It seems the DxOMark test engineers have been very busy in the run-up to Christmas. After the results for the LG V20 and Huawei Mate 9 they have now also published the test report for Sony's current flagship, the Xperia XZ. The XZ combines Sony's own 23MP 1/2.3” CMOS sensor with a 24mm-equivalent F2 lens but, unlike most of its direct rivals, has to make do without an optical image stabilization system.

When testing the device the DxOMark team were particularly impressed by the XZ's AF-system that is fast and accurate in all conditions. They also liked the target-exposure, color and reliable white balance system. However, the Sony scored low for photo artifacts, such as haloing, ringing, and over-sharpening and lacked dynamic range in some situations. Overall photo score was 87 points.

Thanks to its efficient video stabilization and exposure adaption the XZ could achieve an even better 88 points for its video mode. However, like the still images, video clips lack dynamic range and show some noise in low light scenes. The Sony's overall score of 87 points puts it on the same level as the Xperia Z5 and just behind the Samsung Galaxy S7. You can find the full report on DxOMark.com or read our own review here at DPReview.com.