Xperia Z5 owners – What do you think of the camera?

by XB on 9th November 2015

in Imaging, Problems, Xperia Z5 series


Xperia Z5 cameraThe Xperia Z5 series is the first to feature Sony’s new 23MP camera sensor with hybrid autofocus. When the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact were launched there was plenty of hope from fans that Sony had a killer camera smartphone in its midst. The new sensor marked the first new camera sensor since the Xperia Z1 was announced. Gaining a top rank in DxoMark is no mean feat, but that is exactly what the Xperia Z5 has achieved.

There is no doubt that Sony has a very competent performer when it comes to the imaging side with the Xperia Z5. However, you just have to casually browse XDA or Sony Mobile Talk forums to see people sharing their experience – some good, some bad.

There has been long threads in each forum with owners complaining about a ‘blurry edge’ on the left side of photos. There have been close to 200 replies in the Sony Mobile Talk forums with plenty of examples of this problem. A number of users have had various replacements with the issue being replicated, leading to some speculating that this is a hardware rather than software issue – perhaps something to do with the type of lens used.

We wanted to pass the question to the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact owners out there. How have you found the camera performance? Do you suffer from the ‘blurry edge’? If you owned a previous Xperia device, how does the Xperia Z5 series compare – is it a marked improvement? We’d love to hear your impressions below.

  • Kristo

    It’s definitely better than my Xperia Z, allthough I do tend to get alot of “blue dots” like you do when taking pictures in the dark, except I get it even in quite light areas. More so than I did on my Z.

  • Marcel

    i came from a Z1, low light was so horrible on the Z1, it just screwed it up… the z5 though is actually impressive… but without sonys software, its really bad, so snapchat for example does not use sony software, just the camera by itself and its a grainy mess.. i wish there was a fix for this….

  • Zoltan Hegedus

    Picture quality great in bright conditions, not so impressive in darker situations though. There’s a lot of corner distortion and the app itself takes a long time to open. The real strength of the device is the video recording quality, too bad for the overheating issue.

  • ChilliPSco

    I am impressed with the camera on the Z5, it’s a massive change to the camera on my old Z1. Low light could be slightly better, but it still captures some great images in low light on both the front & rear cameras. I can’t say I have experienced any issues with blur like some users. All my shots have been clear and crisp. Colours are brilliant on all the images I’ve taken. I’ve not had any issues at all with the camera or the images taken with the camera. In fact I prefer using my Z5 camera to the WX220 camera I purchased earlier this year. I don’t use apps like snapchat so cannot really comment on image quality for those apps. If snapchat doesn’t implement Sony’s software when taking pictures, then I would say that is an issue that snapchat should address.

    The only downside I have and it is a small downside if I’m honest, is the lack of RAW image capture and I think Sony could easily support and implement this. I know they’ve said they would implement it if there is demand for it and I think there is. So Sony should stop with the delays and give us RAW image capture on all Xperia devices. I’ve attached a photo of the brewery at the Gorbals in Glasgow and of the River Clyde. This isn’t the original image directly from the Z5 itself as I couldn’t attach that due to file size.

  • AK

    I came from Samsung Galaxy S2 so the camera is a huge upgrade for me. However, I have to admit that I am disappointed by the camera quality after reading some reviews and comparisons with other phones like LG G4, S6, 6S, etc. The image quality in 23MP is not as good as it should be; 16:9 ratio pictures are markedly blurrier than competitors; low light performance is probably the worst of all flagships, almost as if there’s a noisy purple tint over the picture; noise is abundant in all light situations especially at low-light; colors are muted, and pictures are dull.

    I read that some people recommend shooting in manual mode with 8MP as it produces the best image quality but honestly it’s not that much better. Sony really needs to step up the game in their sensor software department because frankly, it’s embarrassing as a company blowing so much hot air about its sensors and cameras. In fact, they should double down on their software in general because camera issue is only one of the Z5’s many problems (widgets disappearing after shutting down for extended periods of time or even restarting, UI stutter, unexplainable slowdowns, apps taking longer than usual to load, RAM usage, poor battery life, etc.)

    Sony makes great hardware but they seem to have problems creating good software. What a shame.

  • azzido

    Z5 produces very nice pictures in good light conditions. Unfortunately much worse in low light, far behind the competition. There is too much noise and distortion in low light. I hope this will be improved

    I am counting for the new features of auto mode to adjust brightness and color in manual mode too. I do not know why we are loosong a lot of features in higher resolutions, hdr too…

    New autofocus sometimes is very fast, really less than a second, sometimes it is doinf some kind of fish eye and then focus what takes much longer. Very unstable. So is it fast? Well, sometimes yes. A lot of things to correct here.

    Nice colors. Cropped pictures unfortunately shows the quality is not as good, for example galaxy s6 is much better here.

    Compared to previous Xperias it is step forward, not that much but in right direction.

    I want a bigger sensor (like best lumias), brighter lens, OIS or whatever will improve low light pics in future Xperia ;)

  • jeremy_inc

    I came from the Z3 and the camera is really quite a big improvement in all lighting conditions. I have got some great shots and people regularly comment on how good the camera is. Very happy with the camera aspect of this phone. Some other things were a bit better on the Z3 though.

  • EQ

    That’s becouse you unlocked the bootlader and when doing so it removes the DRM keys permanently. This means BIONZ hardware postprocessing of images is disabled aswell as some other DRM protected features.

  • Sola Hoi

    I would rather keep my Z1 and buy myself a RX100 M3 for that price…

  • Zayed Kotayba

    Like what ?

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Z1 user here. I suspect this is due to the Sony’s G Lens. I have read a few articles way back on XDA for this. Blurriness on the edges may be caused by the wide angle lens + F/2.0 aperture but I think it can be fixed with a software, but again, if the lens is the issue, then maybe there’s something bad on Sony’s choice of lens specs.

  • bubimir13

    Colour reproduction is more accurate in SA then on Z3C.

  • bubimir13

    Its good, but lack of proper camera2 API is disturbing.

  • jeremy_inc

    Main one is battery life is far worse. Others are it doesn’t feel as nice in the hand (subjective) – it has this weird lip around the whole thing which creates an edge; I dont like that. The volume button being in a weird place. Double tap to wake is now unusable for me as it constantly activated in my pocket. Few software bugs (though I don’t mind those as I expect them to be fixed). Overall they improved from the Z3 in some areas but have regressed in others.

  • RockStar2005

    That’s cool Jeremy. I have the Z3 also, and I think the camera on it is fantastic, though I ONLY use manual mode, so good to know that SA has improved so dramatically. Other forums have said that too. I’m gonna wait for the Z6 but this is great news!

  • RockStar2005

    Do you use Stamina Mode? I find that makes a HUGE impact on battery life with my Z3.

    I’m sure the double tap to wake issue will be resolved soon enough with the next software update. I use that all the time too. Usually there’s at least one minor issue like that which gets fixed early on from my experience (I’ve had my Z3 for just over a year now).

  • Chan Kin Cheung

    If you are a pro, well than API is only Application Programming Interface, you can import the wanted interface from Google website and override all the functions there to suit your needs. You better know JAVA for that.
    If you are a seasoned user and know how to flash ROMs, I am sure there are many good flashable zips out there, or even change your ROM.
    If you are anything else, browse some community forums and learn something about android flashing, then follow the seasoned user method.

    Bottom line is, don’t cry like a baby, yours is not an IPhone, android is a lot more flexible than that.

  • xperiaDROID

    Well, got my hands on the Z5 in the Sony store yesterday, and immediately went to the camera app.

    The picture quality is way better than my Z (obviously), but it wasn’t as good as I expected, I can still see some blur and noise in the picture, and the environment was quite bright that time.

  • Andy Lai

    I found the camera of the Z5 to be performing far worse than my Xperia M4 Aqua, specially the zoom. It looks as if the edges are flying out. I don’t own it though, just tested one in a store against my M4 Aqua. The Z1 & Z2 seems to be better in camera performance… Really…

    It may be that Sony is trying wayyy too hard and overdoing the postprocessing. The Xperia M5 also took much better photos in my opinion… (according to gsmarena comparison)

    The Xperia Z5 camera isn’t worth be called “terrible”, just okayish.

  • nfs2010

    The camera is excellent. One word sums it up – superb color reproduction. But there’s a catch. I need to be ‘patient’ in tricky situations since the good old days of high ISO/low ST are pretty much gone.It spits out underexposed pictures if I rush in those cases (previous Zs will do better if there’s a rush). However, I find the delay totally worth it & I’m not a very patient person :D

  • Thomas Cho Him Chung

    I move to Z5 from Z2, and the camera is really great. But one big issue is taking photos in low light condition. Using Superior Auto you will get a photo with so much noises, and the dark parts will turn blue.

    It’s really a pity that the Z5 does not open Camera 2 API.With manual settings the phone can absolutely perfprm better in the dark. Nevertheless, so far the best remedy is to use Manual Mode and choose Night Scene. Compared to Superior Auto which always manipulates a high ISO and insists on fast shutter speed, the use of slow shutter speed (the slowest is 1s) and low ISO in Night Scene makes the photo much sharper and more detailed, even thought it is only 8MP.

    I cant leave the battery unmentioned. It’s plainly worse than my Z2. Stamina mode does work but once I turn on my screen and start using, the battery is draining so fast. Serfing the Internet for 10 minutes will have already consumed 3% of the battery. I really hope the next update can offer better battery performance, which does matter, much more important than anything else.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    But wouldn’t you want these awesome features?
    Look at this camera interface man. I don’t understand why you all don’t like this. It’s not gonna be DSLR quality but still it would be so great to do so, You can enjoy what you’re doing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnZqBoo3YMg

  • Andy

    I’ve had two Z5Cs and both have had significant blurring and ghosting on the left of the frame. Some blurring or poorly focused areas are going to be inevitable but there’s a clear poor quality band on the left that isn’t evident on the right. There are reviews of the phone where the example shots have shown this and the reviewers haven’t picked it up. My guess is that Sony have had a manufacturing fault but don’t want to do a recall. So the people with affected devices, who notice it and are bothered by it have to get their phones replaced, the rest will just be happy with a poor quality device. The lack of input from Sony on their own support forum is very telling. There’re lots of examples of the issue and only one official comment saying it’s being referred internally, then silence. Sony will know what their camera is capable of and the manufacturing tolerances, if it was normal it wouldn’t take them long to say ‘yes that’s what you can expect’.

    Also when the phone was launched the demo unit had different camera software. I believe this is coming later but it is seems strange that they launch a flagship phone, with the camera being a big part of it and don’t have software ready for it.

  • Sadman Khan

    I have the Z5c and I have no issues with the camera whatsoever. And i have to admit, the camera is impressive. Superior Auto copes with all, if not most, lighting conditions. Loving this phone and its camera. One of the best features of S Auto is that you can now tweak the exposure and saturation of the image, which I believe is of great help. I usually don’t need it though. The camera is awesome

  • Sadman Khan

    Use 8mp superior auto for low light. They usually come out fantastic

  • Sadman Khan

    I use 8mp superior auto consistently and it gives me great shots in both bright and low light

  • ack

    Seems people ignore the best part of the camera: FHD video! You can walk, dash, jump, ride in a car, etc., and take good video. No other phone comes close. If you wanna take good family or vacation videos, the Z5 is it.

  • Sadman Khan

    Yep. Colour reproduction and white balance are pretty spot on

  • jamie evans

    I’m waiting for Z5 premium. So, I haven’t tried the new camera. Is Z5Premium coming to US carriers?? That’s very important for Z5s to be recognized in the US.

  • GregLu

    Look closely on the superior left … It’s all blurry. Also, the color reproduction seems bad. I think the same of my Z3c except for the blurry part, that’s why I mainly use my G4 …

  • AK

    Can you show me a picture you took with Superior Auto in low light? The ones I took consistently had terrible purple noise.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    It’s superb and suck in the same time

    I really like color reproduction of Z5

    But the weakness’s still the same.. no adjustable shutter speed, Corner still blurry

    and the most annoying thing is the ISO wasn’t adjustable when we set the resolution higher than 8MP

    What the fuck ?!

  • Uzair Syed

    The FCC approved it so that gives us hope but there are no other signs on the horizon. As both a US and Verizon customer I’m completely screwed when it comes to Xperia phones. Divorced parents: Dad’s on T-Mobile and just bought my little sister a new Z3 off of ebay. I’m still smartphone-less and probably need to the Verizon route to keep in touch with my mom. the fact that they canceled Z4v was really annoying. Hoping for a Z5v.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Blame snapchat for that not Sony. Snapchats Android app is a mess and a really shitty one compared to the iOS app :/

  • adecvat

    Yes, I wrote about this here before.
    Blurry pictures and poor low-light perfomance. Also 4k is shaky.

  • jamie evans

    If Z5v or Z5Pv isn’t coming to Verizon, canceled Z4v is a huge drawback for Sony… No announcement from Sony or Verizon has yet to be made. looks like it’s not gonna happen

  • nfs2010

    Took it couple minutes ago. Not too bad for an on-the-fly shot in that lighting condition. But manual is always better. Also pay attention to the icons SA shows. It can be wrong at times.

  • karam abi karam

    I came from all previous z serie, now i own z5 dual.
    Camera is very fast and picture are very sharp , but sony have limited the manual software.
    No iso settings at 20 and 23 mp , it is a big fault now in the software .
    The xperia M5 have iso settings and scen settings at 21 mp but the flagship dosent.

    Why sony do that??

    I have 2 problems in z5 camera.
    Blure and no detail when zooming and the limitation of iso at 23 mp

  • hansip

    define proper. i thought they have CAMERA API2 supported? But with third party app should be able to use them ofc. Unless you mean RAW but, not many people like to store bigger than life RAW images.. If they do RAW they might as well have their own DSLR/ILC

  • hansip

    the right part is blurry too imho, it’s a wide angle lens issue, just that people loves to look left to right rather than the opposite.

  • Alex Norris

    The same camera, the same problems ))

  • Alex Norris

    Your “the Best camera” D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNreYAYwxp0

    Nexus 6P rules, but on DXO stupid tests it has only 84 point….

  • mnm

    Low light pics coming with tons of noise. Expecting a camera update from sony

  • mnm

    Low light pics comes with tons of noise. Expecting a camera update from sony. Disappointed ………..

  • Alex Norris

    A lot of noise, blurry, and yellow tones

  • Marinko Agic

    Update is on the way…

  • Marinko Agic

    Because big update coming soon

  • Marinko Agic

    Update for camera and stamina mode coming soon

  • Marinko Agic

    This is only mobile phone,not DSLR

  • mnm

    what about good light samples?????

  • Alex Norris

    They are overexposed, and like always oversharpened. Many owners complain that on Z5 samples, again like predicessors has blurred edges on both sides

  • Kristo

    I never unlocked the bootloader…

  • mnm

    It seems better after 32.0.A.6.152 update. But still low light images not as good as other flagship

  • Jarrod

    I am ok with the lip as it protects the glass. Also I came from the z2 and the battery has improved imo. It’s now 5:30 pm and J took the phone off charge at 9am and it’s still on 80%. I have found the camera has improved a fair bit also. I have a dslr so phones camera performance isn’t a major issue for me but the z5 does really well.

  • Alex Norris

    Than because – small pixel size, and middle aperture for 2015 year – only F2.0. As we know, Lg G4 has optical stabilization and F1.8

  • mnm
  • Alex Norris

    As you can see Z5 better only in macro mode.

  • shhh

    You don’t have the blurry top left on your camera? Everyone in XDA, even those who have returned it and received a new one, still has that problem. You might want to check your photos, better view it on a PC.

  • mnm

    z5 seems better for daylight shooting. I repeat low light condition worse

  • Alex Norris

    In daylight shots 50/50

  • zezicu

    why not trust onxperiablog If you wana get a reasonable income through laptop and if you have a reliable internet connection then you should be able to know how you make your income by laptop.this is very simple to know just vist my website
    and sign up there for more details
    http://TipsForBestIncomingWayOfHappy………….

  • Alex Norris

    That comparison shows that Z5 has big problems in Night mode http://mobiltelefon.ru/post_1445084683.html

  • Christian Kogler

    I experienced the Z5’s camera to be a big improvement in regards to colour reproduction and contrast. The photos don’t look like there’d be a layer of fog over the whole picture anymore…all Xperias from the ZL to the Z3 suffered from this issue.
    Also, I find it much easier to get a sharp photo compared to the Z3c and focussing near objects for macro shots works better than ever before.

    On the contrary, the left-side-blur of the Z5 is a big problem! I had 3 Z5c and all of them had the same issue. The first was especially bad and the whole left half of the photo was blurry. The second had strong blur on the left upper edge and the third one only has slight blur on the left upper edge. I kept the third because it seems to be the best, however it’s not perfect and I’m very disappointed by Sony’s QA and communication with us customers.
    Start-up-time for the camera from the lockscreen should also be improved.

  • Andy

    It’s not just a wide angle lens issue. Some devices have a significant difference between the left and right side: https://goo.gl/photos/sRxknt635XQ85eNfA

  • Thomas Cho Him Chung

    That’s awesome if it’s really the case. And I desperately hope that Sony will introduce manual camera settings in the new Camera UI.

  • iia3ezu

    Good hardware, shit software. Typical Sony. Wasted potential.

    I refuse to believe that the most popular manufacturer of smartphone camera sensors, and the manufacturer of top-range Alpha series DSLR cameras, is capable of such mediocrity.

  • Matt

    Friends :
    Let’s take a photo everyone! Hey you got the new v10, I’ve heard it’s got a great camera use that!
    Me:
    Okay, exposure check, shutter check, iso check, framing grid check. Tripod check
    Friends :
    *dies of old age *

  • Matt

    Low iso in night scene makes the image much sharper, (duh) ofcoure it is.

    With lack of stabilisation Sony need to move to higher iso. As with avert camera ever higher iso will shows noise

    Superior auto will chose 1s shutter if you put th the ting on tripod. If you hold it it will improve shutter speed to negates blur.

  • The camera is good quality but too slow!

  • Matt

    Hearing many good things about z5 camera.

    Hope the new camera ui goes to other z series too ;)

  • Matt

    Yep compared to my z3 the other day. The stabilisation is sharper than my z3.

  • masterv

    I don’t think an update will make the camera better. It’s always the same with every manufacturer. They say they will fix the problems, but the problems will last until a new phone will be presented and no one cares for the old ones.
    If the phone isn’t perfect at the beginning, it won’t be with an update.
    I wanted the Z5 Premium, but when I read of the problems of Z5c an Z5 I feel the same waiting of updates with no improvement like it was with the Z1.

  • Tuan
  • fried_egg

    in everyday use my Z1 gave great results… and my Z5 gives great results too.. do i use my Z1 or Z5 like i do my HX-50 (which has the same dna at heart as the Z1) no, because the HX50 has a huge glass zoom lens and other clever things the phone cant house. i havent been able to get the facemask gimmick to work properly but only bothered trying for a few minutes… so how do i rate it? well, having just seen a couple of friends with iphones upload 200 blurry holiday pics to facebook i think it works very well at what it’s form can do.. do i think it does any more than a phone camera can? no… but i did take some night pictures walking home from the pub… and they really did stand out as “wow” – some others taken in dull light were just “meh”

  • ChilliPSco

    You know, I didn’t actually realise that until I did actually look closely. I looked at the image after you replied and thought it was the way the light was reflecting, or maybe a trade-off between file size and image quality on using the ‘Save For Web’ option on Photoshop. but on really closer inspection, it is blurry. I stand corrected. I will have to take a few more shots since the latest update and see if the issue is replicated (Did Sony fix this with the latest update? I’ll have to double check that again).

    I’ve attached another shot of Saltmarket in Glasgow. Again using Superior (I think the settings were default which would of been 8MP?) and again compressing the image in Photoshop. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76bd02cda8944f2c952ef3f2f44a5d881434e0427c0277c6c5038e9cbfeeb602.jpg

    Thanks for pointing that out GregLu

  • adecvat

    > Year 2015
    > Full-HD

  • bubimir13

    You sir obviously dont know the issue here, HAL’s are where something can be and can’t be done. For fully functional camera2 API, tho it is only API but hey, one needs to redraw HAL’s for camera, nobody on entire XDA hasn’t done it for Sony Z series devices. I wonder why??? And if its like you told here, there would be plenty of solutions but there is none for camera2 API ond older Z devices.

  • bubimir13

    Shutter speed and ISO settings are forcecrashing 3rd party apps. Dont know why. And ProShot creator said his app doesn’t work mainly because of Sony’s processing, when the app itself wouldn’t even take the damn picture

  • bubimir13

    nice one troll, but its not like that at all. Leave your sarcasm since if every other OEM did include full camera2 API and manual settings why Sony is having problems doing it?

  • Sadman Khan

    Nope i don’t. It varies actually. Some have it at the top left, others at the left and some at bottom left. I don’t have any blur anywhere. Guess I’m one of the luckiest ones :P

  • WHATTHE

    Very Very Very good camera ! The only problem is in low light.

  • karam abi karam

    Hope this update is this one coming in the end of this month

  • ZeRo+

    That looks like always, in DXO ranks it the best, but on real life Xperia one of the worst. Nothing new..) Nexus 6P and Note 5, are the best cameras.

  • Victor Ling

    Have a brand new z5 compact n the camera is a marked improvement over z2 which already had a great camera… Well done Sony….

  • mnm

    same here

  • Uzair Syed

    Most likely not. If it doesn’t happen I’ll pick up a Z3v (which is discontinued) by years end and hope for some Verizon SONY phone in the future.

  • mnm

    Waiting for the camera update (low light issues & shaky 4k video issues),, anyway proud owner of a Z5

  • Victor Ling

    Best phone camera hands down…

  • Jaissal S

    So I came from the Xperia Z1 and have noticed the improvement. The autofocus speed is awesome. I haven’t tested the camera enough though. I will provide more feedback when I do. Love the Z5 though! It’s just beautiful!

  • Diana Johnson


    .?my neighbor’s sister is making $98 HOURLY on the internet?….A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, $17k Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over $87, p/h..Learn More right Here….
    is.
    ??
    ??? http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportToday/GetPaid/$97hourly… ?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?

  • Diana Johnson


    .?my neighbor’s sister is making $98 HOURLY on the internet?….A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, $17k Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over $87, p/h..Learn More right Here….
    is..
    ??
    ??? http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportToday/GetPaid/$97hourly… ?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?

  • Bassel

    Saying that the Z5 now has a good overall camera experience when compared to the Z1-Z3+ DOES NOT mean that it now has a good camera experience. Does it have qualities that make it better than the previous Xperia phones? Yes. Does it finally compare to the offerings from Samsung, Apple and LG? Absolutely not. The new sensor might be good, but it’s still supported by the same horrible processing software that yields less than pleasing photos. The GSM Arena pretty much sums it all.

    I owned the Z5 for less than a week before I finally decided to try another brand all together. Zero regrets.

    Oh yes, this is coming from a long time Xperia user (Zl, Z1, Z3 and current Z3 Compact Tablet).

  • jeremy_inc

    I agree the double tap issue will probably be resolved. It’s not a huge issue as I assume it will be fixed at some point. Really the main gripe is the battery – I don’t like to use Stamina mode as why buy a flagship phone if I just have to cripple the performance – I could just save money and buy a slower phone. On the Z3 I never had to use it and would get up to 2 days usage, now it lasts 1 day max and sometimes not even that. I’m not a heavy user (no games etc). It really needs to be fixed in Marshmallow.

    Not having root is also an issue for me, and people on forums don’t seem confident it will come for this device without losing camera performance.

  • Dion

    Does she suck dick? making $98 hourly?

  • Matt

    You can access manual setting on z5 with 3.rd party app just no RAW support

  • azzido

    Sony can we get an Intelligent Steady Shot for 1080p videos 60fps and 4K too?

  • Sadman Khan

    Because limited storage. 4k is not DRAMATICALLY better than 1080p and thus it isn’t worth wasting space for. Also, Z5 series does have H265 in 4k unlike the competitors. Also, 4k displays aren’t the norm yet (far from it) and thus 1080p > 4k

  • Sadman Khan

    Stamina mode doesn’t reduce performance unless you tick “Extended Usage” in its settings. And you can whitelist the apps that you need immediate notifications from. So yeah STAMINA is great

  • Ian

    Far from the best camera ever dilevered in a smartphone, as the advertisement touted. The latest update did improve it significantly, but cameras such as the iPhone 6 one and the S6 puts it to shame.
    Went from a S6 Edge, not impressed with the camera at all. Sure, It’s good, sometimes brilliant, but too often subpar. I quite like the pictures it snaps when they do turn out good; very crisp and vivid, but when it fails.. oh boy does it fail. The images are more like oil paintings rather than images.

    This is sadly enough the last time I’ve fallen for Sony and their ads.

    The Z5 would’ve been an excellent phone, if this was 2014. It’s simply too inconsistent for the price tag the phone has.

  • Sadman Khan

    Z3c vs Z5c on superior auto. Kind of shows the difference rather accurately. Also, the details on z5c are far better. The pictures are part of the same scenery.

  • Dean Weaver

    Still get that horrible ‘over processed’ look – if it takes RAW to get rid of this – PLEASE can we have this soon……

  • James Bond

    can u please try “a better camera app”?
    On xda there is a forum that actually compared stock and better camera app and results were highly positive.
    The stupid corner blur was reduced!

  • Dean Weaver

    Thankyou – I will give this a try…

  • James Bond

    your welcome!
    and please share i will buy this beast!!

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Well i guess will abandon my s6 edge and go for the z5 soon

  • jeremy_inc

    I’ll give it a go, but it seems to only have features to save power when the screen is off. When my screen is off the phone hardly uses any power, perhaps a couple percent per hour. It’s when the phone is in use that it absolutely churns through battery.

  • lol you aspect us to use auto mode in sony phone? lol no its worse than other phone

  • please , just fix the superior auto mode , yeah it good than z1 etc , but compared to another phone like s6,g4 etc its was the worse.

  • ChilliPSco

    No, I don’t disagree, I can see it. The other odd thing is, I thought the blurring bug/glitch was Z5c only. I will try and take a random snap tonight at both 8MP & 23MP and see if it has changed since the latest update. I wonder if it’s worth contacting Sony?

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    LOOOOL You just forgot about the white balance then the speaker control then you know they have OIS and Some sort of software stabilization. Well LG doesn’t take the battery granted but they take the camera bit serious unlike Sony :P

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Well we all know that it’s not fully functional
    https://youtu.be/CzlJo54GMIY?t=4m47s

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake
  • EQ

    They both look shit. My Z1 does better in SA mode or manual. Also Z5c has to much contrast and saturation creating semi crushed blacks. Judging from the clouds and lighting the Z3c is the most accurate to real-life as per your location. The Z5c is prettier though but as said not accurate.

  • Sadman Khan

    Umm……z5c is the one with picture perfect colours. I was standing there. And you would notice that those were screenshots and not the actual pictures. Bruh

  • Jeremy

    I recently bought the Z5 (Rev 4, Canada) to replace my Z3 Dual. The camera was great on the Z3, not so great on the Z5. Unfortunately, I got one of the defective models. All of my photos have significant blurring/ghosting on the left side. I’m trying hard to get my Z5 replaced.
    Sony needs to address this problem – so many Z5 owners are experiencing the same problem. It’s not just a coincidence!

  • Matt

    For me auto mode is enough. I just want to snap picture.

    I’ll just resort to my DSLR if more quality is in order.

  • Matt

    Well you just support my sarcasm mate ;)

  • Matt

    For now.. .

    I don’t get it people are so hung up on camera. It’s totally fine.

    It’s a phone camera FFS, don’t pixel peep on the picture.

  • ack

    The other phones can’t even do FHD properly, let alone 4k. Look at the video from the iphone 6s+. It looks like a drunken sailor after an all-nighter. The Z5’s video is totally smooth. Huge difference.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxSHVca3MFM

  • Sadman Khan
  • EQ

    I think they still need to tune their software as despite being a nice photo, at full res it lacks vs for example the Z1. The image is just to soft and leaning towards crushed blacks aswell as muddled detail profile. Look at this photo I took with the Z1 at late evening which is even worse time to take photos due to worse lighting aswell as overcast hidding the sun. That said they will surely with some uppgrades to software make best use of the camera in Z5 which should be superior.

    http://abload.de/img/dsc_0898lxjya.jpg

  • EQ

    That photo is pretty much destroyed quality wise. Horrible with one word. Dont compress it so much with Photoshop. If you are using app to edit the use Snapseed,

  • EQ

    Might be some have the lens decentered. It even happens with high-end lenses for system cameras.

    https://photographylife.com/what-is-a-decentered-lens

  • EQ

    Exactly. Lousy capturing method with emulated camera interface aswell as horrible compression. Snapchat just like Tinder to name some are lousy coded apps regarding Android version.

  • EQ

    Well there is pretty much no photographing situation where you should get RGB noise unless post-processing is disabled. Are you using a third party camera app and if such which?

    Also type *#*#7378423#*#* in dialer and go to “Service Info” and “Configuration” and check if it says that bootloader is locked.

  • RockStar2005

    Tuan,

    Yeah totally! The Z5 is the only one that got the sky color right too.

  • EQ

    It still should be sharp on your smart phones screen (comparing to sharpness with your launchers GUI buttons) considering the images are 8MP and your screen 1MP (720×1080) unless you zoomed in on them. The Z5c has crushed blacks. Look at the shadows in several parts. Detail is lost. That said your Z3c photo is to bright but it is more closely to the correct natural look despite it not being as pretty. But that said the Z5c camera is superior just that they need to sort out the software part. Seems very experimental as of now.

  • EQ

    Very nice photos and yeah I can understand Disqus compresses images quite a bit. Use Abload.de . They dont compress photos and have 10MB size limit. That said macro shooting is ‘less intensive’ compared to high detail scenery. Detail is easier to capture in macro shooting. Will be interesting to see what changes with Z5 camera software update that will come this year.

  • EQ

    Might also try ProCapture. It basically give you SA in any resolution aswell as noise reduction mode by taking two photos, one with shutter on and one with shutter closed and then subtracting noise. Way more advanced than in-editor noise reduction. It also got lots of other features and easy to change and access. Hands down the best camera and I bought FV-5, A Better Camera, Camera ZOOM FX, ProShot and SnapShot. ProCapture just is way ahead of them.

  • RockStar2005

    Jeremy,

    Yeah it will be I’m sure.

    Well here’s the thing………. unlike what some other phones’ “Stamina/Battery Saving Mode” do, the Xperia phones’ Stamina Mode is VERY customizable. It offers different options under SM to save battery life. What you’re talking about is listed as “Extended Usage” in the SM’s sub-menu. I leave that option OFF. lol It says “Restricts device performance to increase battery time”. Yeah I’m with you on that…….. the other options that I DO leave enabled in Stamina Mode already do a great enough job of making the battery last longer. I don’t need that one too. My battery life is INCREDIBLE.

    What’d I’d STRONGLY suggest you do is go to your Stamina Mode menu in Settings, and enable ALL of the following: 1) The main Stamina Mode option (of course) 2) Extended Standby 3) STAMINA clock (this only works if you turn on/off the screen using the Power button, NOT double-tap to wake. Touching the screen will essentially make this one useless, so no battery saving) 4) Queue background data and 5) (optional) Whitelist (Apps active in standby) the apps you want to keep fully operational at all times (i.e. a texting app, especially if you aren’t using stock ((I use Google Messenger, love it)), Hangouts, Snapchat, maybe e-mail, etc. Note: The stock app won’t show up here, which is fine. I would also include “Phone/Messaging Storage” too).

    Trust me, you don’t want to be without Stamina Mode. The phone is so much better when it’s on. And anyway, Marshmallow 6.0 will basically have its own “Stamina Mode” for everyone to use, and I’m not even sure you can turn it off? We’ll see.

    Yeah every Xperia device is set up where if you root it, the camera gets messed up irreversibly I believe. I rooted my HTC One M8 last year, and it was cool for a while, but then it just becomes a hassle IMO b/c you have to maintain everything yourself manually. If root is important to you, then you prob want to look at other phones. lol For me I could care less b/c this phone has EVERYTHING I need already. The One M8 I only rooted so I could get this one Harman/Kardon mod that made the sound better, and it was worth it at the time. But the Z-series phones (esp since the Z3) have the best rated sound quality of all smartphones anyway (at least for Android), so I def don’t need anymore mods to have that. But since the M9 got Dolby Audio, I think the sound improved on those phones now too.

  • Sadman Khan

    I absolutely love the gourmet mode in superior auto though. It really brings out the beauty of the food. So far I’ve not had to use any “effort” unlike with the z3c camera. Usually i just point and shoot. I don’t even wait for it to focus, unless I’m targetting a specific object in the viewfinder. What i notice is that the colours are very accurate and you can even tweak the exposure and saturation in Superior Auto, to get the perfect results. I haven’t had to use it yet though

  • jeremy_inc

    Thanks for the informative reply, I’ll give it a go. What does Stamina do if I don’t enable any of the options? If I go into the screen, i can turn “Stamina mode” to on, but leave: extended standby, extended usage and stamina clock all turned to off, but there is no explanation of what just turning Stamina on by itself does, if anything.

    Also the main problem I have is battery usage while I’m using it. When the device is not in use (overnight for example) it hardly uses anything, maybe a few %. It’s when i’m using it that it churns through the battery. Never had this issue on the Z3, so I’m concerned that this is an issue with the new CPU etc that will never be resolved via software updates.

    Anyway I’ll try the extended standby option and see how it goes. Queue background data has always been on on both my phones.

    Main thing I like about root is blocking adverts, they are too intrusive on phones. I also like customising a few other things, but I can live without them.

  • Alex Norris

    Stady is good, agree, but photo, again better on iphone

  • RockStar2005

    Jeremy,

    Yeah do it! lol

    I believe when you turn SM on that it automatically enables AT LEAST either Queue Background Data and/or Extended Standby. So yeah.

    Yes that’s the thing, Stamina Mode only helps when you’re NOT using your phone. It actually kicks in 15 MINUTES after your screen has been continuously off (FYI). You’ll notice when turning your screen back on after SM kicked in that if in Wi-Fi mode, the Wi-Fi symbol will temporarily not display…….. then it does. That’s proof Stamina Mode was on, cuz it cut Wi-Fi off. Even just regular data/4G LTE gets cut, although that for some reason always stays displayed.

    That could just be an issue that again the updates will fix. I can’t really answer that. I don’t even charge my Z3 when I go to bed. Say it’s at 100% when I go to bed. 7 hours later when I wake up, it’s at no less than 98-99%. When I have SM off, no way it’s that high. More like around 90%, maybe even lower??

    What are adverts? Ok cool.

  • ChilliPSco

    Thanks for the comment. I wasn’t using PS app on my handset, it was on my laptop. I have used Snapseed previously, so may revert back to that. However, if using PS on my laptop, is there any settings you would recommend I use for saving images without destroying the quality?

  • ChilliPSco

    There is a big difference. I still have my Z1, Ideally I should of took the same image on both handsets, but you don’t think about the little things like that when you upgrade from a Z1 to a Z5. I took some amazing images with my Z1 and used the camera to it’s full potential with tips from Herman Groenbroek (http://hugehog.blogspot.nl/2014/10/get-more-out-of-your-sony-camera-phone.html & https://youtu.be/W1oHY84In-8). I think he even frequents Xperia Blog too.

  • EQ

    Well when saving in Photoshop as jpeg then go for a compression quality of 9-11 where 11 is the highest (100% jpeg compression). On mobile I myself use Snapseed to edit aswell as Aviary and Fotor. Snapseed can handle 20MP resolution and has about 95% jpeg compression. Aviary handles 15MP and similar compression. Fotor handles 12MP and has somewhere around 90-95% jpeg compression.

    If you want to downscale images them use in Photoshop ‘bicubic’ downscaling or ‘bicubic sharpen’. On mobile if you dont intend to edit photo and just want to downscale image then the best downscaler app is “Resize Me! Pro”. It cost a little but it is the best one with option for high quality scaling and saving as 100% jpeg (stock camera app in Z1+ mobiles saves photos at about 97-98%).

    As for compression regarding jpegs then when falling under 90% there is a clear detail loss. Under 75% the loss is even more noticable with artifacts and misscoloring. If percentage is even lower the image gets detstroyed looking real bad.

  • ChilliPSco

    Thanks for that. I don’t mind spending money on apps, especially if they help in the photography department. Once again thanks for your comments and information, they have been really helpful.

  • EQ

    No problem friend! :-)

  • EQ

    I guess it goes that with time you get to know it’s features and how to use them and work around imbalances and such. But no doubt the Z5 camera is better hardware wise and software wise it will certainly get uppgraded just like previous Z models got updates to the algorithms and such improving both handling and quality. Thanks for the link will check it out!

  • Timel

    Why? It is so hard for Sony to make a great post processing algorithms?
    Most people love to use Auto mode on the smartphones, Sony don’t understand the fact, do they?

  • Timel

    I don’t think that the customers really care about 4K recording

    all Sony must to do now is improving their Superior Auto mode seriously

  • lolop

    Damn, I’m in your position. Don’t know if I should get the Z5C or look elsewhere… Other phone cameras seem more sharp, less noise etc etc. Maybe I’ll wait for the supposed camera overhaul this month.

  • Kunal Shukla

    http://www.gsmarena.com/meizu_pro_5-review-1336p7.php

    read this camera review on gsm arena for a meizu difference and compare the pics yourself with the Z5. There is a huge difference in image quality. Sony is nowhere near it.

  • Kristo

    Nope it’s not unlocked, but I am taking pictures in 20MP and I’ve heard the image processing is much worse in low light in 20MP.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    One app thats fantastic when it comes to the camera is Instagram, its quite the contrary to snapchat :p

  • EQ

    Hmm well strange. Might be some bugs then. Yes well it doesn’t have all modes at higher than 8MP and the ISO is max 800/1600 (at 8MP it is 3200 in manual and upto 12800 in auto mode).

  • EQ

    Never tried it but I do like Instagrams image editor. Really extensive feature set!

  • EQ

    My Z1 puts all Iphones to shame in photo quality, color accuracy and low light photography so you better get back to your medication pills as you are rambling nonsense.

  • ack

    Nope, not in a proper test. They’ve already discussed this stuff on XDA forums. There’s a reason why the iphone rates 10th on DXOMark. The iphone has poor colour, poor contrast and a zoomed-in 30mm lens. Use the default (super-sampled) 8 MP setting, adjust the FOV to match the iphone, and the iphone will lose badly. Many reviews treated the Z5’s wide-angle lens like it was the same as the other phones (fortunately, DXOMark understood that and did not).

  • Thanks mate lol

  • Lucian

    If you would just check the actual DxO review you would see it isn’t stupid. And in fact Nexus 6P achieved higher scores than Z5 in exposure, texture and noise in photo review. Z5 got a really high score for its autofocus which is really fast. And unfortunately for Nexus 6P it fell flat in video stabilization which brought the score down a lot.

    I really don’t understand when people spit upon DxO for making stupid and biased reviews without even reading the actual review.

  • The camera is pretty decent. Admittedly my camera on my old Z1 regularly outperformed the capabilities of the iPhone 6, so it was all only up from there.

    The only issues I’ve had with it are that in terms of cropping, there seems to be a distinct lack of detail in some of the images – which is nonsensical with 23MP. I was taking photos in London last week and when cropped they’re often far more distorted than they should be. I think with a 23MP camera attached, there should be a RAW capability.

    In terms of filming I also think it’s a bit of an unfunny joke that the 4K mode says that the phone may close the camera if the phone overheats. Whilst I’ve not used the setting, it does seem pretty pointless to have a feature on the device that the device itself might not be able to cope with. Of course I’ll have to wait and see whether this is a legitimate issue before passing a proper judgement on it, but that an actual warning comes with it is a bit surprising.

  • ??????????????????Start your home business right now. Spend more time with your family and earn. Start bringing 50$/hr just on a computer. Very easy way to make your life happy and earning continuously. Start here……………,.,.,.,.…????????????????????????

    ————->>>> http://www.freefactroy10000.eu.gg

    ????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Chan Kin Cheung
  • EQ

    Got VIRUS warning when visiting the russian site Alex Norris linked to! BEWARE! Also that test is biased and exif is modified on some photos. The night photo of parking lot for LG4 has ISO of 0 and the shutter speed removed with exif editor. Impossible at night to get any usable photo unless shutter speed was for several seconds and they used a stative. Beware folks!

  • adecvat

    > 4k is not DRAMATICALLY better than 1080p
    > 4k is not DRAMATICALLY
    > not DRAMATICALLY
    > 1080p > 4k

  • adecvat

    iPhone 6s+ is only one phone that use EIS+OIS in 4k mode. Video from Z5 looks like crap https://youtu.be/rqu21nqmbz4

  • adecvat

    Maybe, but I want buy future proof smartphone what is why I told about 4k.

  • ack

    Sorry, but iphone 6s+ 4k mode shakes just from walking. The Z5 in 4k is software stabilized-only. But none of the phones can come close to what the Z5 can do in FHD. You can actually walk, jump, etc., and it stays stable!

  • Chan Kin Cheung

    that contrast

  • Chan Kin Cheung

    If you want to criticize, make your language 100% correct with no short forms.

  • Alex Norris

    DXOmark test – is bullshit. Ask me why? DXO tests are never coincide with reality, they are always give high estimates for xperia cameras. Look, some guy with his friend wanted in real life compare their smartphone cameras, one has 808 Pureview and his friend Z3 Compact. They takes on test brand new Xperia Z5, as we know DXO gives Z5 – 87 point.. And look resultat – image crops..

    http://f-picture.net/lfp/s011.radikal.ru/i318/1511/66/6ddad4d84dc1.png/htm

  • Sadman Khan

    It really isn’t because no one zooms in like that on a video to be honest. There’s no 4k phone other than Z5 premium and so 1080p recording is fine. Not to mention 4k eats up too much space. All in all, 1080p is better than 4k and it shall continue to be so for quite some time.

  • James Bond

    Thanks man!

  • James Bond

    LOL what u can expect from butthurt stupid people here like alex norris

  • Alex Norris

    And look at Z5 sample from phonearena. Again i see Blur, noise, oversharpening http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/187369-image/Sony-Xperia-Z5-sample-images.jpg

    http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/187370-image/Sony-Xperia-Z5-sample-images.jpg

    http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/187371-image/Sony-Xperia-Z5-sample-images.jpg

    It`s can`t be called The best cameraphone ever. It real rank must be 70 point, but not 87

    It`s 2010-2012 level, but not 2015 year level camera

  • deekbee

    “Awesome” depends on what you’ve come from. Camera startup time is utterly ridiculous, even after the update it is way too slow. Detail at either 20 or 8mp is dire. Fast autofocus is not consistent, it’ll often hunt for focus. Image processing time is unbelievably slow.

    It is way behind the 808 on image quality, camera startup time and shot-to-shot time.

    I like the phone, but the camera definitely isn’t awesome.

  • deekbee

    Overall happy with the phone (decent battery life, overall excellent performance). Definitely NOT happy with the camera.

    Startup time – unbelievably slow, its almost as bad as the Lumia Camera app on my old 1020.
    Image processing time – way too slow
    Image quality – post processing is trash, detail is diabolical.
    Camera app interface – it is a mess. 4k video and slomo should be part of the primary application, not separate.

    My old Nokia 808 camera starts up faster (by a fair margin), processing the 41mp images down to 8/5/2mp is almost instant and the image quality is leagues ahead of the Z5C. And both the 808 and 1020 have exceptional interfaces that just work.

    How it got the ranking on DXOMark I’ll never understand – but it does demonstrate that DXOMark are utterly useless.

    We know that Sony can produce fantastic sensors and lenses, but in their mobiles the software really is holding them back. Lots of other phones are using Sony sensors and producing considerably better images.

  • Sadman Khan

    I’ve come from Z3c. The images i take now are actually comparable to S6 and I think that’s pretty cool. Well this is subjective. Shot-to-shot time is more because of the post processing. Doesn’t bother me all too much. The autofocus has not failed me yet even once. And after the latest update, I don’t have the camera startup delay anymore although i don’t use the button to turn the camera on.

  • deekbee

    The overheating is just a warning that it may happen, not that it will …

    The lack of detail is totally down to sonys post processing, which is pretty garbage. They definitely aren’t taking any knowledge from their imaging division, the mobile developers are doing their own thing.

  • deekbee

    I agree – but I will say that the issue is primarily software, the algorithms that Sony are using are an absolute mess.

  • deekbee

    Camera startup using either the shutter release or clicking the app is not fast in either case – occasionally it can be, but not reliably so. That is with the latest update.

    Shot to shot time post processing would be acceptable if the images were cleaner, but it produces large images with a garbled mess when you zoom in.

    The Nokia 808 could process its 41mp images almost instantly, the Z5 even with its fast processor … can’t. It is somewhat embarrassing.

    My last few phones have been a Nokia 808 (close to the perfect camera phone), Lumia 1020 (good for video) and latterly a Voda SU6 – which in good lighting produces better images than the Z5C, purely down to better image processing.

  • deekbee

    No, it isn’t. It is way behind the Nokia 808 for image quality, processing time.

    The DXOMark results scream “bribery”.

  • deekbee

    And image quality. Which isn’t really that good.

  • deekbee

    Another one? Maybe this will actually make an improvement ….

  • Sadman Khan

    I dunno man. Mine’s fast. I dunno about you hahaha.

  • Ian

    Agreed. Seeing as how other phones use the very same sensors It’s pretty easy to draw the conclusion that the optimization on Xperia phones are absolute garbage.

  • deekbee

    And camera startup time – at least on my Z5C it does need to improve.

    The one issue that Sony really need to sort out – image processing. Despite what their advertising claims, they definitely arent using any of the processing as used on their dedicated cameras.

  • bubimir13

    Do you even own this phone??? Cuz i think you have a zero second of usage of this phone. Plz don’t talk about camera2 API performance on z5 series as you don’t know how it performs. ONE CANNOT ACCESS CAMERA2 API WITHOUT IT BEING PART OF OEM DRIVER AND OEM APPROVAL OF USER ABLE TO CONTROL IT. There’s no app that can ”fix” this access nor there are no written drivers, HAL’s or any kind of software for this phone to work properly with limited camera2 API. This is indeed improvement over Z3 series which had only legacy Camera2 API, but its not enough!

  • adecvat

    > is fine
    Fine, but not excellent.
    BTW 4k downscaled to 1080p >>> regular 1080p.

  • Sadman Khan

    I hate to say this but phonearena should be the last site that you want to refer to. They are extremely biased against Sony. I mean they literally passed off the touchscreen issues on the white Z5c as overheating issues. They even whine about things like why the green led comes on at 90% during charging instead of 100%. You can refer to other sites though. Just not phonearena please :P

  • Sadman Khan
  • Sadman Khan

    4k does not have steadyshot that’s why

  • Battal

    On FHD Sony beat Iphone 6S
    On 4K, Iphone 6S beat Sony .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdlA9BCtXf0

  • Damon Adrian

    how’s the audio quality on z5c? currently according to gsmarena z1c has the best sound quality of any xperia

  • Timel

    Gosh!

    Goodbye Z5!

    and Go to hell Sony, It’s a shame, shame on Sony, It’s ironic that the camera expertise company like Sony cant make the better smartphone camera that Apple, Samsung or even LG. Furthermore Sony phone camera is also the worst.

    Nowdays, there’s only the small group of people as know as ‘Sony fans’ that buy Xperia phones, Sony will never get more customers if they still dont improve camera quality on Xperia flagship phone.

  • Timel

    It’s pretty normal, what do you expect from the Z5? like its predecessors, Z5 dont even has the most important hardware buit-in like the great quality DAC / Amp .Z5 uses its SoC’s DAC , just that!

  • ChilliPSco

    Well I’ve contacted Xperia support today via telephone and this is what they’ve suggested! Smells of a classic fob off (to appease or trick (a person) with lies or excuses).

    Dear ChilliPSco,

    Thank you for contacting the Sony Xperia support centre.

    We are sorry to hear of the issues you are experiencing with your Sony Xperia handset.

    We would suggest that you try to perform a repair of the software using PC Companion. If the issue is related to a problem with your software this will be repaired and your handset will work as intended. To do this, you will need to install PC Companion from the Sony Xperia website. Please follow the steps below to do this:

    1. Go to http://www.sonymobile.com

    2. Select Support

    3. Choose your handset from the drop down list

    4. Select “View All Software Updates”

    5. Download for PC

    6. Check the requirements and then “Download PC Companion”

    To then perform a repair on your handsets software, please follow the steps below:

    1. Open PC Companion

    2. Start ‘Support Zone’

    3. Select Phone Software Updates

    4. At this point a pop up will appear on screen asking you to connect your handset while powered on, as the software repair needs the handset to be switched off please ignore these connection instructions and click on the blue link which states “Repair Phone”

    5. Some on screen steps will now appear for you to follow. Please also connect the handset when you are prompted to do so.

    6. When you are asked to connect the handset (still with the phone powered off) please press and hold the key stated on screen for 30 seconds before connecting the handset and keep it held down as you connect

    7. The repair process should now begin.

    Please ensure your handset is not connected to your PC when performing the above as you will be instructed to connect your handset once you have followed the above steps. Your handset must also remain powered off at all times.

    Please note it may be the case that user data is lost during this upgrade. We therefore recommend backing up any data to your SIM card, Memory Stick, or PC before upgrading.

    We would recommend that you do not re-download any 3rd party applications and test the handset for 48 hours. If the issues do not re-occur then we would advise testing each app you download for 24 hours to see if this is the cause of the issue. If the faults return after downloading one application then this would indicate that this caused the initial faults and would not recommend keeping this app on your handset.

    Please be aware that if an update to a later version of Android has become available for your Sony Ericsson Xperia handset the new version may be installed. If this is the case you may notice some differences in the functionality of your handset when updating. All information regarding these changes can be viewed on the following link. We would recommend reading through this before updating.

    Sony, like I haven’t done this recently with the latest update (32.0.A.6.152) for the Z5 series, which doesn’t address the issue.

    When are Sony going to acknowledge the issue and fix it? Could it also be a decentered lens as opposed to a software issue? XperiaBlog have you reached out to Sony for a comment regarding this issue? I simply cannot believe that Sony are dragging their heels regarding this!

    There is no point returning my phone as I may end up with a new handset that has the same issue and besides I don’t need the hassle of being without a handset. Not only that, but I actually like Xperia handsets (with the exception of the Z3+)

  • Alex Norris

    Yes, 2010-2012 level.

    And why you show me macro…, camera quality is Night and landscape!

    Yi better look on your top macro shot with red flovers. Again – blurred ))

    Here are pictures from the camera Z5. They look like crap((

    http://vk.com/doc33065816_437020246?hash=176c26effb7dd6f4f4&dl=8900d87dd60072a8e4

    http://vk.com/doc33065816_437020198?hash=5c461b8043416b1353&dl=fb3a22b012b2520ab0

    Phonearena Conclusion

  • Alex Norris

    Phonearena shows the truth, but Sonyfans not like listen the truth, they wanna listen stupid Dxomark ranks

    Ok if you dont want phonearena, look mobiltelefon http://mobiltelefon.ru/post_1445084683.html

    other http://android.hdblog.it/2015/10/05/Sony-Xperia-Z5-Compact-la-Recensione-di-HDblogit/

    Read what people saying on Dxomark page

    http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Sony-Xperia-Z5-Mobile-review-Best-mobile-photo-video-scores-to-date/Sony-Xperia-Z5-photo-sub-scores-Strong-flash-autofocus-results

  • Joe Black

    Speaker quality or earphone quality?
    As a previous owner of Z1c and Z3c, and current owner of Z5c, I have to say sound quality is even better.

  • ack

    Like I said, it’s been beaten to death on XDA. Z5 has a 24mm wide-angle lens (other phones have a much narrower lens). Objects will appear smaller. In pics adjusted to the same FOV, the Z5 is better in terms of detail and colour. The blur in one spot seems to be specific to phonearena’s Z5. Maybe a dirty lens.

  • ack

    LOL… the Z5 has a 24mm lens vs. the 808’s 28mm. That comparison was not fair from the start. Also, the default 8 MP mode uses super-sampling, which would have made the Z5 image much cleaner. DXOMark accounted for these things and tested it properly, and not just did some random crops.

  • ack

    Agreed, but only the Z5’s video (in FHD) is usable under any conditions, especially while walking, in a car/bus, etc. 4K video is nice, but just way too shaky.

  • Jeremy

    Update. I was able to exchange my Z5 at Bell for a new Z5. My new phone doesn’t have the blurring problem so this must be a hardware issue (flaw). Don’t wait to see if a software update will fix the problem, it won’t. Exchange your faulty phones and don’t take no for an answer!

  • Chan Kin Cheung

    you are totally right in this sense.

  • Sadman Khan

    Blurred? How about you click on the photo to enlarge it? Hahahaha man you must be blind :P

  • Alex Norris

    After such answer, i dont want talking with you… ))

  • Alex Norris

    Damm….

  • Alex Norris

    After such answer, I do not see any point in continuing the dialogue.

  • we made a comparison of Xperia Z5 vs LG G4 vs Note5 vs iPhone 6s, showing that Z5 is indeed the best video shooter! Steady Shot is way way way better than OIS of G4 and Note5.

    http://www.manilashaker.com/sony-xperia-z5-vs-lg-g4-iphone-6s-galaxy-note-5-camera-comparison/

  • nope, z5 is just better overall esp in video http://bit.ly/1MYpYzk

  • I dont think so.. checkout this comparison we got http://bit.ly/1MYpYzk

  • Guys if you wanna check the how the Xperia Z5 beats the LG G4, Note 5 and iPhone 6s in color reproduction and white balance/toning control then checkout our comparison here: http://bit.ly/1MYpYzk

    Xperia Z5 easily beats all three in video mode too.

  • Alex Norris

    Says me man who has not brain

  • James Bond

    oh yes i do not have brain
    But I have AI system inside my head inspired from GLAdOS from Portal Video Game.
    v5.2 beta @ 47K PHz with 1 Billion core CPU From Intel and 75 Million GBs of RAM from Toshiba with 8 million core GPU from Nvidia and a Neurotoxin generator

  • ack

    Thanks for the great review. The only comment I have is that for the pics, could you test the Z5 so that it has the same FOV and 16:9 aspect ratio as the Note 5 and G4 (step a little closer). I’ve found that because the 24 mm lens covers so much more area, the Z5 can end up focusing on something different. For example, with flowers, it may focus on the leaves, rather the bulb, because the bulb is so much smaller on the 24 mm lens.

  • Alex Norris

    Ahh .. I wondered why this guy so strange …

  • James Bond

    No one told you to post your selfie gif pic and still you are doing this!
    Humans are STRANGE!

  • Sadman Khan
  • Derek Radke

    Lol 2010-2012. You realize that was the era of the galaxy S, nexus S, galaxy nexus? Completely retarded comment. This camera beats anything from 2014 even. It’s a fantastic camera, just overshadowed by LG and Samsung.

  • Derek Radke

    The Z2 battery was a lot bigger though.

  • EQ

    Use the “Night Scene” (very sensitive to movement) and “Night Portrait” (less sensitive) mode in ProCapture if you have stable hands or can put the phone stable. Gives amazing photos in 21MP when light is less than ideal.

    This photo was taken in night scene mode at 21MP and downscaled to internet photography publishing size of 2048×1536. Photo was taken at night and sky was really dark but the camera is so good it captures great amount of detail and lits up the whole scene more than what my eye could see! This was with my Z1.

    http://abload.de/img/img_20151109_205438pts7i.jpg

  • Alex Norris
  • lilmeh

    is anyone getting black streaks on panorama shots? I’m not new to Sony cameras by far, and this has never happened to me before (Z,Z1,Z3C etc.)..

  • Camilo Uribe

    I’ve been testing from a month all works great and awesome but..when I record a video IN FHD the phone overheating a lot ! and appears a message in the camera saying “Camera will now turn off temporarily to cool down”

  • Nexus Venturi

    I was looking forward to the z5 coming from a z3 but will hold off until the z6 our z7 next year. It looks as though Sony still haven’t figured out how to make a good auto mode and persist with the wide angle lens which means curved picture and distortion at edges.

    The design is worse imo . Less comfortable in the hands than the z3. They also did away with the magnetic charging pins which I loved.

    Guess it’s less slippery though. The z3 slides off everything.

  • Nexus Venturi

    Also read somewhere that z5 has mechanical image stabilisation which is why it’s so stable in video. Is that true?

  • azzido

    Will try :)

  • James Bond

    BTW who is guy/gal in this pic?

  • James Bond
  • Ko Lo

    I see the picture is distorted especially when taking photos on people. A bit dissapointed on the wide lens. – Z5 compact owner

  • Tsais

    I’d really like raw capture since Sony is over-processing the images to hell.

    The noise reduction is so ridiculously aggressive, that it turns details into mush, so the high
    resolution becomes pointless. Might as well have a 3MP camera if that’s all the detail I end up with on a 23MP camera…

    So yeah, if
    Sony can’t handle being respectful of the shots we take in their processing, they should just leave it up to us, what we want to do about noise.

    Or do less by processing and more by combining pixels, which *should* reduce noise without side effects, other than quartering the resolution and so getting one awesome 8MP image… theoretically…

  • Tsais

    I’m no crapple fan, but you are correct about that one.

  • Tsais

    Dunno, that guy looks unhealthy on either shot… :p

  • Tsais

    Good point…

    Now if we can only get some control over Sony’s overbearing noise reduction, it’ll be peaches

  • Handwaving these problems won’t make them disappear. I’ve seen my Z5 also hunt for focus back in indoor shots.

    Also, the distortion in the corners is ridiculous. Why have a wide angle lens if the image looks stretched in the corners like a piece of gum? BTW, this distortion should be correctable via software, but Sony didn’t bother.

  • Sadman Khan

    I don’t have the blur or distortion in the corners. In fact, I don’t have any issues with the camera except for the fact that I can’t take instant shots due to the post processing afterwards. Other than that, I am very content. But I guess different people expect different things.

  • I think the camera is severely disappointing:

    * horrible corner distortion
    * poor HDR, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5
    * low-light performance far from being as impressive as advertised

  • Josiah

    Only if you use the 20mp and 8mp 16:9 aspect ratio mode, then it will uses the image sensor to its limit as the image sensor is bigger than the lens causing that blur edge. I always use 23mp and 8mp(for low light) 4:3 aspect ratio mode so it’s not a big problem for me.

  • Josiah

    Nope. It’s because you use 4:3 aspect ratio mode. Go on and switch to 16:9 mode and there it is-the corner blur.

  • Sadman Khan

    I do use the 16:9 at 8mp

  • Stevo

    My xperia z5 is not as sharp as the galaxy s5 I had before it, yes I love the dedicated camera button and quick launch, but the end result is what matters. When you zoom in you love about of detail, camera has been overhyped in my opinion, still a great phone though!

  • FYLegend21

    I had the same problem with Rev 4 in Taiwan. Unfortunately I couldn’t exchange with the seller so I sent it directly to Sony Customer service. They were not familiar with this widespread issue so it took them 2 days of troubleshooting and I went back just to give them samples. Within two hours they fixed the camera module and it’s much better now.

  • FYLegend21

    I think the problem is quite widespread but not clear internally to Sony. In Taiwan I turned in my Z5 to a Sony Repair center and for two days they couldn’t replicate my claim because they only do testing indoors – they then asked me to provide a few image samples of the problem and within two hours they replaced my camera… Still overall much better customer service than HTC (which had me waiting over 1 week for a broken headphone jack)

  • Jeremy

    HI FYLegend21. Do you know what they did to fix your camera or did they just install a new camera unit? My replacement phone, which I thought was fine, still seems to have the blurry issue on the left side of photos (even 4:3 aspect). Its just not as bad as the first Z5 I had.
    I’m debating if I should try to get it fixed or live with it?

  • FYLegend21

    It appears they installed a new camera lens as that’s what they told me over the phone. I think all units will have some blur on the corners – mine still has a bit on the left side but it’s much sharper whenever I focus there and I don’t have as much blur in 4:3 anymore. The problem is that the aperture is wide so focusing is very selective and bokeh is uneven. My main concern for a repair is that Sony Canada would probably take forever compared to Sony Taiwan (who was faced with a lot of backlash over repairing the M5, so I guess they improved a bit).

    I did notice something strange recently though – when I point it at a certain angle, I see strange black blobs across the frame. It could be specks of dust within the lens, or even just an artifact caused by the lens elements (there is a plastic ring around the lens ). It’s similar to when you look into a microscope or binoculars and you can see your hair cells. I haven’t had this problem with HTC phones but my friend’s Nexus 4 had the same thing in direct sunlight…

  • Abanoub M Erian

    Is that right that the Sony xperia Z5 front facing camera need to be much more brighter, and camera beauty need to be improved ? as i feel while comparing it with the samsung camera

  • FYLegend21

    I don’t think it’s worth the trouble. I noticed recently some strange black blobs that appear when light shines at a certain angle (it’s not visible in most pictures, only in my room with a desk light shining parallel to the camera). Dust either got in during the repair process or later on – I think I see a spec on the actual lens element (not the cover). So much for the IP68 rating :S

    I can’t repair it at this point as I’m no longer in Taiwan.

  • Bjorn Spiteri

    Camera works well but I am quite disappointed with the loss of detail that the automatic image processing does on the image. Should have made RAW available, especially because the phone can feed on a 200gb micro sd (that is 13 the price of the phone). But together with video capture, HD audio, and yes RAW images.

  • Section8

    Best phone camera out there so far. Because of the .003 motion blur reduction I can take pics on the highway at 120km/h with zero blur. Just gorgeous. And so far best for filming video and also takes photos while recording. Although I think that feature isn’t new.

  • SeVeMaS

    Under or towards the sun I have huge green “shadow”. Toke at the same time with my GF Z3 and I have a regular photo (no light shadow) and do the same with third partie apps. You can imagine the sun position by the shadow on the floor.

  • Giulia Greenall

    I have enjoyed an Xperia z with great close ups, good clarity and easy to shoot on screen touch focus.
    I then had an Xperia z3 which had a fault, could not focus, overheated in seconds and all in all was a dud. I dropped and broke the screen when I had it two days, I never got to send it for repair because I couldn’t afford to replace the screen on a possible dud of a camera on the phone. It never lived up to its great promo.
    I now have an Xperia Z5 and expected great things til today I realised it leaves a blue dot on where the touch focus is placed. Spoiled a whole lot of otherwise lovely beach scenes.
    I’m not sure how it is in close focus, doesn’t seem as good as Xperia z.
    The blue dot is definately something I need to find out about, I am not happy to have a distracting dot in my images

  • Giulia Greenall

    My Xperia z was increasingly battery hungry too, tho the battery was supposed to be healthy, got to recharging it twice thru the day as well as 100% onite

  • Willex Greeff

    ERMAGERD, CLARKLONG’s post is awesome! Been looking for something comparing my Z1’s photos to the other Z’s (particularly the Z5). I’m so totally jonesing anew for the Z5 now!!! Gurrr!

  • I m using Xperia for many long time and also have Z3 normal and Z5 normal models. ?mage processing is weak which i describe they have same issues. Both sony models sucks on photography. First in 23 mp Mode i want to see very good zooming condution but when try to get closer i can only see NOISE at photos. dont ask nightshots.. They are freakly terrible. Sony really dissapointed Me at Z5.. I brougth it up f?r only its camera but its A worse decission. I Will sell it and buy Lg g5 for A real hd camera. Sony lies People nothing have changed from z3 camera.. Same. Noisy not hd photos, it feels Like using A ten years old nokia vga camera..bullshit

  • Iane Way

    dont know if its just me but… im having a bad time focusing to an object for whatever reason.. i am using sony experia z5 dual..and i noticed this black spot on my camera dont know what really it is but its in every photo i take.. when i zoom in it also zoomed in…. anyone can tell how to fix this? camera problem of my device… unfortunately i bought my device abroad ia dont have my warranty with me here… thank you!

  • Intercontinental

    I have just bought a Z5 Premium and have blurry images too.
    Tried all modes but blurry remains.
    I have a Z3 compact which is great but the newer Z5 Premium is an awful camera.
    Anybody got a solution?

  • paul

    Ive heard everyone complain about the volume rocker placement, but when I held the z5…it was perfect…oh wait im left handed…lol im telling you, Sony made this the worlds only left handed phone, go ahead and use it in ur left hand…see what I mean lol
    ..

  • quisling1

    I have a z5 compact and there are many things I like about it, the camera is not one of them, it’s terrible, when you take a photo the person is at least 3x distant than they are in reality, if Sony don’t sort this problem out I will never buy a Sony again ( I have owned a Sony Ericsson Elm, Sony Ericsson Xperia, a Sony V), very disapointed : (

Previous post:

Next post:

Sitemap