DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

With its 5.2-inch 1080p screen the Xperia Z5 is the mid-size and mid-resolution model in Sony's updated Xperia Z line. Essentially, it differs from the Z5 Premium and Compact only in screen size and resolution. But for the first time since the Xperia Z1 there has been significant change in the camera module and a 23MP 1/2.3-inch multi-aspect BSI CMOS sensor is paired with an F2.0 lens and dual-LED flash. A new hybrid AF system, which combines contrast and phase detect technologies, should mean improved focus performance as well.

The camera app has also received a long overdue makeover. The user interface has been simplified and the 23MP full resolution mode is now also available in Superior Auto, which previously had been limited to 8MP. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip set provides top-end computing power and as before, the new model is waterproof with a coverless microUSB port. Sony has maintained the predecessors' angular design language and only made minor changes to the Z5's appearance. Read our full review to find out how the hardware and software modifications impact camera performance.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • 23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS multi-aspect image sensor 
  • F2.0 aperture
  • 24mm equivalent focal length
  • Hybrid AF
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video
  • 5MP front camera, 25mm equivalent focal length 
  • Dedicated shutter button

Other Specifications

  • 5.2-inch 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • MicroSD slot
  • 2900 mAh battery

Our 9-page review

We've considered every aspect of the Sony Xperia Z5 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.