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Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact First Look

Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact First Look - We've got the Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 compact in for review - here are our first impressions.

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XZ2 & XZ2 compact


The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact were announced in February 2018. There is a 3rd member of the family, the XZ2 Premium featuring a dual rear camera, which was announced in April. 

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact feature a 'Motion Eye' camera on the back, and it certainly comes with an impressive spec:

  • 19 megapixels
  • 1/ 2.3” Exmor RS™ for mobile memory-stacked sensor
  • Pixel Pitch 1.22μm
  • 25 mm wide Sony’s award-winning G Lens F2.0
  • BIONZ™ for mobile image-processing engine
  • 960 fps Super slow motion video (FHD/HD)
  • Predictive Capture (motion / smile)
  • Autofocus burst
  • x8 Digital Zoom
  • HDR Photo
  • 4K HDR Movie recording
  • Quick Launch & Capture
  • Low-light photo: ISO 12800
  • Low-light video: ISO 4000
  • Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
  • Anti-distortion shutter
  • Triple image sensing technology
  • SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)

XZ2 compact back

There is also a 5 megapixel 23mm wide angle lens on the front, which also features 5 axis image stabilisation. 

Impressively, both of these phones feature the same camera spec - so you're not losing out on any performance if you prefer the smaller model. Both are waterproof and have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screens for durability. There's also 4GB of RAM as well as plenty of storage space - 64GB, so everything should run smoothly.

XZ2  XZ2 compact

Sony is currently the only big name smartphone developer that is putting some attention into high-spec smaller phones. The compact range is therefore perfect if you don't want to carry a huge phone but still want a premium spec. The XZ2 has a 5.7-inch screen and the XZ2 Compact a 5-inch screen.

XZ 2 back

The design of the XZ2 & XZ2 Compact has become a lot more smooth and curvy when compared to Sony's older mobiles, such as the Xperia X Compact. They used to have a reputation for being very sharp and blocky-looking. Now, there's a curved bevel on the screen and a gentle domed ergonomic curve on the back, making the phones feel a lot nicer in the hand. The corners have also been smoothed out somewhat as have the sides, making the phone seem thinner. 

The XZ2 Compact has a frosted finish, which feels smooth and doesn't attract fingerprints. The XZ2, however, has a glass finish, which does look stunning but will immediately show prints, especially the black version we had. It will also show tiny scratches easily so a case is recommended. 

Both phones also have a dedicated shutter button on the side under the on/off and volume controls, and holding this down takes you to the camera app in a second from standby. 

The fingerprint sensor has been moved from the side of the phone (it used to be integrated with the power button) and is now a circle sensor ergonomically placed on the back middle of the phones underneath the camera. 

XZ screens

The screens on both handsets seem vivid and colourful, with Full HD plus HDR displays making everything pop. Even the XZ2 Compact with its 5-inch screen still has an impact. 

We still have the same Sony camera operating system, with the ability to scroll through from manual mode to superior auto, video and then camera apps. There aren't many built-in, with only creative effect, panorama and sound photo available until you download more. 

phones outside in hand

In both manual mode and auto mode there are 4 photo size options - 16:9 17mp, 16:9 12mp, 4:3 19mp and 4:3 12mp. 4:3 mode leaves a black bar on the display whereas 16:9 fits the phone screen. In Manual mode, HDR is selectable as well as object tracking and metering. 

We'll be reviewing the camera performance of these phones very soon, so stay tuned for more!

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