According to the experts at DxOMark, Sony Xperia Z5 has the best smartphone camera available. Is the French lab keeping up? Or is it time to update the data?
Apple's latest mobile release, iPhone 6s Plus, goes head-to-head with DxOMark's best smartphone camera, Sony Xperia Z5.
As a backgrounder, Z5 has a 23-megapixel shooter while 6s has a 12 MP camera.
iPhone's iSight camera features 4K for vividness up to four times the resolution of 1080p HD video, 5 MP FaceTime HD, Focus Pixels for detail precision and ƒ/2.2 aperture for lighting.
Other attributes include live photos, optical image stabilization, True Tone flash, five-element lens, hybrid IR filter, backside illumination sensor, Sapphire crystal lens cover, auto image stabilization, auto HDR for photo, 43-megapixel panorama, burst mode, photo geotagging and timer mode.
On the other hand, Sony has been building cameras for a longer time.
Xperia highlights its amazing low-light and zoom capabilities. Z5 claims to have the fastest autofocus among leading smartphones, catching perfect moments with precise details. The camera is also packed with the powerful 5-times zoom and award-winning G-lens for taking pictures in low-light.
Real Life Test
Now the two smartphones are taken to different locations to try different shots and see if they can live up to their brand promises.
At the beginning of the experiment, the cameras are taking videos of the host in the outdoors on a day. Sony's high-megapixel camera captures the details smoothly. The visual is very natural and lighting is well-balanced.
The clip on the iPhone has a yellow tint. Although it remains clear and well-lighted, it looks a little artificial.
Both cameras are then brought to a garden enveloped by broad daylight.
The iPhone 6s videocam, jam-packed with photo enhancing features, enlivens the view, making the lawns and the trees pop with a little more color.
Doing away with filters, Sony captured the scene seamlessly and more naturally.
Next, the phones were bought to a low-light room to capture two robot figures with one of them intended to be the focus.
Xperia, which claims to have the fastest autofocus, proves itself worthy of the title. The phone also displays well-balanced lighting.
iPhone 6s, with its ƒ/2.2 aperture, captures a brighter and better video in low-light. However, it has a slower autofocus.
For the selfie in broad daylight, iPhone produces a photo with yellow tint, which looks unnatural. Z5 captures the photo in a way a person would actually see it when he is physically there.
For the selfie in low-light, iPhone 6s' ƒ/2.2 aperture produces a brighter and clearer image within the less luminated environment.
Although the details are still there, the image from Z5 is a bit darker.
For the outdoor shot, both cameras take a photo of a light-colored flower. Both cameras do great – capturing the colors and lighting perfectly.
Z5's wide angle lens fits in more in the photo. When both photos are zoomed, Z5 gives a clearer visual, given that it has a 5-times zoom feature.
For another outdoor shot, both cameras take a photo of a large bright red object.
iPhone does well this time. Its photo enhancers blended the striking subject with the environment. Xperia simply captures the image as it is.
For a wide outdoor shot, the phones snap an image of a building.
The building originally looked plain and boring, but 6s added some life by introducing more contrast to the image. Z5 captures the image smoothly and with no enhancements.
For the indoor low-light shot, Z5 captures a smooth, clear and natural image while 6s adds some drama and lighting. Both images look good.
When the light was dipped even further, 6s maintains clear image because of it aperture. The photo in Z5 becomes a bit darker.