Camera Comparison: Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1

Posted:  March 7, 2014   By:    9 comments   

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Camera

The Sony Xperia Z2 features the same 20.7MP camera as the previous Xperia Z1 with a 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor coupled with Sony’s G Lens and BIONZ image processing engine. With a superior Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, we are wondering if Sony has improved its imaging capabilities on the latest Xperia Z2.

To find out, we’ve taken a couple of sample shots with both Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 at the recent Jakarta event for comparison. While the cameras are the same, the results are surprisingly different.

Check out the comparison samples after the break.

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Sample 1

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Sample 2 (with Flash)

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Sample 3 (without Flash)

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During the event, the ambient lighting at the experience centre was rather bad with the random change of colours from time to time. However from the samples taken, the Xperia Z2 seems to be better with clearer details and less noise. The Xperia Z1 used in this comparison was running on the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware with the Build Number 14.2.A.1.136.

The Xperia Z2 will be available in Malaysia next month in April, together with its Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact.

You can download the original photos taken by both smart phones with the links below.

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Sample 1
Original: Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2

Sample 2
Original: Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2

Sample 3
Original: Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2

To get to know the Xperia Z2 better, you can check out our video hands-on with the Xperia Z2. We’ve also gone through the latest Camera Features and have compared its new front stereo speakers output with the HTC One’s Boom Sound speakers.

Not too long ago, we’ve also compared the Xperia Z1’s camera against the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Galaxy Note 3 which you can check out here.

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9 Comments for Camera Comparison: Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1


for the FULL SIZE SAMPLE 1 images, what is actual background curtain colour: WHITE-BLUE or WHITE-RED


    The curtain is actually white. Colour accuracy is quite hard to judge as the spotlights around the hall keep changing colours.


Which colour is more accurate based on real environment light condition?
I personally prefer z1 over z2 in these samples.


I think the link for Z2 is swapped between image 1 and 2


    Thanks for highlighting. Links fixed.


Is this really a hardware upgrade or just simply a software update?


    The camera hardware is the same and they are likely to have tweaked the software. Among the new features is 4K video recording on the new Z2.


Impressive pre-production z2 night shot~