Xperia M5 fast hybrid autofocus put to the test; plus sample pics

by XB on 11th August 2015

in Imaging, Videos, Xperia M5


A lot of attention has been placed on Sony’s powerful new midrange Xperia M5, primarily due to the new camera module. The Xperia M5 will sport a 21.5MP Exmor RS camera capable of 0.25 second hybrid autofocus. It is the first new high-end camera sensor that Sony has used in a while and therefore it’s no surprise its images will be scrutinised to see what improvements have been made.

A number of media outlets in Taiwan got to briefly test how fast the hybrid autofocus was earlier today, which you can see in the videos below. There’s no doubt it appears to be quite fast, this can more easily be seen when comparing against HTC One M9+, which also utilises the MediaTek helio X10 chipset.

Sony Xperia M5 hybrid autofocus test

We also have a couple of sample pictures from the Sony Xperia M5 (E5653) that you can see below. It shows the pictures are taken at F2.0 with the full size images coming in at around 5.5MB each. There is also a comparison for each picture against the HTC One M9+, along with some 100% crops. The full-size pictures can be accessed by clicking on the image.

Sample picture of toy – Xperia M5 (top) versus HTC One M9+ (bottom)

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Toy_Xperia M5

Toy_HTC One M9+

100% Crop – Xperia M5 (top) versus HTC One M9+ (bottom)

CROP_Toy Cat_Xperia M5

CROP_Toy Cat_HTC One M9+

Sample picture of Buzz Lightyear – Xperia M5 (top) versus HTC One M9+ (bottom)

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Buzz_Xperia M5

Buzz_HTC One M9+

100% Crop – Xperia M5 (top) versus HTC One M9+ (bottom)

CROP_Buzz Lightyear_Xperia M5

CROP_Buzz Lightyear_HTC One M9+

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  • Timel

    Focus is fast but picture quality is still meh..

  • Sdamaceno

    The pics made with HTC seems better.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Slick autofocus! Noise reduction and sharpening is OKish for what you’re getting. The true test will be in low light.

  • HAWX

    Yeah but don’t forget the fact that M5 isn’t a flagship :)

  • Mike Gonzalez

    love the quick autofocus, perfect for point and shoot, but i’d rather have a 10 megapixel camera that actually takes great photos, than a 21 megapixel camera that takes mediocre photos

  • Faisal Armand

    As always, sony has a habit of cranking ISO too high in auto ISO setting :( pics taken by m9+ use ISO 100 while those coming out of the Xperia M5 use ISO 300.

    But processing seems to be more restrained on the M5 though. HTC M9+ even at low ISO has very noticeable noise reduction.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    See the last pic… The textures on M5 looks much better despite the pre-production unit. And again the Lighting conditions are indoors. Processing is atleast matured compared to z3+ and its an Mid-End device !!!!!

  • Svnjay

    The M5’s photos look washed out and has lots of noise though it clearly has the better camera sensor.

  • Gitarooman

    color is much more natural and actually better on the M5. There is some weird red tin on HTC photos. Details are also better if you look at inside Doraemon month, and the edge of the stairs in the second picture. More refine on M5.

  • Vinícius Azzolin

    It a question of taste because I like more of M5 pictures, they seem more natural and with less blur.

  • kido

    The reason why the ‘ticket’ sign is not sharp is because the m5 is focusing on buzz light year instead

  • Vinicius Araujo

    Don’t forget that the Xperia M5 is running pre-production software. It may be even better at final release :D

  • Nayib

    yeah, now imagine z5! *.*

  • Abdul Ghani

    i dont see the grain like xperia z 123 did produced till now on auto mode

  • skrug

    Even buzz is blurry, I think it’s because when the person took the pic. their hand moved.

  • Timel

    so much for image stabilization…

  • Timel

    its not only not sharp but dark as well. Darkness can be a result of the different angle of the shot though so I will give benefit of doubt

  • Billy de Fretes

    some people just forgot, M5 is not a flagship phone

  • skrug

    Who knows how much his hand moved when he took that pic.

    The Doraemon in comparison isn’t as blurry as Buzz

  • skrug

    Z5 better have that curved sensor =D

  • Timel

    my worthy friend. This is exactly why image stabilization is necessary..Sony is still lagging in this department. I don’t want to work for the phone, I want the phone to work for me and it’s this simple American arm chair mantra that has people getting crazy about he iPhone..the phone just works.

  • Raj Singh

    The Sony images have a bit more yellow to them.

  • kido

    Ois would be a bonus if paired with the quick af

  • kido

    I doubt that will happen

  • skrug

    No matter how good the image stabilization is, if the movement is too much/large the picture would still be blurred.

  • lbwc

    M5’s camera has a f/2.2 aperture. I’m sure Z5 will have an f/2.0 aperture.

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  • Yoppy

    M5 has warmer result

  • Emir Zarith

    yeah thats why OIS might come in handy….since it’s mid-range…well..

  • Reza

    Did u know that this is pre-production unit and did u know too that this is M series whic is midrange??????

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    People keep complain about the picture quality without realize this is a midrange. Do you guy expect the midrange beat the flagship in every aspect ?

    Meanwhile this midrange still make the good quality for it price with such a good design and still have a waterproof features.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Hell Yeahh …… Dreaming Z5 since some previous posts !!!!

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Don’t forget its 21mp camera with mere f2.2 Sensor….. This is the best one can get in this kinda lighting conditions !!!

  • Faisal Armand

    Dude.. HTC M9+ is the one that has an arperture of f/2.2. And I actually download the samples. The pic from M5 has an arperture of f/2.0

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  • kido

    When you say abit yellow you are comparing it with the htc photos. No one actually knows which phone took the best photo that had the best color representation to the original scene so for the time being, such comments such as this is invalid.

  • Naail Zahid

    This is actually quite impressive. I laugh when I have to show someone my xperia shots because I know 100% crop will look like trash, but man these are really great 100% crop shots. There’s so much detail!

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  • Great Dude

    The autofocus is really fast and I am really happy for that.
    I hope picture quality will become better by software.

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    picture quality is better on M5:
    first toys crop is the only area of the photo where M9 seems clearer, rest of the entire photo details go in favour of M5….
    second toy, Buzz, is entirely out of clear focus on M5, with obvious better focus on the background…meaning the guy used the shutterbutton that destabilises the autofocus point cause of hand trebble…
    He could have used the soft shutter button to get equal merits for testing…
    Superb camera on that M5 :)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    I dont know why it shows that way but official page shows it has f2.2
    http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-m5/specifications/#tabs

  • Faisal Armand

    Dude.. Download them and check the EXIF

    Even if M5 has f2.2, it should have at least the same ISO selection as M9+ then M5 would’ve owned this comparison

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Hmmm…. I have checked that already. hope to see the better results with final unit !!!

  • Alex

    Sony with each new generation, regresses. Sony programmers will never show us quality software. Sony are worse A brand, and all Xperia`s not worth their money.

    Samsung Note4 and S6 has the great cameras.

    http://s019.radikal.ru/i619/1508/ac/7b39dcd7f310.jpg

    http://cs622326.vk.me/v622326100/42845/qv9BlpMGm50.jpg

    Sony was and still are the WORST!

  • laci_csk

    Dude its a midrange phone from sony, and you are compare it with the samsungs highends? Shame for samsung and you.

  • kaostheory

    Also do people use a calibrated display when making colour comments? The viewing medium obviously will change the original.

  • Raj Singh

    It’s not invalid when I compare the two photos to each other.

  • Timel

    You don’t really believe that with the launch so close, too many changes could be made to the software? Also, one of the official Sony Xperia twitter accounts tweeted this comparison, means they are proud of what their camera has achieved (in their assessment). The problem with Sony and it’s fan is that they believe the product is good and will sell just because it is Sony. That’s not the case. However, in your defence, i will say that Sony only marketed the focus speed on the M5 and didn’t boast too much about the picture quality itself. It is understandable they may leave out the best for their flagship just like Motorola did with Play and Style, same sensor but different processing.

  • Alex

    DUDE, IMX230 is new & main Sony Sensor, so shut up

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  • stolnheartdealr

    Wow, it’s not like anyone was doing something more than throwing opinion around but this last one is WEAK! Is there a point somewhere there I’m missing somehow? Even the last finisher in the race probably did their best too.

  • stolnheartdealr

    I wasn’t keeping track of the HTC phones anymore but if this is one of their “ultrapixels” cameras that would explain the increased light sensitivity more than .2 difference in lenses.

    some older APS-C sensors with 6mp sizes have nearly the same pixel pitch as a lot of the full frame cameras today, this makes them (some of them) nearly as good in low light as their infinitely more expensive older brothers… of course the full frames today with high pixel densities also have the benefits of more post processing flexibility as well as vastly superior sensor noise so they can’t ‘really’ compete fairly but if you’re just a hobbyist or want low light performance out of a ‘spare’ or photos used only for digital media then old DSLR’s still have an edge against the potential purchase of a modern day pixel packed aps-c body… sorry, got carried away with that

  • ZeRo+

    Are you stupid….? Or you don’t know that Sony camera soft is sucks!?

  • ZeRo+

    F/2.0, like on IMX220. Lg has f1.8, SGS6 f/1.9. )

  • laci_csk

    No…, you are stupid, I think. Nothing wrong with Sony’s camera soft

  • Ryan Kumar Jassi

    If Z5 has a camera similar to this then its not a Z5 its got to be able to compare to the note 4 and g4 and out perform them I think it needs to have an ois lense if thats what the iPhone have because the zoom on my Z2 is just as terible as my Z was thats why I never zoom when taking a photo on my Xperia I always zoom in the album app if I need to when u zoom on an iPhone it doesnt blur as much as my Xperia and I wish it didnt I hope they fix the zoom in Z5 and use 820 init not 810

  • ZeRo+

    Ha ha ha – Nothing wrong with Sony’s camera soft ))) And after this, you are not stupid? ))

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  • Michael Reiche

    From which mobilephone is the city image from?

    For me it looks very unatural, with an oversharpened look. Clouds have a too sharp look, which they never do in real life. Same thing about the horizon, buildings and hills have a an unatural sharp edge on the horizon.

    But apart from oversharpen, it does look like it’s from a camera with a reasonable resolution.

  • Alex

    Unnatural and oversharpened…? LOL, Oversharp shows Sony, on Samsung samples you never see oversharp and bad details .Xperia Z2 http://www.esato.com/phonephotos/cam/sony/d6503/201504141502ZH67IV.jpg
    another sample from Z4

    http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/179262-image/Sony-Xpeia-Z4-camera-sample-01.jpg

    That’s means oversharpened and unnatural

  • laci_csk

    Sorry for you, you are very frustrated person dont know why, but sorry for you.

  • Michael Reiche

    Yep You are right, the Z4 sample is another example of too much sharpening. Looks like a scene from a computergame.

    The Z2 sample is not that bad.

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