We put the Sony Xperia 10 IV through our rigorous DXOMARK Camera test suite to measure its performance in photo, video, and zoom quality from an end-user perspective. This article breaks down how the device fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases and is intended to highlight the most important results of our testing with an extract of the captured data.
Key camera specifications:
- Primary:12MP 1/2.8″ sensor, f/1.8 aperture lens, PDAF, OIS
- Ultra-wide: 8MP, 1/4.0″ sensor, f/2.2 aperture lens
- Tele : 8MP, 1/4.4″ sensor, f/2.2 aperture lens, PDAF
Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.
Sony Xperia 10 IV
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro (123)
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (125)
Best: Huawei Mate 60 Pro+ (123)
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro (124)
Best: Honor Magic5 Pro (116)
Best: Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G (82)
Best: Huawei Mate 60 Pro+ (80)
Best: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (91)
Best: Huawei P60 Pro (118)
Best: Huawei Mate 60 Pro+ (121)
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro (116)
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro (119)
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro (119)
Best: Oppo Find X6 Pro (118)
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro (119)
Best: Xiaomi 12S Ultra (86)
Best: Apple iPhone 15 Pro (118)
Use cases & Conditions
Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.
Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)
Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)
Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)
Friends & Family
Portrait and group photo & videos
Position in Global Ranking
3. Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
11. Honor Magic4 Ultimate
13. Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
18. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
21. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Snapdragon)
26. Vivo X80 Pro (Snapdragon)
30. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Snapdragon)
30. Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek)
35. Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus (Snapdragon)
35. Samsung Galaxy S23 (Snapdragon)
41. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
41. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos)
51. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
53. Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders
53. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5
57. Vivo X70 Pro (MediaTek)
61. Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Exynos)
65. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
68. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
73. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
73. Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
79. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)
79. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Snapdragon)
79. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)
84. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
87. Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Snapdragon)
87. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos)
96. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G
99. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
101. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
101. Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos)
101. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)
106. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)
110. Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
113. Motorola Edge 40 Neo
114. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G
116. Motorola Edge 30 Pro
118. Apple iPhone SE (2022)
125. Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
128. Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
128. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
130. Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
133. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
134. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
138. Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
140. Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
141. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
144. Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
145. Motorola Moto G62 5G
146. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
148. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12
151. Honor Magic4 Lite 5G
153. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
159. Xiaomi Redmi 10 2022
161. Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Position in High-End Ranking
9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G
12. Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
13. Apple iPhone SE (2022)
19. Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
19. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
21. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
- Generally pleasant skin tones in low dynamic scenes.
- Fairly high level of detail in photos taken in outdoor conditions
- Fairly well-controlled level of noise in indoor and outdoor conditions in both photo and video
- Visible clipping in all conditions, and very limited HDR capabilities in photo and video.
- Inconsistent autofocus; in video, occasional visible focus pumping, and autofocus sometimes does not react
- Frequently visible ghosting in scenes with motion
- In bokeh, visible issues with depth estimation around the subject
- Erratic stabilization, with drift and frame shifts often visible
The Sony Xperia 10 IV’s main camera takes satisfying landscapes and portraits when the light conditions are good. But when lighting conditions become more complex, such as portraits with backlight or videos with a lot of movement, the resulting images could show limited dynamic range or some issues with autofocus.
However, the Xperia 10 IV’s camera performance still makes it an interesting option in this price range.
About DXOMARK Camera tests: DXOMARK’s Camera evaluations take place in laboratories and in real-world situations using a wide variety of subjects. The scores rely on objective tests for which the results are calculated directly by measurement software on our laboratory setups, and on perceptual tests in which a sophisticated set of metrics allow a panel of image experts to compare aspects of image quality that require human judgment. Testing a smartphone involves a team of engineers and technicians for about a week. Photo, Zoom, and Video quality are scored separately and then combined into an Overall score for comparison among the cameras in different devices. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera protocol, click here. More details on smartphone camera scores are available here. The following section gathers key elements of DXOMARK’s exhaustive tests and analyses. Full performance evaluations are available upon request. Please contact us on how to receive a full report.
Sony Xperia 10 IV Camera Scores vs High-End
This graph compares DXOMARK photo, zoom and video scores between the tested device and references. Average and maximum scores of the price segment are also indicated. Average and maximum scores for each price segment are computed based on the DXOMARK database of devices tested.
About DXOMARK Camera Photo tests
For scoring and analysis, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2,600 test images both in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The photo protocol is designed to take into account the main use cases and is based on typical shooting scenarios, such as portraits, family, and landscape photography. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements on images of charts captured in the lab under different lighting conditions from 1 to 1,000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.
Sony Xperia 10 IV Photo scores vs High-End
The photo tests analyze image quality attributes such as exposure, color, texture, and noise in various light conditions. Autofocus performances and the presence of artifacts on all images captured in controlled lab conditions and in real-life images are also evaluated. All these attributes have a significant impact on the final quality of the images captured with the tested device and can help to understand the camera's main strengths and weaknesses.
Sony Xperia 10 IV – Skin tones are rather pleasant but the dynamic range is very limited
Autofocus irregularity and speed: 1000Lux Δ0EV Daylight Handheld
This graph illustrates focus accuracy and speed and also zero shutter lag capability by showing the edge acutance versus the shooting time measured on the AFHDR setup on a series of pictures. All pictures were taken at 1000Lux with Daylight illuminant, 500ms after the defocus. The edge acutance is measured on the four edges of the Dead Leaves chart, and the shooting time is measured on the LED Universal Timer.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score vs lux levels for tripod and handheld conditions
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with the level of lux, for two holding conditions. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.
Visual noise evolution with illuminance levels in handheld condition
This graph shows the evolution of visual noise metric with the level of lux in handheld condition. The visual noise metric is the mean of visual noise measurement on all patches of the Dead Leaves chart in the AFHDR setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.
About DXOMARK Camera Zoom tests
DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 400 test images in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor, and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings and pinch zoom at various zoom factors from ultra wide to very long-range zoom. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting the images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements of chart mages captured in the lab under different conditions from 20 to 1000 lux and color temperatures from 2300K to 6500K.
Sony Xperia 10 IV Zoom Scores vs High-End
This graph illustrates the relative scores for the different zoom ranges evaluated. The abscissa is expressed in 35mm equivalent focal length. Zooming-in scores are displayed on the right and Zooming-out scores on the left.
About DXOMARK Camera Video tests
DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2.5 hours of video in controlled lab environments and in natural low-light, indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The evaluation consists of visually inspecting natural videos taken in various conditions and running objective measurements on videos of charts recorded in the lab under different conditions from 1 to 1000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.
Sony Xperia 10 IV Video scores vs High-End
Video tests analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, or noise, in addition to temporal aspects such as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.
Sony Xperia 10 IV – Limited dynamic range and stabilization
Spatial visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of spatial visual noise with the level of lux. Spatial visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.
Temporal visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of temporal visual noise with the level of lux. Temporal visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup.