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Sony Xperia Z5 Mobile review: Best mobile photo & video scores to date

By Paul Carroll - Wednesday September 30 2015

Mobile Review
Overview | Sony Xperia Z5 ranking: Top mobile photo & video scores | Sony Xperia Z5 photo sub-scores: Strong flash & autofocus results | Sony Xperia Z5 video sub-scores: The Z5 solves video stabilization
DxOMark Mobile
87

Overview

Sony has certainly got the traditional camera market talking with their innovative range of cameras breaking new ground for image quality. Can this success trickle down to the cameras on their Smartphones, too? We aim to find out as we put the yet-to-be-released flagship Sony Xperia Z5 Smartphone through our industry-standard tests.

Announced in September 2015 and expected to hit the shops this week, the Xperia Z5 is Sony’s new flagship Smartphone. Featuring a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel (428 ppi density) LCD screen, the Z5 runs the latest version of the Android OS (Lollipop v5.1.1) and packs plenty of features for the Smartphone photography enthusiast.

Giving the Z5 some oomph is the powerful Snapdragon 810 chip set with quad-core 1.5Ghz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A57 processors, along with 3Gb of RAM.

Internal memory storage of 32Gb is supplemented by expandable Micro SD storage up to 200GB, allowing you to store plenty of high-resolution photos and videos on Sony’s latest device.

You’ll probably need it, too, as the Xperia Z5 packs a whopping 23Mp maximum resolution on its primary camera that captures 5520 x 4120-pixel stills, or video at 2160p/30fps, 1080p/60fps, 720p/120fps. Other camera features include phase-detection autofocus with touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, and panorama stitch. The secondary camera is a notably lower 5.1Mp resolution option, but that’ll be fine for the odd “selfie,” and it also records video at a respectable 1080p.

With recent tests for such new mobile devices as the LG G4 and Motorola X Style giving the established Smartphone players a run for their money at the top of our database, let’s see how Sony has stepped up to the challenge with the Z5.

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
88
Exposure and contrast
87
Color
87
Autofocus
95
Texture
89
Noise
85
Artifacts
76
Flash
91

Pros

- Impressive autofocus in all conditions, the best tested to date.

- Very good white balance and color rendering in most situations.

- Good flash exposures with pleasant white balance and good detail preservation.

- Good detail preservation in both good and low-light conditions.

- Thin noise in low light.

Cons

- Artifacts visible with blue sky saturation.

- Skies sometimes burnt on high dynamic scenes.

- Using flash, a slight attenuation is visible in the corners.

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
86
Exposure and contrast
85
Color
87
Autofocus
91
Texture
84
Noise
87
Artifacts
75
Stabilization
93

Pros

- Impressive image stabilization that’s far ahead of the competition.

- Good autofocus behavior.

- Good detail preservation and noise level.

- Accurate white balance and color rendering.

Cons

- Sometimes tremors are visible, even using a tripod.

- Exposure convergence can be very slow, particularly with details in strong highlights.

- In low light, autofocus is sometimes a little slow to kick in.

- Color shading is visible in low-light conditions.