Sony Xperia Z5 Receives Best DxOMark Smartphone Photo & Video Scores To Date

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If photo quality is one of the more important features you look for in a smartphone, then you’ll likely want to give the Sony Xperia Z5 a close look. DxOMark, a site that tests, compares, and rates cameras – including those found on smartphones – has rated the camera in the Xperia Z5 as the best smartphone camera to date.

Sony is no stranger to camera optics due to their consumer and professional line of cameras, and in fact their optics are used in many other manufacturer’s smartphones so you would expect the cameras in the Xperia line to be very good. Now on to the specs in case you missed them before. The Xperia Z5 features a 23MP 5520×4120 resolution camera on the back, which also takes video at 2160p/30fps, 1080p/60fps, and 720p/120fps. The front camera features a lower 5.1MP camera, and also records in 1080p. Other features enabled on the camera in the Xperia Z5 include phase-detection autofocus with touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, and panorama stitch.

DxOMark ran the Xperia Z5 thorough its standard battery of tests and based on the scores – 88 for photo and 86 for video, it rated an 87 overall which is higher than the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (86), Google Nexus 6P (84), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (83), and the Motorola Style X (83).


It’s interesting to note that even though the Xperia Z5 takes photos up to 23MP resolution, DxOMark tested the device with the default 8MP setting – and it still came out on top. Even though it edged out the Galaxy S6 edge, both scored an 88 on the photo side, with the Xperia Z5 scoring higher on the video tests for a higher average score.

DxOMark found that the Z5 had impressive autofocus in all conditions, very good white balance and color rendering, good flash exposures with pleasant white balance and good detail preservation, good detail preservation in both good and low-light conditions, and thin noise in low light. It wasn’t without its faults though, and some of the issues mentioned include the visibility of artifacts with blue sky saturation, skies being burnt out sometimes on high dynamic scenes, and a slight attenuation being visible in the corners of images when using the flash.

I don’t think a smartphone will ever replace a DSLR for photo quality even though it’s coming close, but you definitely can’t argue with the score given to the Xperia Z5 by DxOMark. I can only imagine how well it’d score using the full 23 megapixels that it is capable of.

What do you think about the DxOMark tests that put the Sony Xperia Z5 on top of the smartphone list for photo capabilities? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: DxOMark
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