Most of the things we've said about the general differences in the experience with both handsets are valid here as well. With the iPhone 5, you are getting a simple and clean camera app with as few options as possible. What this means is that users cannot try and tweak any settings in order to get the most of the scene before them, but their shots will also have a good base quality level below which it would be hard to fall. Meanwhile, the Xperia Z offers all the popular settings like ISO, metering, contrast level, exposure and many more. It also has some advanced features like a capable burst shot mode and HDR video recording, which may improve the quality a bit if you happen to be recording in low-light locations.

Even though the new Exmor RS sensor in the Xperia Z was much hyped, we ere actually disappointed to discover that the images taken with the Z were inferior to those taken with the iPhone 5 in almost all situations. Details are one area where the Xperia Z is especially disappointing, with everything looking muddy and unclear compared to the iPhone 5. On top of that, there's a noticeable purplish shade exhibited with the Xperia Z, which is quite unpleasant and makes for a colder and lifeless overall image. There problems are not observed with the pics of the iPhone 5, and while they aren't the most natural-looking either, they are significantly better as a whole.

Indoor images tend to be a bit better with the Xperia Z, partly thanks to its higher resolution. While it manages to retain a certain amount of sharpness, the pictures from the iPhone 5 come out a bit blurred. If the object you're photographing happens to be in complete darkness, the iPhone 5 may do a better job thanks to its stronger LED flash.

1080p video recording is a bit better with the iPhone 5, thanks to slightly sharper details and smoother movement.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z 3
Apple iPhone 5 2.7

Sony Xperia Z Sample Video:

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It goes without saying that the Sony Xperia Z is the more suitable phone for consuming multimedia like video and games. Thanks to its gigantic 5-inch screen, the experience is much more comfortable and easy on the eyes. The 4” display of the iPhone 5 is OK for a music video every now and then, but it isn't suited for longer activities.

When it comes to listening to music, the iPhone 5 gains the upper hand thanks to its clearer loudspeaker and better-sounding EarPods headset. The earphones from the Xperia Z's box are also pretty decent, but getting to hear the bass with them may be quite tricky.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z 0.37
Apple iPhone 5 0.54
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z 67
Apple iPhone 5 71

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