Sony’s latest promotional vid puts the Xperia Z5 camera to the test in Berlin

by XB on 21st September 2015

in Imaging, Videos, Xperia Z5 series


Xperia Z5_Maddie MoateSony Mobile has released a near 7-minute video showcasing all that the Xperia Z5 has to offer. The video shows presenter Maddie Moate putting the camera to the test in a night in Berlin. It’s an interesting video, covering much of the technology that the camera offers as well a selection of sample photos from the camera.

The video includes a ride in a bumpy Trabi (Trabant) car to test both the SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode and 0.03s hybrid autofocus. Then the 5x Clear image zoom is tested at the top of a tower, along with the ‘Firework’ and ‘Timeshift Burst’ camera modes during a firework display. There are also some low-light samples from the streets of Berlin using Superior Auto mode.

This is a Sony production, so don’t be surprised to see the Xperia Z5 painted in positive light, but the samples look good. We hope Sony wouldn’t ‘doctor’ these, although we wouldn’t be surprised if a professional took the images rather than Ms Moate. For example, in the tower when testing the clear image zoom, the picture was snapped in landscape, but the sample is shown in portrait. Either way, it’s not a big deal as long as the samples are an accurate representation of what the Xperia Z5 can achieve.

Thanks Ben and Waleed!

  • Lokinhu Kun

    NICE, BUT I DON’T WANNA KNOW NOTHING ABOUT XPERIA Z5… I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE XPERIA M2 (D2306) 5.1.1 UPDATE… ONLY!

  • LiterofCola

    Nobody cares.

  • fluxx

    Very well produced video, but I’m not blown away by picture quality yet. White balance and metering does not look perfect in some scenes. But let’s wait for the final software and hardware, I hope we will see shots and reviews soon enough.

  • Lokinhu Kun

    PUT YA FACE IN THE SUN, BEFORE YOU CAME AND SAY SOMETHING… KKKKKKKKK….

  • DBS

    “I’m changing to manual mode where I can change the megapixel and activate the firework setting”

    Which means, once again, Sony’s manual mode will be a joke as it will have a bunch of locked features if you want to shoot at full resolution.

    I believe the day pictures were actually taken with the phone. The skies are burned out and the white balance is a bit messed up which is something consistent with past Xperia software. The night time images of the fireworks, however, I don’t believe for a second they were taken with the phone and, if they were, I’m absolutely sure she didn’t take them. For an Xperia phone to be able to take decent to good photos in low light it needs to go manual and it absolutely needs a tripod. Which you can actually notice when she shows the pictures of the walls near the end which are blurry as expected from a phone without OIS.

    The video is still nice though.

  • Jenge Engelbrecht

    The best of this video is watching it on a Sony… I first watched it on my laptop and then on my Z3. My phone’s screen made it come real

  • Waleed Salman

    Sony should update the camera software To pull the full potential of the new sensor

  • jmaxim917

    That naught point naught three got me. Haven’t heard naught since kindergarten.

  • Waleed Salman

    Nice Video ,but Sony should update the camera software To pull the full potential of the new sensor..!

  • Raj Singh

    Pretty cool; too bad it has an 810. Will wait for 820.
    Need to upgrade my Z Ultra for no reason whatsoever…

    Sidenote: She looks 23 times better without the hat.

  • Raj Singh

    If you don’t want to know anything about the Z5, why come to a post specifically about the Z5?

  • fluxx

    During the presentation of the Z5 they mentioned they finally working together with the Sony Alpha team. I hope it’s not just marketing blabla.

  • Lokinhu Kun

    I CAME INTO THIS POST TO LET THEM (SONY) KNOW WHAT I WANT THE UPDATE TO MY DEVICE. THEY ARE TOO LATE WITH THIS…

  • Andrew Erohin

    Goddamnit, I want that smartphone:) What a shame it will cost pretty much here in Russia, so I won’t be able to buy it soon…

  • Doubleyoupee

    Sony promotional….. still uses on-screen shutter rather than hardware button >_>

  • she wants to focus….

  • “XperiaBlog.net is a completely INDEPENDENT and UNOFFICIAL website dedicated to Sony Xperia products”

  • ack

    Come on guys, Z5 had hardware stabilization called “closed-loop actuator”, taken from the Sony Alpha. It *replaces* OIS. It may not be a DSLR, but it does seem to be the most advanced camera system of any phone to date. I think people will need to look at some (non-Apple biased) reviews and see if the camera is really so good once the Z5 is out.

    http://www.sonyinsider.com/2009/12/17/the-technology-behind-sony-alpha-dslrs-steadyshot-inside/

  • Raj Singh

    You came to a Z5 post to complain about an entirely different phone?
    You should go to the comments section of the Sony Mobile developer page. Let them know directly…

  • tzortziskon

    Take it easy my friend .. I am also Xperia m2 user and I can’t wait for this update ! I feel angry too but I hope that this week xperia m2 wiil receive android 5.1.1 !!

  • Andreescu Daniel

    I shot fireworks with my z2 on automode and looks amazing both on phone and pc

  • Andreescu Daniel

    Peoples still don’t know what a forum and official sony support site is… Too bad, but i understand you being mad about updates but with time will come and you will see it’s not a big deal so do something better with your time instead of crying for updates

  • DBS

    2 things (and I think I’ll die repeating this):

    – the technology behind SteadyShot does NOT work on photography. It only stabilises video. I don’t doubt the Z5 series will produce excellent videos. Unfortunately most people use their phone cameras for photography NOT for video. So all the awesomeness of SteadyShot is completely lost.

    – It *doesn’t* replace OIS. Because OIS is hardware stabilisation. It requires the lenses or the entire sensor to move (as that article you linked explains). The thing is, in their Xperia phones, neither the lenses nor the sensor moves.
    To have OIS on the camera more space was required for the camera module. That’s why the vast majority of phones that have OIS have the cameras on the centre-back of the phone and not, like Sony and Apple, on the top left corner.
    It also requires a hump on devices that are way too thin (like most phones nowadays are). Which is why the likes of old Nokia’s like the 1520 or the Galaxy S6 have those humps.
    Sony decided – and this I know directly from Sony’s representatives – that they rather sacrifice OIS in favour of aesthetics than the other way around.
    It’s a legitimate choice albeit I consider it pretty dumb, specially when you’re trying to stay afloat on an increasingly competitive mobile market.

    The Z5 will surely produce some great photos with plenty of light available I have no doubt. And if you use a tripod, it will certainly produce some very nice low light photos as well.
    It will certainly be better than the likes of Motorola and HTC.
    However, when time comes to go against the two big players in the market – Samsung and LG – it will fail…and fail against Sony’s own hardware (since the S6 and the G4 both use Sony lenses.)
    And all because Sony preferred aesthetics over functionality.

  • tzortziskon

    You are right my friend. ?t least we know tha one day we will get it ;)

  • Svnjay

    The Z5 camera is still noisy.

  • GregLu

    I’m a long fan of Sony and do own a Z3 but I also own a G3 and now a G4 … Well … I must say that the manual mode with DNG support is perfect and can achieve a lot. Sony produced stellar sensor if not the best in their range but they use crappy software and they know it. It’s the same again with the flash, they first (or roughly) launch Xenon Flash on CellPhone (K800i) and now they are delivering us a crappy flash that can’t even light something when it’s more than 1 meter away ?

    I do like the front face of the Z5c by the way because the integration of the speaker is nicer. Otherwise, I’d rather prefer my Z3c and don’t care about the fingerprint sensor and so on … It’s time for Sony to score a big time and they need to gather all their ressource to make a perfect phone. And not serving another crap like the IP rating and then say “Of, finally, our phone aren’t waterproof guys, we shoot video in water but you can’t, sorry”. It’s that that annoys me, personnally.

  • ack

    Your explanation makes sense, but it doesn’t explain how the closed-loop actuator helps with stabilization. Could you explain how the new Exmor RS works?

  • Samuel

    Remember the SP? Now it is the same story with the M2 owners LMFAO!

  • DBS

    I still need to open up a module from the Z5 but:
    Firstly it’s important to notice that these are “Exmor RS for mobile”. Sony is very careful in writing that in because these are not normal Exmor sensors.
    Secondly, I haven’t found evidence that there’s actually a closed-loop actuator in the sensor apart from blog reports. Sony doesn’t have it written anywhere (hence why I said I’d need to open up a module).
    However, that said, the way the closed-loop actuator works is that it shifts the lenses to help focus. This is considerably different from what OIS does since this locks the lenses on the focus point. Which means, once focused, if you shiver, it will not be able to compensate that because the lenses aren’t actually free to move.

    This is the sort of technology that works normally well for video because the process of video capturing is considerably different from photography as things like the shutter don’t need to burst quickly to capture an image. As such, the entire engine (ie SteadyShot) is able to much better stabilise the image. In a photograph, the shutter of the camera need to act within a certain number of seconds and capture only a certain amount of light etc. In other words, it has to do everything a lot faster. Which doesn’t give time for SteadyShot to actually work as it’s supposed (and when it did, it would take a lot longer). That’s why OIS is used for photography, because if the lens is free to move within an axis that stabilises it even if you’re shaking (think of that trick chickens do with their heads) it makes the process a lot faster and avoid the blurriness that lack of OIS provokes. Because even though your hand trembled, the lenses didn’t. With technology like SteadyShot the lenses would be locked in the focus point and rigid (which is why Sony uses digital image stabilisation for the photos instead of even trying to use SteadyShot).
    On the Z5, I believe any improvement to the DIS will be made, again, through software by, perhaps, levering the fastness of focus into it. But it will still not at all replace OIS.

  • shhh

    They always say that.

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Looking foward for this device. Good job sony.

  • iia3ezu

    Just marketing claptrap. Until there is a comprehensive review and comparison with other top-end camera phones, no one should take these seriously.

  • ack

    Guys, here’s a presentation put on by Sony in China. Check it out, especially the first slide (use Google translate if you don’t read Chinese ;) ).

    http://www.sogi.com.tw/articles/sony_xperia_z5/6243711

    From what I can tell, if the actuator is not strictly OIS, it’s still something similar. And yes, they state that it’s “closed-loop”. I think this gives us better insight on how the new camera system works. It does look pretty dang advanced (for a phone).

  • True to all they say. And the funny fact now, after years and years of listening and believing their crap – I do not believe them anymore. I know they will fail, again.

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  • Shubham Mutreja

    It can still be helpful in photography judging by this article.

  • Why bother? It will suck just as all the Z cameras before it. You know it, I know it. It’s the way they do business.

  • betatesterz

    The physical shutter button is a 2 stage button. Half press to focus and exposure lock, full press to shoot. Fact you have to apply slightly more pressure makes you hold the phone steady for the shot. all positive advantages as compared to the on screen shutter.

  • Matt

    not in low light, on screen is preferable in low light, less shake.

  • Matt

    its funny how DBS become the new Timel.

    yes OIS help you to take a photo handheld with a bit longer shutter speed. but it does a horrible jello effect on video.

    i personally dont judge something until i see it on my hand. but again not all people is me.

  • Kunal Shukla

    z3+ camera is in top 5 on DxoMark rankings with same points as that of iPhone 6. Camera isn’t that bad either

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  • Dxo what? And top5… unless it’s top2 on a flagship, why bother? Sony is pathetic and we all know it.

  • Konstantin Ivanov

    LoL..im a Sony fan,but some of the pics that i saw were still too blurry…and the clear image zoom…compared to the Optical image stabilisation is total crap…

  • mountain

    Actually, they are right. They had been working with the alpha team to bring for better image quality.

    But when was the alpha know to be producing pleasing results? Instead, they should be working with olympus or fuji to get the best out of the sensor.

  • Kunal Shukla

    I think Z5 would be in top 3 if not in top 2. Rest you can believe whatever you want to

  • Khillo81

    Actually, what did happen to Timel? Did they put him out to pasture?

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  • tzortziskon

    It’s not the same
    Update lollipop for Xperia M2 was certified .. It is sure that one day will be release !!! Let’s waiting ;)

  • Doubleyoupee

    You can’t be serious

  • Doubleyoupee

    No way, with hardware buttons you can hold it with two hands – way less shake

  • Adhi Suryana

    Thanks, very informative

  • Adhi Suryana

    I’ve seen so many times, so many pictures taken from my friend’s iphone 6 compared to Z3 and Note 4, I can’t understand why people complaining about Xperia camera, 80%-90% they produce better pics than iPhone 6 and Note 4 win by a small margin due to high Mpixels in auto mode, that one plus 2 days battery, front facing speakers, waterproof design

    I just can’t see you could get any better phone than Z5, and add S6 and 6s battery life in the mix :P, I’d rather get better battery than curve edge or useless 3d touch

  • Adhi Suryana

    And please don’t forget about microSD, battery life, software support, waterproof, front facing speakers, nobody buys phone only for it’s camera, go for Lumia 1020 then
    Wait…. is there any flagship that has it all around??

  • Adhi Suryana

    It’s only about time

    Don’t want to wait? Buy Nexus 4 or 5, but the camera is so bad :P
    Or used iPhone 4S or used 5 but battery life is so horrible 100% to 6% in 6 hrs thanks to iOS9

  • Matt

    ok you win, this is not worth debating

  • Matt

    now he is on tour, to other forum

  • theskig

    It’s a fake, 100%.
    I’ve never seen a young girl taking pictures or videos in landscape.

  • theskig

    yep

  • theskig

    ahahah :)

  • theskig

    Even if you tap the screen you keep the phone with 2 hands :)
    I agree tapping is more stable ’cause if you press the button is not so hard to make a little movement while the phone is taking the picture

  • Vitor Silva

    She is cute =3

  • ack

    Well, now that we know the Z5 has a next-gen camera system (see other post), I hope Sony will market it properly. I’m sure in a few years, Apple will rebrand it as “retina camera” or something stupid, and have legions of fanbois claim it’s an “all new” invention. xD

    Waiting to see what this baby can do. But skipping most of the pathetic American and UK reviews, which are basically just Apple-sponsored websites at this point. The favouritism is so bad that they don’t even bother to hide it anymore. >_<

  • ack

    Spread the word. It’s a shame Sony can’t do marketing BS like Samsung and Apple. Next-gen camera and no one knows about it. :-/

    Until I saw those slides, I had no idea what the “closed-loop actuator” was (not that it’s completely clear at this point). Guess the Sony Alpha engineers weren’t sleeping on the job. xD

  • Alex Norris

    Sony Alpha guys only give advice for sonymobile programmers, but they don’t wrote software, they only give advice, but not more. Many people don’t notice significant changes of the new 23 mp. camera ..

  • Shubham Mutreja

    Well camera performance depends more on photographer.

  • Shubham Mutreja

    Well they just work with Alpha guys on hardware side.

  • Michael Hofmann

    Before I think the mobile team had access to Sony’s camera technology from the Alpha but it wasn’t implemented by the Alpha team, now things have changed, though I don’t think they’ve reached their potential yet.

  • Richard

    Yea are working on it and it should be out in november

  • Richard

    The new camera UI will be out in november. How hard can it be if you do some research before you talk shit bro. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtDzdTsmkfU

  • Richard

    True, sony need to step up in the software department but thet are on the way tho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtDzdTsmkfU

  • Richard

    No its not

  • Richard

    Well good products sell it self but samsung putting down 200 million just to push their new models and them sheeps that cant think on their own gonna go buy what they see on tv.

  • Richard
  • Svnjay

    Yes it is.

  • Richard

    Thanks for that, And you are right! I just cancelled my preorde for the z5 copmpact because sony just sucks on the software side i guess so no point upgrading my z3c. Sony can use the best sensor but what does it mean when the software sucks? its like putting a retarded person in a F1 car.

  • Richard

    RiP Sony! Why the hell do you guys suck so much with the software tweaks? While brands like samsung also uses a sony sensor but it will outshoot any xperia device is kinda weird aint it? The note 5 has a 16mp camera and it blows away Z5 so hard that its sad! So why would i pay 599 euro for a phone that is almost the same as the z3c?? Atleast made it 1080 with 4gb ram.

  • ack

    That’s one badly taken photo. Guess we’ll see if it’s an issue after the Z5 comes out.

  • Alex Norris

    Yep, the new 23mp. camera like it`s predecessor 20mp. shows the same bad quality photos without details.
    Z5 was compared vs Galaxy Note 5, and again samsung smash Sony

  • kin p

    Amend, couldn’t agree more. Look at the Guardian website Z5 review, it was a total biased and hatred toward Sony. They reviewer really killed the Z5. A paid rival journalism at its best.

  • ack

    So-called “tech journalists”, particularly American ones (and UK perhaps as well), are so delusional, it’s almost beyond Stockholm Syndrome’ed. When the Z5 gets 2-day battery life is merely “so-so”, but the iphone’s 1-day battery is “excellent”. Problems like bendgate, crashes, etc., are completely omitted from reviews. Totally ridiculous.

    Look at the Apple watch – all the reviewers knew the UI was garbage, but none of them would say it outright. Lest ye offend Apple and lose your job. Absolutely *no* journalistic integrity. My tech friends ignore Apple news and reviews because it’s no longer just stretching the truth, it’s now right out lies.

    Look at the latest propaganda piece. Dat newspeak. George Orwell would be proud (and utterly appalled).
    http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/23/9381325/apple-bias-iphone-reviews-day

  • kin p

    SONY LOSSES on the internet. There are so many rival paid or biased journalists in US and UK. sad world.

  • Battal

    They’re a liar and they’v been saying that since 2013 with First Xperia Z and the result was the make of QX100, which’s completely opposite to what they’v said about making the Xperia camera more better !

  • Battal

    AND BLURRY TOO !

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