DxOMark reviews the Xperia XZ camera; ranks it in line with the Xperia Z5

by XB on 25th December 2016

in Imaging, Xperia XZ series

dxomark-xperia-xzDxOMark has put the Sony Xperia XZ through its test labs and awarded the phone an overall score of 87 points. This places it in line with last year’s flagship, the Xperia Z5, but one point behind the Xperia X Performance (88 points). DxOMark says that the phone shares many of the strengths and weaknesses of the Xperia X Performance.

It is interesting when looking at the score breakdown for both photos and videos, how the overall score was heavily impacted by low scores relating to artifacts/noise. DxOMark said this included “noticeable haloing, ringing, and over-sharpening”. On the positive side, the autofocus, low-light performance and Sony’s electronic stabilisation system were singled out for praise. You can check out some samples at the source link below.


Via DxOMark.

Thanks Diogo, Svnjay and Thariq!

  • Tochi Nwodu

    At this point we dont need there result why wait until this point to release it
    So the Google pixel could sell awhole lot
    Had the opportunity to test the XZ it beats my z5 but not so far away

  • Fam_ST

    The reviews and score given by DxOMark can be trusted compare to the forum because the website is doing review for professional level camera. I’m not saying that xperia XZ camera isn’t not good enough but this phone outcome photo quality is inconsistent because the phone can’t handle outcome photo’s artifacts/noise properly. i’m xperia xz dual user and i noticed this issue when performance 200% zoom for the outcome photo.

  • I thought it would get 90 points.

  • I was expecting a higher score.

  • Moisés

    How can the X Performance be better?
    It does not have the laser autofocus nor the new infrared senson.

    Xz has 70 of artifacts, its lower than z3

  • Talos the Robot

    Maybe this is happening in low light because of the electronic stabilization. But in daylight performance I thing XZ is the best phone out there and better than the previous sony phones. That’s why I think this score is inconsistent with the previous Dxo scores.

  • Jerry Sanders
  • mUSICA

    not ON real life?

  • Thariq Mohammed

    DXO MARK test the Xperias in superior auto mode(8MP).
    Xperia XZ has visible artifacts in superior auto, but perform little bit better in manual mode. Compare GSMARENA sample photos of Xperia XZ in both modes.

  • Fam_ST

    Isn’t the electronic imagine stabilizer cause this issue happen, the problem is sony phone camera algorithm calculation made a wrong calculation when performed processing the photo and this issue same happened for z5 series phone too. Sony software engineer need to fix this issue.I agree with you for the phone daylight performance is good but the phone camera dynamic range is still lose to google pixel phone camera dynamic range.

  • Moisés

    I believe they use manual.
    No way using only 8mp many Xperia are ranked so high

  • Stephen

    I was wondering that – and why they only named the X Performance. The only significant difference between the X and X Performance is the CPU and waterproofing – and that’s not going to affect how well your photos turn out. ¬.¬

  • Moisés

    I mean, how can X Performance take better pics than XZ?
    When you see the photos taken by people of dxomark you see Performance is really much better, even if you zoom in.

  • Svnjay

    They are test at 8mp on superior auto.

  • Battel

    Could you Turn the EIS off and compare the results ?

  • Anibal Evora

    This is what the guys at DxO wrote when reviewing the Z5 ;)

    “Although the Z5 offers a maximum 23Mp sensor resolution for stills, Sony set a default 8Mp jpeg output to keep picture sizes manageable for everyday use. You can change to the maximum resolution in the settings menu, but as always, we’ve evaluated image quality using the camera’s default mode. Even at 8Mp, however the Z5 was able to cement its position as the number one device with a series of outstanding results in all sub-categories.
    It would be interesting to see how well the Z5 could perform if Sony had implemented a 16Mp default mode! As it is, for photo results the Xperia Z5 is tied with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge at 88 points, both of which are clearly ahead of the iPhone 6 Plus at 84 points, and just in front of the LG G4 with 86”.

    And if you check out the camera review Juan, at Pocketnow, did to the Xperformance, you’ll see a great difference between shots taken in low light from the high and low resolutions the camera offers..
    But don’t take into account what he says about the light metering methods of the phone.. He missed the fact that the phone does offer options for other metering methods in manual (matrix, center and spot).. And also ignore the stabilization comments, lol

  • Utsav Shah

    It may be using better optics.

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  • MrWalker1000

    nah I think it scored lower precisely for that reason. All the new sensors they packed into it probably made software optimization much harder. So they need more time to optimize the new tech.

    also im sure if you increase resolution or use manual mode the xperia is much better.

  • MrWalker1000

    dxo says low light is very impressive?

    I think it might be all the new sensors they packed into it require more time to optimize all the complicated software? That could be one theory.

    Or like the person above maybe dxo is truly bs now. google got reviewed a day before it came out meanwhile xperia xz took for fucking ever. Thats pretty suspicious if you ask me to review something a day before its released.

  • bryan

    that mean your camera skill suk, you deserve a potato phone

  • David Horvath

    The XZ camera is not perfect indoors but blows away the z5 camera outdoors and especially when it comes to reduction of blur while taking pics of objects in motion (kids).

  • Shehab Skull
  • Dilipkumar

    Feelin bad of Sony.
    Most of the Android devices received nougat but Sony still hvng pending in their flagships.
    Sony is a rich brand in market but they are not doing anything 1St.
    I don’t know wen u come up Sony,
    Still Z5 Z3+ pending.

    And Giv more preference in updates to previous flagships device instead of new flagship device bcoz a new flagship device will come up with new features but previous flagship device waiting for a new update to see new features.

    Pls overcome through this

  • RockStar2005

    They test the phones based on whatever the DEFAULT resolution is. That’s why Sony Mobile is DUMB b/c they’re competing with Samsung and Apple, and they bring their B-Game on Judgment Day?! lol Why the F would you choose 8 MPs as your default?? No wonder so many reviewers choose the competition over Xperia. And I’M a Sony Xperia fan too!! Sony Mobile needs to make the default like 16 or 21 MPs. THEN you would see them wipe the floor with the competition ALL the time, and without having to switch to Manual Mode either.

  • RockStar2005


  • Moisés

    Xz and X Performance have android 7, they are the flagships of 2016.
    X and X Compact have android 7 too.
    Now it is turn to update z5 and z4. Since september it was clear they would start updating the phones with SD820, then SD 650, then SD810 and in the end XA/XA Ultra.

    Updates depend on area, if phone is unlocked or not.

  • Moisés

    I guess because of the phones have different resolutions.
    Last year they had E4 and z4. One has 8 mp , the other 20.7.. You can not set 12mp on auto.
    Maybe all use exactly same software, and they add a few stuff on better phones.

  • Moisés

    If you watch many youtube videos which they use to compare the phone, you clearly see XZ is better than s7.
    The colors look more natural, video stabilization is way better.
    S7 is better at night because its f1.7, but in daylight XZ is great, much more if you use the 23 mp.
    If you read the comments, a lot of people are mesmerized by XZ cam.
    I do not know what happened to this test. But I am sure XZ is far superior to z5.

  • Moisés

    And they also gave android N to X last week. There was a beta test for X Performance and X, after they had to cancel z3 update.
    There is no test for z5, it takes longer to update. But probably arrives this year.

  • RockStar2005

    Well then they need to change that too. lol Dude, it’s 2016. What brain dead F over at Sony Mobile thought “Hmm, we should CONTINUE to have 8 MPs be the DEFAULT resolution for our flagship phones.” If I were running things there, that dude or those ppl would’ve been fired instantly. lol And then I’d go to work on their equally moronic marketing team. lol They could be KINGS here in the U.S., instead they choose to be benchwarmers.

  • theskig

    Same came camera in good and bad since Z2, the only difference they put wide angle from Z5.

  • jokamutta

    Release Android 7.0 for Z5 already :)

  • Moisés

    And the fingerprint issues of american devices. Seems HP has the rights, then Sony would have to pay and increase the price.

  • Moisés

    Guys, just watch this… These three videos from youtube. So you can see the power of XZ and how it is clearly superior to s7.




  • RockStar2005

    Yes that is 100% true.

    If they would just LOWER the prices a little, AGRESSIVELY MARKET the Xperia brand and make ads that aren’t mostly forgettable, they would sell enough Xperias to EASILY pay that dumb licensing fee to HP. Instead, they charge a lot, make their phones hard to get and you don’t get all the full features (my XP has VoLTE, but I can’t activate it with my carrier, T-Mobile), most ppl don’t even KNOW Sony makes smartphones…………..and yeah the ones that come here don’t even have activated fingerprint sensors, etc. And now the battery life sux on them too, which was UNHEARD of with the Z series. Such a mess. lol At least the camera on my XP is better than my Z3’s was, and that’s saying a lot cuz the Z3’s was great.

  • Dilipkumar

    There is major difference b/w z2 and z5 camera

  • Dilipkumar

    What u sayin?
    Not released yet

  • razor7s

    I saw GSMArena review zoom in Sony phone image just to make sure object size(not image size) same with competitors….

  • Andreescu Daniel

    i don’t know about x performence but i got both z5 and xz and i can tell that it’s not on pair, xz makes better pictures day and night

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    Well, I for one agree with XZ scoring. In automode. Even in daylight shadowed areas are full of artefacts compared to X Performance. Sony needs to fix that point of processing.
    Although 1:1 and upto 100% crop XZ is better
    Hell, 1:1 XZ is superb even in automode.
    Manual is the way of XZ at the moment.

  • Moisés

    That is right… Where I live you do not find the X or XA for sale. Z5 and M5 only carrier. No unlocked phones, only on internet.
    Compact does not show up since z3. Performance either.
    They no longer make phones here in Brazil, now they bring from Asia.
    Z5 Premium came for something like US$ 1450.
    S7 Edge is cheaper than X. XZ 64gb is not available.

    My z4 costed me US$ 550, one year after it was released. And it was 30% off on that day. Cheaper than z3.
    But for this prince, today you get the z5.

  • jokamutta

    Yea I am asking them to release it !

  • RockStar2005

    $1450 US?? That’s crazy!!!! I could buy like 2 of ’em here for that price. lol

    I’ve read though that everything is more expensive to buy in Brazil. Is that true?

    Yeah I think I read somewhere that they had closed their factories down in Brazil a year or two ago.

  • Moisés

    Yes… M4, C4 and z3+ were the last devices made here..
    C5, M5 and Z5 were all brought from Asia.

    C5 and M5 started to be sold the same price of z3 in 2014.

    This year evething came more than US$ 1000.. Except Moto Z.
    LG G5 SE ( has snapdragon 652), X, S7, S7 edge, Xz, iphone 7, iphone 7+ , zenfone 3 deluxe .

    Xa, A5, A7, Z Play were more than US$ 500

    Both zen3 deluxe are more than 1000,00. The one with snap 821 is R$ 5000.

    US$ 1 = R$ 3,276 today.

  • RockStar2005

    Crazy man, crazyyy. It really doesn’t help Sony Mobile’s profits to be charging so much more than their competition, b/c Xperia phones don’t sell (at least here in the U.S.) the way Apple and Samsung ones do.

    Do a lot of ppl in Brazil buy Sony Xperia phones? Most people here don’t even know Sony makes smartphones. lol That’s b/c Sony sucks at marketing here in the U.S. lol

  • Moisés

    In my city at least 70% Samsung , maybe 10% Apple, 10% Motorola.
    But I have seen more Sony than LG.

    They say Samsung is the #1 in Brazil, LG is #2 .. Motorola must be #3 .

    You see Gran Prime, J5 and Moto G2/ G3 everywhere.

    About Sony, in my city is easier to find old ones like E4 and M2. M4 too , I almost got one.

    Those store that sell tvs, couch, fridge, oven etc… You maybe can find a z3c or M4..

    Z5, z2 and M5 you do not get unlocked here. Just carrier..

    I have seen only one X so far, have no idea if any store has X or XA. Z5P not here too.

    The worst part, they only come here in black or white.
    No gold z5/ m5, no silver m4, no purple z2.

    You can find cheaper on internet but without warranty. Many people from south cross the border , go to Paraguay. Buy cheaper stuff there to sell here.

  • Moisés

    Things here is way expensive.. Everything you can buy and pay monthly.. Cellphone, computer, tv, couch.. Just like you pay for a car or house.

  • RockStar2005

    Insane! Time to move to America Moisés!! lol

  • RockStar2005

    Wow. It’s not like that here. Sony is known quite well here though for TVs, Blu-Ray players, and of course Playstation. But smartphones? I WISH! lol

    Yeah, NO carriers here at this point carry Sony phones. T-Mobile was the most consistent, but they stopped with the Z3, which I got through them (they are still my carrier now). Verizon also carried a few, but that was it. Their unlocked phones only work with GSM carriers here, which are T-Mobile and AT&T. I WISH they were still offered through carriers…..so that’s not a bad thing really for your country. Makes it easier to get them when the carriers offer them. And like VoLTE/HD Voice…….. I don’t get that anymore b/c T-Mobile requires the manufacturer to certify those features before allowing them to be enabled, which costs money, and which Sony Mobile refuses to pay b/c they are cheap bastards. lol HTC paid it though for their unlocked phones (and of course locked ones on T-Mobile had it), cuz HTC ACTUALLY CARES about its customers. lol But if my phone was through T-Mobile like it should’ve been, I’d have it. Not a big thing, but I feel shortchanged because I know my X Performance is capable of using those features.

    Yeah that sux too………hate it when they limit the color options on you. That is another bad thing about getting them through carriers. I guess it’s pros and cons really, when it shouldn’t be.

    Hmm, Paraguay? Interesting. I don’t have a warranty on my X Performance, but I DID find a company here in the U.S. that offers phone insurance, so I got that instead. Usually we do that here through our carriers, but I didn’t have that option, so yeah. It’s actually cheaper than the carrier phone insurance…..like half the price if you prepay ahead of time.

  • Moisés

    The Performance looks nice in black graphite and lime gold.
    X does not have gold here. Only XA.
    I wanted the copper z4.

    X is 32 or 64 gb, Xz is only 32 gb single sim card.

    I wanted their tv but they only sell here big screens, at least 40″. Now all tvs are LED. You no longer find LCD or Plasma.
    PS4 Pro you only find in alternative ways..

  • hmmm

    Like always,nothing new when it comes to sony cameras on sony phones!this is a shame for sony!they are nit even in the 1st place when it comes to cameras on phones!!!

  • Moisés

    I wish.. Everyday..

    Sunny place required.. Like Tampa , Phoenix, Houston …

    As much sun as possible…

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah I have the graphite black one. LOVE the backside with the brushed aluminum.

    I see. My XP is the dual-sim 64 GB version, only b/c I couldn’t find a seller on Amazon who had the single-sim one. lol But I know when I sell it that it will be worth more too.

    My Sony LCD TV is from 2008, and still works great! (Pic of my TV: ) Their blu-ray players I’ve found to be great but not perfect. I had one I bought a couple years ago go bad, so last year they gave me a new 2015 model. Every now and then I have to unplug then plug it back in cuz when I use for Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, it sometimes stalls or doesn’t work right unless I do that. But whatever. Samsung doesn’t even have the Amazon Prime Video app on their blu-ray players, so I’m glad I didn’t buy theirs. lol I also own a cheap $25 pair of Sony headphones that I use on PC. Just recently sold my standalone Sony camera since now the phones are about as good as the cameras are. lol I used to own the Sony MDR-1A headphones too. Had them for several months………they were great, but I found them to be a bit too bassy. Not sure if they all are like that, but anyway, now I use AKG headphones (kept leaving and going back to them), which I feel are the best. I have the AKG K551 one now.

  • Moisés

    I did not like the white.. It is not completely white like z3, its rear is gray like z5. Weird to me.
    The only issue I see about XP is size.
    Smaller display but same size of Xz .
    It happens to X and M5 too.

    Too bad the 4k only comes in 5,5″. Too big for me. My z4 barely is big for rear pocket of my pants.

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah…….. I did like the white, but only b/c it looks more silver in darker light. lol But graphite black was better.

    I’m fine with the size. I HATE phablets, so anything under 5.3″ gets all smiles from me. lol

    Yeah……that was a turnoff of the Z5 Premium………4K, but 5.5″. lol Yeah man…………if I can still see the head of it when I put it in my FRONT pockets, then it’s TOO BIG. lol I’m hoping if I like the HTC 11 next year that the phablet (5.5″) rumors aren’t true and that they STAY at 5.2″. But if not, I MAY still give it a chance if they go with the Ocean design (no buttons, return to CLASSIC BoomSound with stereo speakers IN FRONT, improve the camera a bit more and Hi-Res DAC as well should be a step up from HTC 10’s, which was already rated very well).

  • deekbee

    At least with the Z5, the camera application sucks (horrible interface), post processing is terrible, and it is also often too slow to start. It really did show that DXO reviews are a waste of time for anyone other than a marketing department. They have absolutely no basis in reality.

    Heck, my old Lumia 930 does a considerably better job of capturing a moment than the Z5. I really doubt the XZ is much different in reality to the Z5.

  • I used to snap pics with xperia phones, believe me




    I wasn’t fully satisfied, so I bought this “Potato” phone you mentioned :)


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  • EQ

    No exif info, no original no more information.. troll detected looo!

  • EQ

    Now in english please..

  • EQ
  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    How’s G4 treating you? I saw you took amazing pics :)

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I think they’re straightaway going for 7.1.1.

  • razorg

    I seriously hope so :)

  • To say that “I have no complains about the camera” would be an understatement

    Great device! Battery life is not as good as M5 tho

  • jokamutta

    Yea, but when? :D

  • MrWalker1000

    read what I wrote above. the new technology needs more optimization and takes more time cuz its new tech.

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