Xperia XZs pitted against Galaxy S8+ in low light video test

by XB on 22nd April 2017

in Imaging, Xperia XZ series

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ has been released over the last week across a number of regions around the world. So it’s great to already see a quick video comparison in how the handset compares against one of Sony’s very best, the Xperia XZs.

The video below from YouTube user Phone Battles (previously Xperia Fan) has put the Galaxy S8+ against the Xperia XZs in a quite challenging low light video test. A number of video recording features are tested including digital zoom, as well as OIS (optical image stabilisation).

On the face of it, both samples don’t look great (not surprising in such dark conditions), and it’s debatable about which handset ‘wins’. What certainly cannot be said is that the Galaxy S8 is tangible improvement over the Xperia XZs. Take a look at the video below and let us know which handset gets your vote.

  • Vitali

    Hey Xperia Blog, send also the speed test of XZs against the S8, it was uploaded by the same author.

    The XZs won the shit out of the S8. Haha

  • argha bhattacharya

    I have xperia XZ 2016 version. Similar to my Sony xperia XZ, I can see in the video the Image get blurr in video mode under zoom. Light is more observed in S8+ camera, which is also more for Google Pixel in camera comparison. While for xperia(XZ+XZ’s) the picture is more warm when not in zoom.
    So verdict : It’s Warm vs Light vs Blur in Zoom at the end. So camera is so similar to my xperia XZ.

  • sfkaudi

    Samy was grainy in some dark spots and some mirror effect when he/she was walking while filming windows (mirror effect= picture was rolling….. Not stable

  • Jenge Engelbrecht

    Just me or did the Sammy have a little whitewashed look whereby the XZ looked more realistic?

  • Makiz

    S8 is much brighter and a bit more detailed, look at the letters on the signs. In my opinion it’s a bit better especially when zoomed. Unfortunately…

  • Moisés

    XZs looks worse when he zoomed in. I guess it is because how much you can zoom in..
    For example z3+ can do it 8x.

    Maybe Samsung does not do that much..

  • Moisés

    About videos on Phone Battles…

    Guys, XZs seems to be the fastest phone made in 2017 so far.
    Can’t say it is because 7.1.1, but is incredibly fast for a phone powered by the 820. Browsing on chrome is amazing.
    XZs has defeated so far : XZ, XA1, Z5, G6, S7, S8+, i7 plus and Htc U Ultra..

    I have to say, XA1 did not surrender easily. It seems to be much faster than Z3. Battery life is better than XA according to a user has answered me.

    XA1 bottom speaker is avarage but very loud.

  • DBS

    The only thing this shows as positive for the XZS is the digital VIDEO stabilisation. Which is rather good. However, the picture is much darker (which is to be expected) and the zoom is terrible (they should prevent so much zoom).

    I’m not surprised that the S8 beats the crap out of the XZS camera. In photography it would be a blood bath. But Xperia cameras used to be much better on video. That they’ve now also stuck in time is a shame.

  • Sammy wins this. The s8+ video has more details and more light intake than XZs. Damn Sony you should have done better with your own phone given the fact that XZs has a better sensor and S8+ is using a Sony manufactured sensor.

  • Moisés

    Most of people that commented on the video prefer XZs.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    i use xperia L and chrome is incredibly fast too. so for generic usage, old SoC already good enough for everyday use

  • ömer ergün

    XZs looks better I think

  • NonSugar♡

    That’s interesting….can’t wait to see how XZ Premium perform which uses UFS and SD835…

  • Samsung can do it 8x but it looks horrible, check this video

  • Bashar Shehab

    The XZs footage is darker, more stable
    The S8 has more light, but it made the sky look grey, but it’s more detailed

    Both are good

  • David Hernandez

    Sony Wins !!

  • dragonsneeze

    S8 brightens artificially looks like there’s a mist or something I don’t think because it “gets more light”. If this was Xperia, people would say it’s washed out. And SteadyShot kills it. The wobbly-ness of the 8 is almost funny.

  • razorg

    I think it is a matter of preferences. If you ask me, I’ve always liked the low-light abilities of Samsung phones since S6, but S8 sure is overdoing it right now, so XZs suits my preferences right now. XZs’ video sure is darker, less grainy and smoother because it doesn’t go full throttle with ISO and shutter speed (increasing shutter speed makes the FPS of the recorded video lower, and inreased ISO results in granulation) despite the smaller aperture and smaller pixel size. Now, the S8 does the exact opposite but it shouldn’t do it as it has the real deal OIS and much larger aperture and larger pixel size. Without a doubt, this will be addressed with a software update on Samsung. However, I am impressed by Sony’s new IMX400. Even without the features which it’s rivals have, it produces impressive results. Imagine if this fascinating sensor was paired with at least f/1.8 aperture and OIS+SteadyShot… O M G!

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  • RockStar2005

    It’s NOT just you. lol

  • S.H.U.R.O.

    Because this channel was called Xperia fan, now phone battles

  • Alex Norris

    Details better on S8+ like sound recording. Exposure more high on S8+, and on XZs too dark, both are not showed realistic exposure

    But XZs has problems with low light photos, even predecessor takes more detail photo

  • Jr

    S8 has a good light and detailed but obvious choppiness while walking as for xzs has an dark and soft but smooth transition hard to determine choppines unless you focused too much. Im not biased here but samsung might take this 1 unless you are taking a video while not walking. And i dont think it is white wash since the orange color of the car is more realistic than darker toner. This might be the different aperture of 2 phone. As for ois i am just assuming that choppines is related to ois since while walking it is more obvious choppy while taking a video. Plus, ones he move a little bit faster s8 starts a little bit of choppy there.

    i think sony needs to reduced their 2.0 mm aperture to 1.8 or 1.7 mm.

  • razorg

    I think Samsung is using unnecessarily high shutter speed and high ISO (that why it’s choppy and grainy), which can be easily fixed with an update. And yes, as I wrote somewhere else before, IMX400 in Sony’s XZs is such a good sensor, high MP, larger pixels (compared to IMX300) and embedded DRAM. Wish they had paired it with at least f/1.8 aperture and OIS :(

  • Jr

    Lets stick to what they have now since it will be unbiased to sony who can fix via update also to improved their quality of video more. And in my experience with sony they really did improved after released ask xda z2 forum. Plus they are more focused on bixby since this is the core on advertisement which is not yet released i believed. Another need samsung s8 needs to fix is their ui. Today, i was checking samsug s8 from there retailer and one from telecom carrier in my country. Both had a obvious micro lag while swiping ui. Not buttery smooth.

  • Moisés

    I guess 1.9 would be better..
    1.7 is too much, it is better at night. But in sunlight colors are lighter and warmer than the reality.

  • roeshak

    Xperia blog claim no tangible differences but that’s just self delusional

  • Moisés

    I guess the max ISO of Sony is higher than any other brand.
    You can reach 12800.

    I do not know the value of Samsung but i 4-digit value.. According to Anroidpit review..
    They also said S8 has morenoise than s7

  • Tochi Nwodu

    Not just you
    Even though the xperia looked dark, I kinda like it better
    Where the sammy won was in zoom

  • Jenge Engelbrecht

    I can agree but it is because of their double pixel hardware. Algorithm cannot fix hardware limitations. Sony doesn’t do pixel doubling currently

  • Talos the Robot

    I prefer the f2 aperture because It’s a sweet spot in most occasions. Big apertures are not good for landscape and architecture photography because they create shallow depth of field.

  • Talos the Robot

    Gsmarena used the full 19mp resolution instead of 12mp which is better in low light.

  • theskig

    I don’t care about the brightness.
    XZs looks like a movie.
    S8 looks like a holiday footage from a tourist.

  • Robson Kanyama

    Wrong way of comparing the phones…. It’s supposed to be Xperia XZ Premium vs S8+ & S8 vs XZs

  • Emil Oskarsson

    You know that the Xperia xzs zooms up to 8x? The Galaxy s8 just zooms up to 5x that’s why the Xperia xzs looks well grainy. The Xperia xzs is much better than the Galaxy s8 in this case imo

  • Emil Oskarsson

    The nightsky ain’t orange though like Samsung thinks…. It’s black as the Xperia xzs shows :)


    it’s 17MP the default on the new “motion eye”

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  • Sc Law

    I Discussed both of tham tie.

  • NonSugar♡

    Can’t tell whether the scene is supposed to have whitewashed or not supposed to have without an actual reference….though in my opinion, I do like the darker scene as it looked more realistic to me, the other look like it was artificially brighten up due to the whitewashed look…

  • Dexter Moregan

    Brighter but it’s unnatural.the night light is dark not orange and have more noise when zoom in

  • Dexter Moregan

    for zooming, it’s tie since sammy have much noise while sony has not.

  • Sperelli
  • vctrdnl

    S8 video is quite a bit more noisy. That alone puts it in 2nd place for me.

  • fried_egg

    As a multiple Xperia flagship first day buyer I have to admit Samsungs “own goal” on the location of the fingerprint scanner is a lifeline to other makes of phone. The bigger screen at no “extra width” is a huge marketing eye pop. I would like the XZ2 to be the width of the XZs with the s835 and screen from the XZp but not the width of the XZp… but if holding the phone means accidental interaction with the screen every time then I want to stick with the current XZs edges and therefore a 5.2 screen.

  • Alex Norris

    On this video, we can see that, XZ like XZs, has full resolution 23 megapixel !

  • twm

    I don’t consider this a poor test for smartphone camera, and conditions were not extreme.

  • Talos the Robot

    No XZ has 23mp and XZs has 19mp.

  • mixedfish

    You guys are too focused on noise and exposure. Look at the jello effect and stabilization, the XZs is way better.

  • Alex Norris

    And…? )

  • Alex Norris

    Better look on this! First comparison XZ vs XZs.

    PS. Like i known before comparison, new sensor nothing change situation with xperia image processing ) Samples looking identical. Poor DR, details. It`s SONY make.believe ! )))

  • Yumekawa♡

    Apparently, the same youtuber had uploaded a couple other comparison such as LG G6, iPhone 7Plus, HTC U Ultra and even the 2016 XZ, and it beat everyone in terms of web browsing speed and multitasking switching…oh my…

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  • Biancoceleste

    If that’s legit, downright embarrassing for Samsung but hardly a surprise. Touchwiz will forever be their Achilles heel.

  • Manuel Maldonado Turcios

    So what? S8+ is out.

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  • Max Meng

    Hi guys, does any one noticed distortion problem in XZs? I have posted a photo on twitter but not sure if it is only on my one.

  • Ziggy

    XZs has so far been excellent for me in the five days I’ve used it now. Only shame is that Sony removed the tap to wake and tap to sleep functionalities from XZs.

    Also would’ve liked to own the dual sim version of the phone, but it seems to not be sold in Europe at all.

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    “we can see that, XZ like XZs, has full resolution 23 megapixel !” is a wrong statement

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Is that black line was edited or was already there when you captured it – I mean that line was already on the wall?

    I’m confused of what you’re talking about. Is it the door that doesn’t look straight?

  • Max Meng

    I draw the black line using paint on Windows, as the door is not straight in the photo which it should be.

  • Moisés

    Someone told me the max zoom of Samsung is 4x. Sony has 8x zoom.
    Of course it looks bad.

  • Moisés

    Really? Did you try home screen settings?
    Where you press screen to access widgets, themes etc..

  • Ziggy

    There is nothing in home screen settings or display settings about the tap to wake.

    Sony’s own page say it’s not supported:

    “Note! Tap to wake up is not supported in Xperia™ XZs.”

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  • Battal

    sam’s over exposed son’s underexposed .

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    That’s weird. The fact that they advertised an anti-rolling shutter feature on the XZs actually introduced that issue instead

  • MrWalker1000

    yup thats the thing this phone is beating all others with outdated tech like emmc storage and 820 processor. Imagine the more up to date 835 and ufs2.1

  • MrWalker1000

    amazing software from Sony. the XA1 is disappointing becuase it uses mediatek.

    does anyone know if Chrome is the fastest browser on sony devices? I want to use opera but I never hear anyone use opera on their phones. I use it on my desktop.

  • MrWalker1000

    stabilizaiton is the single most important thing when taking video no matter how well it does all others. and this is why sony phones have the best video stabilziation of any phone.

  • Moisés

    I use opera … Have z3+.
    It is fast, also less heat..

    Do not use opera mini… Much slow

  • Cakefish

    But what about still photography?

  • MrWalker1000

    thanks. I use opera for my PC I prefer it over chrome. but on my phone I wasnst sure if it was going to be as good.

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