Best smartphone camera: iPhone 6S Plus with OIS vs. Xperia Z5 Compact with BIONZ. Can they beat the Sony RX100 iii?
Last year on my blog, I explained the 15 reasons why the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is better than the iPhone 6S (depending on your usage and requirements): for me, it’s essentially the Z3 Compact’s small form factor and the impressive battery life.
But while I’m still a satisfied owner of the small Sony smartphone, I’m keen to upgrade in order to get access to better performances, a better camera and the convenience of a finger print scanner.
As you can imagine, I had high expectations for the Xperia Z5 compact which ticks all the boxes on paper. I was particularly keen on the significant camera upgrade.
To keep my options open, I also reserved the brand new iPhone 6S to pick it up on launch day. Following a mix up (long story) and the advice from the Apple employee who served me, I left the Apple store with the iPhone 6S Plus instead. I know. But the OIS and especially the extended battery life seemed rather compelling.
It’s quite a contrast, don’t you think? I thought it’d be a good opportunity to try out a larger phone for a couple of weeks. But boy, the iPhone 6S Plus is not big. It is HUGE. And it’s heavy.
Sony’s newly released Z5 line up just got itself some great praises online, with DxOMark ranking the Sony Xperia Z5’s camera as ‘the best on a smartphone yet‘. So does it live up to the hype in a real life situation? Let’s find out!
A simple camera shoot out
I thought I’d share my experience and my thoughts on the camera experience with a key focus here on photography, not video. This article took me hours to put together, so I sincerely hope you will find it helpful.
Earlier this week, over lunch I went for a walk in London South Bank to shoot some photos with three devices: the Xperia Z5 Compact, the iPhone 6S Plus and the Sony RX100 mark iii.
I conducted a simple camera test whereby I shot three photos each time with all three cameras (in auto mode) and I selected the best photo to share on my blog.
Please note that if I didn’t enhance any of those pictures, I had to resize them to optimise the loading times on my blog. You can find all the original pictures on my Flickr photo album.
Spoiler alert: I wasn’t really pleased with the Xperia Z5 Compact camera’s overall performances. I found it rather slow, poor in low light, desperately lacking OIS when zoomed-in, and consistently showing quite a lot of noise.
Best Smartphone Camera: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs. Apple iPhone 6s Plus
You will find below a selection of photos which I hope will help you compare the quality of the cameras on the brand new iPhone 6S Plus and the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. You can even compare them to the acclaimed Sony RX100 iii.
I appreciate some of you will argue that it’s unfair to compare those two smartphone cameras with the much acclaimed Sony RX100 iii camera (which costs about £550) which captures a whole lot more light with its big 1inch sensor and enjoys a combination of optical and digital zoom. But I was keen to demonstrate that there is still a long way to go for smartphones to reach such a level of quality and definition.
1. London South Bank St Paul’s Cathedral
2. London St Paul’s Cathedral [Close Up]
3. London South Bank National Theatre
4. London South Bank National Theatre [Close Up]
5. London South Bank Statues
6. London South Bank Statues [Close up]
7. London South Bank Bridge
8. London South Bank Bridge [Close Up]
9. London South Bank Book Shop
10. London South Bank Book Shop [Close Up]
11. London South Bank Skateboard Park
12. London South Bank Skateboard Park [Close up]
13. London South Bank Merry-Go-Around
14. London South Bank Merry-Go-Around [Close Up]
15. London South Bank London Eye
16. London South Bank London Eye 2
17. London South Bank London Eye Sky
18. London South Bank London Eye [Close Up]
19. London Westminster
20. London Westminster [Close Up]
21. London South Bank Centre
22. London South Bank Centre [Close Up]
23. Guardians of the Galaxy Groot
24. Guardians of the Galaxy Groot
There are dozens of great tech bloggers reviewing smartphones every day, all over the world.
As far as I am concerned, I have a demanding day job and those articles take a tremendous amount of time. I create product reviews I’d find useful myself when looking to buy a new piece of tech. This is why I review them as a regular user/owner and don’t spill out a lot of technical specs on my videos.
So thank you in advance for your constructive comments, positive and negative.
What do you think of those photos taken with the iPhone 6s plus and the Xperia Z5 compact? I had high expectations for the Z5 compact and its small size factor, but it let me down based on my initial tests. Maybe a future software update could improve performances of its photo and video capability in real life situations?
Based in London, Christophe is an entertaining social media keynote speaker and a trusted advisor to the global financial services industry on the topics of social media, social business and digital innovation.
Christophe has contributed to over 140 events in 18 countries.
Currently, Christophe is 'Social Media Senior Managing Consultant' at IBM Interactive Experience. He's also a Digital Advisor at the Financial Services Forum and the Moller Centre (part of the Churchill College in Cambridge).
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