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The Sony Xperia Z3 is the successor to the Xperia Z2 but - given Sony's very fast 6(ish) month product innovation cycle this is no surprise - is in terms of both camera specification and design more of an evolutionary update rather than a major overhaul. 

The Z3's 5.2-inch 1080p Sony Triluminous display is the same size and resolution as its predecessor but now comes with X-Reality technology that automatically adjusts brightness and contrast for improved outdoor viewing. As you would expect, the handset's processor and other components have been upgraded for more computing power and on the Z3 the Android 4.4.4 operating system is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 quad-core SoC that is clocked at 2.5 GHz and 3GB RAM. Users can choose from 16 and 32GB memory options and there is a microSD slot if you need more space for images and video.

In terms of camera specs the new model comes with the same 20.7 MP resolution on a 1/2.3 sensor as its predecessor but the new G-lens offers a wider equivalent focal length of 25mm. As before, there is a 4K video recording mode. The Xperia Z3 has the same footprint as its predecessor but at 7.3mm is a touch thinner. The aluminum edges are also more rounded, giving the Z3 a smooth look. Like previous models in the Xperia Z series the Z3 is water and dust-proof. Read our full review to find out how it performs as a mobile imaging tool. 

Key Photographic / Video Specifications:

  • 20.7 MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor Mobile BSI CMOS Sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • 25mm equivalent focal length
  • 4K video-recording
  • 2.2 MP front camera
  • LED flash

Other Specifications:

  • 5.2-inch 1080p Triluminous display 
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 quad-core 2.5 GHz SoC 
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • microSD-support
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • Environmental protection (IP65/68)

Our 9-page review

We've considered every aspect of the Sony Xperia Z3 camera, with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features. We experimented with the camera's performance when taking stills and video, and had a play with the device's many special feature modes. Click any of the links below for more information of specific functions and continue to our conclusion for a final summary of our findings.