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Sony Xperia 5 II Smartphone Review - Performance

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Sony Xperia 5 II Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Sony Xperia 5 II Sample Photos

Sample Photos - You might first look at the photos captured on the Sony Xperia 5 II and think they're a bit lacking but in reality, other smartphones tend to overcook colours so greens etc are more saturated than they really are so it's great to see images replicate real-life. Autumn colours are particularly lovely without looking toxic or too in your face. 

Sharpness is great overall but there were the odd occasions where the smartphone either oversharpened images or produced images that were lacking in detail when you looked closely. There's also a bit of purple fringing creeping in where branches feature but overall, the Xperia 5 II impressed us with its photo-taking skills. 

It's worth mentioning that autofocus was impressively quick and had no problems with tracking.

Sony Xperia 5 II Lens test images

Lens Performance - The ultra-wide and wide-angle lenses generally produce good results as does the telephoto lens but switch to digital zoom and detail starts to decrease with scenes not appearing quite as sharp as they could be. There was an issue with purple fringing and detail becoming smudgy with the ultra-wide-lens on occasion and we'd not recommend going beyond the 3X optical zoom as image quality does drop off quickly. 


Sony Xperia 5 II White-balance test images

White Balance - Auto White Balance performs well under all 3 types of lighting scenarios we test it under. 


Sony Xperia 5 II Digital filters

Digital Filters - Various filters are built-in which can be applied both during capture and after in the photos app. A selection of what's available are shown above. 


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The panorama mode is easy to use and stitches well so the smartphone produces a great image quickly and pleasingly. 


4K Video Sample: 

Video - Video is captured at 4K and 1080p with various frame rates, including slow motion in Full HD. You also have access to stabilisation technology which means you can capture video handheld and shake isn't an issue. 


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