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Camera

Image quality is on par to what we’ve seen already, so there are no surprises here.

Packing a familiar camera, a number crunching 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3” Exmor RS sensor, there’s no arguing that that’s a central focus on snapping photos with this thing – more so when it’s complemented with a wide 25mm f/2.0 aperture lens, single LED flash, and up to 4K video recording. At the same time, we see that focus extended into the camera app, where it offers a significant amount of shooting modes, manual controls, and other fun augmented reality options to keep all sorts of shutterbugs entertained.

The results, however, aren’t all that shocking. In fact, it’s hard to even visualize the difference of its quality over its siblings. Outdoor shots where lighting is plentiful come out excellent, as it delivers enough detail and natural colors to give it a pleasant quality – albeit, it sometimes falls victim to over-exposure. Snapping photos under low light is another story, since we’re not surprised to find its photos being softer in tone, which means that it’s light on detail, but at least noise is kept to a minimum.


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 Z3v 3.7
No data
426
387
Sony Xperia Z3 3.2
No data
452
395
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5
3
300
243
HTC One (M8) 2.3
No data
444
363

Switching gears and checking out its video recording quality, the results are clearly favorable, but we wouldn’t go far to say that it’s perfect. Details are decent, but like its still image quality, it sometimes exhibits an over-exposed composition. Thankfully, 4K video recording is in tow – giving it that future proof element.


Multimedia

Sony’s Walkman music player continues to bear one of the best looking interfaces.

Sony’s Walkman music player is something to behold, mainly because it’s one of the more visually pleasing interfaces out there – besting that of Google’s own Play Music app. And it even helps that the Z3v offers a plethora of equalizer settings, to fine tune its audio quality accordingly. Pumping audio through its dual-front firing speakers, it’s able to muster up a reasonable 73.3dB of audio, but it sounds rather thin in tone, which means that there’s not much robustness in its quality.

We really can’t complain about its video playback performance, mainly because it’s presentable with its large and high-resolution display. All sorts of videos play smoothly, of course, but unlike some of its direct rivals, the Z3v lacks a multi-tasking element where videos can be “minimized.”



Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 0.32
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
HTC One (M8) 1.28
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 73.3
Samsung Galaxy S5 81
HTC One (M8) 75.2
Sony Xperia Z3 74


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