Wait... what? DxO Mark: "Sony Xperia Z2 surpasses the Nokia 808 PureView"
You read it right: according to a report published just now by DxO Mark, the new Sony Xperia Z2 even surpasses the Nokia 808 PureView. Wow. That's quite a conclusion: "Supplanting the Nokia 808 Pureview at 77 points and achieving the new number 1 position, the Sony Xperia Z2 achieved the highest DxOMark Mobile score to date of 79 points. Although the new Xperia Z2 takes the coveted top spot by just two points it’s a significant achievement nonetheless."
I'll share their new chart here:
Now I'm nowhere as specialized as these guys, but I'd like to express a few doubts already. I find it very hard to believe the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are actually "better" than even the Nokia Lumia 1020... But hey - what do I know. Can't judge the iPhone 5S since I don't own one and never had the chance to test it.
I've held the Xperia Z2 in Barcelona shortly and already noticed the camera interface has improved quite a bit in comparison with the Xperia Z1. But the sensor is still the same, so Sony must have been working miracles with the software as well - which isn't impossible as we know form earlier Nokia updates.
Here are the "pros" they noticed in the new Sony's Xperia:
- Impressive detail preservation outdoors. In low light, a high level of details remains visible even if a loss is noticeable compared to outdoors.
- Reasonable noise levels in all conditions. No chroma noise and fine grain size.
- Fast and responsive autofocus with limited errors.
- Good overall exposure.
- Pleasing colors in all conditions.
- Good overall flash performance: exposure, color, white balance, noise and detail.
And here the "cons"
- Occasional white balance inaccuracies indoors. Outdoors, a slight blue tint is noticeable in certain images.
- Slight color shading noticeable with tungsten lighting.
- Noticeable fringing, ringing and maze artifacts.
As far as video is concerned, first the pros:
- Good stabilization, especially during walking motion.
- Good texture reproduction.
- Low noise levels.
And the cons:
- Autofocus moves step-by-step rather than continuously, and is unpredictable.
- White balance inaccuracies with foliage under daylight illuminant.
- Visible color shading.
- Some aliasing evident.
You'll find some images here, but it's hardly enough to impress. Nevertheless, it's quite an achievement and makes me look forward to testing the Xperia Z2 even more of course. If you already had the chance to do so before me, please let me know what you think!