Sony Xperia Z5 camera review
Design & Hardware
In terms of dimensions and weight the Xperia Z5 is as good as identical to its Z3+ and Z3 predecessors, and Sony has left the angular design pretty much untouched as well. The main difference is that the back is now plastic instead of glass which means it doesn't quite have the same premium feel as before. On the upside, it's not constantly smeared with fingerprints and arguably less likely to shatter in a fall. As before, the device is IP68 certified which means it is dust-proof and water-resistant. It should survive up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meters / 1.49 feet.
The 5.2-inch 1080p screen is the same size and offers the same resolution as before. It is covered with a scratch-resistant coating. Under the hood the Android operating system is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 system chip and 3GB of RAM. 32GB of on-board storage can be expanded by up to 200GB via microSD card. A fingerprint reader for increased security is a new addition and integrated into the power button. The control layout remains unchanged, with power button, volume rockers and shutter button on the right edge. A plastic flap on the left edge covers the SIM and microSD slots, and the microUSB port is located at the bottom edge of the device – coverless for easy access.
In the camera app the Z5 has been updated with a brand new multi-aspect 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor. It is paired with an F2.0 lens and LED flash. A hybrid AF system combining contrast and phase detect methods has been implemented for faster focusing times as well. The front camera offers a 5MP sensor, F2.0 aperture and 25mm equivalent focal length lens.
Host Ben Krasnow of YouTube channel Applied Science shows how film cameras used a micro LCD projector and a small incandescent light to project the time and date onto photographs.
Sony Semiconductor's 24MP sensor has been at the heart of many excellent APS-C cameras over the past few years, but the impressive results we saw from the 90D's new 32MP sensor suggest that Canon has finally answered with a formidable chip of its own.
Firmware version 1.30 adds a number of new customizability settings and addresses a number of issues present in past firmware versions.
You've seen sample photos from a pre-production Fujifilm X-A7 shot by our friends at DPReview TV – here are some of our own.
A new type of ultra-thin lens uses a large number of microstructures to focus light onto a sensor.
We would expect the iPhone 11's Portrait Mode to outperform the Pixel 3, and it does. But Google has its work cut out in more than one way if its next-gen flagship is to stay competitive.
Researchers from Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart have developed a pixel design with the potential for massively increased dynamic range thanks to the ability to 'count' the number of times an individual pixel resets when it becomes saturated with light.
The redesign brings a new interface and a number of other fixes to the desktop app used to manage Adobe's Creative Cloud apps and services.
Founder of Imaging Resource Dave Etchells has confirmed that the site he created more than 20 years ago is set to close at the end of the year.
The small change could be a sign of things to come in later iOS 13 updates for the default Camera app
Pixelmator Pro version 1.5 Avalon comes with a number of upgrades, including support for macOS Catalina, the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, as well as machine-learning powered noise reduction and improved performance.
Nikon's Z mount just evolved to include an APS-C product line. So what does this tell us about the company's APS-C strategy?
If you want a camera that you can pick up and use without having to page through the manual first, then this guide is for you. We've selected seven cameras ranging from compacts to full-frame, all of which are easy to operate.
Following a successful Indiegogo campaign earlier this year, Canon has now announced the impending public availability of its compact IVY REC camera.
In news that won't surprise anyone with a basic understanding of physics, a new promo video shared by Canon Korea confirms canon's forthcoming RF 70-200mm F2.8 lens will feature an extending zoom barrel.
The 'new' film is a re-worked formula of Lomography's Berlin Kino B&W film that's said to add ''an upgrade in [photographers'] freedom of creative choice, no matter if they shoot with 35mm or 120 format.'
Sigma has announced the pricing and availability of its compact full-frame mirrorless camera, the fp. It will cost $1,899 for the body-only and $2,199 as a kit with the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens.
Nikon says it made the Z50 for Instagram users, but technical editor Richard Butler finds little evidence of this, which leaves him wondering who's going to buy it.
Tech analyst firm TechInsights has broken down the components inside Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max and estimated the camera components to cost $73.50.
Need more Z50 sample photos? This gallery was captured using a pre-production Nikon Z50 while filming this week's episode of DPReview TV.
The Nikon Z50 is here. Nikon's latest Z-series camera features an APS-C sensor and is being launched alongside two DX-format kit zooms. Take a closer look at the Z50 in this hands-on article.
Nikon has announced a roadmap for its Z-mount mirrorless system. The roadmap includes high-end primes, 'compact' primes and a selection of zoom lenses.
The Z50 is Nikon's first Z-mount mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor, and it launches alongside a pair of DX zoom lenses. Chris and Jordan had a chance to use a pre-production model and share their experience in this hands-on preview.
We were fortunate enough to get some hands-on time with a pre-production Nikon Z50 ahead of the launch, so we brought it to some of our favorite Seattle photo spots to see just what it can do.
Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens could be the most impressive optic yet for Nikon's Z-series mirrorless cameras. Find out what Chris and Jordan think of this flagship prime lens for Z-mount, and why it may become their new unit of measure.
The Nikon Z 58mm 0.95 'Noct' is Nikon's fastest ever lens, described by the company as a flagship prime designed to take full advantage of the new Z mount with no compromises. We've had our hands on one - click through to learn more.
Nikon has announced the Z50, its first Z-mount mirrorless body to use an APS-C sensor. While it lacks in-body stabilization like the Z6 and Z7, it does have a 21MP sensor, on-sensor PDAF, 11 fps bursts, and a weather-sealed body. Also announced are 16-50mm and 50-250mm kit lenses.
After over a year of teasers, Nikon has finally announced full details of the Z-mount 58mm F0.95 Noct. It's the fastest Nikkor lens ever produced, shipping October 31st for $8000.
Nikon has finally announced the long-awaited battery grip for its Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. The MB-N10 is simply a battery holder: no controls are offered for portrait-orientation shooting.