Sony Xperia Z5: Only A 23-Mega Pixel Camera With 8-Megapixel Sensor?

The renowned DxOMark has chosen the camera of Sony Xperia Z5 to the currently best Smartphone camera. In our practical test the camera, however, not so far above ended up in the ranking. Some users expressed criticism. That’s why we are once again left with the Sony flagship and have the resolution and picture quality of the recordings along with our photo team looked at very carefully.

For a better understanding: this camera test we have with our photo team, so our photographer and our image editor, closely worked together and extensively analysed the motives.

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At the launch of the Xperia Z5, Sony took the mouth very full. No less than the “world’s best camera in a Smartphone” should be the 23-megapixel bolide. The independent confirmation followed a month later. Into the DxOMark lab test, reached 87 points – more than any other smartphone so far – the Z5 and sit down with a point advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. The problem with laboratory tests: Check in the laboratory, not under real conditions. As I travelled roads with the Xperia Z5 on Hamburg and took pictures, their quality not so much like that convinced me at the LG G4 or Samsung Galaxy S6 had been case. The two smartphones simply deliver better images after clicking the shutter. Also the recourse to the slightly more verbose manual mode of the camera app from Sony brought no significant improvement. The criticism and the classification behind the other smartphones may not mislead to believe that the camera of the Z5 would be bad. Is not the case. It is well above average, but just not outstanding.

Search For Reasons: 23 Or 8 Mega Pixels?

Somehow, I was disappointed a little bit of Sony. Not only that the advertising promises were – not kept what happens Yes more often. No, I could not understand the positive test results by DxOMark. So I went looking for a cause. First clue: eight megapixels than resolution are preset – in the camera app and not the advertised 23 megapixels. I choose this and switch from the “intelligent auto” in the manual mode, I can access there on all options. Only if I lower the resolution again to eight megapixels, I can set for example also the ISO value itself.

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This supposed betterment of the eight megapixel startled me. Then I discovered the entry that the camera on the back of the Z5 has only 8.3 megapixels – 3840 x 2160 pixels – in the device info of the Antutu benchmark. Demand so hastily at Sony: ‘The sensor with resolves 23 megapixel or as an 8.3-megapixel sensor installed, the recording will be interpolated?’ Sony said: “23 Megapixels is indeed.”

So far, so good – but somehow I was still not satisfied. So, again the Xperia Z5 snapped and photos taken, to find out whether it makes a difference if the images take up 23 or 8.3 megapixel. In addition, I wanted to try out once again whether the manual mode really leads to better images. See for yourself:

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My conclusion: It doesn’t matter whether you take photos with eight or 23 megapixel resolution with the Sony Xperia Z5. If one pulls the images the same size, so zooms further in the eight megapixels or zooms out when the 23 megapixels, no difference is visible in image quality with the naked eye. Putting together an automatic and manual recording, a small difference between two images can be recognized where the image with the manual settings a little better I don’t like – but always still on the G4 or S6 approach is enough. Not at night, where it is worth in low light much more than on the day, to customize the settings in the manual mode.

Next, I wanted to know if it makes a difference what camera app processes the image information of the Sony sensor. While I stumbled again with the 8.3 megapixel, because I was a higher resolution neither select the Google camera with open camera. 23 megapixel were not available. It happened to me with still no Smartphone, that I can select not the actually specified maximum resolution when a camera app. But the fact is: the Sony app processes the data best and delivers a sharper image.

Expects Sony Pictures Bigger Than They Are?

My suspicion persists despite clear denial by Sony: the Xperia Z5 is a 8.3-megapixel sensor, the Bilder is extrapolated from the software 23 megapixels. But, I don’t have a sound proof but only circumstantial evidence, as well as images from the camera, where it does not matter for image quality, whether they be recorded eight or 23 megapixel. Ultimately it’s just further evidence that the number of mega pixels is secondary.

If you want to get an impression of the quality of photos of the Xperia Z5 yourselves, then you will find our test photos in full resolution in our dropbox.