Sony Xperia XZ Overview

Announced Sep 15, 2016 •
5.2 screen | 23 megapixels (rear) | 13 megapixels (front)
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Announced Sep 15, 2016
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Manufacturer description: The Xperia XZ is Sony's flagship Android smartphone for 2016 and in the camera department comes with what the company calls 'triple sensor' technology. In practical terms this means that the Sony IMX300 1/2.3” 23MP image sensor with on-sensor phase detection is accompanied by a laser that measures the distance to the subject and improves AF speed and accuracy in low light; and an RGBC-IR sensor that measures the color values of a scene in order to fine-tune the white balance system. The hybrid AF-system is also predictive and can track subjects in motion.

The Sony G lens comes with a 24mm equivalent focal length and an F2.0 aperture. In video mode the camera can record footage in 4K resolution and the Xperia XZ is also the first device on which Sony has implemented 5-axis electronic video stabilization. At the front there is a 13MP 1/3" sensor with F2.0 aperture and 1080p video, specifications that would have been worthy of a main camera not too long ago.

Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 6.0.1
Front camera effective pixels 13 megapixels
Front camera resolution 4160 x 3120
Rear camera effective pixels 23 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 5520 x 4240
Rear camera focal length 24 mm
Rear camera aperture 2
Camera physical shutter release Yes (two-stage)
Camera image stabilization No
Video camera recording format 2160p, 30fps
LCD size 5.2
Built in memory 32/64GB storage, 3 GBRAM
Weight 161 g (5.68 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 72 x 8 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.32)

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Our review

The Sony Xperia XZ offers solid construction with a waterproof body and responsive operation. it records smooth video footage and thanks to a high pixel-count, the camera captures good high-contrast detail in bright light, but image quality drops off quickly in lower light conditions. The Sony lags also behind some close rivals in terms of imaging features. Overall the Xperia XZ is solid Android smartphone, but if your focus is on imaging, there are currently better options.

Good for: Video recording, photography in bright conditions

Not so good for: Low-light photography

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