Xperia Z3 DxOMark camera rankings place it alongside the Xperia Z2

by XB on 22nd September 2014

in Imaging, Xperia Z3 series


Xperia Z3 PhotoRenowned camera specialists DxOMark ranked the Xperia Z2 at the top of the list when it launched earlier this year. Now DxOMark has turned its attention to the Xperia Z3 and once again, the handset has earned top marks. The Xperia Z3 managed an overall DxOMark score of 79, placing it alongside the Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Breaking the score down, the Xperia Z3 scored top marks for its still performance with a score of 81 – the same as the Xperia Z2 and Nokia 808 Pureview. The Xperia Z3 does well with low noise levels and fast autofocus in bright light. On the negative side, the phone suffers from flare in sunny backlit shots along with some evidence of colour shading.

Xperia Z3 Photo

On the video side, DxOMark says the handset can’t better the Galaxy S5, scoring 76 points versus 79 for the S5. The Xperia Z3 wins marks for its image stabilisation, but DxOMark reports that autofocus is sometimes unstable. Overall, it sounds like a similar performance to the Xperia Z2 given the similarity in hardware.

Xperia Z3 Video

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  • Abdul Ghani

    z3 is just a little software tweak vs z2 and thats bad because z1 z2 z3 should kill all other smartphones out there but they just come close to 13 and 8 mp :P

  • Jaouad

    I think the latest software updates did improve my camera’s Z2 pictures. At least that is the impression I get because currently I take picture after picture without every thinking: hmm that could have been better. Even the front camera is good for what is now.

    However I do think that Sony will even improve more over time for at least the high end units.

  • wared

    Sony had really made a great job in term of display in the z3.
    Really great whites and colors.
    Here is z3 and s5

  • Abdul Ghani

    impressive

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Any 8/13 MP cameras at the top of DxOMark rankings? No? OK.

  • gfhh

    z3

  • michs

    display ::: xperia z3 better than LG G3
    Sony Xperia Z3 vs Z2 vs LG G3 vs HTC One
    http://youtu.be/_8V2cJtPQtk

  • wared

    lg g3 display sucks, the two best lcd displays is the z3 and oppo find 7a

  • Faisal Armand

    And now that 808 is in fourth place

  • AsadMulla
  • Faisal Armand

    You know.. Xperia Z1/Z2/Z3 cameras doesn’t suck.. If you know how to use it.

    Check my Z2’s photostream. And i’m not even a photographer

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125751132@N08/

  • xili

    Can we really trust the dxomark’s review? I’m not pro in camera stuff but I did saw many ppl accuse that the way of dxomark reviewing the smartphone camera is not correct and it is only suitable for reviewing pro camera/DSLR and thus causing some inconsistent result on smartphone camera review.

    I do believe that Sony has improving its smartphone camera performance and Z3 did have a decent camera spec compare to many other flagships, but it is still hard for me to believe it can outperform 1020 and 808 in overall camera performance. Z3 is definitely has a good camera, but I believe 1020 and 808 are still better than Z3 simply because they have a better camera spec and Nokia software optimization is better than Sony (at least in this recent few years).

    Anyway, I will go grab myself a Z3 compact to replace my Xperia P this Oct, can’t wait :)

  • Faisal Armand

    http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/How-we-test-smartphones-The-DxOMark-Mobile-protocol

    Please download the PDF file, and read it carefully from the first page to the last, then you will understand their test better.

    Personally, I trust them. But I think the main reason why nokia fanboys are so mad is because they are not comprehensive enough to understand dxomark’s tests. Here is my reasons.

    1. Dxomark overall global ranking covers all photo & video score and the photo score weighs about 70% and video score weighs at 30%. Nokia lumias are great in image quality, but their video quality are seriously lacking, nokia fanboys know it and yet they are still mad.

    2. What matters most when it comes to assessing image quality? In what areas does large sensor comes in handy? Details? Noise? Yes. Oh don’t worry, in dxo per aspect scoring both 808 & 1020 completely trashed Z2, Z3, and S5 in that category. Judging by higher score in details & noise is enough to justify that both nokias are better IN IMAGE QUALITY than Z2, Z3, and S5. Other aspects doesn’t have to be counted into consideration

  • RC

    Are these photos Auto Mode or Manual? Some look really good some looks decent.

  • Gitarooman

    more than a little software tweaks, pics are sharper, true wide angle lens, and much better stability due to better software stabilizing and OIS.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I think when PhoneArena did their review they may have had the super-vivid mode on because they said the colors were “whack” in their review. Z3 definitely deserves a better score than the 8.5 PhoneArena gave it, especially with the 9 hrs and 30 mins on screen battery life.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Once Windows pulls all their resources together, their first Windows flagship phone will be great.

  • fnnoname

    But not very great notification light placement unfortunately.
    I prefer xperia z2’s notification light,so subtle and elegant

  • ZoubIWah

    actually i agree with their findings.
    what gets people is how the white balance and sharpness are tweaked on many phones like the samsungs, giving a richer appearance.
    turns out i you change that setting on the z3 you’ll get a similar image, and the colors are just a bit off. just like dxomark review mentions.

    theres plenty of z3 pictures on the web today so its easy to compare to the iphone6, s5, note4, etc.

  • Faisal Armand

    I never shoot on auto mode. I don’t like it, it often crank the ISO too bloody high and also got the white balance wrong.

    As for the night shot, I pick night scene from the manual mode and hold my phone really steady. Another interesting fact about the night scene mode is the steadier your hands are, the shutter speed gets slower & the ISO as well. You know, slow shutter/long exposure lets more light & photons into the sensor and hence great quality night shots

  • Z3 COMPACT

    yes you are right superior auto always increase iso hence creat noisy image same happens with my sony cyber-shot hx50v.
    even where there is no need of high iso it increase iso so much n at same time keeps shutter speed slow like 1600+ iso and ss=1/30 or less
    on other side i get better result in manual mode with more than 80 shutter speed and iso less than 800

  • CounterCounter

    You know… All cameras doesn’t suck.. If you know how to use it.

    “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

  • Jaywalker

    The sound in video is not very good though. Compare with SG4 mini. More clear and sensitive sound.

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    I still adore sony z2 camera.. But z3 with better wider lens i should try it once available in malaysia.

  • Arthur Simon

    Phonearena SUCKS lol. Still my choice of tech site, but they are so bad in reviewing lol

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Same with my xperia z :)

  • jag

    you got some steady hands there. nice photos! ^^

  • Smartphone or DSLR, final DxO scores were never correct. Only a blind fanboy would argue about the Z3 being better:

    Nokia 808
    http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-bqr6NLS/0/O/i-bqr6NLS.jpg

  • Ehem

    But still they are very noisy… Specialy z&Z1… I see many noise and some times PARASITE In my z1 camera it realy sucks ..even iphone 4 camera is better than Z& Z1 camera ..

  • Faisal Armand

    Lol iphone 4? Yeah keep yappin

    Many noise? If you always shoot in superior auto mode then yes.. I told you before, it likes to drive the ISO & shutter speed too high & fast

  • roeshak

    They even gave the z2 a higher score of 9.2

  • IshuZ2

    what is the maximum ISO value for Xperia Z2 camera in manual mode?
    and also, in manual mode at 20.7 Mp, i am not able to use SCN, it is disabled??
    ANYONE PLEASE HELP…

  • sridublr

    Good snaps. Can you share the settings. I have a ZR with kitakat 4.4.4. hope its applicable for ZR too :)

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  • IshuZ2

    what is the maximum ISO value for Xperia Z2 camera in manual mode?
    and also, in manual mode at 20.7 Mp, i am not able to use SCN, it is disabled??
    ANYONE PLEASE HELP…

  • IshuZ2

    what is the maximum ISO value for Xperia Z2 camera in manual mode?
    and also, in manual mode at 20.7 Mp, i am not able to use SCN, it is disabled??
    ANYONE PLEASE HELP……

  • IshuZ2

    what is the maximum ISO value for Xperia Z2 camera in manual mode(20.7 Mp)?
    and also, in manual mode at 20.7 Mp, i am not able to use SCN, it is disabled??
    ANYONE PLEASE HELP…

  • IshuZ2

    what is the maximum ISO value for Xperia Z2 camera in manual mode(20.7 Mp)?
    and also, in manual mode at 20.7 Mp, i am not able to use SCN, it is disabled??
    ANYONE PLEASE HELP…….

  • IshuZ2

    what is the maximum ISO value for Xperia Z2 camera in manual mode(20.7 Mp)?
    and also, in manual mode at 20.7 Mp, i am not able to use SCN, it is disabled??
    ANYONE PLEASE HELP…,,,,,,

  • Faisal Armand

    The maximum manually selected ISO in manual mode is 3200. However if you choose ISO+ in SCN mode, the ISO can be cranked up to 6400.

    The SCN & HDR mode is not available at 20.7MP & 15.5MP. Only at 8MP or lower can you access SCN & HDR

    Thanks

  • Faisal Armand

    Daylight shots: Either I use manual mode with custom white balance & HDR or The landscape mode in SCN selection. The latter gives sharper images than the custom manual capture & more saturation in blue & green channel

    Night shots & Indoor shots: I use night scene in SCN mode and freakin steady hand. As I said earlier “Another interesting fact about the night scene mode is the steadier your hands are, the shutter speed gets slower & the ISO as well. You know, slow shutter/long exposure lets more light & photons into the sensor and hence great quality night shots”

    Yes the night scene mode works as a miracle for indoor shots too

    Note: don’t use superior auto at night because it will select high ISO & fast shutter speed

  • IshuZ2

    my Z2 ISO at 20.7 MP is 800 not 3200.. and at 8 MP it is 3200. is yours the same? PLEASE REPLY..

  • IshuZ2

    my Z2 ISO at 20.7 MP is 800 not 3200.. and at 8 MP it is 3200. is yours the same? PLEASE REPLY..

  • Abdul Ghani

    800 in 20.7 and 3200 in 8mp

  • Abdul Ghani

    just for fun i use z1 and another device not going to mention and took 100% crop remember z1 is at iso 100 at 20.7 mp …….. see and judge lets see who has better eyes :P (cannot upload the actual pictures here because its way over 5mb both of them )

  • Stanley08

    True!

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  • Faisal Armand

    Yes 20.7MP mode is manually limited at 800. 8MP can go to 3200

  • alay-ok

    Now Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is new leader and gold standard quality photography for mobile. Sony must improve quality. I can’t wait moment Sony Xperia to be new leader photography for mobile.

    http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Apple-iPhone-6-and-6-Plus-review-Bigger-and-better.-Apple-set-gold-standard-for-smartphone-image-quality

  • Faisal Armand

    Thr texture & noise score of iphone 6 are far below Z2, Z3, S5, 808, & 1020. And that is enough to justify that iphone 6 is still way below the competition.

    The only thing that skyrocket the i6’s photo score is the autofocus score of 94.

  • Abdul Ghani

    you are forgetting apple is using sony’s small sensor 8mp and a small lens than z1 z2 z3 still scored better overall than sony phones why because its software is clean imagine if they used z3 hardware

  • Abdul Ghani

    its because iphone software is clean no post processing and compression and they are using old sony 8mp exmor rs sensor and weak lens vs z3 still getting close if sonys software was clean they will score overall 90+ in everything

  • Faisal Armand

    iphone 6 also scored better than 1/1.2″ inch sensor size 41MP nokia 808 pureview with Zeiss lens..

    Wow, that is amazing

  • Jumbo

    Is PhoneArena credible? Do they go bias when reviewing phones? No, I’m serious… this is a serious question. I heard a lot of shit about PhoneArena so I wanted to ask you people.

  • alay-ok

    that right… iphone software’s result is very clean overall… sony’s engineering must be improve to be perfect result…

  • alay-ok

    iphone is very nice job… while sensor camera old type…

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    TheVerge is much more bias to Apple. Quite frankly it’s annoying having different people review different phones on the same site. AndroidAuthority is good because they have one guy review the flagships, and another who does the mid range. That way things stay a little more consistent between each review.

  • Jumbo

    Hmm….. I see. Alright, thanks a lot Bruce Lee!

  • Neo

    Can Z1 do such nice job too?

  • Faisal Armand

    Z1 can, it has the same sensor & resolution as Z2.

    And on KitKat firmware, the camera performance of Z1 is identical to Z2

  • Neo

    thx!!
    I’ll try with my Z1 the other time!

  • Alex Norris

    How about this result… http://mobiltelefon.ru/i/other/september14/24/dxomark_iphone_01.jpg

    DxOmark shows correct results…?)

  • Shubham Mutreja

    IMAGINE 20 MP SONY EXMOR RS WITH IPHONE CAMERA IMAGE PROCESSOR!!!!!!

  • Faisal Armand

    Seriously the only thing that puts i6/i6+ on top is autofocus score of 95. The details & texture score is nothing to write home about

  • Jerry Berglund

    Damn. DxoMarks claims the Iphones 6+ and iPhone 6 as the world best mobile kameras. To be honest, that sounds so fishy.

  • No…

    …just no…

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  • ansoncool

    how is this better display… the red is way off….

  • Ritwij

    Hey dude I got my Z2 (I was a Z user, remember me?). I can’t find any controls for slow shutter speed. Help? My brother’s M8 has it and produces epic pics even in the darkest environment. I don’t like the 12800 ISO, it destroys pics.

  • Faisal Armand

    I still remember you, bro..

    To enable 0.8s shutter speed, you must activate night scene in the manual mode. The ISO & shutter speed can vary, though. ISO can range between 50 at minimum to 250 at maximum. The shutter speed varies from 1/4s to 0.8s

    Enabling superior auto is useless. When it is night time shooting, the viewfinder will only say “night scene” but actually does nothing at all, it uses only high ISO and fast shutter speed

  • Ritwij

    Yeah I saw that on Superior Auto Mode. 12800 ISO stuff, pretty lame. Does click pictures in dark environment but pics are very grainy. I hope Sony brings manual focus and shutter speed control like HTC One M8 has.

  • Faisal Armand

    Well, i’m not counting the quality of 12.800 ISO, because even a DSLR shows a good deal of noise at that ISO. But the fact that an ISO that high can be done on a smartphone with a 1/2.3″ sensor is impressive, and actually the pictures are close to being usable as long as you don’t pixel peep.

    Yeah, I too want full manual controls on Xperia smartphone, it is too bad that a company with nearly a hundred year of camera experience doesn’t bring their full camera expertise into their smartphone lines :(

    Damn it, even with 1/4s-0.8s shutter speed, xperia z2’s low light images are great. I can only imagine if I shoot a night scenery with 2s shutter speed, ISO 50, and manual infinity focus. The quality must be similar to that of an expensive camera

    I can’t wait for lollipop update so I can enjoy RAW and full manual controls

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