we got to try out a bunch of different phones, including Sony's brand new Xperia XZ2 that sports a trendy 18:9 display and is capable of recording 960fps videos at 1080p, as well as 4K HDR videos in 30fps! If you want to learn more about Sony's latest flagship, check out our hands-on impressions from the Xperia XZ2.

And speaking of camera performance, we thought we'd snap some photos with the XZ2 and some of the other top camera performance on the market for a quick, early comparison. Keep in mind that the XZ2 that we got to test out at MWC is a pre-production unit, so things could change on a software level in time for the official launch, which is slated for some time in March.

But with all this out of the way, let's see how Sony's latest flagship fares against the iPhone X, the Galaxy Note 8, and against its predecessor – the Xperia XZ1.

Busy days at MWC

Apart from the slight differences in color rendering between the four, the most obvious difference is that the photo from the Xperia XZ2 is the brightest of the bunch. The shot from the XZ1, on the other hand, is the darkest, but it's also the only one where highlights in the background are not burned. Make of that what you will, we'd rather postpone judgement until we get our hands on a final release unit of the XZ2 and put it to the test. Still, this could be indicative enough of what the XZ2 will be capable of when released.

Mirrorless fun

The trend set in the previous scene continues here, with the XZ1 producing the darkest shot. The other three fare similarly, with the shot from the Note 8 being a tad pinkish. All exhibit good detail in this close up, although the XZ1 has crushed some of the finer details on the camera, due to the photo being slightly underexposed.


As far as selfies go, under the harsh luminescent lights of the Fira congress center, the XZ2 and XZ1 produce similar results, with last year's model softening the skin a tad too much. The iPhone X produces more muted colors, while the shot from the Note 8 has a slight magenta tint.

Don't forget to tune in when we get the Xperia XZ2 for our full camera comparison!


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Xperia XZ2
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3180 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. gamehead unregistered

Should've tried comparing the S9's camera instead of the Note 8's

6. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

@Milen: You can't do even simple camera comparison: on first scene you blow XZ2 and XZ1 photos, because the screen in front during the time of their picture is bright and during the pictures of iPhone X and Note 8 is dark. On second scene: the picture with XZ2 is from higher angel and you can't see the people in background. The depth is different and can't be used as a comparison photo. For the selfie - you can't center even you own head on the picture of XZ2. If you can't do something - don't do it!

2. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ate everyone here. Congrats Sammy! I can't wait to see pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S9+ camera :D

4. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

He turned purple from eating so much

5. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Then, and as shown in the 1st picture, he turned orange from drinking so much.

7. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Yeah, keep saying that to keep yourself happy but in reality note 8 is the wrost of the bunch.

3. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What's up with the XZ2 overexposing everything?

15. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Thats what ive been saying. Sony should technically blow everyone away but they always buckle somehow...

8. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Good job Sony. Finally you may have a phone that is better than Samsung. But I don't expect them to beat pixel and iphone.

10. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Thanks for this, this is very helpful. This is confirming my decision, even if preliminary.

13. admin_user

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Finally! Thank you very much @phonearena! Maybe you could tell us when we can expect the full review or more camera samples? Would be great.

16. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Nice XZP camera better than Xperia XZ2 oh no.

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