Sony Xperia Z2 camera wins top spot by DxO benchmark

by: Jonathan FeistApril 8, 2014

Z2 20.7MP camera in Japan

The folks over at DxO Labs like to put our favorite smartphones through some rigorous photography and videography tests. They recently put the Sony Xperia Z2 through the ringer, and with a score of 79, it came out in top spot of all mobile devices tested to date.

The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s flagship device for 2014, announced back in February, it has been a thing that many desire, especially thanks to glowing reviews and honors like topping DxO Labs photo and video benchmark evaluations. Aside from the scientific methods used by DxO, we really fell in love with the Xperia Z2’s photo taking abilities after an early developer model went for a little stroll in Tokyo back in March. A sample photo from that night is below, but do check out the full story for the rest of the photos, and a sample of the Xperia Z2’s 4K video recording as well.

Xperia Z2 Tokyo 20.7MP camera shoot

Under the waterproof hood, the Sony Xperia Z2 packs a 20.7MP Exmor RS camera sensor – Sony G-type 27mm equivalent f/2.0, resulting in a device capable of producing photos at a massive 5248 x 3936 pixels and video at 4K, or 3840 x 2160 pixels.

DxO’s overall score is a combination of photo benchmarking tests and video benchmarking. On the photo side of things, the Sony Xperia Z2 scored an overall 81 points, with top marks for exposure and contrast and low marks for image artifacts. Video did not fare as well, with an overall 73 points, the Xperia Z2’s video autofocus rated very poorly, however, exposure and contrast once again received exceptional marks.

DxO chart DxO

Just as the HTC One (M8) recently took home top honors for its display touch response time, the Sony Xperia Z2 is the first of this year’s major Android flagship devices to be ranked using this particular testing. We will be glad to see how well the other flagship devices perform, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, with its 16MP ISOCELL camera sensor, the LG G2 Pro, with its 13MP sensor, and the HTC One (M8), with its Ultrapixel technology running a seemingly tiny 4MP main camera sensor.

While we await further device benchmarking results, if you are serious about camera performance on mobile devices and want the low down, I suggest you head on over to DxO to see all of the benchmarking results for the Sony Xperia Z2. If you are not all that concerned about the specifics, you can rest assured that the Xperia Z2 will do justice to saving your memories in picture form. It can even capture the mood around those images, if you don’t mind chat bubbles on your photos.

Sony offers compelling camera capabilities in the Xperia Z2, is that enough to get you to purchase, or do you have another device in mind this year?

  • wondering

    Is the Oppo Find 7 going to be tested?

  • Colby Leong

    Congratulations to Sony, can’t wait for them to test the new Find 7 and the Galaxy S5

  • GregOrevo

    Hi guys, hope you will test the OnePlus One camera after its release ;)

    • I will look for it. But i’m really not going to buy it.

      • GregOrevo

        Let’s see after April 23rd ;)

  • nguser

    Congrats to Sony. Hope DxO wil test the OnePlus One as well.

  • disio

    Yes all great…BUT WHERE IS THE PHONE???

  • KazeRai

    I want to buy the Z2 to replace my Galaxy S3, but WHERE IS THE PHONE?!?

    • hoost

      May 13 with xscape mjs new album. And that album comes with for free

    • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

      Wise decision.

      • What will be your next phone? Do you have a hypnosis?

        • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

          I don’t know but it will be an Xperia phone. I love Xperia phones.

    • Whatever. i’m going to buy a Galaxy S5. Camera don’t matters for me.

      • Mokhtar Mouhib

        boy , z2 beats gs5 IN everythings :D
        build quality , camera , speakers , screen , more GB ram ( 3gb for z2 and 2 gb for gs5 ) .. :D

        • Samsung galaxy S5 beats more.

          BTW screen? really AMOLED is a OLED screen that is much better then the Z2!

          Higher clock speed for the Galaxy S5! Haha you sucker!

          Fingerprint scanner. LOOL EPIC FAIL FOR YOU,

          Heart rate sensor: Good for fit guys not like you.

          There are a much more.

          Conclusion lose some weight!

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130


          • I know there are danger guys in drones… They’re sony drones.

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130


          • Like syria

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            A war zone country

          • Too danger. But he is flying now to troll whole syria and the internet. With his old Sony Xperia SP

          • Mokhtar Mouhib

            firstly you begin with that shit comments ..
            so you said that all reviewrs must go to an opticien ? and you the only one who have a good eyes ? i think you see by your ass ;)
            3-i’m now in moscow having la vida loca , and syria is much better than your mum , btw she’s next to me now .. and you know what she is doing ;)
            4-i have the z1 and nokia 1020 and i will buy z2 , so don’t talk of things you don’t know , you little gay
            A** Ho**

          • No i will not buy a galaxy s5. But a Sony Xperia Z3 when it comes.

          • Mokhtar Mouhib

            firstly i think i’am talkin with a 11 years old , your comment is so gay
            2- amoled is better than Led color triliminos ? all reviewrs said that z2 best screen ever made with the htc one m8 , go search in youtube ? oooohoooo that tooo heavy for you fan boy
            3-fingerpring ? who the f*** care about this shiiit , an useless features like always
            the important in a phone you little child is camera , battery , screen , speakers , build quaility , fast phone ..fingerprint and heart sensor , WTF IS THIS SHIIIIT

          • Your comment is non-sense.

            Firstly i’m not 11 year olds.
            Gay? think better next time.
            Amoled is not better ? You should go to a opticien
            But why i’m talking to you? you’re gay.

        • SONY DRONE!

        • Gamma M

          …. Battery life

  • Bone

    Thank you

    • Joshua Hill

      What is the source for this comparison picture?

      They are obviously not reputable as it is obvious the Z2 photo is blurred by the phone not being held stationary.

      Are you deliberately trying to mislead people @bone? I can’t see any other reason to post such an obviously innacurate comparison.

    • Jonathan Feist

      Your image samples suggest that Sony could be dethroned of its top spot once the other flagships are tested.

      Of course, these could also just be proving the auto-focus concerns from the review.

    • It shows that GS5 is the best.

    • Somebody

      Oh, really?

    • Joshua Hill

      I just checked Bone’s other recent posts. They’re a Samsung fanboi. Wonder if Samsung paid them to post this misleading comparison?

  • Bruno Rosa // TaRuGo

    HTC urges to get a better cam! Please!!

    • 8mp of the HTC one m8 this is a great fail.

  • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

    Top spot?? o_O

    • Yes but this is a old article let’s go to the new on Android authority.

  • Andy

    The Sony Xperia Z1 was a powerful device and the Xperia Z2 takes things
    up a mark, making this one of the most powerful Android handsets around.And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.