Xperia X Performance in camera shootout against OnePlus 3, Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s

by XB on 5th July 2016

in Imaging, Videos, Xperia X series


Xperia X Performance camera comparisonIf you want to get an idea of how Sony’s new flagship, the Xperia X Performance, performs against its biggest rivals on the camera front, then check out some comparison shots below. They come courtesy of Manila Shaker, who has compared the Xperia X Performance against the Samsung Galaxy S7, OnePlus 3 and Apple iPhone 6s.

The cameras of each phone were compared against various conditions such as normal daylight, macro, dynamic range, night shots and front-facing pictures. The Xperia X Performance holds up pretty well according to the team at Manila Shaker, picking up their best pick alongside the Galaxy S7. Hit the source link for the full range of comparison shots, but you can check a few crop comparisons below.

Xperia X Performance camera comparison_1

Xperia X Performance camera comparison_2

Xperia X Performance camera comparison_3

Via Manila Shaker.

  • David Santamaria

    Todas las fotos están feas jajaja

  • ramuk

    Not bad not bad at all.
    Looking forward to reading all the comments.

  • Fadi Obaya

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  • besk

    Honestly I dont trust the amount of negative reviews coming up. I have compared photo quality in GSMarena comparison tool and I like the XP photos more than S7. Display is excellent. Everyone says its processor is snappier. only thing stopping me is its battery life. Its definitely not bad. but for a FHD 5 inch phone I honestly expected Z3C levels of battery. Hope they fix it with updates and reduce the price by atleat $100. Then its an absolute bargain. Till then just Wait.

  • Aldi Wan Kenobi

    This appears to be a pretty unbiased review of these 4 phones and I can agree with his assessment that Xperia X-Performance and (i’d hate to admit) Galaxy S7 have better camera output and outperformed the other two phones, especially the overpriced fruit company.

    Though I’ve to admit, the shaking of the video did make me a bit dizzy. ;-)

  • DBS

    I’m not going to comment on the image quality because I know I’ll get burned alive by the blind fanboys but I’ll say this: the Xperia X line still has every single bloody problem the Z line before it had. Every. Single. One.

  • ruba

    XD
    El detalle al hacer zoom es malo en todas xD
    Pero hablando en serio, el XP es mejor con mucha luz de día y el S7 en media y poca luz.
    Los otros dos no destacan nunca.

  • RockStar2005

    This review I just read shows the battery life of the XP besting even the S7’s.

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/sony-xperia-x-performance,review-3742.html

    And I’ve had the S7 for 3-4 mos, the HTC 10 for a week or two, and XP now for 2 weeks. The XP’s camera (and screen, despite being 1080p) IMO outdoes them both. For camera, the XP has more detail than the 10, and is more color accurate than the S7. So all these reviews saying the S7 is still better are FULL OF SH*T! lol S7 oversaturates certain colors too much. Makes them look fake.

    The S7 LAGS vs the XP despite having 1 more GB of RAM because of TouchWiz. This is just a fact. The XP runs very smoothly, the S7 didn’t. When playing music through the MicroUSB port (3.5mm port is ok) and headphones, the S7 would skip like every 3-5 min, where my XP after even 3-4 hours of listening on my headphones didn’t skip ONCE! Yeah, TouchWiz……….. POS. lol

    You’re right not to trust them besk. But that review (though I don’t agree with much of it) seems on the money with the battery life. Was the Z3’s better? Probably, but it also had a bigger battery too. If I were you, I’d get the XP and never look back. lol

  • Alvin

    Engadget: “middling camera”

    Middling camera my ass

  • illstplaya .

    Judging by these photos I would say the X performance came in 2nd place. The oneplus3 came in 1st place and the s7 came in 3rd place. The iPhone just looks bad.

    In the first set of pictures the oneplus 3 looks the best and then the X performance is close behind it. The s7 is slightly more blurry and the iPhone doesn’t have good detail around the edges like with the letters “set”. In the second set of photos again the oneplus3 does very good with the s7 very close behind. The iPhone looks bad and the X performance is just terrible. In the third set of photos all the pictures look very bad but I would still have to go with the oneplus 3 as the best and the X performance second best. The iPhone is extremely bad and the s7 made the building too bright and made the red light too bright

  • besk

    Thats a good review and the cons they have mentioned dosent bother me as in my region we get the finger print, I totally love the design which is subjective and bloatware are not that big deal. I had bought Z5 Premium but was disappointed with its paint quality as in the corners they started to wear off easily leaving ugly patches. I hope they have fixed it now. other than that I am really happy with the phone and just waiting for some price drop.

  • Conan

    i found that engadget review pretty alienating. complaining because the screen isn’t QHD? because they don’t like the default launcher? because sony’s UI changes are “not minimal enough”? these are non-issues. can’t argue with the battery life and cost gripes though. i’m looking forward to grabbing one of these in a year when they’re going cheaper.

  • Alvin

    The only thing that I did agree with them is a ridiculous pricing of this phone. Not in “$700 worth of disappointment” matter which is bull****

  • Alvin

    S7 doesn’t just oversaturated colours, but also oversharpening picture which is very annoying in my opinion.

    I wish I would get those flagship phones just to compare them honestly and post my review to youtube just to explain and prove to those brainwashed people that xperia x performance isn’t bad at everything (except the price), in fact it is an excellent phone.

  • Alvin

    I’m sorry but I have to disagree.. Judging by those pictures, at some, S7’s pictures was not that bad (good) compared to others which were bad at handling the situation, and at some points X Performance’s pictures are also great at handling situations, especially outdoors. So it is neck-a-neck between S7 and XP for me

  • Arup R. Chowdhury

    You are a blind biased fanboy, I have the Xperia Z5 and Nokia 1020, I rate the photo and exposure as well as focus better on the Z5. However for biased blind worshipers and paid goons, SONY always will be a problem even though most phones use SONY sensors and so do cameras from other brands.

  • DBS

    The pot calling the kettle black…
    Also, optometrist. You need one ;)

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah Alvin, I agree on that too. Both essentially make the pic look fake and unnatural.

    Well if you know anyone with an S7 I guess maybe you could ask to borrow it? lol

    It is. And as you know, I can say that AND MEAN IT b/c I had the S7 for 3-4 mos. lol I don’t have time for BS.

  • RockStar2005

    It shouldn’t. Sony has some bloatware, but even less than before. Samsung still has bloatware, so whatever. 90% of that stuff can be disabled or uninstalled anyway.

    Well the XP has an all-metal body. No more glass-backs like the Z series had. I find it refreshing to be honest besk. The brushed aluminium with the hairline finish IMO is VERY classy and modern-looking, though this is only available on the graphite black (mine) and white/silver models.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    IMO the x performance is not a bad one but if I have to buy a new phone in this moment I will not choose x performance :)

    Huawei P9 is the worthy one. I still wonder will SONY able to do something that as good as Huawei able to? Maybe in the next three year ?

  • Alvin

    I don’t know anyone who has S7 lol. Yes, I believe you, mate. :)

  • Alvin

    I thought the frame is plastic? But personally, I love the Z5’s frosted glass back more than anything. Nonetheless, Sony’s designs are amazing to me, more than anything.

  • RockStar2005

    Plastic? I dunno about that. I was referring to the backside anyway.

    This video compares the X (not XP, although they have the same screen and camera!) and the Z5. It might give you some info you didn’t already know.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=g5SJq-Jag20&app=desktop

  • RockStar2005

    lol……………

    Well maybe then you can stop at a local phone store and try taking pics with their display model S7? Might be a bit tricky since theirs will be locked in, but you might be able to get around that?

    Just remember………..

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

  • MrM3

    What about the overheating and other technical issues that people have reported about XXP camera? Are theese problems still there? Right now I have cancelled my preorder because I wan’t to wait and see how the camera actually works. Don’t wan’t another Z5 fiasco please.

  • Alvin

    Oh okay, will watch it later.. Thanks!

  • RockStar2005

    My Z3 couldn’t outdo my cousin’s Note 5 last December, even in manual mode. But that era is OVER son! lol The Z5 they say COULD match Samsung, but the XP takes the crown away!! And that’s just in superior auto mode!

    After years of having their sensors be in competitors’ smartphone cameras but those competitors outdoing them, Sony FINALLY got it right!

  • RockStar2005

    YW! Lemme know what you think.

  • ludimilojko

    My 8 years old Canon 450D, worth 120 bucks now, still makes far better photos than any of these new overpriced phones. And i think it’s smaller, too.

  • DarkMaster

    what else your 8 years old Canon 450D can do besides taking photos ?

  • Talos the Robot

    Phones will never match camera’s bigger sensors, optics and all the photography technology inside them, although there are some uneducated kids that believed that . But from the other side phones are a good way to learn photography before purchasing a proper camera.

  • ZoubIWah

    hes talking anout a 8y old camera. Phones tend to beat old point and shoot cameras.

  • ludimilojko

    Nothing. It was created to take photos. If i want to do more, lets say, play games, i will use my PC with a 24 inch monitor. If i want to watch a movie, i will use my 42 inch TV, or go to a cinema. If i want to record a video, i will use my Canon 70D. If i want to cut a paper i will use my scissor. If i want sex, i will get closer to my wife.
    I guess you will use your phone for all these tasks. But, hey, it’s your choice …

  • Talos the Robot

    How? With phone’s built in oversharpening, auto levels calibration, auto saturation? All these thinks can be done better with post processing at PC with better results even with a 15 year old camera.

  • Tibor Hornyák

    I have the s7, and I do not understand What you do like on the XP’s photos. The XP’s JPG compression is terrible

    video is the only plus on the XP’s side

  • I was waiting for a true new flagship from Sony for two years now to replace my Z2, then two things happened: The glass back of my Z2 just cracked without any force (I guess because of heat differences, came from the hot outside into a cold room) and the OnePlus 3 came out. I will receive it next week and from every review I saw until now I guess it was the right decision. Canmera with Sony sensor can keep up with everything except the S7 in low light and the software is nearly stock Android. Would have gone for the Sony Xperia X for the same price, but I don’t see any advantages justifying a 50% higher price. Very sorry for this, still a Sony fan especially for their timeless design and good software.

  • jokensy

    Can you make phone calls, send text messages, surf the net, play games etc with your f*cking Canon 450D?… You sound like a brainless troll with that stupid comment.

  • DarkMaster

    then you are wasting your money on smartphone and your time here on this blog , get yourself one of those from link and stop whining http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_109-5096.php it’s your choice….

  • Mars

    Good luck to everyone that has bought this phone in reproducing this top performance in the real world.

  • QBerto

    let’s test 4k video with those four phones!

  • EQ

    would you carry your Xbox and TV with you on the train, in the waiting room etc? Would you also take your Canon with you incase you find something of interest to capture in stills or video while doing your daily routine?.. No you wouldn’t.

    So for us that also wants a multi-device in compact form seek to have the ones that bring the best features that fits us. And while dedicated cameras tend to be better (depending on type) they are not suited for everyday, everywhere use. But maybe you would bring your wife everywhere if you are pimping her. Now how about you..

    http://www.relatably.com/m/img/fuck-you-memes/fuck-you-vintage-internet-meme_design.png

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Since i now own the Xperia X Performance myself i can confirm that it has an excellent camera, not as good in low light as the galaxy s7 but not that far behind the noise in the pictures in low light are acceptable. The only thing im a little dissapointed of is the battery life, about 5-6 hours of on screen time only :/ Otherwise and amazing phone, despite the lack of 1 GB of ram compared to the phones from Samsung, LG and HTC.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    indeed thats why i replace my Xperia Z with the beloved X Performance :D

  • Emil Oskarsson

    I have the device and havent had any overheating issues so far, will have to stress it a bit more though before i can say more about it though :)

  • ludimilojko

    So, you want a multi-device in compact form, but you can’t stop bitching about image quality? BUY A BLOODY CAMERA IF YOU WANT GOOD IMAGES!!!
    P.S. You can stick that pic up your ass. Maybe then the pain will go away.

  • ludimilojko

    I’m not whining. Where did you see me whining?

  • ludimilojko

    Why are you all so nervous? I just stated a fact. It’s not my fault that phones makes lousy photos compared to real cameras.
    And thank you for “brainless”. It’s very nice of you.

  • Štrki

    Jebi, ne vadi.

  • EQ
  • Manu

    The picture quality should be the same with the “normal” Xperia X too, right? Or am I getting something wrong? :)

  • ludimilojko

    Sorry, dude, i’m not the one showing fingers around. That pic is showing who is angry and who is mad. For me, it’s enough to draw a conclusion about you.

  • Alvin

    She tells many things that are false lol. But yes, she said that the frame is all plastic and z5 is all metal with plastic cap. :)

  • RockStar2005

    What’s false?? lol

    I dunno. I just care that the backside is metal. lol

  • Alvin

    Yes, what matters is that phone feels good

  • RockStar2005

    Yes.

    Ok. But I still wanna know what she said that’s false. lol

  • EQ
  • Alvin

    Oh i forgot to answer that.. like there is no fingerprint scanner on the x (which it does have it), front cameras of both x and z5 are 8 megapixels (which should be 5mp on z5 and 13mp on x), and more, despite being a “huge sony fangirl” :D

  • DarkMaster

    although you are trying to be sarcastic with your comment it is actually possible…

  • RockStar2005

    Oh yeah. I think it was just at the time some facts weren’t made clear to the reviewers. I don’t think that was really her fault about the fingerprint scanner. I did catch that though. lol I think Sony should be to blame for their IDIOTIC AND INEXCUSABLE decision to remove the fingerprint sensor from the U.S. versions of the Z5 and X/XP. So she gets a PASS here from me. lol

    Hmm ok on megapixels. I knew though that X and XP’s was 13MP, so I prob just blocked that out? lol

    Well, I like her enthusiasm in talking about and comparing the 2 phones, so I can forgive the MP thing. LOL If only MORE reviewers (and well, ppl in general!! Pref U.S. ppl!!!!! lol) were THIS excited about Sony’s phones…………the world would be a better place! lol

  • roeshak

    I wouldn’t pay much attention to this manila shaker review. He’s an xperia fan and my suspicion is that he takes the photos with the xperia using a tripod. Handheld tests always show the xperia cameras limitations. It was the same with his reviews of the z5 and older xperia devices. His reviews and results fly in the face of the general consensus. His xperia photos always better than what most others post up and his Samsung photos worse that what others upload. I smell a something fishy.

  • ludimilojko

    Yes, it is. Psychology is awesome, isn’t it?

  • EQ

    The most subtle but powerful.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Yeah the frame is made of that polycarbonate or whatever its called. But its high quality plastic so :) Just love the metallic back though :D

  • Emil Oskarsson

    And it does, just love it :D (yeah i have the phone)

  • Alvin

    Unlike galaxy s3 s***

  • Mars

    I agree with you. I have owned many xperias and I know their limitations. This camera review just seemed really odd. I would like to see xperiablog showcase reviews like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmnooRF83G8 .

  • DarkMaster

    why should they show boolsh!t biased reviews made by idiots ?

  • EQ

    Actually he often use a selfie stick that can hold 4 phones at the same time thus if anything he is shaking more than a normal user due to the weight of 4 phones at the end of a stick. Besides that his comparisions and reviews are refreshingly neutral and show little to no bias thus we can conclude you are way off in your slandering.

    Also his photos are often taken in auto mode thus you are comparing 8MP supersampled images and more agressive use of ISO compared to manual and 21-23MP and much less aggressive use of ISO (regarding Xperia phones). Thus we can conclude he could get even better photos would he gone with manual mode.

    For example Z1-XX photos in low light in auto-mode can go upto 12800 ISO. Several of his photos have ISO 1600 to ISO 3200 while for example the S7 tops out at ISO 1250 in auto-mode. Yet the Z1-XX is competitive and even beats the S7 in many regards without resulting to the excessive use of noise-reduction that smears out the whole image like on S5-S7 and also less sharpening for lower ISO situations compared to S7s horrible oversharpening and halo inducing clarity filters that makes photos at sub ISO 320 look like if produced by a cheap digital camera with aberration issues.

    This all adds to the statement that his reviews are of topclass and not manipulating nor trying to setup one phone or another to give the absolute best image quality but rather what the average user will use and results they will get. So you are just in plain english talking shit son.

  • roeshak

    It’s the sort of review most die hard Sony fans will cling to but it’s just not a very credible review. I know from experience that the xperias just throw out very noisy and blurry photos especially at night. I suspect he mounts the Sony on a tripod and so the software employs night scene mode which uses lower iso. This will not be the result for most users who take pictures handled. He’s an xperia fan and his findings should be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • roeshak

    Yes you’re right 90% of reviewers are biased against the xperia devices. It’s just this one dude who’s neutral. Like I say it’s a review for xperia fans to cling to. It was the same with his z5 review. My bro has the z5 and the lowlight pictures are sub par by todays standards but that’s not the impression you get from manila shaker lol. My suspicion is that these night shots were taken with night scene mode and there’s no way to get focused shots in that mode without a tripod. No surprises that he likes to focus on long distance shots which inherently favour the higher res sensor. Cling to this all you want. The general consensus is that the xperia camera lags some way behind what’s on the s7

  • Mars

    When you say Z1-XX do you mean the Xperia Z1/Z1 compact ?

  • EQ

    Yes with camera libs/framework and modified camera app from Z5.

  • EQ

    The general consensus is derived of mouth to mouth words, armchair “experts” and marketing.. quite worthless I would say. Also Z5 goes for high ISO in low light – automode to combat handshaking by upping ISO to increase shutter speed (digital image stabilisation). Thus when it could do 1/8 ISO 800 it instead goes for 1/16 ISO 1600. The higher the ISO the more impact on quality. That said at ISO upto around 2500 it beats S7 using ISO 1250 which is the max ISO S7 and S6 uses (it is capped by Samsung). Sensor is far superior on the Z5 and even previous models and it doesn’t have to rely on horribly overdone post-processing like S7 resorts in for example good lighting situations like my previous post showcased in the links to the S7 samples.

    No, no night mode on the XX as it would look much better. Take a look here, taken with my Z1. This is night mode IQ and regular manual mode (last 2 photos are 1/8, ISO 100-200 and rest is around 0,8s shutter speed and ISO 64-250). You can check EXIF. I took night mode photos by resting my phone on my leg or against my chest.

    https://flic.kr/p/FCKzSk
    https://flic.kr/p/ByA1Xx
    https://flic.kr/p/EkXt1P

    https://flic.kr/p/BPzgB5
    https://flic.kr/p/B8ms1V

  • roeshak

    The general consensus of most of the reviews and comparisons online and on YouTube. Manila shaker is one of many on YouTube. It’s full of video comparisons and the xperias more often than not come out not looking too clever. There’s always the odd dude here and there but the vast majority don’t rate the xperias and for good obvious reasons too.

  • EQ

    Have you noticed how many reviewers praised the Iphone 5, 6 and 6s camera? Tons yet the output is mediocre. But they like it becouse they know little and becouse they love over-processed photos that has pre-applied “Instagram filters”. Just like the S7 does just it goes way overboard with sharpening and local contrast. A good camera captures reality as it is and leaves the rest up to you. Like Xperia Z1-5/XX do plus minus sharpening values between models (Z1-2 good balance, Z3 a bit to much, Z3+ and Z5 good, XX a bit to much). But people like what they are told to like. That is what stupid people do. And stupid people then like to talk big thinking they know things but they dont.

  • DarkMaster

    take a look on review from the link :

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

    you still think that he is an Xperia fanboy ? also are the people at DxOMark also xperia fanboys ?

  • Mars

    Dude … chill. It’s just a phone. When one person is expressing an opinion in a respectfull fashion you should do the same.Insults are not a good way to change his opinion.Even if you are right you will not change someone’s opinion telling by him that he is stupid.In time you will come to this conclusion yourself…
    roeshak and me are just stating the obvious that this is the only review in witch the Xperia X Performance comes out as the best camera on the market right now.If there are other reviews that come to this conclusion please feel to share them here.

  • roeshak

    My bro sent me some test samples between the iPhone 5s HTC m9 and his z5. An indoor shot but with decent lighting. Even though the z5 shot was better in some respects, the iPhone delivered a much sharper better focused image. That’s a 2012 device beating sony’s 2015 flagship. Sony users a soft lens and the sensor is just way too light sensitive. I first hand after two years with z2 know the limitations of the xperia set up which has changed very little in 2 years. The lens quality ie sharpness and clarity needs improving. The lack of ois means a heavy reliance on iso and so high levels of noise and artefacts.
    I have been using s7e since launch and my biggest gripe with it is the high contrast levels. But that only really affects things negatively I find under tungsten lighting. That’s samsungs image processing but the xperias limitations are all hardware based.

  • EQ

    Well the Iphone doesn’t it’s just that due to 28mm lens it works like physical optical zoom compared to Z5 which is 23mm due to wide angle lens. Thus if you stand at the same spot with both phones the Iphone acts like it would have 1,5-2x physical permanent zoom but also only captures 50% or less of the whole scene compared to Z5. If you compensate by moving back with the Iphone so that it captures the same area as the Z5 then you will see the Z5 utterly destroys the Iphone in all areas.

    And so you have to compensate for every comparision unless they have the same sensor width. Do you get me know why 19/20 reviewers fail with the camera comparisions? Unless doing what I said above you are putting heavy penalty for the camera with wider sensor which makes the comparision unfair and invalid.

  • EQ

    Listen son.. Manila Shaker is one of the few that actually knows how to do a legit comparision. He even accounts for sensor width differences between the phones and adjust the capturing distance so that all phones capture as equal area of the scene as possible. Read my response above.

  • Mars

    S7 lost detail compaired to the the S6 because it has a 12 MP vs 16 MP.
    So if only one guy says what you want to hear than that person is your God. Really good logic there !. Have fun growing up kid ! I’m out.

  • EQ

    My point still stands as the sensor in S7 is better but in a comparision you need to account lens width. That is why Samsung is overdoing the post-processing to hide this to the generic user who knows little to nothing about how cameras work. If they had same post-processing as the S6 and you would compare both stading in the same place the S7 would have more than just the 4MP difference when pixel pepping. Hint: Take RAW photo with S6 and S7 and compare.

  • roeshak

    To start with I used to think the wider angle lens was the main reason but it’s not. The lens just isn’t very sharp. It’s a cheap soft lens which Sony has been using for some years now. The test samples were of a bag on a table. For such near distance shots the wider angle shouldn’t make such a difference. S7 has a 26mm lens while z2 has a 27mm lens bit s7 always delivers a shaper more detailed image in every case apart from when shooting objects far away. The lens is negated for long distances and that’s where the higher res sensor of the xperias shows some advantage. Probably why manila shaker likes to dwell on long distance shots which negates lens quality. That together with his use of a tripod is start skews his results in favour of the xperia. He negates the lens and ois advantages of the other devices.
    Like I say I know the limitations of the xperia camera set up after 2yrs with the z2. Really don’t need anyone to inform me. Until I see Sony mobile ditch the g lens in favor of a zeis lens and add a solid ois system I won’t be considering any xperias going forward.

  • EQ

    Well you are entitled to your opinion but it doesn’t change facts son. Even Z1 with mods beats the S7 in most regards. About lens it is quite good, S7 has way worse with massive flarring of light sources. That’s really a “Made in China” sign.

  • Svnjay

    It’s not about the sensor, it’s about the post-processing algorithms.

  • The One

    Why don’t any of these reviewers talk about the actual user experience with the camera. Anyone can get a good photo if they take their time to set up the shot correctly, but simply pointing and shooting is entirely different. The Xperia devices always seem to have this unbearable lag between pressing the shutter button and the photo being captured. Plus, the processing time between photos is longer than most other devices, preventing the next picture from being taken. Far too often, I miss critical shots because of these lags. And now, the video recording can’t be accesses from the same screen as the auto mode, forcing yet another delay as we have to swipe to a different mode just to start a video. The record button should be on the same screen as the auto mode just like HTC and previous versions of the sony camera UI.

  • EQ
  • ludimilojko

    For Gods sake, dude, i know you are the smartest, tallest and blondest here, but come on … Just make a comparison at 100% magnification or scaled to same pixel size. Better image quality cos it’s 24 or 28 mm lens?!?!? Jesus Christ!!!

  • HAWX

    Wow. I don’t believe that shot is taken by 6S under the same condition as the Z5. 6S looks like it is hand held or lens need to be cleaned.. To my experience (point and shoot), Xperias mostly take very good or the best pictures If the scenes are very well lit, and hold very stable. Other than that, they loose hard. From Z to Z5.

    However I find them quite for videos..

  • EQ

    That’s right becouse optical zoom works by moving the position of several lenses to zoom in with no loss. Now 28mm will optically zoom in with no loss compared to 24mm. 24mm to 28mm means about 1,5-2x optical zoom without multiple lenses. It’s just the size and shape of the lens that dictates this. Now let’s say whe have the exact same camera but one with 28mm and one with 24mm. The one with 28mm will have much better pixel pepping detail at 100% viewing size but only capture about 60-70% of what the 24mm lens captures.

    You can see here the difference and the narrower view (zooming) comes with no loss but you loose captured scene area. Thus I have again provided proof that backs all my words up. Evidence wins over armchair talk. Hope you learned something today!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/937a0634d13079a626f84683e3c28bf3a8db2c8fdc8b2e971369cddb7e30e2ab.jpg

  • EQ

    They are all handheld in that GSM arenas balcony view test. Iphone 6s shot is with shutter speed of 1/1789, ISO 25. Z5 is with shutter speed of 1/1000, ISO 40. So what we can conclude here is that the comparision is equal but 6s underexposed hence a bit darker image. The EXIF data is available if you download the fullres photos.

  • Junior Rider

    how’s your experience with the XP?

  • Junior Rider

    I’m a regular reader of Manila Shaker and I disagree to you stating he’s an Xperia fanboy.. I think He has the most unbiased reviews..

  • HAWX

    A simple auestion: Do we know the X,Y,Z movement, rotation and accerelation before and during calculation process If the phones are hand held? And how its going to be equal comparison without knowing that data? GSM arena is biased site and everybody knows that. 6S can easily reproduce cleaner, exact and detailed photo than the one on the picture. And a fair person who understands some mobile photography must have seen that the photo taken by 6S looks under it’s potential due to user mistake or device problem in first second and point out that before judging the exposure value, in my book. Thank you for the additional infos.

  • HAWX

    Sorry, I have mixed up 2 photos. The photo taken by Z5 looks blurry and much less detailed. Even though Z5 has more scene, which is very important for me, but from these 2 shots I would rate the iPhone’s shots better without a doubt because the far writings are irreadible from Z5.

  • Patti Springer

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  • ludimilojko

    You still don’t get it, do you?
    Tell me, did Manila Shaker compensate for the lens difference, or did he not, just showing the samples at 100% magnification?

  • EQ
  • EQ

    So you are saying the blurry, over-processed, underexposed photo looks better now? Just look at the metalbar railings between the roads. On the Z5 they are clearly outlined and crisp while on the 6s they look like a mess. And so it goes for vegetation, fine-grain detail and so on. The 6s shows far less detail and far more bluriness than the Z5 aswell as bad color repdroduction and to much local contrast filter. Then factor in 12MP vs 23MP. This is not debatable but a fact as anyone with a bit of insight in photography will say to you to same else they went full retard.

    Also unless you watch on a computer monitor then you cant judge as on mobile there are few apps that shows the images without being resized destroying quaility. Even few photo viewer albums and photo editors on mobile show you full iszed image, instead they resize to a much less detailed photo.

  • roeshak

    I think dx0 just set the bar very low that every phone achieves high scores. If I remember correctly they scored the z2 about 82 or so while the gs7 gets an 87 score. Well I’ve got both phones and if I were to score the s7 87 I’d give the z2 maybe 65 at best. There is a big difference between the camera performance on both devices. The thing with xperia fans is they feel that any review that’s critical is biased and that means most reviews out there while the few which praise the xperias are the only fair ones. That seems like denial to me

  • roeshak

    Idiots because they criticise your beloved xperia?

  • ludimilojko

    So, no answer to a simple question? I thought you have proofs that backs all your words up and that evidence wins over armchair talk. I was wrong.

  • dragonsneeze

    You’ve mixed up on second look probably. You can read “the time keeper” on the watch ad from Z5’s output, not even guessable on 6S. And it’s close to the edge where Z is supposed to perform worse.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Just awesome, the camera is superb and great even in low Light situation, the overall performance is also great. No lags or annons bugs. Only thing that could have been a bit better is the battery life. It isnt terrible but not awesome like the battery life on Xperia z2.

  • HAWX

    Yeah I rechecked the images from computer and cropped Z5 looks better in most areas, And I beleive Z5 have more potential than i6S with triipod. Unfortunately, this only happens with well lit scenes like this one.

  • HAWX

    Yeah even newer models autofocus fastest they lag .

  • Dark Terror

    I dont know why people are commenting over low light picture quality(in Day light it is best no fights on that), i think SONY has customized it for more natural look, u can reduce or saturate them by editing unlike S7 where u cant get natural looks, cuz u cant undo editing, further more u only get to notice noise when u zoom them, anyway check these more pics and decide for yourself.

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/I/Y/594250/original/bucket_comparison.jpg
    right is xperia XP and left is S7 (which to me s7 pic is blurred, which is more annoying) from Toms hardware review.

    http://i1.wp.com/www.manilashaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Camera-Review-Sony-Xperia-X-Performance-Samsung-Galaxy-S7-iPhone-6s-7-OnePlus-3-2.jpg

    http://i1.wp.com/www.manilashaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Camera-Review-Sony-Xperia-X-Performance-Samsung-Galaxy-S7-iPhone-6s-7-OnePlus-3-3.jpg

    http://i0.wp.com/www.manilashaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Camera-Review-Sony-Xperia-X-Performance-Samsung-Galaxy-S7-iPhone-6s-7-OnePlus-3-4.jpg

    or i recommend watching manila video: https://youtu.be/Xurxfm5FRgs

  • EQ

    SInce I own both a Z5 Compact, Z1 and Iphone 6s Plus I can testify the 6s camera is inferior to the Xperia phones. The Z1 outperforms it in all situations except focus speed though it has camera library mods and Z5 camera app v2.0. It even beats the Z5 in certain situations.

    In low light Z5 is better than 6s except when it fails with color correction and gives pinkish/bluish hue (very high ISO modes), having a far more precise color spectrum, detail and exposure. Z5 at ISO 800 produces better detail than 6s at ISO 200. Just remember to compare them fairly. Since 6s has 29mm lens and Z5 23mm it means 6s is optically zooming in capture scene permanently due to the form and shape of the lens. Thus if you stand in same position 6s might give better pixel pepping detail but Z5 captures about 50% more of the scene. So you need to steep back with the 6s so that it captures the same area. That is a fair comparision and at such the Z5 easily outperforms the 6s in all lighting conditions.

  • HAWX

    I know some of my friends take amazing still photos with Z2 and Z3+, even in sunset. But If you have time for adjusting, most devices with manuel control will produce much better photos. Yes this is true and Xperia Z line have greater potential in still scenes taken by manuel mode. But I don’t use manel mode and take usually shot people who are naturally moving and lights are not that favourable. And my experience with Xperias in that regard are noticably bad especially against Apple and then Samsung.

    Wide angle lenses bonus areas are good to have. But there are some artifacts especially in the corners, people look blured and distored thus funny.. Yeah If we compare the phones going back to have the same area, then LG G5 will trump them all, but with artifacts :)

  • EQ

    Actually it is when you have a dynamic scene that the Zperia Z1+ line shows it superiority as you cant have slow shutter speed without getting massive ghosting issues in low light. Xperia Z1+ lineup can at ISO 2500-3200+ compete with for example Iphone 6s at ISO 800-1000 and S6/S7 at ISO 1250.

    S7 ISO 1250.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/119145808@N03/26116864805/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/119145808@N03/25501537981/
    S7 ISO 1000.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/119145808@N03/25594175115/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/119145808@N03/25298606630/

    Iphone 6s ISO 2000.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/22255695096/in/photostream/
    Iphone 6s ISO 640.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/22282009835/in/photostream/

    Xperia Z1 ISO 3200, shutter speed 1/8!
    http://abload.de/image.php?img=bsa8mpiso3200sh1o16r2phc.jpg

    Xperia Z1 ISO 6400, shutter speed 1/8!
    http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc_0003icsxk.jpg

  • HAWX

    Even though they are still pictures problem is still visible:
    1st picture: The iPhone 6S Plus (left) has produced a much sharper shot than the Xperia Z5 (right). Look at the detail on the stud in the top left corner of the sign. This is where the iPhone’s better edge definition really shows.

    2nd picture:
    In low light, the iPhone 6S Plus (left) leans heavily on its image stabilizer, using slower shutter speeds to keep the ISO low. The Z5 (right) used an ISO 2x higher for the same shot, and the blow-up sections show that it’s lost any resolution advantage.

    5th picture:
    Low light conditions definitely favored the iPhone 6S Plus (left). Again, the Z5 used a higher ISO setting, and its combination of edge softness and heavy noise reduction mean that almost all the detail in the poster on the wall has been lost.

    8th even in this:
    The iPhone 6S Plus (left) has 12 million pixels, the Z5 (right) has 23 million – but is there really any difference in the actual level of detail captured? The Z5 photo has more pixels but the detail is more mushy.

    And finally this: 10th picture. It looks like exactly my problem with multiplied on moving objects.
    Look at the iPhone 6S Plus’s rendition of the brass post at the bottom of the frame (left) compared to the Xperia Z5’s (right). This is not a focusing issue – both were focused on the same point. This is the Z5’s combination of edge softness and noise smoothing combining to create an almost textureless mess.

    http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/sony-xperia-z5-camera-tested-in-depth-1309361/6

  • EQ
  • MarkG54321

    Sony to not give review freebies, this upsets American bloggers who love free stuff. In america its perfectly legal to accept bribes in the form of free products , lsunch events, travel hotels, fine dining.

    Ask your favorite american tech website what their policy on gifting and ethics. They will likely ignore your request.

  • Alvin

    Wow… What you said is enough to make me don’t believe in american/american-influenced bloggers/reviewers, sadly. Honesty is utterly expensive in this unfair world.

  • jonathan3579

    The frame IS plastic.

  • RockStar2005

    I saw another pro video review where they confirmed it was plastic BUT that plastic is better for getting a strong signal reception than metal is. This IS a phone, so I’ll take plastic as long as they make it look nice, which of course Sony did.

  • RockStar2005

    I saw another pro video review where they confirmed it was plastic BUT that plastic is better for getting a strong signal reception than metal is. This IS a phone, so I’ll take plastic as long as they make it look nice, which of course Sony did. lol

  • Emil Oskarsson

    I can also confirm it does have really good singla reception :) Even though the frame doesnt feel as sturdy as a metal frame it still holds high quality :)

  • HAWX

    1st I didn’t send you the whole fcking test that’s why I have no need to read comments about the entire test.

    I send the spesific circumstances’ pictures and their comparison and they are taken from the same distance, and that’s my criteria. I have already pointed out that and you are still chewing the same “fov” and “you need to step back” to have equal comparison thing. According to your comparison method LG G5 with wide angle mode will perform better than some DSLRs. Very clever and funny like your pictures indeed.

    2nd You send me onyl a picture’s link and than edited your comment to “Read the comment section to that article to know why the “test” is near worthless.”. And attached that picture so that you seem surpassed me without any sign to me. For me,that indicates well enough for your quality and this discussion

  • RockStar2005

    Thanks for the reconfirmation Emil.

  • Alex

    Manilashaker…..? LOL. His comparisons just another lie, like Dxomark ranks! xD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsvxz2XBXSc

  • EQ
  • EQ
  • EQ
  • The OnePlus 3 is overall the best phone in this comparison thanks to the great camera and the AMOLED display.

  • ZoubIWah

    you’re probably talking about a couple of phones in particular. sony phones actually dont overprocess much. i have no 15y digital camera that beats my phone.
    i also have no phone that beats a ~5y old camera

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