The Xperia XZ is the top-of-the-line model in Sony's Xperia X series and comes with some of the latest technologies implemented in its camera module. A Sony IMX300 1/2.3” 23MP image sensor with on-sensor phase detection is accompanied by a laser that measures distance to its subject to improve AF speed and accuracy in low light. Also on board is 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.

Processor and other components match the high-end characteristics of the camera and all the technology is wrapped up in an 8.1mm thin metal body that is water and dust tight (IP65/68). The Sony is also one of only a few smartphones to come with a dedicated camera button, making it an interesting option for any photography-oriented user.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • Sony IMX300 1/2.3” 23MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • 24mm equivalent focal length
  • F2.0 aperture
  • AF with on-sensor phase detection and laser-assistance
  • Subject tracking
  • RGBC-IR sensor
  • Manual control over shooting parameters
  • 4K video at 30 fps
  • 5-axis electronic video stabilization
  • 13MP front camera, F2.0, 22mm equivalent focal length

Other Specifications

  • 5.2-inch 1080p IPS screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage
  • MicroSD support
  • 2,900mAh battery
  • Environmental protection (IP65/68)
  • Fingerprint reader

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