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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is available for £529. This seems expensive when you consider the size, however, when you remember the impressive spec and realise that this phone is just as powerful as its larger counterpart, the price can be forgiven. Some people want a smaller phone but don't want to compromise on quality - this is a good solution. 

It's difficult to compare phones of the same size, as there really isn't another manufacturer still making compact phones on the same level as Sony. Samsung ceased making their 'Mini' range 4 generations ago - with the last one being the S5 mini. This features a 4.5-inch screen so is very compact, and is still available for £236 however only has an 8-megapixel camera and 1.5GB ram, which is quite low compared to more up to date offerings. 

The Google Pixel 2 also has a 5-inch screen, however, has wider top and bottom bezels, making it a larger phone overall, it's available for £575.

Have a look at more smartphones in our Top 10 Best Smartphones for Photography or have a look at the Best Smartphones under £300 for Photography if your budget is a little tighter. Our Best Compact Smartphones for Photography article could help if you're looking for more smaller handsets.

 

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact  Verdict

The Sony Experia XZ2 Compact is capable of producing images with excellent colour reproduction, although noise can be an issue when shooting at full resolution, and when you view images at full size. The camera app is intuitive and hasn't changed much through the generations, making it familiar to use for those upgrading from older Sony handsets. Video recording is good, offering 4K HDR video, although the smartphone doesn't offer 4K video at 60fps. The lack of optical image stabilisation hampers low-light performance, however, this is partly made up for by the use of electronic image stabilisation, which does a good job, particularly for video recording. 

The phone is stylish, well built and the new curvy, ergonomic design makes a big difference to the feel of the phone in the hand. The XZ2 Compact is one of the few smaller handsets to feature exactly the same camera setup as its larger counterpart, making it a viable alternative for smartphone photographers that want to keep things pocketable but not compromise on features and performance. Previous Compact generations lacked the processing power or larger counterparts, but not here - this small powerhouse of a smartphone currently stands out in the market.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Pros

  • Vibrant images
  • Easy to use camera app
  • Good level of manual controls
  • Compact model has same camera specs as XZ2
  • 4K HDR video recording
  • Impressive battery management
  • Shutter release button
  • Fast and responsive
  • Water resistant

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Cons

  • Low-resolution selfie camera, and poor results
  • Low-resolution creative effects
  • Noise is an issue at full resolution
  • No headphone socket

Features5/5
Handling3.5/5
Performance3.5/5
Value3.5/5
Overall Verdict

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