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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Review - Performance

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 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 Z5 Premium Sample Photos

Sample Photos - In good light, the Z5 premium can get some nice shots. Colours are well saturated, and there’s a decent amount of detail. Images look especially fantastic on the screen of the phone itself, compared with looking at images on a standard computer screen. If you look at images at 100%, you may notice that there’s some loss of detail, so that’s something to be wary of if you’re planning to print out your images at large sizes, or you want to perform some heavy cropping.

Exposure is generally good, with bright and punchy images - again when the light is good. If the light is a little dim, images are still quite good, especially if you can keep the ISO down, but if you want to take images in very dark conditions, you may be left disappointed with loss of detail and some image smudging. 

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Lens test images

Lens Performance - At the camera’s fixed focal length of 24mm, images appear sharp and well detailed. However, the digital zoom is best avoided as images are a much lower quality, with loss of detail and a painterly effect.

You can get relatively close to subjects for macro shots, but the camera will still let you take a shot even when out of focus because you’ve got too close - this is something you learn to estimate correctly with continued usage of the camera.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - From ISO 800 upwards, images tend to lose detail, and appear a little smudgy. As the camera can’t shoot in raw format, it’s not possible to claw back lost detail. If you can, it’s best to keep the ISO speed to a lower value.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The automatic white balance setting does a better job of the specific white balance setting on this occasion. Shooting in automatic produces a reasonably accurate image, perhaps being a touch on the warm side. Meanwhile, the incandescent setting produces a shot with an inaccurate, yellow toned image.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Digital filters

Digital Filters - When using the digital filter effects, there are eighteen effects to choose from, along with the “normal” setting. Processed images are output at 1920 x 1080 resolution, and there’s no possibility to shoot in raw format - so that means you’ll be stuck with whatever filter you choose to shoot with. The effects are previewed as you shoot them. You can choose from: Brightness-Contrast, Hue-Saturation, Mirror, Old Film, Motion Effects, Mosaic, Motion Trail, Nostalgic, Miniature, Vivid, Tint, Fisheye, Colour Sketch, Comic, Partial Colour, Harris Shutter and Kaleidoscope. Whether you like them will be mostly down to personal preference, but it’s worth experimenting with them if you like that kind of thing.

You can use the panoramic mode too. The results are stitched together reasonably well if you pan quite slowly when creating the image, but they don’t stand up particularly well to close scrutiny if you examine at 100%, and you need to be careful to avoid any moving subjects (such as people or animals) appearing in the shot. 

Video - The camera records full HD as part of the default camera app, or 4K as one of the photo apps. Results are quite pleasing, with a good degree of image stabilisation when shooting handheld, while the inbuilt microphones pick up sound quite well. Additional videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.


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Lenscapon 3 64
25 Jun 2016 9:29PM
I think the Z5 sensor is large for a mobile, as it's the same size as a compact camera's sensor and larger than most other mobiles - so not sure what meant by the opening comnent about it being a common size of sensor?

My experience is that this gives better low light performance than most other mobile phones, although nowhere near as good as a dslr or mirrorless camera.

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