Sony Xperia Z2
The Xperia Z2 succeeds the Xperia Z1 as Sony's flagship smartphone. At 5.2-inches, the Z2's 1080p display is slightly larger than the Z1's 5-inch variant and the edges on the new model are a little more rounded, but the design with the the glass panels encased in an aluminium frame hasn't changed much. At 8.2mm the new model is a touch slimmer but still waterproof and dust-resistant to the same standards as before (IP55 & IP58).
Under the hood things are now powered by a Snapdragon S801 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and Android 4.4. 16GB of built-in storage can be expanded via a MicroSD-slot. With a 20.7 MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor the camera specifications look identical to the Z1 but the new model is now capable of recording 4K video. For those who are serious about video recording Sony also offers the external stereo-microphone STM10.
|Front camera effective pixels||2 megapixels|
|Rear camera effective pixels||21 megapixels|
|Rear camera resolution||5248 x 3936|
|Rear camera aperture||2|
|Camera physical shutter release||Yes|
|Camera image stabilization||No|
|Video camera recording format||2160p/30fps|
|Built in memory||16GB, 3GB RAM|
|Weight||163 g (5.75 oz)|
|Dimensions||147 x 73 x 8 mm (5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32″)|
The Sony Xperia Z2 is made from premium-level materials and offers environmental sealing but the default camera app lacks a coherent structure and some imaging features are not as powerful as on competing models. Good exposure and color are maintained even in very low light but at a pixel-level the Sony cannot quite keep up with the best in class. That said, with its physical shutter button and solid build quality the Xperia Z2 is still a good option for mobile photographers who don't need large image sizes and predominantly operate in point-and-shoot mode.