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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Z5 Premium is available for £424, which makes it good value for money. Alternatives include Sony’s own Z5 (standard), which costs £328, or other smartphones such as the iPhone 6S Plus (£619) and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (£492).

Have a look at more smartphones in our Top 10 Best Smartphones 2016. You can also to buy a MicroSD memory card and a case or bag to keep your smartphone safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Verdict

The Z5 Premium is a well-rounded smartphone that performs well in a variety of different conditions, but, as is often the case with smartphones, is best used in good, daylight conditions. Whether you invest in this camera compared with the standard Z5 depends very much on your opinion of having the ultra high resolution screen - you’ll pay around an extra £100 for the better screen, which you may deem to be worth it if you spend a lot of time looking at photos and other media on the screen.

The camera could be better aimed at professionals or enthusiasts if it included the ability to shoot in raw format, as well as including more manual control. It’s helpful that you can increase the phone’s inbuilt memory by using a Micro SD card, though. It’s worth noting that although manual control is limited, it’s still more than you will be afforded by the ever popular iPhone.

For the time being at least, the price of the Z5 premium compares well with other advanced smartphones on the market, and is an obvious choice if you’ve used Sony smartphones in the past.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Pros

5.5inch UHD Display
4K Video Recording
Some manual control
Long battery life
Micro SD compatibility 

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Cons

No raw format shooting
Manual control limited
Restrictions for full resolution
Poor low light images 



The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium offers a 5.5inch Ultra HD screen and is a well-rounded smartphone.


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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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