Comparison with Nokia Lumia 925 puts the Xperia Z1 in great light

September 16, 2013
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Sample photos taken with the Sony Xperia Z1 in low-lighting conditions are on par with or better than shots taken with the Lumia 925.

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We’ve recently seen a gallery of impressive shots taken with the Xperia Z1 at nighttime, and now Alvin Wong from UnleashThePhones is back with another demonstration of the Z1’s low-light prowess. This time, the Singaporean blogger compared Sony’s new flagship with a device that received great reviews when it came to its camera, and low-lighting photography in particular – the Nokia Lumia 925.

Equipped with an 8MP sensor with PureView technology, optical image stabilization, and Carl Zeiss lenses, the Lumia 925 has been praised by users and pundits alike for the quality of its low-light and nighttime pictures.

So how does the Z1 fare against the 925? Quite good actually. Alvin Wong compared the cameras of the two devices on a poorly-lit waterfront promenade, and, while the 925 produced sharper images in a few situations, the Z1 was never far behind. Moreover, Sony’s flagship consistently produced colors that were more true to life than the Nokia’s, as you can see from the photo gallery below.

For this comparison, both the Xperia Z1 and the Lumia 925 were set on their automatic modes, while similar levels of exposure compensation were applied in some cases.

xperia z1 vs lumia 925 low light sample 5 (2)

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

xperia z1 vs lumia 925 low light sample 5 (1)

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

 

xperia z1 vs lumia 925 low light sample 3 (4)

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

 

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

 

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

 

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

Xperia Z1. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

Lumia 925. Click to enlarge

For full sizes, 100% crop comparison, and more samples visit UnleashThePhones.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Sony Xperia Z1 will become the gold standard in smartphone photography in the Android world. The phone itself is very capable, and the QX10 and QX100 lens attachments can make it even better.

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